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Los Penucas

C/ Marques de la Ensenada, 32, 39009 Santander, Spain
+34 942229104
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Ranked #53 of 349 restaurants in Santander
Price range: $5 - $10
Cuisines: Spanish
Good for: Families with children, Doing business, Local cuisine
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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Good for: Families with children, Doing business, Local cuisine
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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  • English first
  • French first
  • Greek first
  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

Right by the fishing harbor in Santander sit a series of seafood restaurants. The one that stands out, with at least fifty years of good reputation, is Los Peñucas, boasting fresh, excellent fare for a fairly reasonable price. It is not fancy, and on a nice day, eating outside is a must. The fixed-price menu when we were there was... More

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Spain
Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

This restaurant is a landmark in the city of Santander. It is located in one of the most curious or picturesque areas in the city, the Fishing Quarter or Barrio Pesquero, where all the restaurants' specialty is obviously seafood. What makes Los Peñucas so popular is not only that the owners are footballer Iván de La Peña's family (the walls... More

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Lausanne, Switzerland
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24 reviews 24 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

I have known this neighborhood (bario pesquero) since 30 years, go there each 3 or 4 years, and must say that this has turned from great to mediocre. Bad service, no atmosphere (except noise) anymore, and if the food is not bad per say, nothing is good neither and worth the price. I must sadly admit that I paid my... More

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Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013 via mobile

Area is dodgy. Restaurant run down. Waiters nice but slow. Paella was aweful. Sole was amazing! Flan too! Not worth a visit.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

Hey there people! Our second time in Santander was awful after had a dinner in this restaurant. We tried to repeat our great experience in this city but pitifully we found this restaurant in our way. The fish was not fresh and the service was very poor. Nothing to compare with others restaurant around.

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Lancaster
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54 reviews 54 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

We chose Los Penucas for lunch on a day out from Bilbao & it brought back memories of past decades in Spain – i.e. good fresh fish & seafood in a pleasant atmosphere, informal but cheerful & attentive service, a feeling that the staff enjoyed their customers' enjoyment. Of course prices have risen, but the tariff here is a reasonable... More

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Alicante, Spain
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41 reviews 41 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2012

Let advised by waiters and enjoy the seafood and fish. Clams, tunna with  onions, sardines, ... And for dessert ice cream or "leche frita" (milk puddin). It is not a refined place, but find good fish and friendly service. Ideal to go with the family, during the summer it's noisy.

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Portland, Oregon
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2012

We visited this restaurant after reading the reviews on trip advisor, and were not disappointed! The seafood was fresh and grilled to perfection. The service was also excellent, with the waiter even melting a bowl of butter to cater to our american tastes. :) We also had one non-seafood lover in our party - he had steak and fries, and... More

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2011

Simple great seafood and charming staff. One of the highlights of our time in Spain.

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Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2011

Turning down the slightly dingy one way street in the dark at 9pm, only following the sat nav's instructions, we wondered if we'd got the address wrong, but hey hoy, along came a few local style seafood restaurants. Barbeques out front, fish grilling on them, we easily found Los Penucas, it was if they'd been waiting for lost spare tourists... More

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