Today Elyssa shares her picks for the 11 best tapas bars in Santiago de Compostela. I’ve taste tested them all and they’re worth a visit!
They say Santiago de Compostela is full of magic and part of that magic manifests itself through the local gastronomy.
You cannot fully appreciate all this city has to offer until you spend time enjoying Santiago’s thriving tapas scene. There are so many great places to enjoy authentic Galician food here (as well as some modern spots), and these are some of my picks for the very best tapas bars in Santiago de Compostela.
Despite being a small city, Santiago de Compostela boasts an impressive quantity of tapas bars. They run the gamut from homemade, historic, and casual to gourmet, modern, and sophisticated.
11 Best Tapas Bars in Santiago de Compostela
1. A Taberna Do Bispo
Located on a famous street crowded with restaurants and bars, A Taberna Do Bispo still stands out. Though there’s a sit-down restaurant at the back, I like the bar at the front! It’s the perfect space to try a couple of tapas before moving onto the next place. Order a local Galician wine and choose from the wide selection of pinchos—small tapas ordered a la carte. They taste as good as they look piled high behind the glass display at the bar!
Address: Rúa do Franco 37 B
Hours: 11:00 – 24:00 daily
2. Casa Marcelo
Truly an outstanding and original experience, this chic bar features Galician tapas with a Japanese touch. If you’re hungry for an innovative, gourmet spin on Galician classics, this fusion restaurant is a must-visit.
Address: Rua Hortas 1
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 13:30 – 15:45, 20:30 – 23:45; Closed Sunday and Monday
3. Os Concheiros
Home to what is hailed by many as the best pulpo á feira in Santiago, this bodega specializes in classic Galician recipes. In addition to the signature octopus, try some other local favorites like zorza (seasoned and marinated pork), Padrón peppers, roasted ham, and pig’s ear. The house wine is also a treat.
Address: Rúa de Berlin 3
Hours: Monday through Friday 11:00 – 15:45, 19:00 – 23:00; Weekends 12:00 – 15:30, 19:00 – 23:00
4. El Papatorio
This bar is bright, modern and charming. It’s another standout option on the busy Rúa Franco. Divided into a tapas bar and a sit-down restaurant, El Papatorio offers a variety of imaginative pinchos and well-priced, quality portions to share (raciones). Order a plate of chipirones, small fried squid, to accompany your pinchos. If you’re still hungry, head to the restaurant at the back for a juicy Galician steak!
Address: Rúa Franco 20
Hours: 12:00 – 1:00 daily
5. La Cueva
This is the place to try mejillones tigres, giant mussels swimming in a spicy tomato-based sauce. But if spicy isn’t your thing, fear not! The other mussels on the menu (steamed or a la vinaigrette) are also just as tasty! Grab a table on the outdoor patio, and enjoy Santiago’s classic flavors while surrounded by historical architecture.
Address: Travesia Franco 1
Hours: Sunday and Monday 11:00 – 24:00; Closed Tuesday; Wednesday through Saturday 11:00 – 2:00
6. La Tita
Everybody knows and loves this Santiago institution for the generous serving of tortilla de patatas you’re given with every drink you order. Their tortilla is the perfect start to a night out of tapas.
Address: Rua Nova 46
Hours: Monday through Saturday 8:00 – 24:00; Closed Sunday
7. O Gato Negro
Tucked away on one of Santiago’s narrow streets, O Gato Negro is worthy of its own pilgrimage. Drink cheap, delicious wine from barrels while feasting on an empanada, pulpo á feira, stewed scallops, and more fresh seafood. Despite its inconspicuous location (look for the black cat sign around number 19), O Gato Negro manages to lure throngs of locals and travelers. You might have to wait for a spot inside, but it’s worth it!
Address: Rúa Raina no number
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 12:30 – 15:00, 19:30 – 23:00; Sunday 12:30 –15:00; Closed Monday
Aptly named for the Galician word for “cravings,” Antollos is known for its creative tapas and an exquisite selection of wines and beers. Choose from a hefty variety of pinchos that combine flavors of cured meats, local cheeses, and juicy Galician beef or crab.
Address: Rúa das Orfas, 25
Hours: Sunday through Thursday 12:00 – 24:00, Friday and Saturday 12:00 – 1:00
9. Abastos 2.0
With its location on the outer edge of the Mercado de Abastos, this busy tapas bar serves up the freshest ingredients. Trendy Abastos 2.0 features a revitalized edition of Galician dishes like percebes (gooseneck barnacles), empanada, berberechos (cockles), ceviche and scallops. Inventive and well-executed, it’s undoubtedly one of the best tapas bars in Santiago.
See more: Essential Galician Seafood Dishes
Address: Rúa das Ameas, 13 – 18
Hours: Monday to Saturday 12:00 – 15:30, 20:00 – 23:00; Closed Sundays
This family-run restaurant is a big hit with the locals. Just down the street from Plaza de Cervantes, this tavern combines excellent service with scrumptious Galician comfort food. They also offer vegan and vegetarian options beyond peppers from Padrón.
Address: Rúa da Acibechería, 5
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday 13:00 – 17:00, 20:00 – 24:00; Closed Mondays
11. A Moa
Warm, earthy and chic, this restaurant fits right in on Rúa San Pedro, the cobblestoned street that leads pilgrims into the Old Town. From the garden views to the presentation of the dishes, everything about A Moa oozes beauty and character. A Moa uses top-notch Galician ingredients to create something truly special beyond traditional cuisine. Treat yourself to the tapas buffet at the bar upstairs or call ahead to reserve a table at the restaurant downstairs. This place is dearly loved by locals, and it’s one of our favorite tapas bars in Santiago!
Address: Rúa de San Pedro 32
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 13:30 – 15:45, 21:00 – 23:45; Sunday 13:30 – 15:45; Closed Monday
As rich and diverse as Galicia itself, the Santiago culinary landscape offers up tradition, innovation, and flavor. This list covers some of the very best tapas bars in Santiago de Compostela, though hardly scratches the surface of everything Santiago’s culinary scene has to offer.
What do you think? Any excellent Santiago tapas bars to add to the list?