Caribbean Restaurant
219 Calle Canals (La Placita de Santurce), San Juan 00907, Puerto Rico
Closed until 11:30 AM (Show more)
  • Tue–Fri
    • 11:30 AM–11:00 PM
  • Sat
    • 6:30 PM–11:00 PM
Lunch, Dinner
Full Bar, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express & MasterCard)
Outdoor Seating:

Santaella, the much-anticipated restaurant from renowned chef José Santaella, debuted June 2011 in Santurce within ‘La Placita’ area. Chef Santaella transforms what used to be his catering workshop into an architectural acclaimed space committed to offer a menu full of flavor.


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    Christine A.
    "We had the tuna skewers, conk fritters, and risotto- all amazing."(2 Tips)
    Mita S.
    "The goat cheese quesadilla is a must."(2 Tips)
    Harsha N.
    "Love the cocktails here !"(9 Tips)
    Lauren C.
    "The nutella double press sandwich will change your life"(4 Tips)
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  • cocktails
  • tuna skewers
  • quesadillas
  • good for dates
  • trendy
  • romantic
  • fancy
  • crab
  • lively
  • beef sliders
  • croquettes
  • authentic
  • sea bass
  • fritters
  • risotto
  • dressy
  • filet mignon
  • great value
  • jalapeño margaritas
  • mini tacos
  • Harsha N.

    Awesome mixologists ! Love the cocktails here ! 🍸

    Harsha Narayan · 1 week ago
  • Foodiespr

    Where most of the worldclass cocktail champions are! la Doña Picante it's my favorite

    Foodiespr · 2 weeks ago
  • Angélica A.

    Try the Jalapeño Margarita, it's strong and delicious. The mignon filet its awesome.

    Angélica Ayala · July 12
  • Mita S.

    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.

    Mita Shrestha · June 20
  • Lance M.

    The place is legit. Great atmosphere and food. There is gated metered run parking down the street.

    Lance Morales · February 19
  • J R.

    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!

    J Raccuglia · January 30
  • Johanna B.

    Great ambiance, food and drinks.

    Johanna Bravo · January 25
  • Matt

    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.

    Matt · December 20, 2014
  • Courtney D.

    Nutella sandwich was leap of faith for me, but I was not disappointed. Delicious.

    Courtney Deutsch · November 23, 2014
  • Maria Elena M.

    The barely touched tuna is to die for! 🐠

    Maria Elena Mora · October 13, 2014
  • Rebecca M.

    Everything I've had @ Santaella were all delicious. The nutella emparedado...perfection!!

    Rebecca Maldonado · October 4, 2014
  • Paul F.

    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!

    Paul Feinstein · August 22, 2014
  • Ismael G.

    Elige el atún, es para venerarlo

    Ismael García Villarejo · May 29, 2014
  • Rita C.

    Ask for the 7 layer salad w amarillos, the blue stone crab alcapurrias, ahi tuna pinchos! All To die for!!!

    Rita Campos · May 17, 2014
  • Caryn S.

    Goat cheese quesadilla. Enough said. It will change your life.

    Caryn Stevens · April 13, 2014
  • VladimAr R.

    La atención es esmerada. Divinos los camarones empanados, el tartar de atún y la ensalada de camarones. Cada semana tienen un menú diferente.

    VladimAr Ramones · March 28, 2014
  • Myriam C.

    Beautifull decor .upscale .make recervatation..always pack,

    Myriam Copicotto · March 6, 2014
  • Myriam C.

    Great creative food,

    Myriam Copicotto · March 4, 2014
  • Neil G.

    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!

    Neil Gogoi · January 5, 2014
  • Martha Z.

    Quesadilla is vera good!

    Martha Zampino · December 24, 2013
  • Christine A.

    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.

    Christine A · December 22, 2013
  • Louis H.

    Great food, fantastic wines and beautiful ambiance

    Louis Harrewijn · December 22, 2013
  • World Class 50

    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

    World Class 50 · December 18, 2013
  • Stephanie P.

    Best restaurant I've been to in Puerto Rico!

    Stephanie Przygocki · October 24, 2013
  • Steve L.

    Great restaurant! Delicious tapas and great friendly staff. Easy walk from Condado resorts.

    Steve Logan · October 4, 2013
  • Guillermo E.

    Perfect food, perfect ambience.

    Guillermo Echevarria · September 29, 2013
  • Toni S.

    Amazing food & love hanging w/the Locals.

    Toni Spott · September 15, 2013
  • Ellen M.

    The black truffle quesadillas are amazing as is the sandia mojito!

    Ellen Makovsky · May 27, 2013
  • Larry M.

    Don't forget to check yelp for the special free mojito aka da jelp especial

    Larry Manis · May 10, 2013
  • Xiomy T.

    great ambience, food and service! Angus beef sliders, Quesadillas with goat cheese or tuna skewer a MUST! :)

    Xiomy Torres · March 21, 2013
  • Paull Y.

    The Nutella desert is mind-blowing

    Paull Young · February 3, 2013
  • Antonio D.

    quesadillas de queso de cabra, pinchos de atún y nutella de postre!

    Antonio Duarte-Pino · January 18, 2013
  • Estela P.

    Its too cold! Bring a Coat.

    Estela Padro · December 6, 2012
  • Cecilia C.

    el drink "Nydia Caro" es de las cosas más deliciosas que he probado en mi vida!

    Cecilia Carola · June 9, 2012
  • Lauren C.

    The nutella double press sandwich will change your life

    Lauren Connolly · March 9, 2012
  • Kristian T.

    Salmon tartare...

    Kristian Toro · March 2, 2012
  • Daniel G.

    la clave del WiFi es: 219canals

    Daniel Granatta · January 30, 2012
  • Noelia M.

    The food insanely creative, endless play on different taste to please any experienced palette. I loved the specialty house drinks as well!

    Noelia Morales · November 8, 2011
  • NataschaOS

    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!

    NataschaOS · September 4, 2011