Fodor's Expert Review Santaella

$$$ San Juan Lunch Fodor's Choice

A career working with top chefs and a successful catering business prefaced chef José Santaella's namesake restaurant in La Placita marketplace. The menu is dominated by tapas, and favorites include the ahi tuna skewers, goat-cheese quesadilla, and morcilla (blood sausage) fritters. The neighborhood is anything but chic, but the restaurant is packed every night with well-dressed socialites, trendsetters, and the "who's who" of Puerto Rican society. The decor is rustic yet elegant, with exposed walls, Edison light fixtures, an interior garden, and a sparkling, tropical bar. Chef Santaella fuses local and international ingredients to perfectly execute Puerto Rican nouvelle cuisine. 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. We can't get enough of the Perfect Lady! Their new rooftop, Azotea, opens on Sundays.

Lunch Dinner Puerto Rican $$$ Fodor's Choice

Quick Facts

219 Calle Canals
San Juan, n/a Puerto Rico  00907, Puerto Rico


Known For:
  • Small plates of nouveau Puerto Rican specialties
  • Trendy ambience
  • Great cocktails
Restaurant Details:
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Mon. No lunch Sat., Reservations recommended

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