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El Castillo

Plaza Mayor 10, 39330, Santillana del Mar, Spain
+34 942 81 83 77
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  • Excellent27%
  • Very good40%
  • Average15%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible10%
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“clams” (3 reviews)
“plaza mayor” (3 reviews)
“average food” (2 reviews)
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European, Spanish, Mediterranean
$$ - $$$
Plaza Mayor 10, 39330, Santillana del Mar, Spain
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Reviewed 5 days ago

A decent choice of local and international foods here but we felt a bit let down by the service. The food was OK but nothing special. Much was pre-prepared so it was served just warm. There seemed to be not enough waiters to serve the...More

Thank peetajohn
Reviewed 15 June 2017 via mobile

We went to El Castillo for breakfast this morning. The pinxtos were OK while the pastries seem commercially made and very dry. Nevertheless, the reason to avoid this place (even if the alternative is to go hungry), is the terrible service. The barman is a...More

2  Thank Tim73Turner
Reviewed 15 June 2017 via mobile

Great fixed menu at 14.90 EURO. Salmon salad starter is excellent and vichyssoise is very good. Excellent fish main and pork spare ribs - looked heavy but tasted fine. Fruit salad and the chocolate cake desert are also excellent. All this plus wine, mineral water,...More

Thank jlmh46
Reviewed 3 June 2017

we dined here quite late as we were fishing in the Picos de Europa. Owner/manager was a fine host and menu was jst as we wanted. we wnet back another night, as other restos were closed. Happy on all counts.

Thank salmonangler
Reviewed 2 March 2017

Unusual bar area, more like Florida with it's colour scheme of blue/green. There is a more traditional restaurant just off the bar. We went for dinner and chose the set menu for €15. The best starter choice by far is the Bean Casserole. Lamb is...More

Thank peter_the_traveller4
Reviewed 30 October 2016

It's tempting to go out and explore and grab a quick reliable breakfast of cafe con leche, zumo de naraja and a fresh pastry or toast. But believe you you'd be better staying at your hotel or trying absolutely anywhere else open in Santillana (and...More

1  Thank WillMcIntosh
Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

We stop by in this place for dinner. We had an assortment of local cheesees. And few pintxos of iberic stuff and somontano wine. Food was ok, nothing to stand out. The service not very friendly but ok Pintxo with beer 2,5e half assortment of...More

Thank WDsolercia
Reviewed 17 October 2016

We came in early and were the first served. A little cider and cheese to start with, then bonito with tomatoes and a large ensalada mixta.....plus good wine. A menu of the day that had everything. Good, and the presentation was top draw. Service was...More

Thank Somo66
Reviewed 25 September 2016

We have eaten here before some years ago and think that it was better in the past. It is very brightly let so lacks atmosphere. The food is average and there are better options locally.

Thank sallyflora
Reviewed 4 August 2016 via mobile

In the middle of plaza mayor, this place surprised us with nice twists on classic Spanish dishes (i.e. adding mussels, calamari and shrimps to 'pescaito frito') Chef's suggestions didn't disappoint. Recommended

Thank Isaac T
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Kids, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Bar Scene
Open Hours
08:00 - 00:00
08:00 - 00:00
08:00 - 00:00
08:00 - 00:00
08:00 - 00:00
08:00 - 00:00
08:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Plaza Mayor 10, 39330, Santillana del Mar, Spain
  • Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Cantabria  >  Santillana del Mar
  • Phone Number: +34 942 81 83 77
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