Santillana del Mar is full of places to stay and eat. Perhaps it speaks to the quality of food in Spain and how hard it is to find a bad meal, or maybe we were just lucky to have picked Mater Asturias. We were able to get a table at the outdoor patio in the back, they had cider, and the food was so good!
Favorite Dish: I had a vegetable dish for my first dish which I must let you know was prepared with ham. That's Spain for ya... You want veggies? Fine, but we're gonna stick some ham in it! ; ) I thought it was delicious and I felt good about eating vegetables. For our second dish two of us had Merluza - a fairly typical white fish that's served throughout Spain - and it was amazing. It was prepared in a creamy sauce and simply delicate. The third person had fried eggs and ham. The eggs were so fresh that the yolks were orange. For dessert we had cheese flan, which was like a panacotta and also wonderful.
Santillana is full of restaurants where you´ll have the oportunity of taste the local food.
If you want to spend a good money on a meal you can eat "a la carta". It means that you choose whatever you want from the menu. This option if most of the times better than the "menu del día", but logically it´s also more expensive. In this way you can spend between 20 and 40 euros, depending on what you ask for.
The cost of the "menu del día" is about 9-12 euros.
You can choose from three first dishes, three second dishes and three desserts. Water or wine are also included.
Favorite Dish: A tipical "menu del día" could be:
1st dish (Choose one):
- Seafood Paella: Rice cooked with seafood.
- Mixed Salad: Tomatoe, onion, lettuce, tuna, corn, egg... dressed with olive oil, salt and vinegar.
- Fabada: White beans with corn
2nd dish (choose one):
- Mushroom omelette
- Flan: It´s made of eggs, milk and sugar.
- Ice cream
Watter OR wine included.
Coffe NOT included.
We recommend the restaurant Casa Cossio, near the church, superb "parilla's" (grilled on barbecue) of tasteful meat. The pork ribs are the speciality. The menu is translated in English, French and German. Waitresses are efficient but speak only Spanish.
Tourists may complain that Spaniards are not very clever on foreign languages but, quite frankly, do they speak Spanish in restaurants in the U.K.? I made a trial, for the fun, speaking French in hotels and restaurants in London; result 1/10.
Favorite Dish: Pork ribs.
There are a large number of restaurants to choose from, almost all of them offer the "menu del dia" at around 10 euros.