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El Castillo

Plaza de Mayor, 6, 39330 Santillana del Mar, Spain
+34 942 818 377
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Cuisines: Spanish
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Twickenham, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Good testy food and friendly service, typical flavour of Cantabria. We really enjoyed our time there but the food isslow, so slow to come.

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London
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32 reviews 32 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Enjoyed a good meal here, particularly appreciating a plate of grilled vegetables which is not easy to find in this part of Spain. But meal was spoilt by poor service later on when we were left unattended for long periods.

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1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We had a delightful outdoor lunch and had all sorts of food. It was all incredible!!!!. The monk fish, the grilled shrimp, the grilled vegetales. ..mushrooms and more. Hard to find food this good at such a quaint location AND with such fantastic service. They really went out of their way to serve everything just the way we wanted. Wow!!

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Texas, USA
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 via mobile

Absolutely perfect in every way. Great food, people & service in the best location. More to say later. Muchas Gracias Eduardro!!

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1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Spending a week in Santillana, this was the restaurant we returned to. Great food, great price and great people. Two evening menus with a bottle of wine at about 40 euros.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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144 reviews 144 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

El Castillo serves regional dishes in an almost "pub" like atmosphere. We stopped in while strolling about Santillana del Mar. Took a seat in the back, which was quiet but with a view of the more active bar area. Started with an ensaladilla rusa which was an interesting take on potato salad with color from beets and shrimp on top.... More

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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20 reviews 20 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

We ate here in late May as it was bucketing down with rain and we couldn't get to our first choice restaurant. A wise choice as the food was excellent and even with a nice bottle of Albarino, a three course meal for three the bill was only 65 euros. The set dinner included prawns and clams as starters which... More

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Ancona, Italy
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899 reviews 899 reviews
219 restaurant reviews
732 helpful votes 732 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

A great place for breakfast, when the holidaymakers and tourists and pilgrims haven't got up yet, the early morning sun's flooding the square, and the only people around are locals and delivery van drivers.

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Bergen, Norway
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92 reviews 92 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

Nice looking bar in great location. Like the previous reviewer we were served by the caricature of a grumpy, old bartender but he didn't spoil out visit too much. We had drinks and pintxos while standing outside by the old barrels. The waitress further inside in the restaurant, en route to the toilets, was smiley and friendly enough.

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Top Contributor
342 reviews 342 reviews
212 restaurant reviews
131 helpful votes 131 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

Situated on the main plaza, with seating outside and barrels used for tables. Nice bar area and restaurant. Only spoilt by an un-sociable barman.

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