El Santo

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487 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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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 487 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.4
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4.3
Service
4.3
Ambience
4.1
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

One of my favourite restaurants in the Lower Mainland. Excellent food, great drink selection and very good service.
Been there many times, never disappointed. Highly recommended

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LindseyS
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic! The Carne Ahumada (Wagu flank steak) was delicious!

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LeahD
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Great service, taco chips were excellent. Great selection of tequila.

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KatrinaM
Calgary
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience5

I want to like El Santo- the decor is funky, the drink list is extensive, and they have a small, interesting menu but we've been a few times now and have been disappointed. The trio of guacamoles all tasted the same, the chicken enchiladas were very bland, the chamorro was good but lacked excitement, and the drinks are expensive. I'm sorry El Santo, I don't think we'll be back

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience3

It wasn’t that bad , the food could be much better , it was very loud , we couldn’t even hear out server, the only good thing about tonight was probably the guacamole, it was very good , but our main course could be much better

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Food was very good although a bit small portion wise

The white wine sangria was very weak and flavourless . A bit watery. Asked for no ice. Got ice. Returned it. Got no ice and no fruit back. Room for improvement in that drink

The waitress would check on us only occasionally. Less often that a restaurant with good service.

Need more (privacy) options for people dining with just two people. Booths add only for three or more so the overall atmosphere is not as nice for two

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Braddes
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic food and outstanding service. Been there lots and always an exceptional experience.

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Michelle
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of my favourite restaurants in New Westminster!! Although, I wish the tortilla chips were actually Gluten Free and not cross contaminated as they are fried in the same deep fryer as items that contain wheat :(

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DianaF
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Amazing food!

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COLLEENM
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a pleasure to dine at this establishment.
Owner is engaged with customers and food is impeccable.

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jeannetteo
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good Atmosphere. Good prices when you go for Happy Hour.
Good variety on the Happy Hour menu.

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MargaretF
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience3

Poor service not very friendly servers
Was hard to get timely service or even enough menus for the table

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and exceptional staff

TO
TheOnlyJC
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was delicious and presented perfectly! We had a wonderful time and we will be back.

JM
JayneM
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

This is a very high end Mexican food place. The décor and ambience is really upbeat and casual, but the food is not your typical Mexican food. I really enjoyed the restaurant and will be there again for sure.

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KatarzynaL
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was delicious and well-served. The service was fantastic. For sure we will come back.

The only thing that was a bit bothering is noise in the restaurant (in my opinion the capacity of the place could be considered lower than it is).

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Wannabeeeee
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent food quality and Alejandro might drop by your table to see how you are liking his establishment. Very good service from all of the staff we encountered. Expect high volume noise levels if it is packed, but that's what social house are about.... If anything to improve, pricing for the food was a tad high for quantity provided and location. Other than that, we will be back again to savor the more refined Mexican cuisine that you don't often find in mainstream Mexican restaurants. BTW, the to-die-for churros are made on demand as you wait, so tender and sweet...

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CherN
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

We have been to El Santo a number of times- the food is usually amazing. The group of us had about 60% success rate this time though. The Enchilada dish that 2 of our party had was terrible- which is too bad as the rest of the food was great. Service was excellent and the churros are always a good idea.

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JoeeB
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service, great food. Happy to have found an authentic spot not so far from our house. A bit loud but that means people are having a great time! Highly recommend it. Drinks were great as well!

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Karlala
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Loved everything! Went for a Valentines date night. We will be back - so many things we want to try!

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AncaO
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and service! The tacos were delicious and the atmosphere of El Santo was very enjoyable!

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Mummy
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I came to El Santo for Valentine's Day with my daughter and a friend. The restaurant was very busy and in spite of this, the service was excellent and we did not feel rushed to leave the restaurant, we were there for just under four hours. The server was very attentive and the food was so good. This was my second visit to this restaurant and it will not be my last. If you like Mexican cuisine, you will definitely like El Santo.

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JocelyneF
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall3Food3Service1Ambience3

It wasn’t bad food, but the service was slow and unorganized. It was a Thursday night, busy and unorganized.

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ShelleyK
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

We arrived early for lunch and the staff let us in 5 minutes early and it was very much appreciated for a horrible rainy day. French press coffee was delicious and the between the 5 of us, we had the fish tacos, chicken tacos, a beef cheeks sandwich, and what looked like a vegetarian lasagna, sorry, I don't remember the name. All the food was outstanding and there was lots of it, prices were reasonable and the group overall thought it was a fabulous gem of a restaurant. I would recommend this place to anyone and everyone.

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KenF
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience3

Enjoyed the food it was very flavorful. The French Press coffee was outstanding. The one issue with our reservation for 6 is that we were seated in a booth really made for 4. We did reserve in advance.

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KarenM
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

Excellent Mexican food with a flair!

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TatiS
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience5

The duck that we ordered wasn't really warm. It feels like the plate was prepared but took a while to be delivered to the table. Startes were good and desserts were nice.

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TammyC
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent Mexican cuisine with pleasant and attentive Service.

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ColbyS
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We had a lovely brunch, the service was great, although I will say it took a long time to get our food out and it was not busy when we arrived, that would be my one piece of feedback, we waited almost an hour I would say for our food to come out. Thank you so much!

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SarahW
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

By far some of the best Mexican cuisine I’ve tasted in ages. Clever, sophisticated menu with immense flavour and creative touches. The drink menu is EXCELLENT, I had the margarita chida and it was one the best I’ve ever had! Plus little pineapple habanero marshmallows instead of dinner mints, holy smokes they were tasty! Great Coffee! Service was top notch too, you gotta try this place!

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vipHappyBelly
Vancouver
64 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience3

It is good when a restaurant does not force everyone at the table to do DOV just because one person wants to do that.

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HollyR
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was by far, the best eggs Benedict I have ever had. Braised Short Rib on cornbread.
I have had lunch at El Santo many times too. The fish tacos are amazing! So happy to have such an outstanding restaurant in New Westminster.

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Alanas
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I really liked the food. We had a good variety of things. I’ve been twice and flavours have been consistent. The servers are friendly and your water glass never goes empty.

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GailJ
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience2

I loved the appetizers from dine out, but the entree and dessert was not done well.

I had the beef tongue and trio of salsas for appetizers. They were amazing. I was saddened that they were low on tortilla chips, as we had to wait quite a while for a second round as they are made in store. Worth it though!

I had the duck and beets for an entree and it was not great, very salty in my opinion.

For dessert, the whole table ordered the churros, but unfortunately they were very overcooked. They were extremely hard, and we commented to our lovely server as well to ensure she passed the feedback along.

There is no internet available at all inside the restaurant. It was quite bad, and they do not provide wifi either.

It was hard to have a conversation as it was so loud where we sat, but we managed.

Overall, I will be going back for appetizers only as the location is pretty good when I am in New West.

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vipLouP
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I have been here several times but this time I wanted my friends to experience El Santo. Love it. It was packed but our reservation took us to our table right on time. Our food was quick, delicious and the drinks were phenomenal. This is a little jewel ...and on Columbia street. Who would have thought! I now go out of my way to make an excuse to go here. You won't be disappointed. It is authentic, and interesting, in a fun environment.

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vipVancouverTraveler
Vancouver
34 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Very inventive food and cocktail offerings. Great Mexican roots with intriguing twists. Not your standard sangria, nor the salmon with mole and refried beets (yes, beets)! Delicious.
Service was good on a surprisingly busy Sunday evening. Our order got a bit waylaid, but staff was proactive in explaining / making things work out.
Noise level is variable, but you can usually still hear the live combo playing in the corner by the bar.
All in all a sucessful and tasty evening.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We have attended several of Sam and Jay’s pairing events. Always impressed by the cocktails, food and service!

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BMey
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

Service was great. We had a party of 8 and food was all hot and delivered together. Food was tasty. I find the tacos are the best value and very tasty. I do think drinks such as their margaritas are over priced. They come in such a small glass and lots of ice. Not worth the price.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The server was great at suggesting and the meal was great

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love this quaint Mexican Restaurant, great food, especially the triple guacamole dip & chips. Great service, will definitely be back.

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