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219 Calle Canals | La Placita de Santurce, San Juan 00907-3021, Puerto Rico (La Placita de Santurce)
+1 787-725-1611
11:30 - 23:00
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Tue - Fri 11:30 - 23:00
Sat 18:00 - 23:00
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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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115 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Get there early because it gets really busy. Make reservations. We had the morcilla, alcapurrias and the mini tacos for appetizers and all were amazing. The main dishes were: lamb chops, Lacón and a filet Mignon; all were great! Will go back, it is a little pricey so not this week but will try to go back as fast as... More 

Thank jessicaopp
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18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This restaurant is located in the popular neighborhood of Santurce (San Juan/PR). It's a very nice and cozy restaurant with eclectic decoration. The wine list is not too large but the selection of wines is great. The food is excellent, Caribbean cuisine with an international touch: fresh, tasty and well delivered. The portions are also very aceptable, let's say the... More 

Thank Ignacio B
Miami, FL
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Santaella is excellent! It is situated in La Plazita of Santurce, a hopping night spot and restaurant area. The craft cocktails were top notch- I recommend the Parchita which was a passion fruit drink and the Perfect Lady which was a St. Germain and Ketel One drink with lavender and a house made herb syrup. The food was perfection. Of... More 

Thank 2ndxmom
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12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Venue not to be missed. Food was outstanding and absolutely loved the atmosphere. Refreshing add to Condado for us.

Thank Sandi S
San Juan, Puerto Rico
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45 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Don't get me wrong. Santaella remains one of the best but expensive foodie places in San Juan, with elaborate cocktails and wonderful Puertorrican high-end cuisine. We've sponsored Santaella (over now defunct? Jose Enrique) many times since its opening and I even own his cooking book. I've done here special occasion lunches for over 15 business associates. That's how much we... More 

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Madison, Connecticut
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13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Made a last minute reservation at the bar for 4 as we called for a Sunday reservation and they are closed. They had a table right behind the bar open when we arrived. This was a recommendation from a relative who worked in San Juan for 2 years. I would give the service, drinks, and atmosphere a 5. Food probably... More 

Thank Dan S
Puerto Rico
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11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Good ambiance, Good Food my favorite fried snapper! I usually visit while in business trips. I would recommend reservations after 7:00pm and if you don't like crowds try to avoid Thursday surrounding areas gets pretty crowded.

Thank Marivanisa L
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44 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I were spending the night in San Juan before flying out the next day, We had read various write ups for this restaurant and, as recommended made a reservation well before we got there. At first it appeared as if it was going to be too trendy and noisy but the tables were far enough away from... More 

Thank esb8
LaClede, Idaho
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31 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If your ship stays late - this is an excellent choice for local food - it is a small place, quiet, friendly staff, excellent food - we had a whole fried fish and wonderful shrimp. They serve local specialties. There is a bar. I think they open at 6pm but you need to check. You will need a taxi but... More 

Thank tyurpx
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have been coming time and again to Santaella for their amazing cocktails and service! Jonatan and Michael are always creating something new at the bar, and their level of service towards their guests is always on point. It really complements the delicious food on their menu. Would recommend this restaurant for a romantic evening or a night out with... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$25 - US$100
Caribbean, Latin, Puerto Rican, International, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Parking Available, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar Scene, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
18:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 219 Calle Canals | La Placita de Santurce, San Juan 00907-3021, Puerto Rico
    (La Placita de Santurce)
  • Public Transportation: Stop #19. Bus lines: A5, B21, M3, B16
  • Location: Caribbean  >  Puerto Rico  >  San Juan
  • Phone Number: +1 787-725-1611
Chef Santaella transforms what used to be his catering workshop into an architectural acclaimed space committed to offer a menu full of flavor using many local ingredients sourced fresh from a farmer’s market only feet away. The space is one full of history where green, brown and wood tones décor the place. An interior garden full of native plants and trees such as papaya and ornamental bananas serves as the focal point of the main dining room. Offering a 75-seat dining room and a a 16-seat bar designed for guests to eat in, Santaella celebrates the roots of the island's comida criolla, and incorporates techniques, flavors and fusions from around the world into its food.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?