El Santo — Spanish for The Saint — was a masked real-life hero and legend of Mexican sports, who never revealed his true identity to his fans or his country. The famous luchador (wrestler) is restaurant founder Alejandro Diaz’s childhood hero, but unlike the masked wrestler, El Santo reveals the best of contemporary Mexican cuisine for you to experience and enjoy.

When Alejandro moved to New Westminster in 2010, he immediately recognized the community’s desire for fresh and innovative cuisine available close to home. His love for great food and outstanding hospitality inspired his vision for a restaurant that married modern West Coast ingredients with traditional, though lesser-known, Mexican favourites. He envisioned dishes served up in a lively, inviting, social, dining room where patrons could also sample delicious tequilas and mezcals on their own, or mixed into a tantalizing cocktail. And thus, El Santo was born.

El Santo showcases both the diversity of Mexican food and the fresh, local, and sustainable ingredients of the West Coast in creative dishes and a welcoming dining room that will have you wanting to come back to enjoy the experience over and over again.

For Alejandro, teaming up with Chef Shane King was an obvious choice. Shane was born and raised on Canada’s West Coast and spent years exploring Mexico and its cuisine. He brings new techniques and creativity to Mexican cuisine while staying true to core ingredients and traditions — right down to his house-made corn tortillas. Together they’ve created a menu that includes popular Mexican favourites and regional specialties you won’t find anywhere else on the Canadian coast.

Alejandro and Shane share a passion for good food, outstanding service and adventure. They have travelled throughout Mexico together to explore the best of local cuisine across the country, sampling everything from the local markets to the most trendy restaurants in Mexico to find the most interesting flavours and dishes to bring to your table.

Ready to be inspired? Come in, try our fresh menu and learn about the many regions of Mexico.