El Santo

4.6
685 reviews
CAN$30 and under
Mexican
Welcome to el Santo, a restaurant experience that’s uniquely New West. This is a place for you to unwind. To connect with good friends over cocktails. To experience Chef Sam Fabbro’s sustainable menu. And most importantly, to leave satisfied and happy. Get ready to redefine everything you think you know about Mexican cuisine. Come in to our home, fellow luchadores. We’ve got something special for you.

We are excited to announced that el Santo was recently awarded best latin restaurant in Vancouver by Vancouver Magazine.
What 685 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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Food
4.6
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.4
Value
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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YogeshB
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent date night location, good food and service.

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kamp
Vancouver
23 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As the covid restrictions are easing and we are able to have indoor dining it’s so nice to finally go out for a meal to an amazing local restaurant! They will be changing up the menu in the next couple of weeks so I’m excited to see what the new offerings will be?!

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JohnnyTebz
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food and cocktails. I've missing traveling to Mexico and this brought the flavours back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our server was awesome, after I ordered my first drink she knew exactly what to suggest next and read me perfectly - a Pina Spritz (pineapple infused Aperol spritz, yum!). Great experience there every time!

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LeonaG
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience4

Food was okay. Drinks were good. The pescado taco was a bit dry and could use some salt. We came there for happy hour as per the website but found out when we arrived they don’t have happy hour and they’ve never bothered to update the website. Also was told after being there for 90mins they only allow 90min seating. Never bothered telling us when this when the reservation was made or in person when we arrived. They also seemed visible annoyed when we communicated our disappointment with the misrepresentation of happy hour and the 90 min seating they don’t tell you about. Throughout the night the server seemed fine at first but became visibly annoyed by us and eventually passed us to a new server who handed us a bill that wasn’t separated by who ordered what. We then had to figure out with this new sever who ordered what. All in all we would have rather go somewhere else with happy hour and where we could have been seated longer as that was the purpose of our night. Plus I don’t feel like us communicating our displeasure deserved the grimacing and annoyed faces towards us from the severs

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JasonS
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Due to covid there's a limited menu but even in this case it's still fantastic food!

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datenite
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was the first time in over a year that I was able to meet for a business dinner. It was perfect - the food was delicious, as usual; the service was great; the restaurant was not crowded or noisy so perfect for talking. Thanks for a lovely evening.

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MikeN
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing creative food

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vipMike
Vancouver
45 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

It was our 1st time at El Santo and we will be back.

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DoreeQ
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As usual El Santo’s didn’t disappoint. Always great food, drinks and Alejandro and staff are awesome!

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GraceW
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Dinner at El Santo was fantastic! Our server Tova was personable and knowledgable of the menu and bar. We had a lovely time!

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ELEC
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Great birthday celebration! Thoughtful staff brought a birthday surprise!

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MylesC
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

pickled cauliflower on the chicken taco was amazing.

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Grmrm
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food, service and ambiance. One of the local jems.

DH
DeloraH
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

We had fish tacos, a burrito and two salsas and chips. AND Churros of course. Everything was great. I had one of their famous Margaritas! ALWAYS a big hit. So nice to be back INSIDE enjoying the normalcy of a meal out. Thanks to everyone at ElSantos!

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Dustin
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Experience was delightful thanks to our awesome server.

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Enyalion
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Good bar, good, food, good service - what's not to like? Great selection of tequilas. Their take on one of my favourite Mexican dishes, chile rellano, was a little strange (kind of a Mexican lasagne) with no stuffed pablano chile, but was pretty good. Overall a pretty positive experience that we'll do again.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was delish and the decor is super cute.

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AnnaL
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Beautiful space & best cocktails in New West! Food is creative and delicious also.

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LisaC
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food was Amazing. The brussel sprouts were phenomenal! The staff were really on top of things especially with it being so busy. So happy to have made it.

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KatF
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and cocktails also nice wines. The special on Saturday was amazing tuna belly.

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JackieG
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

I dream about this food [and the jalepeno margaritas] Thank you El Santos

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JVSA
Orlando
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Very pricy. Food was good. Drinks a little over priced. Really loud with the music and number of people. We were in a back room and still had to shout to one another. With masks it is hard to hear the waitress. But nice restaurant over all.

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SarahM
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our waitress was by far the best we've had in a long time.
She was friendly and attentive and helped create a greaw atmosphere for our 5 year anniversary.

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SusanaA
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a great dining experience! The food is delicious and the service is fantastic.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing delicious food and friendly service!!

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Three course menu options were not as good as things I have eaten there before. The chairs are not that comfortable.

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Eddy
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Delicious! We really enjoyed the beef tacos and the churros after dinner.

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CarlaM
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We love this place! Delicious dinner and drinks. Attentive service. Warm reception.
Nice ambience. Friendly servers. Authentic Mexican cuisine and interesting ingredients. Great flavor. Always a nice date night!

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KarenM
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience3

I found that the overall ambience of the restaurant is quite nice however we were put in the back room which has no windows or other dinners. Perfect for a private party however if you want a dining experience this is not the table for it.

I found the salmon was bland and the plantain purée it came with was very nice but just smeared on the plant for decoration, hardly what I would consider a potion rather just a garnish. The broccolini served with it was well... just broccolini. This particular meal was poor value.

If I was to base this dining experience alone I would not return to this restaurant however I have been before with better results so I might give them another chance.

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Willj
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

Great overall experience. The service was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went to El Santo to celebrate my husbands birthday and it was amazing! The food and drinks are all so delicious! We each got two different drinks (he got the feature flight and an Old fashioned. I got the Horchata and a grapefruit cocktail) and they were all so tasty! You can taste the quality in their drinks and food! We ordered the guacamole trio and it was to die for! My husband got the steak and it was amazing and I ordered tacos. Everything was amazing! Not a single thing I would change about the food. The service was just as amazing!! Our server was so sweet and knowledgeable. She shared so much knowledge about the menu so we could get exactly what we wanted. All the staff there were so kind and helpful. We will definitely be coming back again and again! This restaurant is a favourite for sure!

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Tmac
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We went for my daughter’s 8th birthday as she loves the fish tacos. Her and my son both devoured multiple tacos and chips and salsa! They brought her a special birthday “cocktail” and happy birthday churros! My husband and I loved the Happy Hour margarita’s and the wild boar and brussel sprouts were fantastic. The service is always top notch and we really appreciated the special touches!

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RobbyG
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Very cool place. Best mexican in Van! We will be back

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fromBC
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Love this place. Great food and atmosphere. Service is good too :)

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RobinG
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Well seasoned food with the perfect amount of heat. They have many gluten free options and could also address a citrus fruit allergy. It was a great place to celebrate my birthday and to try a flight of Paron!

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Charlie
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Meal was excellent, looking forward to our next trip.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were there to celebrate my son’s birthday. Food was fantastic and service was great too!

Brussels sprouts are always a favourite.

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vipBalV
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food, amazing service! Would recommend to anyone!

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ValM
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Fish tacos weren’t your best this time otherwise our meal was delightful!

FAQs

El Santo does offer delivery in partnership with Skip The Dishes and Uber Eats.

El Santo is rated 4.6 stars by 685 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.