Santaella

Caribbean Restaurant$$$$
San Juan
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  • Mita S.
    "The goat cheese quesadilla is a must."(4 Tips)
    Christine A.
    "We had the tuna skewers, conk fritters, and risotto- all amazing."(2 Tips)
    Valentin G.
    "Cocktails are awesome and the food is great."(18 Tips)
    Angelique H.
    "A pretty expensive place but worth a visit."(3 Tips)
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  • Christine A.
    Christine ADecember 22, 2013
    By far the best meal we've had in PR, the food is on the level of NYC restaurants. We had the tuna skewers, conk fritters, and risotto- all amazing. The drinks are delicious, and the service is great.
  • Joey J.
    Joey JNovember 6, 2015
    We ventured off the beaten path to find this gem. One of the best meals I've ever had. Braised Pork Shank is outstanding. The Jibarito Mule is great too. Bring a group and share multiple dishes.
  • J R.
    J RaccugliaJanuary 30, 2015
    The food is excellent! The servers are very friendly. You must try the filet mignon - it does bring a real Puertorrican touch. The place is amazing with a nice atmosphere. Foodies be like: omg!
  • Mita S.
    Mita ShresthaJune 20, 2015
    Amazing food and friendly service. The goat cheese quesadilla is a must. Not a fan of the mojitos though. This is definitely the place for posh Puerto Ricans ;). Need to book in advance.
  • Neil G.
    Neil GogoiJanuary 5, 2014
    Absolutely amazing food here. Go for the wild crab with salad and the sea bass on sweet potato. Out of this world. If I ever come back to PR this is definitely a place I would come back to!
  • Matt
    MattDecember 20, 2014
    The croquettes are awesome! This place has some really nice cocktails and just about every liquor/spirit you could imagine behind the bar. It's very lively and packed all day, especially on a Friday.
  • Angelique H.
    Angelique HoutveenFebruary 26, 2016
    Great vibe, lots of local PR professionals. The mini taco's were amazing. A pretty expensive place but worth a visit.
  • World Class 50
    World Class 50December 18, 2013
    The atmosphere itself is elegant and personable, but the space retains a raw urban feel. Ketel One Vramble is a delicious signature cocktail that will definitely give you something to talk about. Read more
  • Rita C.
    Rita CamposMay 17, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    Ask for the 7 layer salad w amarillos, the blue stone crab alcapurrias, ahi tuna pinchos! All To die for!!!
  • Chrishon M.
    Chrishon McManusAugust 20, 2016
    Food is great. Service is kind of slow (maybe it's a laid back Caribbean mentality). But the staff did everything possible to make us happy (which is my standard for a world-class establishment).
  • NataschaOS
    NataschaOSSeptember 4, 2011
    Favorite of my new findings! Great atmosphere, delish cocktails, affordable menu, and friendly service / Only negative is the reservations ... need to make them in advance ... way in advance!
  • Noel M.
    Noel MoralesNovember 29, 2015
    Great food, great ambiance, good cocktails for PR! Make sure to grab a reservation
  • Noelia M.
    Noelia MoralesNovember 8, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The food insanely creative, endless play on different taste to please any experienced palette. I loved the specialty house drinks as well!
  • Rebecca M.
    Rebecca MaldonadoOctober 4, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Everything I've had @ Santaella were all delicious. The nutella emparedado...perfection!!
  • Xiomy T.
    Xiomy TorresMarch 21, 2013
    great ambience, food and service! Angus beef sliders, Quesadillas with goat cheese or tuna skewer a MUST! :)
  • Paul F.
    Paul FeinsteinAugust 22, 2014
    Food was fine, though nothing to make me go back twice. Atmosphere was definitely awesome. Real nice place. A little over priced in my opinion. Felt like i was back in NYC.. Valet parking 7 bucks!
  • Gabriella R.
    Gabriella RunnelsJune 17, 2016
    The goat cheese quesadillas are incredible, but nothing else really impressed. It would be worth going just for those quesadillas, though. Cocktails were also good.
  • Steve L.
    Steve LoganOctober 4, 2013
    Great restaurant! Delicious tapas and great friendly staff. Easy walk from Condado resorts.
  • Larry M.
    Larry ManisMay 10, 2013
    Don't forget to check yelp for the special free mojito aka da jelp especial
  • Lance M.
    Lance MoralesFebruary 19, 2015
    The place is legit. Great atmosphere and food. There is gated metered run parking down the street.
  • Bridget Reed M.
    Bridget Reed MorawskiJanuary 13, 2016
    Loved the food. But they will give you an entire snapper, head bones and all, if you aren't careful.
  • Franco G.
    Franco GonzalezAugust 10, 2016
    Amazing culinary experience served in a very elegant joyful atmosphere with impeccable service! A MUST!!
  • Jacobo G.
    Jacobo GómezAugust 19, 2016
    Spectacular tiny restaurant. Get the "Hen of the woods" mushroom, it's really good.
  • Angélica A.
    Angélica AyalaJuly 12, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Jalapeño Margarita, it's strong and delicious. The mignon filet its awesome.
  • Louis H.
    Louis HarrewijnDecember 22, 2013
    Great food, fantastic wines and beautiful ambiance
  • Caryn S.
    Caryn StevensApril 13, 2014
    Goat cheese quesadilla. Enough said. It will change your life.
  • Foodiespr
    FoodiesprAugust 18, 2015
    Where most of the worldclass cocktail champions are! la Doña Picante it's my favorite
  • Claudia C.
    Claudia CMarch 4, 2016
    Great date night spot! Delicious Spanish Octopus 😋
  • Harsha N.
    Harsha NarayanAugust 23, 2015
    Awesome mixologists ! Love the cocktails here ! 🍸
  • Valentin G.
    Valentin GuerinJanuary 19, 2016
    Cocktails are awesome and the food is great. Probably our best experience in San Juan!
  • Brenda A.
    Brenda AndrewsDecember 27, 2015
    Lovely atmosphere, wait staff attentive. Not impressed with food. Honey berry mojito was good. Chicken dish was just average & overpriced.
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  • miles l.
    miles lennonJanuary 17, 2016
    Order tapas style and make sure to get Octopus
  • Ellen M.
    Ellen MakovskyMay 27, 2013
    The black truffle quesadillas are amazing as is the sandia mojito!
  • Johanna B.
    Johanna BravoJanuary 25, 2015
    Great ambiance, food and drinks.
  • Myriam C.
    Myriam CopicottoMarch 6, 2014
    Beautifull decor .upscale .make recervatation..always pack,
  • Mario .
    Mario 🌮December 31, 2015
    Get a drink at the Bar from their mixologists.....drinks are very expensive.
  • Courtney D.
    Courtney DeutschNovember 23, 2014
    Nutella sandwich was leap of faith for me, but I was not disappointed. Delicious.
  • Thiago L.
    Thiago LinsMarch 5, 2016
    Great cocktails. Get the empanadillas of the day.
  • Lauren C.
    Lauren ConnollyMarch 9, 2012
    The nutella double press sandwich will change your life
  • henry b.
    henry bakerFebruary 3, 2016
    delicious, try the crazy japanese salad
  • Myriam C.
    Myriam CopicottoMarch 4, 2014
    Great creative food,
  • Makeda
    MakedaSeptember 10, 2016
    If this were in NYC it would be rated poorly.Service was impeccable and we were told by locals to go there. Bad idea. Deviled eggs were ok, to salty. The goat cheese quesadilla was soggy and too sweet
  • Guillermo E.
    Guillermo EchevarriaSeptember 29, 2013
    Perfect food, perfect ambience.
  • Maria Elena M.
    Maria Elena MoraOctober 13, 2014
    The barely touched tuna is to die for! 🐠
  • Hande E.
    Hande ErfusOctober 11, 2015
    Jalapeno margharita A+ and tuna tartare tacos A+
  • Paull Y.
    Paull YoungFebruary 3, 2013
    The Nutella desert is mind-blowing
  • Lochlan T.
    Lochlan TangasJanuary 30, 2016
    The cocktails are delicious
  • Toni S.
    Toni SpottSeptember 15, 2013
    Amazing food & love hanging w/the Locals.
  • Stephanie P.
    Stephanie PrzygockiOctober 24, 2013
    Best restaurant I've been to in Puerto Rico!
  • Jonathan G.
    Jonathan GoldbergAugust 6, 2016
    Great cocktails and food
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