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Plaza de Mayor, 6, 39330 Santillana del Mar, Spain
+34 942 818 377
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8:00 am - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 56
    Excellent
  • 72
    Very good
  • 27
    Average
  • 10
    Poor
  • 18
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Nice atmosphere good food

We were a party of 12 visiting Santillana del Mar for the Cabalgata de Reyes or wise men visiting Jesus re-enacment. We had a nice lunch, wine and dessert. Our waiter was very prompt and did a great job on handling this large table. Nice location and excellent atmosphere. Good for beer, wine and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 6, 2015
George B
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Puerto Rico
via mobile
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
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183 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

Fine restaurant. Good location, but the menu is a little bit poor. If you want to drink or eat tapas it's perfect. Try the local wines, and white wine with ice in summer. Perfect for the season

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Puerto Rico
Top Contributor
91 reviews 91 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015 via mobile

We were a party of 12 visiting Santillana del Mar for the Cabalgata de Reyes or wise men visiting Jesus re-enacment. We had a nice lunch, wine and dessert. Our waiter was very prompt and did a great job on handling this large table. Nice location and excellent atmosphere. Good for beer, wine and tapas or lunch. Recomended.

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Dundee, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

This bar/restaurant is on the Camino de Santiago. As the time of year visited meant we had little choice, low season, we assumed the standard would be mediocre at best. Wrong. The bar staff were charming and spoke a little more English than we did Spanish. The wine was superb and I noticed they were aficionados of Gin...at least a... More 

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Berkhamsted, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

I don't agree with Tedstravelogs from Sydney. I understand why some may think the service is slow and the staff surly, but this misses the point about how important it is to do our best to integrate in regional towns where they do things their way. To watch and listen and be empathetic with a little patience seems to do... More 

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Sydney, Australia
Top Contributor
130 reviews 130 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
125 helpful votes 125 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

What's good: the location - smack in the middle of the town's happening square. The outside tables look very inviting - until you make the mistake of going inside or, on the off chance, somebody turns up to serve you. What's not good: almost anything you have the misfortune to eat, the surly, reluctant service, the TV blaring some Euro... More 

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Arundel, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 via mobile

Maybe someone read negative comments re service because no waiting. When bill came was expecting to be more as seemed amazing value - quality and portions.

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Twickenham, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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
3 helpful votes 3 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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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Plaza de Mayor, 6, 39330 Santillana del Mar, Spain
  • Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Cantabria  >  Santillana del Mar
  • Phone Number: +34 942 818 377

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Spanish

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 12:00 am
Monday
8:00 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday
8:00 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday
8:00 am - 12:00 am
Thursday
8:00 am - 12:00 am
Friday
8:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
8:00 am - 12:00 am

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