Located on Calle Felipe Espino, very close to Rúa Vieja where one can find a number of restaurants packed with tourists for the meal of the day, we found this place that offered a different version of tapas in Salamanca. The service was very friendly with recommendations and explanations of the different types of tapas. With regards to price, it’s not too high.
In my second year in Salamanca I discovered “pinchos” (a crime, I know) but better late than never. El Minutejo is the definitive bar for “pinchos” (tapas on a skewer); I'm a diehard I have to admit. For two euros (yes that is 333 pesetas) you get a small beer (extra small, it must be said) and a pincho. The pinchos alone come to 1.20
You cannot go to minutejo without trying the specialty that gives the locale its name, its toast (in the Canary Islands two slices of bread) with loin, Serrano ham and melted cheese that is just fabulous. For ten euros you can leave well fed and watered, the loin or the marinated pork kebabs are also very good. You can get a good idea by looking at the photos.
Mandala is a coffee bar in the centre of Salamanca, renowned for its pastries and smoothies. They are freshly prepared, you choose the base, milk, yogurt or juice, then add the fruit you want, and they prepare it for you. In general the shakes are worth between 3.50 and 5 euros, depending on the season and the price of the fruit. You can add grain, honey, walnuts ... they’re really good.
Generally students come mostly from the nearby university. It is a place to go after class, or for after dinner to have dessert. They make very good tarts and cakes that they sell whole or in slices. In addition there are tapas and pinchos, as well as combined dishes. But it is more a cafe than anything else.
There is a large selection of teas and coffees, infusions and other hot drinks. For coffee lovers, a great place.
This restaurant located very closet o the Pontific University of Salamanca offers a great variety of homemade dishes on their menu at a very good price. The food is quality and the service is friendly.
In summary: Patio Chico is a cozy place. There is plenty of meat to be found in this region of Spain and it must be washed down with a nice wine (Ribera de Duero perhaps???).
The pepper streak or the Castillas soup (which is great in the winter) accompanied with a glass of Ribera wine and desert is what I had. But there is much more to choose from on the menu (not much fish though).
Everything costs about 12 if you order from the set menu (the portions are pretty big too).
I highly recommend this restaurant.
We came to eat here, and the decoration reminds you of a different time. The meat, I'd say, is delicious. The presentation of the dishes is great. The children's menu was slightly excessive in price. Excellent and courteous service, for children in particular as they have colouring drawings and crayons. The truffles as a dessert are incredible. We do not regret the experience even though, now I remember, the ham wasn't quite up to scratch. They even had a palate cleanser to rinse your mouth.
El Corrillo is a small bar on calle Melendez in Salamanca. It's in the old quarter of town, and is always full of students and youth. They open early, at 8.30 am, to serve coffee and breakfast, and generally remain open until 2 am.
The cafeteria decor is based around music, with photos, old records and signed articles by singers ... Breakfast includes muffins, Arabic coffee and fresh juices. Throughout the day they add hot and cold tapas and prepare homemade cakes. Prices are not expensive at all and one can eat great food accompanied by a drink for less than 10 euros per person. The restaurant serves a more elaborate and gourmet cuisine, it is beneath the café and is dedicated to traditional Spanish cuisine with a modern twist.
The peculiarity of the place is that they’ve been offering live jazz for 25 years. The dinners - Concerts are put on once or twice a month, and its best to reserve as they get packed.
The Bamboo Restaurant is alongside Plaza Mayor, on the Calle del Prior, down the stairs. This place is well known so rush hour is very crowded, although it is larger than it looks. It is advisable to book a table if you are going for dinner. Bamboo is known for its tapas (1,40 € in 2012), of which it offers a very varied selection and you only need 3 or 4 before you are full. I recommend the tortilla with ratatouille and the hamburger. The croquettes are newly improved and are delicious. There are also larger dishes like veal churrasco (10 €). A great place with good food in a central location.
You'll find this inn in the square itself. You have to climb the stairs as if you were at home, and go through the door on the right. Upon entering, I was surprised by the decor: vintage gadgets and a great selection of wine bottles. There are number of old phones, some of them real gems, on the wall by the entrance. There are two areas with tables, one overlooking the Plaza. You can enjoy all kinds of tapas - egg and chips with chorizo, baby eels, sausages, tortilla, etc ... and a great variety of wines. Definitely worth a visit.
I recommend this awesome place, with super-fast service, and attentive waiters. Inside there are stools and high tables, and excellent fried octopus. Their house wine is from the cellars of Marques de Vizhoja. They have a great homemade cheesecake, and amazing squid.
We found this place in Salamanca's Gran Via, five minutes walk from the Plaza Mayor, after reading about it on minube. They serve freshly cooked food, and everything is very good, but the price is a little high for what it is - we wouldn't have paid much more if we'd been eating at a Michelin starred restaurant. Service was good.
During my trip to Salamanca, I discovered the one Michelin-star Restaurante Víctor Gutiérrez. The decor was very nice and the food is a fusion of several cultures. There are several prix-fixe menus available ranging from €36 - €65 and one top-end menu for €80.00. All in all, I really liked the restaurant and I hope to go back one day.
The Novelty café is the oldest in the city of Salamanca and also the most famous. It was founded in 1905 and is located in the Plaza Mayor. Throughout it’s more than 100 years it has undergone many changes and has functioned in different ways, for a time it was a restaurant but now it is a cafe.
Mind you, this place has always been the meeting point for celebrities and important people and for this it has become so famous in the city. One of the public figures that most used to frequent this locale was the writer Torrente Ballester and is the reason why a sculpture was installed some years ago on one of the banks nearest the door.
The Novelty cafe offers spectacular breakfasts and one also gets great views of the Plaza Mayor, additionally in summer they place an ample terrace in the square. As you can imagine the service in this establishment is exquisite and having breakfast or just a snack becomes an elegant fancy which fortunately everyone can’t permit. By the way, the ice creams in this cafe are delicious.
It is a small tapas bar located in the modern district of Salamanca. It is popular because it has low prices, a quite traditional tavern decor, and is located in a very residential neighbourhood, near the cinemas.
They offer the typical tapas, they make tostas (open sandwiches) with sepia, tuna, anchovies, lacón or crab, and there are then the rations for between 6 and 12 euros. Iberian ham, beef or loin, chorizo or sausage all accompanied with your bread. The cañas (Small beers) are very cheap too.
The only problem is that as it is a success there are a lot of people and only two people preparing the food, so it is best to ask for it all at the start and it will come slowly but surely.
The tostas are a house specialty and they prepare it fast enough, there are original mixes like duck with blue cheese, sausage with piquillo pepper...
The Tevere is a restaurant on Van Dyck Street in Salamanca. Since it's close to a cinema, it's very popular to eat at before going to a movie. It's also a modern area of the city, with many residences, and lower prices than in the centre. I like it because the tapas were very good, and very well presented. There are regional specialties, like sausage with rice or with onions, cheese plates, and piquillo peppers. There are larger dishes served in white ceramic, with a modern twist. Drinks are cheap, too. A cana doesn't cost more than 2 euros, and you can have a good meal, for about 20 euros/person. The place is very busy on Friday and Saturday nights, when it's hard to find a table. I recommend going somewhere else if there's only standing room because you won't enjoy the food as much standing up. The desserts are very good too, there is an amazing chocolate cake.
We went here on the recommendation of a friend who studied in Salamanca, and it was a great decision. Good, cheap tapas - not much else to say. Casseroles are € 1.10 and all were very good. Rufo's signature dish are the rufadas, a loaf of bread stuffed with a scrambled egg, potato, and sausage of your choice, and for only 1.50 € it leaves you almost full. The only small downside is that it is often packed.
We came here by chance - we don't usually pay much attention to people handing out restaurant flyers in the street, but this time we took a chance. It's a two-floor restaurant, with both rooms quite small, but not small enough to be uncomfortable. The set menu was 10 euros, with dessert and drink included. I tried potatoes and spiced ham, which I liked, and lasagna, which wasn't too bad. In terms of wine, you get a 50cl bottle per person. I thought it was pretty bad, and looked it it had been watered down. Dessert was homemade custard, and it was fine. Not a bad place to eat for cheap.