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El Machi

Calle Calderon de La Barca 9, 39002 Santander, Spain
+34 942 21 87 22
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Overview
  • Excellent30%
  • Very good42%
  • Average14%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible6%
Travellers talk about
“rice” (4 reviews)
“paella” (6 reviews)
“grilled sole” (2 reviews)
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CUISINES
Seafood, Mediterranean, Spanish
PRICE
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LOCATION
Calle Calderon de La Barca 9, 39002 Santander, Spain
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1 - 10 of 42 reviews

Reviewed 27 April 2017

The restaurant has a very pleasant atmosphere. We were pleasantly received and it's quite spacious. The food is very good. For starters we had the entremes frios. A big plate with different dishes on it. Then we had the fish of the day. Personally I...More

Thank Jeroen M
Reviewed 18 January 2017

Menù a la carte and fish of the day available. We took Paella and Arroz Marinero and as single course and both were fine. Arroz is recommended since this is the local way to serve rice with fish. Service was very kind and accomodating. Good...More

Thank Tony3vis
Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

I was recommended to try here by my nearby Abba hotel for mid afternoon tapas. I had one ensalada mista followed by anchovies which amounted to 6 salty brown anchovies accompanied by a glass of white wine. It was pleasant enough but 34 euros for...More

Thank RabCL
Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

We went to El Machi since it was just around the corner from the Hotel Bahia where we were staying. The meal was disappointing. Fried calamari was pretty good, but a dish of roasted peppers had too much charred thick skin on the peppers. Zarzuela,...More

Thank areview28
Reviewed 13 October 2016

Booked for 8.30 and we were first in upstairs cosy dining area. By 9.00 is was reasonably busy though but I would assume in summer booking would be essential. Excellent service and we shared Gambas a la Plancha for starters and similarly the Main Course...More

Thank icecoldinalex1
Reviewed 11 October 2016 via mobile

El Machi has a great, fresh selection of sea food and a great atmosphere too. Although it was more money than we wished to spend, the quality of food is high and the restaurant has both a great location by the water and adorable nautical...More

Thank Elizabeth S
Reviewed 5 October 2016

On the seafront we found this fish restaurant purely by chance.We were early but allowed into the restaurant which has about a dozen tables beautifully laid out.The sea bass and vegetables were delicious as was a local wine, staff were friendly and we thoroughly enjoyed...More

Thank Michael W
Reviewed 3 September 2016 via mobile

Very friendly staff that accommodated my husband, 2 young kids and myself in the shade. The staff were astonished that between us we polished off arroz negro, paella, cuttlefish stew and monkfish bites. Our kids love sea food! This is a a high quality eatery...More

Thank duncaa00
Reviewed 22 August 2016

We had a light lunch on a hot summer day. We wanted to have lunch in their restaurant and waited there for more than 10 minutes, but nobody came to ask for order, so we gave up, and then tried the bar area. The service...More

Thank Plus_Ultra_2013
Reviewed 14 August 2016 via mobile

We loved the history of this place as well as the atmosphere and awesome tapas! This was our first stop on a tapas tour. The decor was simple yet clean and inviting. I would definitely go back the next time that I visit Santander.

Thank Cali_rose55
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$ 36 - US$ 51
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
Sunday
09:00 - 00:00
Monday
08:00 - 00:00
Tuesday
08:00 - 00:00
Wednesday
08:00 - 00:00
Thursday
08:00 - 00:00
Friday
08:00 - 00:00
Saturday
09:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle Calderon de La Barca 9, 39002 Santander, Spain
  • Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Cantabria  >  Santander
  • Phone Number: +34 942 21 87 22
  • E-mail
Description
El Machichaco sigue a toda vela, después de 80 años, y un breve paréntesis para darle otro aire. El cartel de “Atención al tren” sigue donde estuvo siempre, en la puerta de “el machi”. Para todos hemos hecho una carta con raciones marineras, picoteo santanderino 100%. Intentamos hacer las mejores rabas con calamar de aquí, con harina ecologica de un molino de piedra zamorano y fritas en aceite de oliva virgen. Por eso las rabas del machi son míticas. Y por el mimo. Mejillones con 4 salsas, almejas de las ricas, guisos marineros a tan fuego lento como lentos salen los barcos a la mar. Pimientos rellenos de rape y gambas rebozaditos como se hacían antes cuando había tiempo. La carta sigue con los fritucos crujientes del machi, la plancha con flor de sal del machi, el picoteo fresquito del machi y los 7 Arroces marineros con arroz de Calasparra jugosos y melosos de los 146 agricultores de la cooperativa.Y luego esta el mostrador del pescado que es como si estuvieras en la plaza de la Esperanza, está lleno de San martines que impresionan, jargos brillantes, lubinas de las grandes con anzuelos de verdad, rodaballos cuando hay, rapes negros de los jugosos, sapitos a la plancha , machotes feroces, merluzas jugosas, salmonetes de roca fritos con sabor a mar y todo con sello del día de la lonja de Santander. También con un vivero con marisco solo de nuestra costa con certificado de lonja de Bustio, langostas, bogavantes y centollos de los que con que les comas una vez en la vida es suficiente. Es una apuesta firme con compromiso con nuestros marineros cantabros, sólo tendremos pescado de nuestras lonjas.
 En el Machichaco entras y eliges el pescado y el marisco que más te apetezca y le cocinamos al horno a fuego lento como nos enseñaron nuestras abuelas con patatitas crujientes y pimientos rojos asados y confitados.Como buena taberna marinera estamos abiertos 365 días al año. Desde las 8 de la mañana hasta las 2 de la madrugada para que uno pueda desayunar, tomar el aperitivo, comer, tomar un pincho de tarde y cenar con copa y tertulia.Con la 4 generación la familia Garcia Borbolla pasa el legado a la familia Zamora Gorbeña con la condición y promesa de mantener el espíritu de un restaurante con tanta historia. Detrás del Machichaco estamos un equipo con muchas ganas de 25 personas que comienza el dia a partir de las 6 de la mañana con la compra del pescado en la lonja y termina a las 2 de la madrugada con todo recogido para el día siguiente. Esperamos que os guste tanto como a nosotros. Y que disfruteis.
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