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La Bodega del Riojano

calle del Rio de la Pila, 5, Santander, Spain
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Ranked #29 of 352 restaurants in Santander
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Spanish
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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75% Recommend
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Melbourne, Australia
Top Contributor
106 reviews 106 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Our apartment hosts advised us to" drop down the hill" - using the funicular- and enjoy this restaurant and we did! We loved the barrels with the "artistic" expression. It was sunday lunch but not full which meant we had expert attention and service. The vegetable combination was shared, but served as if meant for each of us and it... More

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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

Visited this restaurant earlier and it was good. Tonight how different could it be. Salad arrived with Fag Ash on it. Replaced and we found a tissue with a pin in it - who knows what else!!! Still tried to bill us for our meal. Paid for drinks and left. Disappointing last night in Santander after a fantastic short break.

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Santander, Spain
19 reviews 19 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014 via mobile

Several times. Excellent wine and food. A little bit expensive but with very high quality. I repeat ever I can.

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2 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2013

I arrived with the family without booking at about 3pm on a Saturday afternoon. We came upon the place without knowing of its existence and so with no preconceived ideas about it. The bar area is large, subtly lit and richly decorated with dark wooden beams and oak wine barrels lining the walls, the tops of which have been painted... More

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London, United Kingdom
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55 reviews 55 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013 via mobile

First impression of this place was the fantastic ambiance: dark wood and artistry on what looked like barrel ends lining the walls contrasted with the moody lighting; the place was heaving and we were lucky to get a table. The food and wine lived up to the setting. Best was the artfully composed cheese platter of manchego, cabrales and other... More

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Warrenpoint, null, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

I recently stayed with two friends in santander and went here. We arrived in and the place was packed which was a good sign. We had 3 courses and for our starters and mains we all had very different foods which were all delicious. the layout of the place was very authentic and the service good also. After fumbling with... More

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Dublin, Ireland
13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

This is a great place to visit for Pintxos and some wine. The location and atmosphere are great but time it right as it's a busy place, from 9:30pm onwards seemed to work well for us. The food is good although I did find some of the dishes a little greasy, it didn't spoil the overall experience though. Try to... More

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Castelldefels, Spain
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131 reviews 131 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

The restaurant is very big and atmosphere unique. Service is really professional and nice. Let them recommend you, their food is simply delicious.

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Madrid, Spain
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34 reviews 34 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

I went there twice in a week with two different groups of friends. They all enjoyed everything we asked for. We had 'Pastel de cabracho' (scorpionfish cake) - delicious and really good for sharing.'Maganos encebollados' - depending on the day, they may not have them. 'Huevos con jamón y habas', 'Rissoto con setas' and desserts (all of them were great).... More

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Nottingham, England
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93 reviews 93 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013

Called in for a quick bite during our Santander txikiteo (pincho bar crawl!). Great setting with all the old wooden casks and fittings. We only had brochettes de solomillo @ €3.50 each and a caña of beer cost €1.70. The food was two pieces of sirloin and two pieces of courgette on a skewer and was delicious.

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