Where to Eat in Santander: The Best Restaurants and Bars

December 29, 2017 Ying Subia

In Santander, enjoy the beautiful beaches of Playa de la Magdalena and El Sardinero, a historic city center, and an epic planetarium, all while breathing in glorious coastal air. Of course, there are plenty of gorgeous Gothic cathedrals that will impress and inspire.
Things to do in Santander

1. Posada del Mar

Calle Castelar 19, 39004 Santander, Spain Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +34 942 21 30 23
Excellent
58%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 408 reviews

Posada del Mar

Reviewed By radiusmedical - Varese, Italy

It's one of those places You would regard as a reliable reference for yourself And your friends when you are requested to recommend a place. Easy to reach, in a Pleasant setting, with summer dehors, located right on the city's Promenade. Staff is attentive And courteous. Seafood is fresh, various and well prepared. A Good place for groups And for hosting important guests. The view from the dehors is nice And relaxing, especially in the evening.

2. Marcello

Calle Floranes 29, 39010 Santander, Spain Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner +34 942 37 30 07
Excellent
63%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 242 reviews

Marcello

Reviewed By RatonCantabria - Cantabria

We went here for our anniversary dinner, after having been with friends about 4 years ago. it was just as yummy as we remembered, and we were surprised how inexpensive it was, for 2 people, in the evening, 3 courses with wine and coffee, it came to only 57 euros. They also had a very good menu del dia for 15 Euros, and you could easily eat in the evening without wine for 30 euros for 2. Nice atmosphere, soft music, and although no windows, nice and light. If you can't find it ask, most people seem to know where it is. Would reserve, on a Saturday night it was full, used a lot by the locals from what we've gathered.

3. La Chulilla

Avenida Sotileza 36, 39009 Santander, Spain Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Seafood, Mediterranean, Spanish Lunch, Dinner +34 942 31 36 55
Excellent
55%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 192 reviews

La Chulilla

Reviewed By Ylean

We were recommended this restaurant by a local.
Barrio pesquero is not a charming zone; it lacks any ambience. On the contrary it may seem almost worrisome to be walking late at night but basically it is a humble fishermen neighbourhood. I wouldnt walk alone at night; during the day it is fine.
Food is absolutely fresh and delicious, and relatively cheap for the amount and quality.

4. Bar Marucho

Calle Tetuan 21, 39004 Santander, Spain Takeout, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Seafood, Spanish, Soups, Mediterranean, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$196 - HK$628 +34 942 22 55 62
Excellent
57%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Bar Marucho

Reviewed By Ann M - Dublin, Ireland

This place fills up really quickly, so get there early. The staff are courteous, speak good English and are honest to a fault (see more at the bottom of this review).We had the anchovy dish recommended elsewhere in these reviews, salted gambas and cod with salsa verde. All was perfect and plentiful. My husband left a €10 tip. We were about 250 metres down the road when the waitress came running after us with the bill folder: he had left €50 by mistake. Good people.

5. La Vinoteca

Calle Vargas 33-35, 39010 Santander, Spain Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Accepts Credit Cards Fusion, Healthy, Mediterranean, European, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner HK$337 - HK$487 +34 942 07 57 41
Excellent
72%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

La Vinoteca

Reviewed By Hunter T - Houston, Texas

This was a truly delightful dining experience! We arrived after making online Reservations, to find that the host had sent us a response while we were in transit, explaining that they were overbooked with a large group of 30! However, after showing us his online response, he led us into the rather small dining room, and there were two open tables! He asked us to pick our favorite, and the experience began! The welcome was warm and gracious, the owner/host took our wine order, and they brought a nice big bottle of Sparkling water with lime slices to the table, within minutes after our Seating! The host took our order, well before the group of 30, and not only were we served promptly, but the large group was also! They ordered individually, not a set menu, and there was no delay. This lovely and elegant little restaurant seats only about 65-70 people, and all the tables were filled by the time we began to feast. The total dinner bill with fine wine was more than reasonable, and the host took off my wife's starter, as he noticed that she did not clean the plate! Such a truly delightful experience, that we will enjoy when we return!

6. La Tucho

Lugar barrio Corban 12, 39012 Santander, Spain Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi Seafood, Mediterranean, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$290 - HK$581 +34 942 33 61 77
Excellent
64%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 400 reviews

La Tucho

Reviewed By MissKDonkey - Carlton

Our trip to Spain is drawing to an end and we have continued our search for the perfect lunch!!!
We ate here today: a little bit difficult to find if your expectation is Santander, its on the outskirts in a little village. The venue is lovely, typically Spanish and typical of this area. The lady who served us was welcoming and friendly, it was quiet when arrived at 2pm but was packed as the afternoon wore on. The food was fabulous: we had jamon and cheese croquettas, a delicious fish pudin( similar to a seafood terrine served with toast), I had red sea bass, he had beef steak, we shared a delicious bottle of wine, water and dessert, we had coffee to finish, the cost was 80Euros and excellent value, we highly recommend.

7. La Leyenda de La Mancha

Calle Camarreal 45 | Peñacastillo, 39011 Santander, Spain Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Spanish Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks HK$94 - HK$385 +34 942 79 06 48
Excellent
65%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 148 reviews

La Leyenda de La Mancha

Reviewed By GaryTauchoAdeje - Adeje, Spain

A group of us staying in nearby hotel. Visited 12.09 in early evening for a drink after Reading reviews on Trip advisor.
We were there about 7.15pm however the kitchen not open until 8.30pm. We had few drinks before moving on.
The place is small and pleasant. The Rock music mentioned in reviews nor as loud as I expected was really acceptable background music.
The decor and menu secured us another cist.
Today 13.09 about 2pm we were there again.
Rocío and staff in the open kitchen all very busy.
The place was almost full with a continuous flow of customers. A lot were local workers as well.
We chose
Jamón
Mussels in a sauce
A salad with fish and avocados
Chorizo
Beer wine and water .
Rocio introduced herself and it was a pleasure to visit the la leyenda de la mancha.
The Bill was under 74€.
Excellent value.
100% this place not to be missed

8. Pizzeria Vittorio

Bajada La Encina N0 6 Bajo, 39005 Santander, Spain Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Delivery, Reservations, Digital Payments, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Late Night HK$47 - HK$118 +34 942 05 05 09
Excellent
69%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 331 reviews

Pizzeria Vittorio

Italian food and Pizzería. Homemade food cooked at the moment and refresh everyday. Meal in here is good and decently priced. Testy pizza and pasta. The menu is not extensive but fine. No English menu right now, but the stuff can help you with big smile. Quiet and sweet space to eat (only on weekends) or dinner. It is off the beaten path so ask how to get there.

Reviewed By martinnbrown - Madrid, Spain

This is an unassuming, neighbourhood restaurant that far surpassed my expectations.
Cheerfully decorated it had a small but good menu of pizzas and pasta. The quality is superb and the prices unbelievable! But most of all, the staff are fabulous! They are happy to practice their English too, so if you are looking for value and a relaxed, friendly place, go here!

9. Agua Salada

Calle de San Simon 2 | Esquina Santa Lucia, 39003 Santander, Spain Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards Mediterranean, European, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$196 - HK$243 +34 942 04 93 87
Excellent
62%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 322 reviews

Agua Salada

Reviewed By MMMH - Dungarvan, Ireland

You MUST visit this restaurant, it really is top class in every way. We went with Spanish friends (the locals always know the good places) It is not in the main restaurant area of the city but is worth the effort to walk a little bit further, don't be put off by the unassuming exterior, or indeed the rather understated interior.... This place is all about the food.
The staff speak excellent English and there are English menus too. The food was of the very highest quality, we ordered a number of raciones (big portions to share rather than individual main courses). All were delicious but the hake red curry and fillet steak really stand out, so too does the chocolate and biscuit dessert. There is a good wine list also. The best surprise of the night was the bill! Very competitively priced given the ambience, efficiency of the staff and of course, the standard of the food. Go, you will not be disappointed.

10. Restaurante Vino y Marea

Calle Bonifaz 13 | Calle Bonifaz 13 Bajo, 39003 Santander, Spain Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner HK$118 - HK$487 +34 942 05 51 15
Excellent
66%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 383 reviews

Restaurante Vino y Marea

Reviewed By Christina P

Where to begin? Amazing food, simple and perfectly cooked. The service is exceptional and the wine..... oh the wine! A wine for every course and Sam's knowledge of wines is excellent. Even the tea was special. By the end of the night we felt so spoiled and special. He was completely transparent about pricing and the value was exceptional. We spent hours there and it felt like only an hour. Will definitely go back for more and cannot recommend highly enough. Thank you Sam and your wonderful chef.

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