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“Great seafood in the centre of Santander” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Restaurante Machichaco El Machi

Restaurante Machichaco El Machi
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Ranked #85 of 629 Restaurants in Santander
Price range: $36 - $51
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Good for: Business meetings, Families with children, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: El Machichaco sigue a toda vela, después de 80 años, y un breve paréntesis para darle otro aire. El cartel de “Atención al tren” sigue donde estuvo siempre, en la puerta de “el machi”. Para todos hemos hecho una carta con raciones marineras, picoteo santanderino 100%. Intentamos hacer las mejores rabas con calamar de aquí, con harina ecologica de un molino de piedra zamorano y fritas en aceite de oliva virgen. Por eso las rabas del machi son míticas. Y por el mimo. Mejillones con 4 salsas, almejas de las ricas, guisos marineros a tan fuego lento como lentos salen los barcos a la mar. Pimientos rellenos de rape y gambas rebozaditos como se hacían antes cuando había tiempo. La carta sigue con los fritucos crujientes del machi, la plancha con flor de sal del machi, el picoteo fresquito del machi y los 7 Arroces marineros con arroz de Calasparra jugosos y melosos de los 146 agricultores de la cooperativa.Y luego esta el mostrador del pescado que es como si estuvieras en la plaza de la Esperanza, está lleno de San martines que impresionan, jargos brillantes, lubinas de las grandes con anzuelos de verdad, rodaballos cuando hay, rapes negros de los jugosos, sapitos a la plancha , machotes feroces, merluzas jugosas, salmonetes de roca fritos con sabor a mar y todo con sello del día de la lonja de Santander. También con un vivero con marisco solo de nuestra costa con certificado de lonja de Bustio, langostas, bogavantes y centollos de los que con que les comas una vez en la vida es suficiente. Es una apuesta firme con compromiso con nuestros marineros cantabros, sólo tendremos pescado de nuestras lonjas.
 En el Machichaco entras y eliges el pescado y el marisco que más te apetezca y le cocinamos al horno a fuego lento como nos enseñaron nuestras abuelas con patatitas crujientes y pimientos rojos asados y confitados.Como buena taberna marinera estamos abiertos 365 días al año. Desde las 8 de la mañana hasta las 2 de la madrugada para que uno pueda desayunar, tomar el aperitivo, comer, tomar un pincho de tarde y cenar con copa y tertulia.Con la 4 generación la familia Garcia Borbolla pasa el legado a la familia Zamora Gorbeña con la condición y promesa de mantener el espíritu de un restaurante con tanta historia. Detrás del Machichaco estamos un equipo con muchas ganas de 25 personas que comienza el dia a partir de las 6 de la mañana con la compra del pescado en la lonja y termina a las 2 de la madrugada con todo recogido para el día siguiente. Esperamos que os guste tanto como a nosotros. Y que disfruteis.
Melbourne, Australia
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23 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Great seafood in the centre of Santander”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 31, 2014

Great food in the centre of Santander. Modern, fresh restaurant with nice ambiance, offers traditional Spanish sea food. Charming place. I will go back next time I am in Santander.

Visited May 2014
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Perth, United Kingdom
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771 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 281 helpful votes
“English Breakfast - Gobbled-Up by the Lads”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 23, 2013

Found this seafront restaurant close to our hotel while out searching for a full English breakfast.....found it here. Two fried eggs, three pieces of bacon, mushrooms, beans and chips with copious amounts of excellent toast, butter and marmalade (with Beer of course). The hungry boys were all delighted and even more delighted when the bill came (the breakfasts including coffee were only Euros 4 each). I would probably only go here for breakfast and maybe an afternoon or evening beer........although I noticed other reports suggesting it was a generally decent restaurant for the evenings too.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom
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405 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 171 helpful votes
“slightly disappointed”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 17, 2013



Not sure if we hit an off day but food was not as good as we had expected.staff were pleasant and atmosphere buzzy.


Visited May 2013
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23 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Superb”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 13, 2013

Great food
Great service
Great atmosphere
Great value
Easy and elegant with very friendly staff, a good night out.
In a lovely city
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  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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San Francisco
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11 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“superb seafood”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2012

I had clams with rice from the Sevilla area, and it was about the best clam dish I've ever eaten. Other dishes looked extremely appealing. The tables and decor (there's also a counter) are simple but the food expertly prepared with high-quality ingredients. Not terribly expensive, given the quality of the preparation and seafood.

Visited September 2012
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