This is a wonderful place that I'd really recommend for quiet dinner in a pleasant atmosphere. It's located in the port area opposite the beach of La Ribera, and is one of the most popular restaurants in the area.
We asked around for a good seafood place, and we were directed to La Dársena, as it’s commonly known. I can say that after having eaten there, it's a very wise choice.
In summer, there's usually an outdoor terrace for starters and trying the huge variety of tapas on offer, many of which are based around seafood. The bar itself is quite large and spacious and to the right of the entrance there are a few tables with benches to sit and eat. The vibe is quite informal, but the eating experience is pure luxury.
As in many other places, the best part is at the end. Head to the end of the bar, pass by the kitchen on the left, turn right and you walk into a spectacular dining room. The decor is very modern and the atmosphere is warm and friendly. It'll make your lunch/dinner feel twice as good! All very new and very cool.
Regarding the food: eureka! I hadn't eaten that well in a while. Generous portions, excellent ingredients, and detailed, home-made dishes with gorgeous presentation. Here's what we ate: a tuna salad with a huge chunk of goat cheese; the tuna was locally-caught, of supreme quality, and there was lots of it! Then we had grilled octopus with a potato and saffron foam. I'm used to boiled octopus, but we were suggested to try it grilled and I only have one word: amazing. The foam added a great twist. Then we had scallop gratin. They gratin the scallop "a la sal," and the result was a rich, meaty scallop. Then on to the wild turbot. When you remove the skin of a wild turbot, you can really notice the quality, and this one was top notch. It also came in a finger-licking sauce.
To top off this great feast, we had a chocolate cake and custard, and washed it all down with a white wine perfect for the meal (the house Albariño goes down very easy). I assure you that you’ll be very, very satisfied.
There are cheaper restaurants in the area, no doubt, but for what we ate, both in quantity and quality, and the environment in which we did it, I didn't find it at all expensive. I've paid considerably more in many other places without getting fish that good.
In short, if you want to treat yourself to fresh and high-quality seafood (although they also had some great-looking meats), Dársena is your place. Don't hesitate to stop by.
After having tried all the others, Dársena, for me at least, is THE restaurant in Suances.
Bar Nuria is just outside of the Cantabrian town of Suances, specifically on the town's main street called Cortiguera de Abajo. Bar Nuria is a bar-restaurant with a small but nice outdoor terrace and parking. the bar has a small dining room as well as an area where you can enjoy its many appetizers and tapas. In our case, we left the beach and wanted to eat something before we left for Palencia. The menu was diverse, it had hot sandwiches, burgers, sandwiches and all kinds of appetizers, and there were also a lot of tapas on the menu for the modest price of € 1.00. For example, we tried a mini bacon-cheese sandwich, mini breaded tenderloin and cheese sandwich, a mini fried calamari sandwich, and an omelette with ham mini sandwich. They also have custom omelettes available for 10.00 € and they specialize in the Solera white. The truth is that it was a great place to go to nibble and have some refreshments after a long day at the beach.
It was the only restaurant in the area that was full, we said that there must be a reason for it. We went by the minube recommendations and, although we had to wait a little, it is totally recommended! The pizzas were very and the salads too. Unfortunately there was no room for dessert ... ;-)
The restaurant is modern, but has little else. It's expensive compared to the portions, however, I might just be spoiled by the portions typical in the south. But we had 3 servings and 3 roses for 40 between 2 people. Interestingly enough, the restaurant has many wines on display, but not many on the wine list. Expensive, and unoriginal.
After a long time without seeing my family, dining at Amita has become a tradition every time I return to my home in Cantabria. I have been frequenting it for as long as I can remember - because the food is delicious. However, it was not until a few years ago when the restaurant was revamped, the decor changed and its warehouse expanded, that it became, in my opinion, the best Suances restaurant. The owner and the taste of the kitchen have not changed. Thomas, and his family, now have a restaurant that combine with a modern twist the flavors of the sea that will satisfy even the most demanding palates. My mouth waters just remembering his grilled tuna, rice with lobster, the rapito (house specialty) and Galician octopus. Desserts are like the icing on the cake and I could recommend one, but I have a problem - I like them all! So the best thing is to discover them for yourself. If you visit Santander, do not hesitate for a second and just book (recommended, especially on weekends) in the Amita. You will not regret it!
Yes, we were equally surprised when the waiter told us that the burgers have everything inside except potatoes. The great "Picnic" has, among other things, omelet, bacon and hash. Variety of sandwiches, bocatas and raciones. It is a great place folks!
In the beautiful town of Santander, in the inn of the same name, you can enjoy this cozy restaurant. It has a large but cozy dining room where you can enjoy beautiful Cantabrian cuisine with signature touches - but always based on local products. Finally some wonderful desserts.
El Caserío restaurant(Suances) has an ideal location overlooking La Concha beach in Suances. They cook excellent fish which is of the highest quality, very fresh and well-presented. The hake and turbot are good with a good wine, proper wine glasses and at a suitable temperature. This restaurant offers its clientele regional, Cantabrian cuisine with a wide variety of both fish and shellfish. El Caserío is also known for its famous mountain stew.