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Restaurante Machichaco El Machi

C/ Calderon de la Barca 9, 39005 Santander, Spain
942 218 722
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Ranked #59 of 384 Restaurants in Santander
Price range: $36 - $51
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Spanish, Tapas
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Description: El Machichaco sigue a toda vela, después de 80 años, y un breve paréntesis para darle otro aire. El cartel de “Atención al tren” sigue donde estuvo siempre, en la puerta de “el machi”. Para todos hemos hecho una carta con raciones marineras, picoteo santanderino 100%. Intentamos hacer las mejores rabas con calamar de aquí, con harina ecologica de un molino de piedra zamorano y fritas en aceite de oliva virgen. Por eso las rabas del machi son míticas. Y por el mimo. Mejillones con 4 salsas, almejas de las ricas, guisos marineros a tan fuego lento como lentos salen los barcos a la mar. Pimientos rellenos de rape y gambas rebozaditos como se hacían antes cuando había tiempo. La carta sigue con los fritucos crujientes del machi, la plancha con flor de sal del machi, el picoteo fresquito del machi y los 7 Arroces marineros con arroz de Calasparra jugosos y melosos de los 146 agricultores de la cooperativa.Y luego esta el mostrador del pescado que es como si estuvieras en la plaza de la Esperanza, está lleno de San martines que impresionan, jargos brillantes, lubinas de las grandes con anzuelos de verdad, rodaballos cuando hay, rapes negros de los jugosos, sapitos a la plancha , machotes feroces, merluzas jugosas, salmonetes de roca fritos con sabor a mar y todo con sello del día de la lonja de Santander. También con un vivero con marisco solo de nuestra costa con certificado de lonja de Bustio, langostas, bogavantes y centollos de los que con que les comas una vez en la vida es suficiente. Es una apuesta firme con compromiso con nuestros marineros cantabros, sólo tendremos pescado de nuestras lonjas.
 En el Machichaco entras y eliges el pescado y el marisco que más te apetezca y le cocinamos al horno a fuego lento como nos enseñaron nuestras abuelas con patatitas crujientes y pimientos rojos asados y confitados.Como buena taberna marinera estamos abiertos 365 días al año. Desde las 8 de la mañana hasta las 2 de la madrugada para que uno pueda desayunar, tomar el aperitivo, comer, tomar un pincho de tarde y cenar con copa y tertulia.Con la 4 generación la familia Garcia Borbolla pasa el legado a la familia Zamora Gorbeña con la condición y promesa de mantener el espíritu de un restaurante con tanta historia. Detrás del Machichaco estamos un equipo con muchas ganas de 25 personas que comienza el dia a partir de las 6 de la mañana con la compra del pescado en la lonja y termina a las 2 de la madrugada con todo recogido para el día siguiente. Esperamos que os guste tanto como a nosotros. Y que disfruteis.
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Spain
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66 reviews 66 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This is one of the classics in Santander located just in front of the Brittany Ferry's port. It is a very old restaurant that has been stylishly remodeled but it still keeps the essence of the real Spanish bar specially downstairs. However, the best is its cuisine. The quantities are quite generous and the dishes mix traditional sea food with... More 

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Essex
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

First found this restaurant by chance two years ago and was pleasantly suprised. Recent visit was so good for dinner we went back the next day for lunch. Decor has had a small makeover since last visit but still very minimilist and upstairs dining area very workmanlike. Nothing detracts from the excellent seafood. The menu is very helpful with notes... More 

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Sheffield
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

We chanced upon this gem before catching the evening ferry back to UK. All serious restaurants nearby had stopped serving lunch ( it was 4.30 ) and we ended up here by accident. It was superb. Excellent fresh ingredients well cooked . The fish was delicious . The staff were attentive and service prompt. It has a lovely ambience for... More 

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London
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123 reviews 123 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 via mobile

This is one of the best in Santander if you want good seafood, local tapas a glass of wine or beer. As a restaurant their cooking is very fresh, I am not sure what the small amount of bad reviews are all about, when we ate there it was seriously good and fresh, with young experienced waiters. Had an unspoilt,... More 

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Malaga, Spain
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

We went to this place for lunch during our one day stay in santander. Ordered two dishes recommended by the staff. If the restaurant does not carry Michelin and trip advisor badges we would rate it higher mark, but our lunch were not so impressed. Our fish tasted just average. The wine cooked shells were ok, but come on, for... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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119 reviews 119 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Mid saturday this place was buzzing with hipster good lookers having drinks outside and inside. We were glad to go upstairs and beat the dining lunch rush. The staff were very professional and quick to serve.We shared an interesting house salad but not the best we have had for 15e. The John Dory fish with scalloped potatoes was delicious and... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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9 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

Great food in the centre of Santander. Modern, fresh restaurant with nice ambiance, offers traditional Spanish sea food. Charming place. I will go back next time I am in Santander.

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Perth, United Kingdom
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162 restaurant reviews
160 helpful votes 160 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

Found this seafront restaurant close to our hotel while out searching for a full English breakfast.....found it here. Two fried eggs, three pieces of bacon, mushrooms, beans and chips with copious amounts of excellent toast, butter and marmalade (with Beer of course). The hungry boys were all delighted and even more delighted when the bill came (the breakfasts including coffee... More 

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Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom
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165 reviews 165 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2013

Not sure if we hit an off day but food was not as good as we had expected.staff were pleasant and atmosphere buzzy.

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4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013

Great food Great service Great atmosphere Great value Easy and elegant with very friendly staff, a good night out. In a lovely city Top marks

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Additional Information about Restaurante Machichaco El Machi

Address: C/ Calderon de la Barca 9, 39005 Santander, Spain
Phone Number: 942 218 722
Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Cantabria  >  Santander
Average Prices: USD 36 - 51
Cuisine: Mediterranean, Spanish, Tapas

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