Set to be an old 50's style American diner, this place has a style not conforming to the Spanish norm. The inside has lots of old time photos, old record LP covers, some life-size reliefs of Elvis the King, etc. The chairs even have those cherry red vinyl covers found in the old diners.
But what is a bit out of place is the fact that the music played both on the speakers and on the large TV's is that of modern pop and hip-hop. Thankfully its not very loud, so you can just ignore it.
When I was writing this tip, I wanted to confirm the address and yet I could not for the life of me find it in the Google street-views. Then I realized that it was (until recently) a Pans & Company. They even kept the old black and white tile floor that could be seen in the Google photos. So I apologize if this restaurant has the same fate and does not stand the test of time.
Favorite Dish: The diner has lots of burgers and combination platters. They do not appear to by anything particularly noteworthy.
We came here for the milkshakes. Milkshakes are not that common in Spain, but thankfully this place give it an honest try. They may sit on the blender for a few seconds too long so are not as thick as back home, but they still taste the same. Ask them to leave it thicker and you should do alright.
The DELICATESSEN Café is sited in the very heart of Salamanca, being just aside to The Universidad de Salamanca & Casa de las Conchas. The place itself seems small from outside although once that you are in, the space expands itself and they have also a little terrace covered very cosy.
The restaurant is very trendy and modern decorated and also feel comfortable as the space is bigger enough.
They offer a daily menu to choose from 3 or 4 starters, mains and desserts; however, you can also give a choice into the main menu which offers a selection of local starters, pastas, salads, fish, meat and some delicious desserts as well.
Favorite Dish: We had a selection of local ham and a big salad for starter.
And as main dishes we had:
- a pasta with garlic and prawns (very chilly!)
- a big steak with roquefort sauce and grilled vegetables.
For dessert, a slice of chocolate cake! :)
El Poney Pisador is a great choice not only because is out of the tourist paths but also because has a great menu for an excellent price! All its dishes are home-cooked with care.
The restaurant is based in a full flat, each room is decorated within a different style rendering the place very cosy and welcoming!
The menu is consisted in four starts to choose one and four mains to choose another one; and also a choice of three desserts. Drinks & bread are included. All for 15 euro only (per person).
*Do not forget to book your table with time because most of the times is full.
They offered two times for dinner: at 9pm and at 11pm - I guess they have also lunch shifts.
Favorite Dish: My selection was:
- Orange salad (orange, with red peppers, onions and tuna)
- Pig sirloin with Roquefort cheese sauce (delicious!)
- Strataciella ice cream
- Rosé wine
- Moscatel (sweet wine - offered free with the dessert)
Try the menu - mon-thu it's only about 10€ - fri-sun 13€ and it's really, really nice. Of course it's not authentic at all, but if you're tired of tapas (hmm...!) or just want to try something else I will highly recommend this spot! Even though it seems at bit posh, the waiters are dressed in jeans and they are very friendly and relaxed.
We even got the opportunity of a bellydancing woman twice - not nasty as sometimes but just impressing! :-)
Favorite Dish: Hoummus! Just to eat with bread and you don't need any explanation!
Just around the corner from our Hotel (Rona).
We just went here because we didn't want to eat too late, but it turned out to be really good.
I got sopa casillana, typical of the area, it could have been a bit hotter though, but am starting to think this is just me now...
and Rebuelto (eggs, prawn, garlic) typical of spain
Nice staff and clean.
Total 44 euros for 2 people. inc drinks
Favorite Dish: whatever i had.
When I first came into this place I stood out like a sore thumb as a single traveler among groups of families and friends. The amazing thing was that they seemed to notice and actually welcomed me into their conversations. One group actually translated a few things for me on the menu that I didn't recognize. I ended up having some crab and vegetables along with some beer and everything was pretty decent.
(yes, the "group" was the friendly family from my intro . . . I won't soon forget them!).
Right in Plaza Mayor, there is a fancy looking hotel called Las Torres where I had a simple, but good breakfast (just a pastry and a coffee). It appears to be a popular spot for people in the mornings and they were doing a brisk business while I was there. The prices were not surprisingly higher than most places, though, a result of their hard to beat location right on the main square.
This little place was right by my hotel (on Calle Clavel) near the Plaza Mayor and the Iglesia de San Julian. I sat at the bar and sampled three or four tapas, all of which were good and reasonably priced. I didn't see this place listed in my guidebook or online anywhere, but don't let that stop you. It's actually quite good and in a great location and was packed with locals (plenty of old-timers). The bar also has a good selection of beer, wine and sherries.
I found this place trough a flyer in my hotel reception, from many of them, this one attracted me for its nice design and the sample menu that sounded delicious. I was not disappointed. The name Grana & Oro obviously reference to the bullfight's world, but don't expect here a really "typical" place. This is a quite cool eatery; elegantly decorated with the colours its name refers (deep red and gold).
Located a couple of blocks from the Plaza Mayor, but far enough from the tourist traps there. A quite place to have lunch: good value for its "Menu del Dia", 3 courses for 15 euros. Spanish cuisine with a sophisticated touch and presentation. Nice modern atmosphere, flamenco-chill music as background.
Favorite Dish: All dishes in the menu were pretty good, even the quantities were not huge (yet more than enough for me, but be aware of this if you're really hungry!). The house's special dessert "Grana y oro" was very original and refreshing: orange ice-cream with Red Martini, ideal for a hot summer day!
A wonderful place to get away from the jamon. jamon of castilla leon. This is a friendly veggie restaurant that has some interesting appetizers, the special GA salad is delightful, and some standard vege. fare that is well presented and usually very tasty. The medallions of seitan get especially high marks. The desserts are made with a lot of love, if you still have the room. Paying a little more for the organic wine is rec. as the regular house wine is a bit too acidic.
Favorite Dish: see above, the seitan in an orange sauce is divine.
There are many little places in town where you can get a caña (glass of beer), glass of red wine or sangria with a snack. The snacks are always delicious, often something with ham or seafood, a bowl of olives, or other little something yummy!
At those bars, you can sometimes order a dessert too, like cake or a batido (milkshake). One girl in my group during my second trip to Spain loved the batidos so much that she had one every day! She tasted every flavour available.
Usually, the beer or wine is different at every place. In some places, you might not like their beer/wine, and in other places, you'll love it. Often, the sangria is different too. In some places, they mix it with pop, so that it tastes like fruit punch, and in other places, they just use red wine and ice, so that you can still taste the wine. The snacks are often different at every bar too. Some are found in every bar, and others are unique to that particular place.
Remember that the places closest to the Plaza Mayor are the most expensive. So if you want cheap food, stay far far away from there! :)
Favorite Dish: I love tapas in general. Especially tortilla slices, seafood tapas, and Iberian ham. As for drinks, sangria was my favorite but the beer was usually good too. For desserts, I love batidos.
For all of us non-Europeans trying Pans & Company at least once is a must! This fast food place serves huge baguette style sandwiches, fries with mayonnaise, and even beer if you so desire. Not an authentic Spanish meal, but makes for an easy picnic in one of Salamanca's many parks.* Just a note that picnics are virtually unheard of here in Spain, so although a cultural faux paus, have one once and awhile and nobody will notice :)
To us non-Europeans Pans & Company is one of those places you just have to try. It is European fast food that consists of mostly long baguette sandwiches, french fries with mayo, and a beer if you so desire. If you are looking to grab something on the go, but cringe at the McDonald's sign, then stop here.
Il Caffe di Roma is a popular place to meet friends for one of their many types of coffehouse drinks, ice creams, or scrumptous desserts. The cafe is pretty large and although I like it, the atmosphere is not as cozy as some of the other more intimate cafes around town. The staff here is not the most hospitable, but the ice cream is worth returning for!
There are plenty of good restaurants in Salamanca, offering nice food at very reasonable prices. Look out for the "Menu Del Dia"/Menu of the Day, available in most restaurants, usually for about €7-9, usually including bread, water, 2 courses and a desert of some description. The 2 courses are actually very filling. we ate out a lot in salamanca and the food was generally very good quality and value. As we were on a budget the menus of the day was generally chosen, they generally offer some choice of main courses. BTW The Sea food in Salamanca is great!!!!