The restaurant is one of the most renowned in the city, but the tapas bar at the front of the premises deserve all fame of the dining room. It’s a huge and well stocked bar, full to bursting with various tapas that are replenished regularly. It’s a huge temptation that is hard to resist. A good wine list (served at proper temperature), a very pleasant locale, and dedicated staff complement this bar that has more than earned the honor of carrying the name of the whole plaza.
After arriving in Santander, we left our things at the hotel and went for a bite to eat at Restaurante Casa Lita. Besides being a nice place and located a few meters from Puerto Chico, the quality and taste of the skewers we ordered was amazing Specifically the shrimp cocktail skewer with puff pastry is the very best I've tasted in Santander.
Following the recommendations of minube I stumbled upon this place for tapas. The lovely food, very good service, normal price. The place could not be more central. Highly recommended. I would not mind coming back if I return to Santander.
Peñucas is one of the best-known seafood restaurants in the fishing district of Santander. Aside from its excellent quality, it's also run by the family of football player Iván de la Peña. They specialize in Cantabrian products like seafood prepared in a variety of ways.
I recommend trying the fresh seasonal products (just ask the waiter), as these are the tastiest. The quality of the ingredients is very good, and the prices are appropriate. The house menu with seafood paella was around 15€.
It's a typical fisherman-style joint; the decor is simple and the walls are covered with pictures of Ivan and newspaper clippings.
We usually go out to eat once a month. We were seated at a table at the entrance for the greyhound to sit comfortably out of pèople´s way. We were delighted to eat well and all together. During the week it isn´t too crowded and the menu is reasonably priced and Mondays are of great quality. At the moment you will probably not be allowed in most restaurants, but I'm glad that in some, this has started to change.
A very nice place, its décor and service are perfect. Everything breathes sea, so I recommend you ask for the fish of the day (although I have seen a paella on the table next to me with my eyes almost devoured). The upstairs dining room is quieter. Downstairs it is a little loud but it looks good for a quick bite propped up at the bar. I recommend it, an interesting place.
A great place to experience a beer and tapas. Good variety of tapas, very rich, and ultimately compensated fairly. You take three tapas and three beers for approximately 15€ (more or less). It is also in the center of Santander, in the same street as many other places, close to the bay, good music venues ... Brilliant!
If you find yourself in Santander, or any other location along the Cantabrian coast, getting an ice cream at Regma Heladeria is a must. The ice cream is great and you get a huge portion for just €2.10. You can also find Regma in Gijon, although I don't know if it's available anywhere else outside Cantabria.
The truth is I didn’t know it, but if I had known about it earlier I assure you I would’ve come more than once. The service from the staff was excellent (very attentive without overwhelming), the 10 euro lunch, the right price (the quality and innovation are worth it) and a generous helping (the first time I’ve found it difficult to finish a taster menu).
Highly recommended. One more thing, the foie gras ravioli with truffle and cava sauce accompanied by grilled scallops, my favourite!
This week I returned to Cantabria, after nearly two months without seeing my family. The occasion deserved a special dinner so we went to "Los Raqueros", a great restaurant located in the heart of Santander close to Puerto Chico.
First of all, I should clarify the curious name of the locale: "Raquero" is the word that was given to poor kids, often orphans, who in the late 19th century frequented the port of Santander to collect coins tossed into the water by onlookers who wanted to see the youngsters hurl themselves in after them. This quintessentially Cantabrian word has been integrated into the vocabulary of La Tierruca (the native name for Cantabria), and is now used to nickname any rogue or rude young (or old) person. There have been many times that my mother has scolded me with "you’re such a raquera!”
But back to the topic at hand: the restaurant. Fortunately, the atmosphere of the restaurant "Los Raqueros" has little to do with the scoundrels that give it its name. It’s elegant, cozy, and has exquisite service and dishes to match.
To start with, you have braised octopus on potato foam (a type of puree). Simply SPECTACULAR! I am a fan of octopus and I never pass up the opportunity to eat it whenever I can...but this dish in particular made us want to clean our plates (and we did! Not a drop of potato foam left!).
The main courses for each one of the guests were pork fillets for dad, caramelized artichokes for mum, sea-bass in meat gravy for my younger sister, and Bluefin tuna in sweet and sour sauce for yours truly.
Although I can only speak for the tuna, I judged by the faces, gestures, and cries of my companions that their dishes were as good as mine. For my part, I loved the Bluefin tuna, one of the most delicious things I've eaten lately (living alone in Barcelona, normally I cannot afford these luxuries...but what are you going to do). It was slightly raw in the center and had a Japanese influence (not to mention the huge piece of wasabi that I inadvertently, put in my mouth, which made me suffer so much I cried a few tears, I think that was the intended effect) and, above all, very tasty.
Although I cannot tell you how much dinner ended up being with the wine, etc. (this time I did not pay) as a reference I’d say that the starters were around 15-17 euros (the octopus and artichokes) and the main dishes about 20.
In short, a great night thanks to the stupendous restaurant and, above all, by virtue of being treated by my family. The next time I’m home, I'll definitely return.
The famous orange awning of this bar, which overlooks the streets of General Mola and Paseo de Pereda, has become a landmark. The menu is far less elaborate than many other bars nearby, but the quality is exquisite, so it's no surprise that it's always crowded.
A great spot for the best Cantabrian seafood and fish, with a fantastic quality : price ratio. You'll find that you have to wait a little bit for a table, which speaks volumes about the place. Lobsters, crabs, all kinds of fish ... there's so much variety, it's hard to choose. They have an extensive wine list. They have adapted to the times and have Wi-Fi and a thousand outlets for charging any kind of device. I repeat, a real must in Santander.
A couple of years ago this place was opened and like almost all of them in the area, is a small and very narrow modern bar. Today it is one of the most sought-out bars of the city due to the excellent prices on their wine list and their tasty snacks (especially the famous mini hamburger). One of the specialties of the house is its parmesan-based tapa, undoubtedly a notable way to distinguish it from the fierce competition in the area.
Located opposite Concha beach, this is a fantastic restaurant. It has a terrace and lovely views of the sea. In the tavern are you can try the "Bonito tartare" with goat´s cheese cream and tomato, magano rabas or cantabrian beef burrito with barbecue, amongst other dishes. Very good value for money. I will return.
The Cigaleña is a real Santander classic. As you walk through the store and see the walls and ceilings lined with bottles, pots, and ornaments, you're sure to be impressed. The wine list is extensive, as thick as an encyclopaedia, with over 400 varieties on offer. The fish and Iberian ham are perfectly cooked, although prices are a bit high. The atmosphere is great.
We were spending a few days in Santander and on the last night we found this place. The first thing that caught our attention was the decor, it feels like you're travelling through time to the early parts of the last century. When we went there was an awesome jazz show with great musicians. Dinner was spectacular - we had a great salad and some wonderful garlic mushrooms. Amazing. We'll be back.
A Japanese restaurant in the commercial area of the city of Santander. When you're sick of eating the same thing all the time, you can come here to try something a bit different. Decorated in oriental style, you can taste all kinds of Japanese dishes here, their specialties including Teppayaki, yaki tori, seba yaki, sushi, Makisushi, tempura, etc.. Highly recommended!