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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.
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RESTAURANT MENU
PARA PICAR
  • Croquetas del Día
    12
    Croquettes of the day
  • Empanadillas del Día
    14
    Puerto Rican turnovers of the day
  • Frituras de Malanga
    17
    with smoked turkey and chicken in tarragon
  • Rulos de Morcilla
    16
    Blood sausage bread curlers with 'pique' dip
  • Escargots
    17
    à la bourguignonne
  • CALAMARES FRITOS Orientales
    16
    Calamari fritti oriental-style, mildly spicy
  • Alcapurrias de Cangrejo Blanco
    19
    Puerto Rican grated green banana and taro root fritters with wild-caught white crab and herb salad
  • 'Steamed Buns'
    16
    Oriental panko-crusted shrimp, avocado and sriracha
  • Mini Tacos
    16
    Ahi tuna in chipotle and guacamole
  • Quesadilla
    23
    Goat cheese with honey, balsamic vinaigrette reduction, white truffle oil served with arugula
  • 'Popcorn Chicken'
    17
    in agave and curry
  • 'Organic Beef Sliders'
    16
    Bacon and caramelized onions jam, sweet plantain, local lettuce, red wine cilantro mayo
  • Pulpo a la Parilla
    26
    Grilled Spanish octopus in smoked paprika over roasted pumpkin, olive tapenade and pumpkin seeds
CRUDOS, SOUP & SALADS
  • SOPA DEL DIA
    9
    Soup of the day
  • Pinchos de Atún
    17
    Ahi Tuna Pinxtos marinated in oriental spices, rice paper chicharron
  • Ceviche
    26
    Fresh Hawaiian wahoo 'ono' in citric juices with cilantro, pineapple and tomato served with 'tostones'
  • Coles de Brusela
    17
    Warm brussels sprout salad with white cheddar cheese and funyuns, cashew nuts, pancetta and arugula
  • Coliflor y Batata Asada
    16
    Cauliflower and roasted sweet potatoes over herbs, yogurt labneh, almonds and harissa
  • Ensalada 'Crazy' Oriental
    18
    Oriental crazy salad
  • Iceberg Wedge
    22
    with blue cheese dressing, tomatos + boiled egg and crispy bacon.
FROM THE SEA
  • Chillo frito
    35
    Crisp deep rried whole red snapper, herb chimichurri served with fried green plantain'tostones'
  • Filete Orgánico de Salmon Asado
    32
    over edamame, fingerling potatoes, sour cream + salmon roe caviar
  • Lubina De La Antártida Asada
    47
    Fresh antarctic sea bass over sweet potato purée, piquillo red pepper and capers vinaigrette
  • Camarones al ajillo
    34
    Shrimp in garlic cream sauce with plantain, yucca and sweet-plantain Puerto Rican 'trifongo'
MEAT AND POULTRY
  • FILETE MIGNON
    46
    Certified angus filet mignon with a portobello and red wine cream sauce, sauteéd baby carrots and grilled polenta
  • Lacon asado
    29
    Braised pork shank caramelized served with potato salad
  • Cachetes de ternera
    34
    Veal cheeks in creole fricassee over root vegetable 'Yautia' purée
  • Churrasco
    39
    Cuban skirt steak, USDA certified angus beef, with sautéed onions and house made chimichurri served with rice and black beans
  • 'Pork Belly'
    33
    Over root vegetable 'apio' purée + orange vinaigrette, local white cheese
  • Pollo Orgánico 'french-cut'
    27
    Organic french-cut chicken over sautéed zucchini in champagne cream with herbs
SIDES
  • Arroz del dia
    8
    Rice of the day
  • Arroz y habichuelas
    8
    Rice & beans
  • Majado del Dia
    8
    Mash of the day
  • Vegetales salteaos
    8
    Sautéed vegetables
  • Ensalada de Arugula
    8
    Arugula salad
  • Aguacate fresco
    9
    Fresh local avocado
  • Tostones
    8
    fries green plantains
  • Amarillos
    8
    Sweet plantains
  • Trifongo
    8
    Mashed sweet plantain, green plantains and yucca mofongo
DESSERTS
  • NUTELLA SANDWICH
    12
    In skillet served with whipped cream
  • Baked Alaska
    12
  • Warm chocolate cake
    12
    With homemade ice cream of the day
  • Budin de guayaba y queso
    12
    Guava and cheese bread pudding with pecans
  • Tarta de datiles
    12
    Dates and nuts cake
  • mud pie
    12
    Coffee ice cream and oreos
  • Salted caramel
    12
    'Pot de Créme'
  • Cocada
    12
    Coconut and almond custard
  • Flan del Dia
    12
    Creme caramel of the day with whipped cream

Hours of operation:

Santaella is currently closed.