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Santaella

4.8
4.8
2615 Reviews
$50 and over
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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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 49 times today
Experiences are available.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Puerto Rican, Caribbean, Latin / Spanish

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Tue–Fri 11:30 am–5:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (787) 722-7600

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Owned/operated by

    Latinx or Hispanic, LGBTQ+

  • Executive Chef

    Chef José Santaella

  • Catering

    For Caterings, please contact: events@santaellapr.com or visit www.josesantaella.com

  • Private party facilities

    For Group Dining Inquiries please visit our website at: http://josesantaella.com/

  • Private party contact

    Kristian Toro: (787) 725-1611

  • Neighbourhood

    San Juan

  • Cross Street

    La Placita de Santurce

  • Parking Details

    Santaella has valet parking thru Valera Parking ($10) and there are also two public, paid parkings nearby.

  • Public Transit

    Stop #19. Bus lines: A5, B21, M3, B16

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Experiences

  • Large Group Prix Fixe Menu

    US$110.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Multiple dates available
    Enjoy a delicious selection of dishes perfectly sized for your group. Select from a variety of dishes to create your custom Santaella 3-course prix fixe menu. Visit our menu section at santaellapr.com to view our group menu options or email us at reservations@santaellapr.com with any questions. Once booked, we will follow up with you to select desired menu. Group menus are required for parties of 11 or more guests. THIS EXPERIENCE IS NON-REFUNDABLE.

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What 2,615 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Caribbean

    Puerto Rican

  • Caribbean

    Most Booked

  • Puerto Rico

    Best Food

  • Puerto Rico

    Puerto Rican

  • Puerto Rico

    Most Booked

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  1. I

    Ifxfeet

    Houston

    60 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    My wife had Foie Gras , however it had an over abundance of jam on it and did not taste good . My sister ( it was her birthday) had the corned beef pastel on that was absolutely horrible tasting . My fish was good as well as my wife’s . We won’t be here again when we come back to Puerto Rico .
  2. C

    Christopher

    Washington DC

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went for my partner’s 40th birthday. Everything was great!!!

    SantaellaResponded 7 days agoThank you Chris! Hope to have you back. :) -Kris

  3. P

    Psai

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    So so good! When traveling to PR, this restaurant is a must on the itinerary! Food is great + staff is great! 10/10

    SantaellaResponded 7 days agoIt was our pleasure hosting you. We are glad you enjoyed it. :) -Kris

  4. TV

    TomV

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As usual, a great experience, and definitely a must for anyone traveling to PR.
  5. LF

    LauraF

    Caribbean

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love Santaella always! Best food, sexy bar amazing ambiance.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Santaella is always a safe bet! Best drinks, food and service!
  7. JF

    JFDo

    New England

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience1
    The food is good - but that’s it. The place caters to bachelorette parties. Dancing on tables type of atmosphere - not a great dining experience. Couldn’t wait to get out of the place.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This food here is amazing Definitely recommend it!! We ate here on Sunday night on the roof outdoors and ate at the main restaurant Saturday night. Always our favorites every time we come to Puerto Rico
  9. SW

    StephW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We met bad bunny!!!! Awsome!!! Food was great! Service was 10/10
  10. A

    Astin

    Atlanta

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The experience at Santaella was absolutely amazing. From the time we walked in the ambiance and the service was superb. Nicholas was so attentive and could sense our needs before we asked. Every dish and cocktail we ordered was beyond our expectations, and to add to is the staff was warm and pleasing to the eyes. I would definitely add to my top 10 list of dining experiences.
  11. C

    Crescioni

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Todo lo que pedimos estaba sabroso, lo recomiendo.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excelente servicio! Damian muy atento, la comida de primera, muchas gracias!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Charged us 16 for water waited a really long time and tried to double tip us
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Thuringia

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s always an amazing experience.!!!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience5
    The service was odd. Plates were cleared haphazardly and not as professional as we were expecting for one of the best touted restaurants in PR. Some of the dishes were excellent but others were subpar. Overall, it felt rather inconsistent. It’s a gorgeous restaurant but doesn’t seem to know what it wants to be. Many of us are in the industry and felt some staff training may be helpful. Additionally, the menu seems to need more focus. Id recommend for drinks and an appetizer at the bar until they get this figured out.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best place in Puerto Rico for me! Great food and drinks!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience! Best meal I have had in a very long time!!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sabroso! Puerto Rico’s secret..
  19. AR

    AileenR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was spot on with his recommendations and the food was excellent. This is now a new favorite vacation spot to dine at when we return to PR.
  20. p

    pop77

    Las Vegas

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Excelente como siempre!!!, trato súper, ambiente super!!
  21. MH

    MarianaH

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    We were seated about 30 minutes after our reservation was scheduled for. They only let us into the actual restaurant 15 minutes AFTER the reservation time. Interesting given they a $50 charge for anyone that misses or cancels reservation late. We were then informed that we would have about 30 minutes to get our food order in as the kitchen closes at 10:30. The services was apathetic at best and surprising given other reviews. Food was good but not sure it merited the price. The lamb chops and bread pudding were standouts from an otherwise meh lineup. The music was loud and got louder as the night wore on.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mom’s Birthday
  23. RV

    RosaV

    Caribbean

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All great thanks
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I chose Santaella because of the positive reviews and I decided that it would be the best place to celebrate my birthday. From the welcoming Valets to our amazing server Nicolas and staff, I want to say thank you all for giving me the best birthday experience!
  25. J

    Junior

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Excellent food- Highly recommended- Service was sketchy, though overall good; for the price , you expect 5 star service- but ours was average.. But then , the reason you go there is for the Food- so My rating is 5 star !
  26. AL

    ALDLLO

    Caribbean

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience2
    The food is great. The waiter very competent. The noise and music (Bad Bunny) was extremely loud, and does not let you have a conversation.
  27. M

    Madeline

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the overall design of the place and the food was great!
  28. CD

    ChefDQ

    Caribbean

    17 reviews

    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    it wasn’t as good as i remember… we ordered the the Asian noodle salmon it was cooked perfectly but barely any noodles and too much sauce. the burrata was good but felt like a breakfast dish same as the four grass.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The food was outstanding, as always. Great ambiance. Perfect for a special lunch with parents and fiancé.
  30. M

    Maria

    New York Area

    45 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    I’m not gonna say the food was bad because it was excellent…….the waiter we had was fun and informative…….the problem was trying to get back to the hotel…..no help was given by the outside “bouncer” to help with getting a cab…..mind you we asked the matre’d before we ate and he said no problem…..that goodness for the valet person as he not only helped us but got a cab for us!….we went to old San Juan the next day and we said a prayer for him in a church….sooooooo if you Plan on going to Puerto Rico…..upload Uber!
  31. AD

    AidaD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service since i arrived. Cocktails and food: Amazing.
  32. JO

    JackquelineO

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Too loud, too dark. The ambience needed a little bit more light. Maybe just putting a bar outside will release the noise inside. If you ask me, I will recommend Santaella depending on purposes. Certainly, not business meeting purposes.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was simply amazing. The staff and service were outstanding. The best meal I have ever had in San Juan. Will return on my next trip and HIGHLY recommend to any friends.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible food and excellent service
  35. PT

    PriscillaT

    Caribbean

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall1food1service5ambience5
    Mi restaurante favorito, pero hoy no había nada disponible del menú. Todo era no. El pollo que pedimos lleno de cartílagos. Muy triste.
  36. KG

    KellyGirl

    Greensboro

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    I chose Santaella for my birthday dinner and the food was absolutely divine. Initially the service was excellent. I indicated on the reservation that the dinner was a birthday celebration and I told the wait staff the same thing on arrival and the waiter said that they would get together and sing to me. However, that NEVER happened, even though one of my friends reminded them that we were having a birthday dinner for me. We watched the staff sing to two other tables around us and bring them a dessert with sparklers. Soooo.....yeah not a fan that my celebration ended on a sour note. 😒
  37. V

    Vanessa

    Caribbean

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is always very good. They always have different varieties out of the menu this is good for people like us that go often because there will always be a new option you have not tried on the menu. the pork belly boa buns were changed to crispy shrimp and they were amazing. if you like escargots you will love these best i have had in PR.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Is one of my favorite restaurants in Puerto Rico. The owner is gay so is always nice to show support for the LGBTQ community.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great service, love this place!
  40. S

    Sean

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service! Gabriel was absolutely spectacular. The service couldn't have been better! A+++++

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Santaella using the Order Online button. Santaella also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Santaella also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (787) 722-7600.

Santaella is rated 4.8 stars by 2615 OpenTable diners.

Santaella does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 49 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
  • Logo image for Uber Eats
Google Map for Santaella

219 Cll Canals, San Juan, PR 00907

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    La Placita de Santurce

  • Neighbourhood

    San Juan

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Tue–Fri 11:30 am–5:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Puerto Rican, Caribbean, Latin / Spanish

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    Santaella has valet parking thru Valera Parking ($10) and there are also two public, paid parkings nearby.

  • Public Transit

    Stop #19. Bus lines: A5, B21, M3, B16

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Latinx or Hispanic, LGBTQ+

  • Executive Chef

    Chef José Santaella

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (787) 722-7600

  • Catering

    For Caterings, please contact: events@santaellapr.com or visit www.josesantaella.com

  • Private party facilities

    For Group Dining Inquiries please visit our website at: http://josesantaella.com/

  • Private party contact

    Kristian Toro: (787) 725-1611

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