Located next door to the taqueria, designed by Mark Lehmkuhl’s Ghosthouse Design, El Santo Restaurant invites guests to worship at the altar of food and drink. Walking through the massive wooden hacienda front doors into the dining room feels like stepping into an abandoned church that’s now been resurrected as a stylish ode to cocktails and lively dining. A lounge is outfitted with cushy leather-studded couches with an antique chapel piano serving as the DJ booth while a gold-plated telephone booth is festooned with the words “Talk to God” in neon.
Further inside are Spanish-style “ofrenda” tables outfitted with saints, candles and Christian iconography while the formal 80-seat dining room offers banquette seating beneath a grotto-like ceiling with draping vines and greenery. An intimate private dining room is ensconced within red velvet drapes and features a crucifixion artwork. Guests can expect impromptu Mariachi’s, musical performers and lively entertainment throughout the evening. A delectable menu of shareable plates feature Asian, Peruvian and Latin influences.
Further inside is a covert door that leads to Don Diablo, a cavernous bar decked out in funky Day of the Dead-inspired decor that sets a devilish vibe at this offbeat cantina with an elite collection of mezcal and tequila. The cocktail menu was created by Bar Lab’s Bryan Canales. With a DJ booth set behind a wooden coffin, wood beam ceiling covered in vines and cheeky murals depicting Día de los Muertos-style skeletons and skulls this secretive Mexican roadhouse-style bar sets the stage for cheeky hedonism straddling the line between sinners and saints. Cocktailing reigns supreme with sips like the Santo Pecado featuring Mezcal Sacrvm, fresh lime, jicama, watermelon juice, Mexican pepper reduction and CBD ($13). The resident DJ who directs the music and sets the vibes is Latin GRAMMY nominated producer Mr. Pauer whose DJ sets are legendary for their innovative and danceable hits. @elsantodondiablo @taqueriaelsanto
11:30am-4am Thursday-Friday, 11am-4am Saturdays, 11am-10pm on Sundays.
Hours for El Santo Restaurant are 7pm-12pm Thursday-Saturday.
Hours for Don Diablo are 10pm-3am Thursday-Saturday.