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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
  • Excellent29%
  • Very good42%
  • Average13%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible7%
Travellers talk about
“sea food” (5 reviews)
“rice” (5 reviews)
“paella” (6 reviews)
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CUISINES
Seafood, Mediterranean, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
££ - £££
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LOCATION
Calle Calderon de La Barca 9, 39002 Santander, Spain
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1 - 10 of 50 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Just realised that I had forgotten to review this restaurant on our recent trip to Santander. We dropped by for a late lunch on a Saturday afternoon after having spent the morning cycling around part of Santander. The tables outside were all taken or reserved...More

Thank dee090
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great atmosphere, delightful staff and absolutely fantastic food! A must final stop before boarding ferry back to UK.

Thank Nadine L
Reviewed 29 December 2017 via mobile

We decided to celebrate a Christmas lunch for 15 people with a 35€ menu. Although we have a good main dish, most of us had to fill our bellies with potatoes. The sharers were overrated, no free coffee or local shot -a must tradition in...More

Thank jlomber
Reviewed 12 October 2017 via mobile

Great fresh fish / sea food but overpriced. Beer choices very limited. Desert seemed wonderful on the menu described as hot and homemade but wasn’t.

Thank Costa_teguise_boy
Reviewed 20 September 2017

We chose this restaurant as it was recommended on trip advisor . The food was good but very much over priced for a restaurant in Santander . We shared a prawn starter and I had escalopes with ham and cheese and my husband chunks of...More

Thank Annie H
Reviewed 19 September 2017

We had a dinner and lunch here and both were excellent. The Dinner was made especially good by our charming and efficient waiter - a Marcel Kittel lookalike - who spoke perfect English and was super friendly and helpful. We both had rice dishes and...More

Thank Cass2007
Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

I have visited your restaurant a couple of times before, and always enjoyed you cusine. Today I eat Hake with calamare in a black sauce. I loved it, and I don't even like calamare until now. Thank you!

Thank Bjørn M
DeluzSantander, comunicación at El Machi, responded to this reviewResponded 17 August 2017

Thank you very much for the visit and the comment, it is a pleasure A greeting!

Reviewed 24 July 2017

It's a good place to eat fresh fish from Santander. The restaurant is well situated, near the cathedral and Jardines Pereda.

Thank Jordi G
DeluzSantander, Comunicación at El Machi, responded to this reviewResponded 26 July 2017

Thank you very much for your opinion.

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
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$36 - US$51
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
09:00 - 00:00
Monday
09:00 - 00:00
Tuesday
09:00 - 00:00
Wednesday
09:00 - 00:00
Thursday
09:00 - 00:00
Friday
09:00 - 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
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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