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Plaza Mayor 10, 39330, Santillana del Mar, Spain
+34 942 81 83 77
08:00 - 00:00
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Deal, United Kingdom
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293 reviews
128 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Unusual bar area, more like Florida with it's colour scheme of blue/green. There is a more traditional restaurant just off the bar. We went for dinner and chose the set menu for €15. The best starter choice by far is the Bean Casserole. Lamb is the best main.Avoid the burgers at all cost. We had a Texan with us and... More 

Thank peter_the_traveller4
Singapore, Singapore
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

It's tempting to go out and explore and grab a quick reliable breakfast of cafe con leche, zumo de naraja and a fresh pastry or toast. But believe you you'd be better staying at your hotel or trying absolutely anywhere else open in Santillana (and there isn't a great deal of choice here at 8.00am in the low season). But... More 

Thank WillMcIntosh
Prague, Czech Republic
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56 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

We stop by in this place for dinner. We had an assortment of local cheesees. And few pintxos of iberic stuff and somontano wine. Food was ok, nothing to stand out. The service not very friendly but ok Pintxo with beer 2,5e half assortment of chesse from cantabria 7,5e

Thank WDsolercia
Santander, Spain
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63 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

We came in early and were the first served. A little cider and cheese to start with, then bonito with tomatoes and a large ensalada mixta.....plus good wine. A menu of the day that had everything. Good, and the presentation was top draw. Service was warm and friendly. The dessert was homemade figs in their special wine and a mixed... More 

Thank Somo66
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016

We have eaten here before some years ago and think that it was better in the past. It is very brightly let so lacks atmosphere. The food is average and there are better options locally.

Thank sallyflora
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016 via mobile

In the middle of plaza mayor, this place surprised us with nice twists on classic Spanish dishes (i.e. adding mussels, calamari and shrimps to 'pescaito frito') Chef's suggestions didn't disappoint. Recommended

Thank Isaac T
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529 reviews
243 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 236 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2016

we had heard that this was a good place to eat however we are very glad we just popped in for lunch and didn't choose here as our last evening's dinner. The food was ok but not great flavour, there was lots of it though, also in comparison to other 'daily' menus in town it was of less value for... More 

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Moscow, Russia
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2016 via mobile

Had lunch at this place. I ordered a Spanish tortilla, that was quite good, my bf - some grilled pork and ham dish (didn't get the name of that) which was OK. The waiter did not speak any English, but was very friendly and helpful as much as he could given that we don't speak Spanish. The service was quite... More 

Thank Olga D
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21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2016 via mobile

We four ate here and all of us could not eat our meals. Some sort of pork dish that was nearly all fat and a lamb dish that was not edible. Go somewhere else pleaee!!!!

Thank Buddee58
Perigueux, France
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 May 2016

really wide panel of dishes from local ingrediants, both meat and fish, surprising each time with a delicious match of flavours and textures

Thank hsh6

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Mediterranean, European, Spanish
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Open Hours
08:00 - 00:00
08:00 - 00:00
08:00 - 00:00
08:00 - 00:00
08:00 - 00:00
08:00 - 00:00
08:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Plaza Mayor 10, 39330, Santillana del Mar, Spain
  • Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Cantabria  >  Santillana del Mar
  • Phone Number: +34 942 81 83 77

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?