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.
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.
This restaurant looked appealing from the outside and had menus displayed - but only in Spanish. After using our phrase book long enough to realise that the tapas on offer and the menu of the day were enough to tempt us inside, in we went, only to find that the menus inside were also in English.
Once inside we were not disappointed with our choice. The atmosphere was friendly, service was really good and the place was spotlessly clean. Although the 3 course menu of the day was tempting at 18 Euros we decided to go for a selection of tapas dishes.
Favorite Dish: We ordered shrimps in garlic, a chorizo dish, red peppers stuffed with meat & some albondigas ( meatballs )
Everything was good. The shrimps were more like large prawns sizzling in a delicious garlic oil. Both the chorizo & the albondigas were just as good but our favourite was the stuffed red peppers ( pimientos rellanos ) There was also plenty of crusty bread to mop up the juices. Nothing went to waste.
The wine was a real bargain. We had a bottle of nice dry white and half a bottle of house red which came to a total of 12 Euros. This was our lunch on my birthday and was a good choice. We were full up and went back, happy, to our hotel for a siesta. We would go back again if in the area.
Tricky Dicky's rating 9 / 10
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).
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 bar was very accommodating very good barmen very quick to please.the food on display made you feel hungry as soon as you walked in.ordered beers and tapas.whilst sitting enjoying our break i noticed a local gentleman with a big cigar sitting at bar he kept having his glass topped up with whisky making sure he had a good measure. we was there for an hour and he must have had at least half a bottle or more. (notice him in the picture).
Favorite Dish: jamon jamon jamon (see photo)
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.
This is an Italian restaurant situated in the centre of Santander's old town district. The restaurant looks quite small from outside as there are only a few tables on the ground floor level but there are more tables in the basement area.
Although quiet when we arrived the place soon got busy, mainly with locals. The menu wasn't translated into english and the staff spoke only spanish so we were glad of our phrase book as our spanish is very limited to say the least.
Favorite Dish: Both our starters were good but our main course pizzas were a little disappointing. We noticed that the locals seemed to be sharing starters & main courses so perhaps we just ordered the obvious and a little local knowledge would have gone a long way.
Our wine was reasonable value as were the coffees and the one shared desert. The overall experience wasn't bad but I was left feeling that the grand total price seemed just a little more than expected.
Tricky Dicky's rating 7 / 10
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
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.
Not really a restaurant, it is more like a fast food or a tapas bar.
Near Cañadio and a restaurant area, the place is most visited at night, but it's always a good option whenever you want a portion of its famous "patatas bravas", either as tapas at lunchtime, for teenagers and families in the evening or busy at night.
Favorite Dish: Patatas bravas!!
Patatas alioli or
Patatas with several sauces
DSi estás en Santander o en España , puedes utilizar esta lista donde aparecen los mejores bares y restaurantes de tapas y te recomiendan la especialidad de cada uno de ellos
También tienes recetas para hacerte tu las tapas
If you are in Santander or in Spain you may use this list where appear the best "Tapas"bars and restaurants and they recommend you the speciality of each one of them
You have also receipes to make your own " tapas "
Set back slightly from El Sardinero beach this was a bit of a splash-out as it was our last night in Spain. As in most restaurants in Spain, cigarette smoke is a problem, although it is illegal, but here there is a large part reserved for non-smokers. The bar was crowded as the local Santander football team were playing Real Madrid that evening but we had no problem with a table .
Favorite Dish: We both had Calamar for our hors d'oeuvres and they were superb. Followed by a Chateaubriand in a delicious pepper sauce.
We paid 58 euros for two inc coffee and wine.
Do not let the gawky observation deck put you off this restaurant! The sea views from themain dining room are unbeatable, as it is litterally built on the First Beach of El Sardinero. The ambience is classic and elegant; and the food is of the best quality, focusing obviously on fish specialities.
Book one window table for a memorable meal.
The restaurant makes part of a local hotels group (Grupo Rhin), which includes a hotel across the road (Hotel Rhin), which also has a celebrated restaurant (La Cúpula del Rhin).
This is the best Chocolate con Chorros I had in Spain. It's made from high quaility chocolate.
They also did chocolate fondue and lots of other chocolatey concotions.
Don't plan to eat for a few hours afterwards!
Favorite Dish: Chocolate con Chorros