El Santo

4.5
821 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.

Experiences

  • Experience El Santo: Hispanic Heritage Month

    CA$18.00 per person

    Oct 1 - Oct 31, 2021

    In support of Hispanic Heritage Month, el Santo is featuring our Chile Relleno - a fun version of a panela cheese and green rice filled Poblano pepper with salsa ranchera! This classic Mexican dish is also gluten-free and vegetarian and available throughout the month of October.
What 821 People Are Saying
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4.5
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.3
Value
Noise · Moderate
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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always amazing. Staff are the absolute best and the food is always delicious

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Nicole
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our tastebuds went on a trip to Mexico! We had the guacamole trio and the Chile Relleno and it was delicious.

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ManezhA
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

Server not friendly. Unable to explain the menu as it was our first time visit l.
Pricy but not balanced food. No salt in guacamole and bland

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sweeteats
Vancouver
45 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Get-together dinner with a friend. She eats mainly vegetarian so I joined her in a plant based meal. Chile Arellano was delicious,enhanced by a very flavourful Salsa. Cauliflower Taco was tasty though a little sweet for my taste. My friend,however,loved it. Cocktails were on the pricey side but probably in line with most current places. They were not only creative but also delicious.
And the multiple pages of spirit lists incl half pages of tequilas and Mezcals was crazy! Music ambience was perfect and our server was knowledgeable and friendly.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

3 of us went out for a girls night and had a wonderful time. The food, drinks and service was absolutely fantastic! I cannot wait to go back! Highly Recommended!

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renzie49
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

The restaurant is always adequate but never outstanding. We had to wait close to 10 minutes before we could order drinks and dinner and this was at 5:15 not a terribly busy time. My wife’s fish tacos were adequate as were my chicken enchiladas but nothing particularly noteworthy. The rice that accompanied the enchiladas was very bland. I recall their tortilla chips as excellent but these were somewhat stale tasting. The highlight of the meal was my Batanga cocktail, very delicious. I like to support New West restaurants and I know this one is an excellent community supporter but there are better local choices so I’m not sure we will be rushing back.

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Anonymous
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing date spot! Great food, drinks, and service

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ArleneK
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The service and food was excellent. I found it a little noisy.

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KimS
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

The food here is great! I have yet to be disappointed! The atmosphere has a great vibe. 100% recommend!

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LisaP
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were a late sitting so some dishes ( their Huevos and the chilli relleno were sold out . They could tell I was bummed because that’s what I had come for . The tuna I ended up order was melt in the mouth tender and juicy and phenomenal ( didn’t love the corn flour gnocchi that came with it though … they were dense ) …. Fast forward…. When we went to leave they brought out a chilli relleno to take home ( they made one specially for me ) .Unreal restaurant , unreal service .
Thanks Alejandro and crew ! Lisa

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vipAbbyRose
Vancouver
11 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food is fantastic. Very flavourful and unique recipes. Great service and tasty cocktails as well. Only downside is that it is very loud when busy and can be hard to carry on a conversation.

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GerriA
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very enjoyable experience. Great food, lovely writers and a fun atmosphere. Will definitely return

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datenite
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

El Santo is our favorite date night restaurant. We love the casual atmosphere - yet it feels special at the same time. Alejandro and his team always make us feel welcome and valued. As always we started with the tortilla chips and salsa trio - with a guac added in. Followed by tacos - Pescado for me and pulled pork for my partner.
Alas, we did not have room for the Churros!.

Highly recommended!

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Been here many times. The food was very good this night , but the enchiladas were very, very spicy. The table next to us also told the server that their dish was too spicy. The service was a little sporadic - took almost 10 minutes to get an extra churro dip. Regardless it was a very good night out. No doubt the restaurant business has had to struggle to keep going. Our expectations need to shift.

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MirandaM
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience4

Went specially for Happy Hour, we were disappointed when we got there to learn that El Santo is no longer offering it. I checked their website to see if something was said about them no longer offering it but couldn’t find anything about it.

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JessicaT
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food is always delish! Service is always great!
One of my fav Mexican places for sure!

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DarrenH
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and awesome service. You can tell the staff put a lot of effort and care into everything they do. And if you appreciate good tequila this is the place to go!

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TeresaU
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Brunch eservation for 3 eas super easy to book. After some back-and-forth about dietary concerns, service and kitchen were kindly accommodating and patient with our questions. No alterations to their menu, but it was easy to make a choice to suit our needs. Holy dinah, it was phenomenal!!! Braised beef eggs Benny and pepper and onions Benny. Omg, the cornbread, delish. Every taste was sweet, soft and crispy and savory.
Of course we let our lovely server convince us to order the churros. We did and if she wasn't working, we'd have loved to have her sit with us to share them.
This late morning meal kept the 3 of us full very well into the late evening.
Great experience, thank you ElSanto!

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DanielleB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great cuisine with the contemporary flavors of Mexico City. Loved the drinks, too, our favorite being the Old Fashioned!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great service, excellent food, great decor, lively environment
Next visit will try a tequila flight!

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ThomasP
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Food was great, drinks good. Restaurant was fairly overcrowded, glad for the vaccine passports

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Jeannot
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good food and excellent service. The waiting staff are cheerful, helpful and knowledgeable. I love El Santo .

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Sebdan
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and service in a fun atmosphere. From decor to recipes, everything had been carefully thought.

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Btmusicman
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, highly recommend the Vincente smoky drink.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and service . A bit on the noisy side , was super busy but expected for such a good restaurant

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NicoleR
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic food, ambiance great, excellent service

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EatingYVR
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a good experience at El Santo. Service was attentive, and food tasted great.

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AandTfromCanada
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

The best service i have had in any restaurant in a very long time. Our group was taken care of so well from the planning and communication to preempting what people would need throughout the meal. Only issue we had was the noise level/acoustics in the place made it really difficult for conversation across the table

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MaureenC
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a wonderful, delicious lunch for 6 yesterday.

The service was attentive and the food was terrific.

We will definitely return.

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StevenP
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

It was a great meal. The service was good until the end when we wanted dessert. Our server basically forgot about us. We tried flagging her down and she never came. A busperson put new napkins and cutlery on our table, and we waited around 35 minutes before anyone acknowledged us.

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HugoSanchez
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience3

The menu doesn’t have many options, the food was ok, by the way the service was good.

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SusanL
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience3

Our server was really lovely and helpful - just ended waiting a long time to get the bill - so gave bit of a lower rating for that reason - food was fantastic!

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CalvinS
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent staff great food but just a bit too noisy for me. It was other guest that were extremely loud. We could barely hear each other talk

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TracyP
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience2

Food was amazing..noise level was too much could not talk

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Leesha
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Very good authentic food..great atmosphere! Have the churros for dessert!

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Robdubya
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Menu was perfect in size and selection. A little bit pricey but definitely worth every penny for the quality received. Attention to detail with everything from the service, speed and food quality overall is the reason we'll be going back very soon.

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vipbossy
Vancouver
83 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Good margaritas. Food decent. Came on a Saturday evening… Very noisy and boisterous but good atmosphere. Service was good

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vipOpenTable Diner
Vancouver
11 reviews