Bienvenido a Santaella
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.
Croquetas del Día12Croquettes of the day
Empanadillas del Día14Puerto Rican turnovers of the day
Frituras de Malanga17with smoked turkey and chicken in tarragon
Rulos de Morcilla16Blood sausage bread curlers with 'pique' dip
Escargots17à la bourguignonne
CALAMARES FRITOS Orientales16Calamari fritti oriental-style, mildly spicy
Alcapurrias de Cangrejo Blanco19Puerto Rican grated green banana and taro root fritters with wild-caught white crab and herb salad
'Steamed Buns'16Oriental panko-crusted shrimp, avocado and sriracha
Mini Tacos16Ahi tuna in chipotle and guacamole
Quesadilla23Goat cheese with honey, balsamic vinaigrette reduction, white truffle oil served with arugula
'Popcorn Chicken'17in agave and curry
'Organic Beef Sliders'16Bacon and caramelized onions jam, sweet plantain, local lettuce, red wine cilantro mayo
Pulpo a la Parilla26Grilled Spanish octopus in smoked paprika over roasted pumpkin, olive tapenade and pumpkin seeds
CRUDOS, SOUP & SALADS
SOPA DEL DIA9Soup of the day
Pinchos de Atún17Ahi Tuna Pinxtos marinated in oriental spices, rice paper chicharron
Ceviche26Fresh Hawaiian wahoo 'ono' in citric juices with cilantro, pineapple and tomato served with 'tostones'
Coles de Brusela17Warm brussels sprout salad with white cheddar cheese and funyuns, cashew nuts, pancetta and arugula
Coliflor y Batata Asada16Cauliflower and roasted sweet potatoes over herbs, yogurt labneh, almonds and harissa
Ensalada 'Crazy' Oriental18Oriental crazy salad
Iceberg Wedge22with blue cheese dressing, tomatos + boiled egg and crispy bacon.
FROM THE SEA
Chillo frito35Crisp deep rried whole red snapper, herb chimichurri served with fried green plantain'tostones'
Filete Orgánico de Salmon Asado32over edamame, fingerling potatoes, sour cream + salmon roe caviar
Lubina De La Antártida Asada47Fresh antarctic sea bass over sweet potato purée, piquillo red pepper and capers vinaigrette
Camarones al ajillo34Shrimp in garlic cream sauce with plantain, yucca and sweet-plantain Puerto Rican 'trifongo'
MEAT AND POULTRY
FILETE MIGNON46Certified angus filet mignon with a portobello and red wine cream sauce, sauteéd baby carrots and grilled polenta
Lacon asado29Braised pork shank caramelized served with potato salad
Cachetes de ternera34Veal cheeks in creole fricassee over root vegetable 'Yautia' purée
Churrasco39Cuban skirt steak, USDA certified angus beef, with sautéed onions and house made chimichurri served with rice and black beans
'Pork Belly'33Over root vegetable 'apio' purée + orange vinaigrette, local white cheese
Pollo Orgánico 'french-cut'27Organic french-cut chicken over sautéed zucchini in champagne cream with herbs
Arroz del dia8Rice of the day
Arroz y habichuelas8Rice & beans
Majado del Dia8Mash of the day
Vegetales salteaos8Sautéed vegetables
Ensalada de Arugula8Arugula salad
Aguacate fresco9Fresh local avocado
Tostones8fries green plantains
Trifongo8Mashed sweet plantain, green plantains and yucca mofongo
NUTELLA SANDWICH12In skillet served with whipped cream
Warm chocolate cake12With homemade ice cream of the day
Budin de guayaba y queso12Guava and cheese bread pudding with pecans
Tarta de datiles12Dates and nuts cake
mud pie12Coffee ice cream and oreos
Salted caramel12'Pot de Créme'
Cocada12Coconut and almond custard
Flan del Dia12Creme caramel of the day with whipped cream
Hours of operation:
Santaella is currently closed.