Mijedo has become a favourite of mine since the first time I stepped in for lunch a couple years ago. Even though at first it didn’t seem too inviting (the main façade, painted in a bright blue colour, looks like that of a cheap and scruffy bar, one more in the list of avoidable restaurants that plague the Spanish coastline). But alas, this is not the Mediterranean, and the Cantabric sea has some of the best seafood and fish in the world. Plus, once you go into the place you can easily see that appearances can be deceptive, as Restaurante Mijedo is actually a clean and nicely decorated place on the inside.
Mijedo has its own hatchery full of lobsters and spider crabs for you to choose. They also serve a wide range of local fish of colorful names in Spanish, like "Machote" or "Virrey", all of them fresh out of the ocean.
This time I visited Mijedo four times during my 12-days visit, and quality and good service are a constant. Although we are already considered “regulars”, truth is Tino the owner will come to your table to speak to you and ask whether the food is to your liking every time, even if it's your first time there and the place is full (which usually is, even at weekdays. Reservations here are a must!). Mijedo is famous for its seafood grill as well as for its assorted fish grill and paella. I have never tried the meat here, but I’d like to one day, as the T-bone steaks they were serving in other tables looked great...
I also had a huge lobster on the first day, Tino chose it for me from the hatchery, and I think the price was quite reasonable for the high quality of the product. This is also standard here, the prices being not cheap, but definitely adequate as far as the quality of the food goes.
A must-go place if you are in the area, and even if you aren’t, it’s worth taking a detour just to have lunch here once. You’ll be back, for sure.
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