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La Bodega del Riojano

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calle del Rio de la Pila, 5, Santander, Spain
+34 942 21 67 50
00:30 - 00:00
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Sun 00:30 - 16:00
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Santander, Spain
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food was excellent. An amazing quality-cost ratio. You absolutely need to make a reservation in this place.

Thank emperadorantonio
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A group of 11 of us were seated in a private room with only 3/4 other tables. Beautiful setting, very rustic and authentic Spanish. The service was excellent, the waiter recommended dishes and wine, which were great choices! We had a variety of meat and fish dishes, everybody was extremely happy with the quality and flavours. We had 5/6 bottles... More 

Thank EricaItaliana
Barcelona, Spain
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39 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2017 via mobile

In spite of the reviews, I expected this to be a good place, but not as extraordinary as it is. We decided to share some dishes, as the mains were a bit too heavy for dinner: cheese from the country, tuna tataki and anchovies. I'm still trying to assimilate the quality of everything. I'm impressed. It's one of the best... More 

Thank Sergi V
2 reviews
Reviewed 24 February 2017 via mobile

Having visited in November 2016 with friends my wife and I decided to go again on our own in Jan 2017. Both times we were over the moon with the food and the attentive service we received.

Thank Mark F
Brisbane, Australia
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89 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2017 via mobile

I picked this because of TripAdviser reviews and because it seemed out of the usual tourist areas. On a Sunday around 2pm we squeezed into a spot at the bar, had some wine (ate a free tapas - arroz) and ordered some good food - stuffed piquillo peppers, cecina (amazing) and 8 of the best anchovies we have ever had... More 

Thank sbf67
Madrid, Spain
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23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

We booked in order to celebrate a birthday meal and we're not disappointed in any way. The service is attentive without it being smothering. Food comes out quickly without the feeling that you are being rushed. We ordered tuna as a starter to share and merluza and carrilleras as mains to split also. The food was absolutely delicious and was... More 

Thank SpanglishAbroad
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181 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 December 2016 via mobile

Always visit Riojano at least twice when in Santander . Excellent tapas and excellent fish in restaurant . The staff have been there a long time and nice they recognise you with a nice greeting and without smothering you with conversation.

Thank biggestjohn22
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 November 2016 via mobile

Visited here with my husband. An extremely popular restaurant. The food is very good but the service leaves a lot to be desired. We ordered a bottle of wine which had still not arrived after our starter was served. At that point we opted for glasses of wine instead. The food arrives very quickly, to the point you feel they... More 

Thank RosemarieDublin
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4 reviews
Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

A Santander institution but still very reasonably priced Set up like a wine cellar with real character The food and wine are excellent and the staff could not be more helpful Best to book unless you like to eat early

Thank Gordon W
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

This lovey place was recommended to us and I am so glad we booked! After a week of lovey food in the Basque Country, we had high expectations and this place topped the lot! From the welcoming atmosphere and cosy surroundings to the all important food everything was perfect! I had pig cheeks which were the tastiest dish of my... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Mediterranean, Spanish, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Romantic
Open Hours
00:30 - 16:00
00:30 - 00:00
00:30 - 00:00
00:30 - 00:00
00:30 - 00:00
00:30 - 00:00
00:30 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: calle del Rio de la Pila, 5, Santander, Spain
  • Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Cantabria  >  Santander
  • Phone Number: +34 942 21 67 50

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