Top Choice Modern Spanish in León

Restaurante Cocinandos

The proud owner of León's only Michelin star, Cocinandos brings creative flair to the table with a menu that changes weekly with the seasons and market availability. The atmosphere is slightly formal so dress nicely…
Tapas in León

La Trébede

As good for tapas (try the croquettes) as for first drinks (wines by the glass start at €1.50), La Trébede is always full. The decor is eclectic – deer's antlers, historic wirelesses and the scales of justice – and …
Contemporary Spanish in León

Restaurante Zuloaga

Located in the vaults of an early 20th-century palace, this sophisticated place has a well-stocked cellar and a classy, adventurous menu. The rodaballo a la parrilla con verduritas (grilled turbot with vegetables) i…
Seafood in León

Alfonso Valderas

The city's most famous restaurant for bacalao (salt cod), prepared around 25 different ways. If this is your first encounter with this versatile fish, order it al pil-pil (with a mild chilli sauce) – this preparatio…
Tapas in León

Racimo de Oro

A lovely brick-lined interior provides an appealing backdrop for this wildly popular tapas bar and restaurant, which is arguably the pick of the choices around Plaza de San Martín. The food is predominantly from Cas…
Tapas in León


It can be difficult to fight your way to the bar upstairs but it's worth doing so for the generous-sized raciones, include all kind of cured meats straight from their own pig farm up in the far north of Castilla y L…
Mediterranean in León

La Mary

Opened in late 2013, the daily lunch menu here is excellent value. Dishes include Italian options like caprese salad (with real buffalo mozzarella), plus seafood with imaginative sides like broccoli purée; most of t…
Modern Spanish in León

Clandestino Leon

Slick and riding the wave of popularity that surrounds gastrobars in Spain, Clandestino has great food (kangaroo steak tartare, anyone?), a contemporary ambience and all sorts of dishes that coeliacs and other glute…
Castilian in León


One of the city's more adventurous dining options, where innovative combinations change with the seasons but always take a whole new way of looking at traditional staples. Reservations recommended.
Tapas in León

El Picoteo de la Jouja

This intimate little bar has earned a loyal following for its concentration on traditional local tapas (try six for €13.50) and local wines, including some from the nearby Bierzo region. The tapas include cured meat…