Santaella

4.8
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1779 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Puerto Rican
Chef José Santaella has trained with some of the best chefs in the world, including Ferrán Adriá, Eric Ripert, and Gary Danko. His apprenticeships and successful catering career paved the way for Santaella, his signature restaurant in Santurce's La Placita Marketplace. The decor is rustic yet elegant, with exposed walls, Edison light fixtures, an interior garden, and a sparkling bar. Chef Santaella fuses local and international ingredients to perfectly execute Puerto Rican nouvelle cuisine. The menu is dominated by tapas, which you can easily make into a meal. Favorites include the ahi tuna skewers, goat cheese quesadilla, 'alcapurrias' topped with crab, and foie gras terrine with fruit jelly . The cocktail bar is one of the best on the island, so don't leave without trying one of the concoctions by Santaella's mixologists. -Fodors
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
Food
4.7
Service
4.8
Ambience
4.5
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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

When in PR this experience and culinary adventure is a must!!

OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4Food5Service1Ambience5

The food at santaella was incredible, but the service was everything but. They were dry busy on a weeknight, which we had reservations for at 7:30, and we weren’t seated until almost 9. The restaurant made up for it and comp’d a couple things, but they weren’t apologetic at all. Food was very good, but be prepared for an extremely long wait.

AA
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and atmosphere. Little noise but it was absolutely fine for romantic dinner. Thank you and excellent service!

s
Miami
34 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Never disappoints!!!!

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Y
Miami
119 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great experience on a Tuesday night. La Placita is quiet compared with the weekend, yet Santaella is still packed. Just wish PR food had fewer fried items ...

OT
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing! Every bit!

OR
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excelente cocina, muy recomendable, si estás en Puerto Rico trata de visitarlo

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AS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always Outstanding

m
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful atmosphere! This was a truly special experience. The food was top-notch. We really enjoyed the goat cheese quesadilla and the steak entree. The salmon was good, but I prefer it a little less cooked. Still delicious though. Drinks were awesome too.

VM
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful vibe food and service helpful waiter who happily explains the menu with pride of its dishes.

IM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food is delicious!!

JG
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The food here is Amazing. Service is the best in Puerto Rico. Both food and drink is top notch.

DB
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

The food was very good

O
Dallas
15 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best restaurant in San Juan, Puerto Rico!

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JO
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Espectacular... Ambiente diferente en PR.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The best meal in San Juan!

L
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always Santaella is an amazing experience. Great service, staff that enjoys their job, and delicious, creative, amazing food. No matter how many times we want to try a new restaurant, Santaella always wins.

TR
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our server was unbelievable. We were not that hungry so we didn’t want to order big meals. He handled us gracefully without making us feel bad about not having big orders. He was the best overall and most professional server we have ever experienced which is saying a lot since I am on the road all the time in different places eating out.

OT
Orlando
9 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service

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BJ
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

great place with amazing food and drinks and the best vibe on the island for the professional looking for great night out. the area outside the restaurant is also very fun for an after dinner cigar and drink.

T
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Amazing food and superb service. We enjoyed every dish. The tuna and octopus were just spot on. Only negative point is the toilets. For such a biggish restaurant you would expect several toilets. The women's queue was painful! It is also super hard to book during the summer season. I'm happy i was able to go in November...finally!!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

Food was outstanding, though overpriced. Service was very slow. I had a reservation but still had to wait 10 minutes to be seated.

JK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Everything about Santaella was amazing. The food, service, ambience.. one of the highlights of our trip!

n
New Mexico
13 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A beautiful and welcoming locale in a lively part of town. Wonderful food and drink options, knowledgeable staff. Loved seeing a comfortable mix of locals and tourists.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

Excellent food!! Great service!!! Cute nice spot with great food!!

NY
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Best food we had in San Juan during a long weekend including a visit to a fancier restaurant.

MF
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

Food was good, that we expected, but service was ok and ambiance changed from a crowded restaurant to a loud pub in the course of our business dinner, which was not ok. We were screaming across the table to be able to continue our conversation! Perhaps I”ll come back for dinner with my partner, but certainly not coming back for a business dinner.

c
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

The rest. bar and music is excellent after 10 PM when the rest. is empty! Great place of after dinner drinks, too!

A
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was probably our favorite restaurant in San Juan. Our favorites were the goat cheese quesadilla and the shrimp served with an incredibly tasty trifongo. Definitely recommend this place!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service, food and ambience by Chef Miura

OT
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Anniversary!

IS
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We loved it. We have been several times and the food never disappoints. The only issue I had, is I booked bar seating as it was an option and I love the bar vibe. When I got there they said they didn’t have bar seats and sat us in the dining room. Although it all worked out, it was misleading.

SM
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience4

Great ambience, poor service, great food but overprice.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food! The octopus, the goat cheese quesadilla, the cocktails. The ambiance. One of the best meals I’ve had in a long time

OT
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Santaella is the best restaurant in Puerto Rico. Period.

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T
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

Descontenta con los platos principales. La calidad del filete no era la esperada y los cachetes de ternera los sirvieron con demasiada salsa de sabor muy fuerte. Los precios son muy altos para la calidad

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OT
Caribbean
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent as always

OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome !!!!

MS
Caribbean
5 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Upscale Puerto Rican cuisine. Very good restaurant with consistently good and quality food. The grilled octopus is our favorite dish on the menu. Look out for daily lunch specials as well! The service can be slow as the restaurant is frequently crowded with no room at the bar, either. Once seated, it is a great culinary experience!

b
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This place is amazing! Went three times in the past week and have had most of the menu. Two of the occasions were for work and we did not have a dish that everyone at the table did not thoroughly enjoy. Went for a date night as well and it was perfect. The cocktails are amazing (highly recommend the Perfect Lady, Parchita, Spicy Margarita, and Zacapa Old Fashioned) and the food is wonderful too (recommend the croquetas del dia and goat cheese quesadilla from the normal apps menu, anything from the specials, and the veal cheeks, cuban skirt steak, and sea bass from the main courses)!

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