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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, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 57
    Excellent
  • 74
    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
Top beef, top place

A few doors down from the Parador, this is a top spot at a sensible price. I'd been before for post dinner drinks (dined elsewhere). This visit opted for Cantabrian anchovies, whose sharpness was immediately countered by the freshest of tomatoes. Main was an entrecôte of of a locally sourced beef... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 10, 2015
Tony C
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
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English first
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

A few doors down from the Parador, this is a top spot at a sensible price. I'd been before for post dinner drinks (dined elsewhere). This visit opted for Cantabrian anchovies, whose sharpness was immediately countered by the freshest of tomatoes. Main was an entrecôte of of a locally sourced beef (Novilla) cooked to perfection. It was refreshing to see... More 

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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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
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91 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 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
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133 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 141 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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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
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24 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
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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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 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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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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Additional Information about El Castillo

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

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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: Local cuisine, Families with children
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?