Cantabria restaurants

Top Choice Tapas in Santander

Casa Lita

Pack into ‘the house of pinchos’ amid crowds of stylish santanderinos and brick walls plastered with early-20th-century Santander posters. You’ll be lucky to score a table. Classic Iberian ham and local cheese racio…
Top Choice Fusion in Santander

Agua Salada

A labour of love for owners Carlos García and Pilar Montiel, this intimate corner bistro serves superb, reasonably priced market-fresh cuisine that walks the line between traditional and innovative. Indulge in a sup…
Top Choice Tapas in Castro Urdiales

Bar Javi

¡Advertencia! The warning on the napkins at this sweet local tapas bar says it all: 'We take no responsibility for addiction to our pintxos'. Indeed, with daily specials ranging from delicately fried baby-squid croq…
Top Choice Tapas in Santander

La Conveniente

This cavernous bodega has soaring stone walls, wooden pillars and more wine bottles than you've ever seen in one place. Squeeze into the tram-like front enclosure, line up for the vast dining room or just snack at t…
Cantabrian in Santander

El Muelle

Since opening in mid-2017, the Centro Botín's cafe-restaurant has become a local favourite for morning coffee or a glass of wine at sunset, with its solid glass walls facing the Bahia de Santander and the Jardines d…
Cantabrian in Reinosa

Restaurante Fuentebro

Exquisitely positioned overlooking the Río Ebro's source, 5km northwest of Reinosa, this enticing wood-beamed, stone-walled restaurant offers classic Cantabrian fare, starring local meats, fish, stews and arroces (r…
Fusion in Laredo

Somera

Run by an ambitious, attentive young team, Somera specialises in highly creative Cantabrian-Asian fusion cooking full of local ingredients. Delicate starters include fried-egg and sushi-rice pinchos (snacks) and eno…
Seafood in Santander

Marucho

A cheerful, low-key vibe prevails at this long-standing neighbourhood eatery. Beret-clad fisherman chat at the bar while families settle in for seafood feasts served on blue-and-white ceramic plates atop white paper…
Seafood in Santander

El Machi

A welcoming, good-value seafood spot convenient to all transport terminals and the city centre. Go for tapas such as the Santander speciality rabas (deep-fried squid), their prize-winning seafood tortilla stuffed wi…
Seafood in Santander

Toñin y Bruma

Named for the owners' two fishing boats, this cosy hole-in-the-wall is a seafood lover's delight. Check the board outside for 'catch of the day' specials, from grilled jibia (cuttlefish) to lubina (sea bass) and rod…