Castile–Leon and Castile–La Mancha Restaurants

Mesón de Cándido

  • Pl. de Azoguejo 5 Map It
  • Segovia
  • Spanish

Published 08/18/2015

Fodor's Review

Beginning life as an inn near the end of the 18th century, this restaurant was declared a national monument in 1941. It's one of the first historic buildings you see as you pass under the aqueduct and enter Segovia. Inside, there's a medley of small, irregular dining rooms decorated with a hodgepodge of memorabilia. Amid the dark-wood beams and Castilian knickknacks hang photos of celebrities who have dined here, among them Ernest Hemingway and Princess Grace. The cochinillo, roasted in a wood-fire oven, is a great choice, and partridge stew and roast lamb are also memorable, especially on cold winter afternoons. Ask for a table near a window, with a view of the aqueduct, just a few feet away. It's best to book online. If you don't have time for a full meal, there's also excellent tapas service at the bar.

Restaurant Information

Address:

Pl. de Azoguejo 5, Segovia, 40001, Spain

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Phone:

921-425911

Restaurant Details:

  • Reservations essential

Published 08/18/2015

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Average Rating

Aug 28, 2015

I recommend it

I love this restaurant because it's like a museum. The suckling pig is the best in the city and is very tasty. Segovia is a lovely city to visit and eat suckling pig is typical at this restaurant. I recommend it

May 18, 2015

good food

Amazing table on top floor overlooking aqueduct - great atmosphere - delicious food topped with theatrical experience of the maestro of restaurant addressing the room,cutting the tender the meat with a plate then smashing the plate on the floor . I did not get all the Spanish but I got his pride and enthusiasm for his family restaurant - will not forget it

May 18, 2015

good food

Amazing table on top floor overlooking aqueduct - great atmosphere - delicious food topped with theatrical experience of the maestro of restaurant addressing the room,cutting the tender the meat with a plate then smashing the plate on the floor . I did not get all the Spanish but I got his pride and enthusiasm for his family restaurant - will not forget it

Apr 28, 2015

good

We made the reservation through internet and we emailed them to let them know about some changes and they responded helpfully and they also gave us suggestions for the city. When we got there we ordered the traditional Cochinito and some entreés. We were greeted by the owner and he later came to our table and nicely talked with us and shared some stories. Then he did the ceremony of the cochinillo and we ate it, the first cochinito we have eaten

and it was delicious. Also the desserts were delicious. I really recommend it. PS. Wonderful view to the Acueducto.

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Mar 31, 2015

excellent

Sometimes, you have a meal in life that you never forget. The kind of experience that just suspends itself in time within your memory. Years later, you remember the decor in the restaurant, the view through the window, the style of the waitstaff, the smells from the kitchen, and, most of all, the taste of the food. My meal at Mesón de Cándido was that exactly. Located on the main historic plaza of Segovia in the shadow of the ancient Roman aqueducts,

this fine establishment holds true to their mantra that anyone honouring this house with their presence,regardless of their nationality or social status, is worthy of the respect and of all kinds of courtesies to which Castilian hospitality is obliged. Founded by Cándido the Elder, the traditions are still overseen by his son, Señor Alberto Cándido. There is a great variety of delicacies available on the menu, but the signature dish to enjoy at this historic restaurant and inn is the suckling pig. Señor Cándido's dedication to the profession his father loved so dearly is passionately evident in every minute of your experience. As Señor Cándido presents the piglets, he proceeds to carve them with the edge of a plate. This ritual is famous in Segovia and is masterfully performed at Mesón de Cándido. The Receta del Cochinillo de Segovia is decadently moist and wonderfully tender. The crispy skin has a glorious caramelised flavour and the whole dish is simply masterful. Beyond the signature piglet, trust the recommendations of the waitstaff and hope that Señor Cándido comes forth to present a piglet. The show is worth it!

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