El Santo

4.5
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530 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 530 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.4
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4.4
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4.4
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4.1
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We celebrated a birthday and an anniversary tonight. It was a wonderful experience with really good food an drink.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We really enjoyed the happy hour menu, specially the huitlacoche quesadillas. Great drinks and very friendly staff.

We felt very safe with COVID protocols in place .

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vipOpenTable Diner
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Food was delicious, portions are a bit small. Other than that has a good experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We came to celebrate a birthday and had a great evening.

Food was fantastic. Such a unique and creative menu with so many different options to cater the dietary restrictions in our party.

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Kayjay
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Anniversary dinner

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GemRmills
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

good ambiance & good food

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TracyH
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great smaller place... great service, and xcellent food and the churros were to die for

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Awesome
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Patio was lovely, food came out hot and tasty, service was on it!

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CarolineA
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was outstanding as usual. Our server was very knowledgeable and helped us understand the menu. A highlight is always the incredible cocktail menu as well! Health procedures were great with excellent distancing and sanitation occurring after each table was vacated. A wonderful experience!

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Underwhelmed
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My wife and I had a great time as we always do at this excellent Mexican restaurant. The food and atmosphere are excellent. We come every couple of months and have been enjoying El Santo for years. The owner is exceptionally personable and makes everyone feels like a truly valued guest.

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byron
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

El Santo is a great Mexican restaurant. The food is delicious, the service is attentive and friendly and the ambience fine. It really is a terrific place to eat.

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GuyS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

recent updates to their menu did not disappoint. I had the whole perch. The presentation was something else with this whole fish tail in the air was set before me. Cooked perfectly with a glaze and the most thinnest perfect tortillas ever. Paired with the fragrant rice, it was delicious. Had the churros for desert. The mix of hot and crispy on the outside (great for dipping in the caramel side) and the moist creaminess on the inside was again, absolutely perfect. The service was A1, first time back inside since the start of the pandemic, appreciated and the glass panes separating the booths. I think they add to being able to hear you dinner mates better too. Our server Emma was great, very friendly, good recommendations, great service and rocked her black mask.

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JadB
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

As per usual a very enjoyable meal!
Missed El Santo while it was closed for dine-in during the Covid lock down- so happy its open again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything about this restaurant is amazing! Highly recommend!

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CatharineH
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Always enjoy an evening out at El Santo. Favourite place to go in the neighbourhood.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

It was a lovely spot, great food, good service.

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JessicaJ
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautifully thoughtful food and drinks, I have never had anything that was short of spectacular!

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VanObi
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Not a very adventurous foodie. But I tried something other than the chicken tacos and was extremely pleased

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

The food was good, fancy, a little expensive but good overall.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We love the new menu. It’s our favourite restaurant , lots of options for everyone in the family.

Miss the pescaito frito , hope it comes back.

The attention to detail is fantastic. We will be back!

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MirandaM
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

A little overpriced for the amount of food. Good cocktails!

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OccasionalDiner
Vancouver
20 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Same as always. Great food, wonderful beverages (not just the margaritas) and pleasant staff.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent in every way possible.

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JonahF
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Went to celebrate a couple of friends who received their PR and had an awesome time.

The restaurant itself is nice and modern. Service was great and attentive.

Food was REALLY GOOD. We had the Trio de Salsas and Pan de Elote as appetizers and they were both great. I do wish at least one of the salsas had more of a kick to it - don’t expect any of them to be very spicy (YMMV). The cornbread was fantastic. I could have eaten a few skillets of that alone by myself! The jalapeño jelly was also delicious and a perfect pairing.

We were two couples and ended up getting two each of two dishes to share. We got the Carne Ahumada (leek ash rubbed wagyu flank) and the meat was juicy, very tender, and flavourful. You don’t get a ton of the other flavours, but in a good way because the steak was seriously good. Maybe just a pinch more salt would have really helped bring it out even more. The second dish.... I can’t find on the menu so it may have been a special that day. It was a duck breast dish and was my personal favourite of the two (but I’m a diehard duck fan).

Cocktails were delicious they didn’t have a spicy margarita on the list, but they were able to make me one which I very much appreciated.

Overall it was a great meal, a bit pricy in my opinion, but delicious nonetheless!

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Every time we go El Santo outdoors our expectations. Thank you for another great meal, we enjoyed our anniversary and even during covid they made us feel safe and taken care of. Can't wait to visit again!

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EricD
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience3

Portions do not reflect the price
Menu is limited

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SusanH
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a good time at El Santo. We were celebrating a birthday. The staff were great. There’s glass partitions between the booths. Staff are wearing masks. Everything is sanitized often. Food and cocktails were excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and service were outstanding. Great measurements in place to address social distancing and COVID protocols.

Great to have nice vegetarian and gluten free options.

Love the creativity with the food and cocktails.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience5

Good date night spot brings the downtown feel to the surbubs

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EricD
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience4

A little pricey. Portions could be a bit more generous and menu is a little limited

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was a fantastic family dinner! Service was great.

Lots of vegetarian and gluten free options and very creative cocktails!

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Incredible flavours and wonderful staff!

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HansikaC
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience5

Great ambience with great food along with a nice selection of drinks :)

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CatharineH
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

An evening at El Santo is always a treat. Alejandro & his staff always make you feel special & the food something to look forward to. Check it out for yourself.

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

Great service, awesome food. I work in a restaurant that’s been mandating masks and they seem to inhibit the servers abilities to work. The FOH staff wasn’t wearing them and I had such a better time than I have had out since everything has reopened. The tables were socially distanced , service staff was respectful of personal space and I saw constant cleaning and sanitizing by the entire team. I left feeling safe & full. Awesome dining experience start to finish. Great job to the whole team at El Santo and I can’t wait to return again.

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LisaP
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I had the Chili relenno.... unreal ........ so flavourful

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Todd
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great restaurant. Best Mexican fusion food in Greater Vancouver. The cocktails are incredible.

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Denis
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and atmosphere. Very unique menu, and unexpected plates.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome to be back at El Santo. Service was great, food was delicious... the new Pollo Verde was outstanding... the overall post-covid experience was very normal-like. Excellent as always!

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always an amazing experience. Food is top notch and delicious, while the staff go over and above to make your visit special

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