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La Bodega del Riojano

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calle del Rio de la Pila, 5, Santander, Spain
1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
8:30 pm - 12:00 am
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Mon - Sat 8:30 pm - 12:00 am
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Oslo, Norway
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56 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The dining room was very nice and interesting. All walls are decorated with wine barrels which have their leads painted. It was a hot evening but luckily the aircondition worked very well. The varity of dishes were very good. We tried oxtail stew and jowls from cow which both were delicious. The staff was attentive and gave us a very... More 

Thank Phrederic
Cordoba, Mexico
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41 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had been to this place with my granddad some 45 years ago. This time we came with our cousins to celebrate our getting together after many years. I had the greatest surprise, I remembered the place being good, but not this good. What a feast, all dishes were delicious, the quality of their cuisine is superlative, up to par... More 

Thank Baltasar S
Varese, Italy
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31 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Place is uncommonly picturesque and setting really unique, with its bizarre decorations and almost medieval architecture! Food and dishes are fairly attractive, and list of wines is satisfactory. Seating is also comfortable. However, in the evening, it tends to be overfilled and becomes very noisy. The overall experience is rather interesting, and it would improve significantly if the size of... More 

Thank radiusmedical
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

I have wanted to go to this place for a very long time and I wasn't disappointed. The food was great, the service very attentive. It was quite busy for a lunch time weekday but even so, the atmosphere was quiet and nobody seemed to be rushing. I loved the display of paintings in the walls using the leads of... More 

Thank Julia G
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2016 via mobile

Over the 4 days we were in Santander we went here 3 times. We had lunch, dinner & tapas on different days. Such a lively place. During the day locals meet for a glass of wine. In the evening there was couples, family and large groups so you need to book. Food is excellent and the Wine served by the... More 

Thank Stuart A
Saltash, United Kingdom
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240 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2016 via mobile

We had amazing high quality Spanish food at this beautiful restaurant. Having mainly had meat with chips (patatas fritas) for the past week in Spain, it was a real treat to have food like this. One of our starters of scorpion fish which came as a form of pate was outstanding. My main, which was oxtail, was presented beautiful and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2016

...then look up this great restaurant as we did on the recommendation of a local who took pity on us looking lost. As well as superb food the ambience and service matches it....wonderfully painted wine barrel tops on the walls, beamed ceilings, very busy tapas section. I'm sure that booking would normally be essential but we arrived just on 8:30pm... More 

Thank briancx1
Paris, France
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235 reviews
188 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

The fish soup appetizer is delicious, with tons of succulent fish inside. Excellent service and a gorgeous room. The tuna main is served without vegetables, so we ordered a side mixed salad for 7 euros which really improved the main. The appetizer ham was a little disappointing. Still, this was a great experience. On the expensive side for Santander (100... More 

Thank IvanCDG
Santander, Spain
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60 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

I usually take foreign people to this restaurant mainly because three main things. The atmosphere is incredible, it is very nice with lot of barrels painted very pleasant staff. The food is very good, either fish or meat, the starters and the homemade deserts. Finally is the perfect place for those who love wine. I've never got any complain from... More 

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Edinburgh (Scotland)
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156 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

My wife and I popped in during a recent visit to Santander and loved the place. On arrival we had only considered having a glass of wine but on seeing the dinning room we asked about the possibility of having a table for lunch but we were informed that they were fully booked. We then sat in the main bar... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Mediterranean, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children
Open Hours
1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
8:30 pm - 12:00 am
1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
8:30 pm - 12:00 am
1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
8:30 pm - 12:00 am
1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
8:30 pm - 12:00 am
1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
8:30 pm - 12:00 am
1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
8:30 pm - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: calle del Rio de la Pila, 5, Santander, Spain
  • Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Cantabria  >  Santander
  • Phone Number: 942216750

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?