Daytime or nighttime. Right in the city centre or just by the beach. Off the beaten track or slap in the middle of all the hoo-ha. With one or two tables for the lucky few or with many for the many more. With mindboggling views, original décor or tempting dishes. To just have a snack or to sit down for a gourmet meal. If you like to lounge around in the open
air, here are some of the best places to hang out beneath the sky of Santander. Although they’re not only open in the summer, the terrace season is now officially upon us.
Winner of the Sustainable Beach Bar award in 2015, this chiringuito is close by the pier at the Puntal sandbank and has summer holidays written all over it. Ricardo Tricio is a friendly and efficient host in this popular restaurant-bar which offers seafood stews, and good fish and shellfish. You must reserve, and getting a table for dinner is almost impossible. A 10-minute ride by boat from Santander; there’s one every 20 minutes.
Address: Playa del Puntal
Tel: 619 109 631
Unbeatable views of the Cantabrian Sea make this restaurant-cafeteria very well worth a visit: snacks, raciones and various dishes. An infinite horizon, and nothing in the way. See page 79.
Address: Cabo Mayor
Tel: 942 391 518
The Hotel Chiqui’s new, stylish terrace, at the far end of the Sardinero’s Segunda beach, where fine food and sharp design create a sophisticated atmosphere. Open from 8am until midnight, it offers well-made local cooking with inventive touches.
Address: Avenida Manuel García Lago, 9
Tel: 686 388 007
El Parque de Trueba
Large terrace with a family feel, glazed in and right by the beach. Open from 8am to 11:30pm, there is a good daily set menu with a choice of ten dishes. Open every day.
Address: Avenida Manuel García Lago, 2
Tel: 942 271 032
Terrace overlooking the sea: a good place to watch the sun rise over breakfast (it opens at 7am), have brunch or enjoy their pinchos and raciones. Food available all day, See page 47.
Address: Plaza de Italia
Tel: 942 273 034
Max Sports Café
Set in a pine grove, with different terraces to enjoy with your family and friends. Many screens showing your favourite sports. Straightforward cooking with a Tex-Mex feel.
Address: Avenida de los Infantes, s/n
Tel: 942 281 248
Popular bar-restaurant on a street full of bars, not far from the beach. A large terrace where you can drink and enjoy good classic food and great burgers. See page 48.
Address: Joaquín Costa, 43
Tel: 942 282 009
Tables set out in a beautiful garden, where you can eat in the shade or by candlelight. Seasonal menu, plus set menus for lunch and dinner.
Address: Ramón y Cajal, 18
Tel: 942 290 606
Balneario de la Magdalena
The sea breeze and the sound of the waves: a busy semi-circular terrace (especially during the day) where you can eat classic dishes with a maritime touch. See page 46.
Address: Horadada, 10
Tel: 942 032 107
La Flor de Miranda
A corner terrace, halfway between the centre and the sea coast, with excellent fresh fish and shellfish dishes. Taster menu available for lunch and dinner. Regular gastronomic events. See page 46.
Address: General Dávila, 2
Tel: 942 281 081
Half a dozen tables charmingly set out, with beautiful views of the bay and the mountains to the south. Traditional cooking with an elegant touch. Reservations advisable. See page 46.
Address: La Unión, 5
Tel: 942 271 055
Asador Lechazo Aranda
A large and busy terrace, right next to a children’s playground and the start of the Tetuán district. Specialises in juicy roast meats. Their jamón de bellota is to die for. See page 10.
Address: Tetuán, 15
Tel: 942 214 823
Ten tables on the edge of the square, looking out over the bay and the ships and boats entering and leaving port. Set menu and à la carte with a seafood slant. See page 16.
Address: Hernán Cortés, 40
Tel: 942 314 769
A good tavern for fans of pinchos and snacks. A popular terrace in the shade of six plane trees, very close to the epicentre of the city’s nightlife. See page 32.
Address: Daoíz y Velarde, 9
Tel: 942 313 367
A time-honoured joint with a recently spruced-up terrace, next to a couple of young oak trees and open from eight in the morning. A good selection of pinchos and raciones.
Address: Hernán Cortés, 8
Tel: 942 070 414
This terrace has about thirty tables in what is effectively the (small) cathedral square. A good place for breakfast or to stop off for a drink and a bite. See page 7.
Address: Plaza de Atarazanas, 2
Tel: 942 222 048
A small and cosy terrace, just across from the ferry port and open from 8am till midnight, with the unmistakable quality and style of the Deluz & Co. restaurateurs. See page 36.
Address: Calderón de la Barca, 9
Tel: 942 218 722
What this working-class fishermen’s quarter offers is a whole succession of terraces on and behind the main street and beneath the arches in the central plaza: La Gaviota, La Cueva, Los Peñucas, El Vivero, Casa José and the covered terraces of La Chulilla and El Muelle all serve fresh fish, shellfish and rice dishes.
Taberna del Herrero
A large terrace on a pedestrian street, with an excellent choice of tapas, pinchos and raciones. A friendly place to take the weight off your feet. See page 41.
Address: Rubio, 4
Tel: 942 055 419
A lively urban terrace on a busy pedestrian street. Tasty, classic dishes, with no unnecessary frills.
Address: Burgos, 32
Tel: 942 231 020
A small covered terrace, way off the beaten track, overlooking the railway lines. Excellent home cooking, especially the stews and rice dishes: the one with tripe is particularly memorable.
Address: Peña del Cuervo, 2
Tel: 942 237 761