Galicia and Asturias Restaurants

From the humblest of cafeterias to the hautest of dining rooms, chefs in Galicia, Asturias, and Cantabria emphasize the use of fresh, local ingredients. Excellent, cheap meals can be found at smaller, family-run eateries, which usually stick to traditional foods and tend to draw mostly local crowds. Restaurants that stray from the culinary norm—and which also offer top-notch service and elegant surroundings—usually also include a higher price tag.

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  • 1. Abastos 2.0

    $$$$

    "From market to plate" is this nueva cocina restaurant's philosophy: chefs start and finish the day with an empty larder and a blank menu. The freshest fish and produce are handpicked at the neighboring Mercado de Abastos and coaxed into exciting dishes that defy tradition. Be sure to book ahead as the industrial-chic dining room and terrace fill up fast. 

    Pl. de Abastos, Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, 15704, Spain
    654-015937

    Known For

    • Inventive tapas
    • Market-fresh ingredients
    • Contemporary design

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Sun.
  • 2. Adega O Bebedeiro

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    This tiny restaurant is beloved by locals for its authentic food. It feels like an old farmhouse, with stone walls and floors, a fireplace, pine tables and stools, and dusty wine bottles (adega is Gallego for bodega, or wine cellar). Appetizers such as pulpo con almejas al ajillo (octopus with clams in garlic sauce) are followed by fresh fish at market prices and an ever-changing array of delicious desserts.

    C. Ángel Rebollo 34, A Coruña, Galicia, 15002, Spain
    981-210609

    Known For

    • Octopus with clams in garlic sauce
    • Baked scallops
    • Wine cellar

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Mon., and 1st wk in Jan. No dinner Sun., Credit cards accepted
  • 3. Casa Marcelo

    $$$$

    Fusing traditional Galician cuisine with Japanese, Mexican, and Peruvian, among others, Casa Marcelo whips up creatively plated dishes in an open-plan kitchen. The jovial dining area—always full and always loud—seats guests at long communal tables, a nod to the fact that the dishes are meant to be shared.

    Rúa das Hortas 1, Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, 15705, Spain
    981-558580

    Known For

    • Fusion tapas
    • Impress-your-date cuisine
    • Extremely popular

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Mon. and Tues., No dinner Sun.
  • 4. El Bodegón

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    An invitingly cozy space awaits behind the ancient stone facade of this restaurant, 200 meters (656 feet) from the main plaza. Part of the house is original, but much has been renovated, providing an attractive combination of traditional mountain design and modern construction. The menu is all well-priced highland comfort food—think leeks in vinaigrette, braised beef tongue, and cocido lebaniego (a boiled dinner of sausage, chickpeas, and vegetables)  The lunch menu is one of the best values in the area.

    Calle San Roque 4, Potes, Cantabria, 39570, Spain
    942-730247

    Known For

    • Standout wines
    • Popular spot
    • Affordable mountain cooking

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Wed.
  • 5. La Casona del Judío

    $$$$

    The two exquisite tasting menus at this tranquil Michelin-star establishment offer a whirlwind tour of modern Cantabrian cooking at a good value. Request a table in the romantically lit brick wine cellar, and savor such delicacies as roast partridge with celery-root puree, griddled tiger prawns, and ultra-creamy rice pudding. 

    Calle de Repuente 20, Santander, Cantabria, 39012, Spain
    942-342726

    Known For

    • Tasting menus
    • Award-winning environmental sustainability
    • Modern Cantabrian cuisine

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Reservations essential, Closed Mon., No dinner Sun.
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  • 6. La Galana

    $$$

    La Galana is a typical Asturian sidrería with colossal barrels lining the walls, thick wooden tables, and plenty of standing room at the bar, where locals munch on Cabrales cheese. The kitchen serves refined cider-house fare: Expect cheeses with quince jam, bubbling cauldrons of fabada, and a range of creative tapas. There is also a terrace overlooking the porticoed Plaza Mayor and a sit-down dining area beyond the bar with fancier fare including coal-fired steaks, suckling lamb, and grilled sea bass. 

    Pl. Mayor 10, Gijón, Asturias, 33201, Spain
    985-172429

    Known For

    • Local cider
    • Great-value prix fixe
    • Lovingly prepared cider-house fare
  • 7. Restaurante Filigrana

    $$$$

    Although the eggplant-colored walls, crystal chandeliers, and carefully chosen antique furniture evoke a traditional French dining room, the food at this restaurant—attached to the A Quinta da Auga hotel—is unmistakably Galician. Try delicacies such as chestnut cream soup, fresh-caught hake, and bay scallops roasted in their shells with garlic-parsley oil. The weekday lunch prix fixe is a steal at €29.

    Paseo da Amaia 23B, 15706, Spain
    981-534636

    Known For

    • Old-school Galician fine dining
    • Bucolic environs
    • Weekday lunch prix fixe
  • 8. Yayo Daporta

    $$$$

    The chef, Yayo Daporta, for whom the restaurant is named, is something of a local celebrity and a true food artist who produces gastronomic masterpieces, such as a cocktail glass filled with cauliflower mousse and fresh-caught local clams with a drizzle of basil-infused olive oil and coffee vinaigrette. Inventive dishes include scallop carpaccio and tempura clam on an algae crisp with clam foam and greens. Reservations are recommended.

    Rúa Hospital 7, Cambados, Galicia, 36630, Spain
    986-526062

    Known For

    • Locally admired chef
    • Inventive dishes
    • Fresh clams

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Mon. and Nov. 14--28. No dinner Sun.
  • 9. A Barrola

    $$$

    A solid bet on a street packed with middling tourist eateries, this seafood restaurant has polished wood floors and a bustling terrace. The caldo gallego, santiaguiños (slipper lobsters), arroz con bogavante (rice with lobster), and seafood empanadas are superb—as any of the university-faculty regulars will tell you.

    Rúa do Franco 29, Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, 15702, Spain
    981-577999

    Known For

    • Seafood feasts
    • Local delicacies
    • Raucous atmosphere

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: No dinner Sun.
  • 10. A Tafona by Lucía Freitas

    $$$$

    This upscale restaurant by one of the region's most promising chefs serves elevated Galician cuisine in a bright, modern dining room with exposed stone walls. Menus feature a plethora of hyperlocal ingredients that have "first and last names," as the chef likes to say: Cambados oysters, Fisterra razor clams, Cachena beef, etc.

    Virxe da Cerca 7, Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, 15703, Spain
    981-562314

    Known For

    • Michelin-starred dining
    • Experimental tasting menus
    • Finest Galician ingredients

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Mon. and Tues., No dinner Sun.
  • 11. A Viaxe

    $$$$

    Appropriately named, A Viaxe (a journey) takes diners through the edible landscape of Peru and South America, with especially bright renditions on Peruvian dishes using Galician ingredients. A coveted spot at the bar includes views of the open kitchen and detailed presentations straight from the chef himself.

    Praza do Matadoiro 3, Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, 15704, Spain
    662-618862

    Known For

    • Affordable tasting menus
    • Raw seafood preparations
    • Family-owned

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Mon.
  • 12. Arbidel

    $$$$

    This award-winning, modern Asturian restaurant in the old town is adorned with rustic stone walls and a hand-painted mural. There are also inventive tapas and tasting menus (starting at €65). Notable dishes include creamy rice with tiger prawns and squid, Xaldu lamb royale with mushrooms, and warm chocolate cake with ice cream. 

    Calle Oscuro 1, Ribadesella, Asturias, Spain
    985-861440

    Known For

    • Experimental Asturian cuisine
    • Good-value tasting menus
    • Apple gazpacho with sardines

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Mon. and Tues.
  • 13. Barómetro

    $$$

    Decorated with an ornate barometer to gauge the famously unpredictable local weather, this family-run seafood spot is in a 19th-century building on the harbor. In addition to an inexpensive menú del día (prix fixe), there's outstanding seafood à la carte including fried calamares (squid) and uni-stuffed asparagus. If there were ever a place to splurge on bogavante, large-claw lobster, it's here. For dessert, the fig ice cream is delicious.

    Paseo del Muelle 5, Luarca, Asturias, 33700, Spain
    985-470662

    Known For

    • Excellent-value prix-fixe lunch
    • Seafood noodle soup
    • Popular with locals

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Tues., No dinner Mon.
  • 14. Beiramar Restaurante

    $$$$

    Seafood lovers: look no further. This minimalist but elegant marisquería (seafood restaurant) has a view of the port and only serves fish caught the same day. Try the centolla de la ría (fresh-caught river crab), bacalao gratinado con alioli de azafran (cod gratin with alioli and saffron), or arroz con pulpo (octopus paella).

    Av. Beiramar 30, O Grove, Galicia, 36980, Spain
    986-731081

    Known For

    • Octopus paella
    • River crab
    • Cod gratin with aioli and saffron

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Mon. No dinner Sun.
  • 15. Bierzo Enxebre

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    Tucked behind the cathedral, this tapas bar specializes in products from El Bierzo, a comarca (subdivision) in Castile-León, either in the animated bar or in one of the stone-walled dining rooms. Visitors stopping in for a drink at the bar can expect a generous portion of free tapas, while the menu has a selection of grilled meats, revueltos (scrambled eggs with a variety of toppings), cold meats, and cheeses.

    Rúa La Troia 10, Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, 15704, Spain
    981-581909

    Known For

    • Food and wine from El Bierzo
    • Good-value prix-fixe lunch menu
    • Grilled meat

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: No dinner Sun.
  • 16. Bodega del Riojano

    $$$

    The paintings on wine-barrel ends that decorate this classic restaurant have given it the nickname "Museo Redondo" (Round Museum). The building dates back to the 16th century when it was a wine cellar, apparent in the heavy wooden beams overhead and the rough, rustic tables. With meaty culinary specialties from La Rioja and fresh seafood from the Bay of Biscay, there is plenty to choose from. The menu changes daily and seasonally, but the fish of the day is a sure bet.

    Calle Río de la Pila 5, Santander, Cantabria, 39003, Spain
    942-216750

    Known For

    • Friendly service
    • Historic setting
    • Elevated traditional Cantabrian and Riojan fare

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: No dinner Sun.
  • 17. Carretas

    $$$$

    This casual seafood spot around the corner from the Hostal de los Reyes Católicos specializes in shellfish ranging from melt-in-your-mouth battered mini-scallops to a take-no-prisoners variado de mariscos platter with langoustines, king prawns, crab, and percebes (barnacles, a local delicacy).

    Rúa das Carretas 21, Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, 15705, Spain
    981-563111

    Known For

    • Fresh seafood
    • Lively atmosphere
    • Complimentary liqueurs with dessert

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Mon., No dinner Sun.
  • 18. Casa Fermín

    $$$$

    Skylights, plants, and an air of modernity belie the age of this sophisticated restaurant, which opened in 1924 and is now in its fourth generation. The nueva cocina menu changes seasonally, and there is also a tasting menu. Dishes might include artichokes in spicy afuega'l pitu cheese sauce, langoustine tiradito, or apple cake with cinnamon ice cream.

    C. San Francisco 8, Oviedo, Asturias, 33003, Spain
    985-216452

    Known For

    • Inventive Asturian cuisine
    • Exceptional seafood
    • Special-occasion dining

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Sun., No dinner Mon.
  • 19. Casa Solla

    $$$$

    Book a table at this terrace garden restaurant 2 km (1 mile) outside of town toward O Grove for a fine-dining culinary tour of the region. Local mackerel, chorizo, hake, and beef are mainstays here, as are traditional Galician cheeses and wines. Though the ingredients are primarily local, they're enlivened with international, nueva cocina touches (think king crab fajitas and scallop aguachile). 

    Av. Sineiro 7, San Salvador de Poio, Galicia, 36005, Spain
    986-872884

    Known For

    • Tasting menu only
    • Eye-popping plating
    • Ideal for special occasions

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Mon., Off-season dinner only Fri. and Sat.
  • 20. Cocedero Bar La Piedra

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    Fancy it ain't, but this jovial tapas bar is where you can devour the freshest catch from the Rúa Pescadería fisherwomen, and it does a roaring lunch trade with Vigo locals. Expect heaping plates of marisco (shellfish) and scallops with roe at market prices, plus fresh and fruity Albariño, its trusty sidekick. Indoors there are round tables covered with paper, while the outdoor terrace is a pleasing place to slurp down some oysters and watch the old town bustle.

    Rúa Pescadería 3, Vigo, Galicia, 36202, Spain
    986-431204

    Known For

    • Fresh seafood
    • Front-row seats for oyster hawkers
    • Simple, down-to-earth atmosphere

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