Tapas Bars in Santiago: 11 Places You Don’t Want To Miss

They say Santiago is full of magic and part of that magic manifests itself through the local gastronomy.

You cannot fully appreciate all this region has to offer until you spend time enjoying the city’s thriving tapas scene. There are so many great places to enjoy Galician food here, and these are some of our favorite tapas bars in Santiago.

Explore Santiago's rich culinary tradition at our favorite tapas bars in Santiago!

Despite being a small city, Santiago boasts an impressive quantity of tapas bars. They run the gamut from homemade, historic and casual to gourmet, modern and sophisticated.

Join us on our Insider’s Tapas & Wine Evening Tour to learn about Santiago’s storied past! Its legacy persists in even the most contemporary kitchen in town. Sample essential Galician foods at our favorite tapas bars in Santiago, and get at the heart of Galicia!

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, we like the bar at the front! It’s the perfect space to try a couple of tapas before moving onto the next place. Try a local 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

Crispy and delicious Galician empanada, a favorite dish to order at tapas bars in Santiago.
Galician empanada is a scrumptious snack and tapa.

2. Casa Marcelo

Truly an outstanding and original experience, this chic bar features Galician tapas with a Japanese flare. If you’re hungry for an innovative, gourmet spin on Galician classics, this Michelin-star fusion restaurant is a must-visit.

Address: Rua Hortas 1
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 13:3015:45, 20:3023:45; 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 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 11:0015:45, 19:0023:00; Weekends 12:0015:30, 19:0023:00

Mussels in sauce are a Galician delicacy. Sample some of the best flavors in Santiago on our Insider's Tapas & Wine Evening Tour!
Mussels slathered in a spicy tomato sauce, one of our favorite dishes!

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: 12:001:00 daily

5. La Cueva

This is the place to try mejillones tigre, 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 11:0024:00; 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 8:0024:00; Closed Sunday

Boiled octopus, topped with paprika: One of Santiago's signature dishes. Try it at our favorite tapas bars in Santiago!
Boiled octopus, topped with paprika: One of Santiago’s signature dishes. Try it at our favorite tapas bars in Santiago!

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 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 12:3015:00, 19:3023:00; Sunday 12:30 –15:00; Closed Monday

8. Antollos

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 12:0024:00, Friday and Saturday 12:001:00

Cockles cooked to perfection. This simple Galician recipe is a hit at tapas bars in Santiago.
Cockles cooked to perfection.

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.

Address: Rúa das Ameas, 1318
Hours: Monday to Saturday 12:0015:30, 20:0023:00; Closed Sundays

10. Damajuana

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 13:0017:00, 20:0024:00; Closed Mondays

When looking for typical food in Galicia, don't forget about the Padron Pepper! This regional favorite is delicious fried and served with salt. You have to be careful when eating them as most are mild but sometimes you get a really spicy one!
Padrón peppers are the Russian roulette of Galician food! Most are mild but sometimes you get a spicy one!

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 13:3015:45, 21:0023:45; Sunday 13:3015:45; Closed Monday

As rich and diverse as Galicia itself, the Santiago culinary landscape offers up tradition, innovation and flavor. This list, though full of some of our favorites, hardly scratches the surface of everything Santiago’s culinary scene has to offer. Dig into the history of Santiago’s cuisine and feast on local flavors on our Insider’s Tapas & Wine Evening Tour!

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