Fish, fish, fish, fish!
Santander is s seap[ort. That means toons of fresh fish.
Try always fish on season. My favourite is white tuna (bonito). The season starts in august and last until october.
The best ways to try it is grilled (bonito a la plancha) or in tomato sauce (bonito con tomate) .
One local dish is a pate made out of cabracho fish and shrimps. Cabracho is the ugliest fish you can imagine but is very tasty. The pate is called "pudding the cabracho" and is served as a racion (large tapa). This is a must !
This is a very interesting place. It is located next to "Faro Mayor" (big lighthouse) and it has one of the nicest views in Santander. It is a bar/cafe run by ex-foreign legion soldiers.
People come here to enjoy drinks and tapas "Al Fresco"
looking at the ocean from the top of a cliff.
This is a must. Normally you will find only locals here since
it is relatively unknown to tourists. It is a few miles from the citty but there is a bus going there. You can also take a taxi.
It should noty be more than 5 euros from Sardinero beach.
Favorite Dish: Try the hot chocolate, or enjoy a cana (draft beer) with rabas (deep fried calamary).
Bodegas Uriarte: Tapas
There are many tapas bars in Santander but Bodegas Uriarte is my favourite. Recomended are the "Albondigas"
(meatballs) and the "Gambas al ajillo" (garlic shrimps).
The price is good and the portions bigger than normal.
The atmosphere is also very nice but be prepared to smoke second hand. That's inevitable in Spain.
Favorite Dish: Albondigas
Casa Mariano: Excellent Value For Money
We chose this place as it was full of locals and the place was buzzing. There were loads of staff and they were very quick to help.
Thw set menu was very good value at only 7.50 Euros. It was three courses with wine and water too!!! Each course was of a large size.
Favorite Dish: One of the courses was a Chorizo and bean stew which was yummy.
Entretapas y vinos: Seafront Location
This trendy seafront restaurant is a lovely place to enjoy lunch. We only had the tapas but the meals we saw other diners eating looked really good.
The staff are friendly and efficient.
Choose a table by the window to appreciate the setting even more.
Favorite Dish: We had the tapas on toasts and they were scrummy.
Restaurante RHIN: Pescado !!!
Tapas bar on the street side, fixed-price meal in the middle and sumptuous lunch spot just in front of the sea, overlooking the "sardinero" beach.
Favorite Dish: Fish !!!!! just ask for fish (pescado) and wait ... accep also wine advice, it was really interesting.
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Sole Mio: Cheap sangria
So-so food and horrible service, but this restaurant did have three good things going for it:
1) It was literally underneath the hotel I was staying in.
2) The pizza was pretty good.
3) The sangria was super cheap--6 euro for a small pitcher that held 5-6 drinks worth; 8 for a large pitcher.
One night I drank a whole small pitcher by myself. Not the best sangria in Spain, but quite drinkable for the price.
Favorite Dish: Pizza.
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Restaurante Chino: Cheap Chinese
Very nice little Chinese place run by an elderly Filipino couple who speak a little English and Spanish. Prices are most reasonable, and it was great to be able to get some normal food instead of the pork laden Spanish dishes I had been subsisting on.
Favorite Dish: The thick noodles (whatever they're called) were very good, as was the Kung Pao Chicken, Shrimp, etc. Never had a bad dish, and I ate there many times.
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MESON DE LOS VILLA...
MESON DE LOS VILLA (Santillana)
And old palace, now a medium and not expensive restaurant. They have a touristic menu for about 8 US $. Located at the entrance of the town, in Santo Domingo Street. You can have lunch inside (reservations recommended) or at its wonderful quiet patio, all surrounded by old green trees.
There are a lot of great Fish...
There are a lot of great Fish and Seafood restaurants
near the town hall and Paseo Pereda. One of my favourites is Casa San Miguel, where you get a great
choice of dishes, like Lubina a la plancha, gambas al ajillo or Salpicon. Try also the Tapa-bars.
Favorite Dish: All kinds of fresh fish and seafood. Try the Rioja-wines or sherries. The Different sorts of cheese and meat are excellent: try queso manchego or Chorizo.
My favorite racion: Bacalao con tomate. Sorry, I don´t know the translations in English.
Taberna Marinera Machichaco: Fish, rice, tapas.......
Thanks to Juan (elpariente), I went to this place, also called "El Machi", to have a great lunch; from now on, I'll keep it as a must in Santander.
Marucho: Pescado fresco Fresh fish
Favorite Dish: Caracolillos
Albóndigas de rape
Tiny sea snails
Albóndigas de rape
Lots of good restaurants...
Lots of good restaurants offering great seafood. The picture was taken in Llanes but we had the best meal in a restaurant in Vidiago.
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