Province of Salamanca Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Province of Salamanca

August 23, 2017 Fernanda Pittenger

Salamanca (Spanish pronunciation: [salaˈmaŋka]) is a province of western Spain, in the western part of the autonomous community of Castile and León (Castilla y León). It is bordered by the provinces of Zamora, Valladolid, Ávila, and Cáceres; it is bordered on the west by Portugal. It has an area of 12,349 km ² and in 2014 had a population of 342,459 people. It is divided into 362 municipalities, 11 comarcas, 32 mancomunidades and five judicial districts. Of the 362 municipalities, more than half are villages with fewer than 300 people.
Things to do in Province of Salamanca

1. Vinodiario

Plaza Basilios 1, 37001 Salamanca, Spain Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa Mediterranean, European, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +34 923 61 49 25
Excellent
70%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Vinodiario

Reviewed By STPRFB - Ottawa, Canada

The food was amazing...every plate we ate was absolutely delicious and well presented! We stayed at the Eurostars Las Claras one night and ate here 3 times! The service is superb...service with a smile, free tapas as we arrived (and since we had gone Teo days on a row, they changed it up...how attentive!), full attention throughout the meal, and they served us a glass of sweet wine after the meal! Nice bonus! Way beyond expectations! Kudos to the management of this restaurant! If you are going to Salamanca, I highly recommended you eat here!!

2. Restaurante Rivas

Calle Carretera 19, 37170 Vega de Tirados, Spain Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$385 - HK$965 +34 923 32 04 71
Excellent
78%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 296 reviews

Restaurante Rivas

Reviewed By hollySalisbury - Salisbury

Says it all and makes the restaurant very difficult to grade. Rivas is a fantastic place to eat if you are Spanish: for us, a retired English couple who have eaten well all over the world including the Spanish speaking Americas, it was a fascinating and worthwhile experience and one I would recommend if you want to get away from the usual tourist places in nearby Salamanca. Completely anachronistic in its setting - architect designed for maximum impact in a sleepy village where the decent road simply stops. We took the cross country route from our hotel the other side of the river and that was an experience in itself! Only open Friday and Saturday evenings from 9pm, it was full of gregarious locals, many of whom were warmly greeted by the patron. The restaurant is beautifully styled and the staff utterly professional, but totally not geared up for tourists. Our waiter had a little English and there was no English menu, so ordering was pretty hit and miss.... the food was, excellent quality, well cooked and the flavours were excellent. It was lovely to look at and the portions were enormous.. lots of beef as this part of Spain is cow country. But - and this isn't a criticism, it says more about us - not fine dining, too many chips and crisps about. That said, the Spanish clearly love the place, and my advice would be to take a good dictionary, embarrassing as that is, so you can make better informed choices. Oh, and prices were ok, especially the wine, with the wine list on an iPad!

3. Casa Pacheco

Calle Jose Antonio | 30 KM from Salamanca, 37450 Vecinos, Spain Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +34 923 38 21 69
Excellent
84%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 267 reviews

Casa Pacheco

Reviewed By Ciancio20 - Madrid

The food in this restaurant is amazing. Top quality meat and products. We had one of the best croquetas and salmorejo of our life. It is decorated using the amazing Taurine (Bull fighting) Spanish style. The staff works well and fast and you can see the passion they put in their job, probably because it is family owned. A great place to see and to experience, just 24 kilometers from the center of Salamanca. I suggest the drive because the landscapes to arrive to the town are simply amazing. You have to book because the tables are limited!!! A MUST IF YOU ARE SPENDING A WEEKEND IN Salamanca!!!!

4. Mencia Restaurante

Calle Grillo 11, 37001 Salamanca, Spain Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa Mediterranean, Spanish Lunch, Dinner HK$290 - HK$337 +34 923 21 37 18
Excellent
71%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Mencia Restaurante

Reviewed By Robert B - Saratoga Springs, New York

Having read the TA reviews of Mencia Restaurante we made it a priority to book a reservation before we left the States. Soooo glad that we did!!! We were completely satisfied with the ambiance, service, presentation, and quality of this restaurant. It ranks up there in the top five of all Spanish restaurants we have patronized during our four trips to Spain.
Mencia specializes in Bacalao and we were fortunate to be there when Skrei was in season. Skrei, also known as the "Norwegian Miracle", is a seasonal delicacy with longer, firmer, delicate fillets prized by top chefs. We obviously ordered this along with a Pulpo appetizer, a gorgeous chocolate tarte, Cafe Cordato, two vinos, and one Pedro Jimenez. . My words cannot do justice to the food here so please look at our pictures. The food tastes even better than it looks-the chef is the wife of the owner. Oh and the owner gave us a tour of his restaurant following our meal. He was very engaging and is somehow related to Picasso. The total bill was 83,25 Euros.

5. Restaurante Japones Ai

Calle Pozo Amarillo 18, 37001 Salamanca, Spain Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi Japanese, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +34 923 61 42 26
Excellent
79%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 489 reviews

Restaurante Japones Ai

Reviewed By pfbb - Barcelona, Spain

No options for sushi and the "menu del dia" was absolute crap! Salty miso soup and the vegetables dish was actually burned cabbage with some pieces of onion. No pepper, no carrots, no coli flower, nothing! I have never eaten in such a bad Japanese restaurant!

6. Zascandil

Calle Correo Viejo 5, 37500 Ciudad Rodrigo, Spain Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Mediterranean, European, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +34 665 63 58 84
Excellent
69%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 635 reviews

Zascandil

Reviewed By SJWilson - Rome, Italy

This is a perfect little spot for your lunch in CR, just round the corner from the main square, tucked into a narrow sidestreet with a few outside tables. Our waiter was professionalism itself, helpful , prompt and friendly. We didn't want anything too heavy on a warm day, and as vegetarians I was served up maybe my best dish on my trip to Castile and León, three pieces of toast garnished with apple sauce, goat's cheese, caramelised walnuts, fresh fruit and a scoop of lightly chilled cream cheese (I think). Lord, it was delicious. My wife asked if they could do her a simple dish of grilled boletus mushrooms, and they did. We tried a couple of crisp white wines, and when I couldn't make my mind up over my second glass, the waiter, rather than merely advise, opened a couple of bottles to let me taste. The whole place, the service, the ambience, gave me the idea that all the food they provide is of a high standard. A perfect lunch break in a fascinating town.

7. Cuzco Bodega

c/ Juan del Rey, 37008 Salamanca, Spain Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Mediterranean, European, Spanish, Wine Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +34 923 62 24 58
Excellent
65%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 995 reviews

Cuzco Bodega

Bar de tapas elaboradas al momento,con bodega mayoritariamente local aunque con muchas denominaciones mas,no disponemos de mesas en el interior,solo 2 mesas altas,barra y taburetes..en temporada de terraza si disponemos de 7 mesas exteriores.

Reviewed By Oscar V - Weston, Massachusetts

Bold statement, I know, but I have had the opportunity to try tapas and pintxos almost all over Spain (not Galicia yet), and this place will leave a mark. Price point is normal, for Spain standards, for US, very cost efficient. Top quality, but that is almost everywhere is Spain. What makes the difference is the service, owner and crew always making your experience better. They collect magnets, we happen to have one from our city. My favorites were morcilla slider and duck taco, with Ribera del Duero of course. Enjoy it!

8. Meson La Candela

Calle de Nunez Losada 19, 37710 Candelario, Spain Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner HK$157 - HK$235 +34 923 41 32 43
Excellent
67%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 205 reviews

Meson La Candela

Reviewed By Nuno F - Melbourne, Australia

The interiors are interesting in a rustic way, keeping in line with the very well kept medieval township.
The food is alright but I believe they could do much better given the local pork and smallgood production. A bit pricey for what we ate but still worth it.

9. Restaurante Entrevinos

Plaza Mayor 3, 37624 La Alberca, Spain Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Fusion, Mediterranean, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +34 620 27 63 29
Excellent
77%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 430 reviews

Restaurante Entrevinos

Reviewed By martinezcm - Kansas City, Missouri

La Alberca is far from the main tourist routes. Most tourism is nacional and with inherent charm and the designation since 1940 as National Monument is very popular specially on week ends. The tiny village is teeming with families and sometimes rowdy kids. The town has many small restaurants announcing their fares for fixed menus at incredibly low prices. In Plaza Mayor, in a blind alley, one can find both peace, and good Spanish food at very low fare. We had an outstanding plate of Iberico ham at the lowest price we got in Spain. Their salad is made with extremely fresh produce and the pork loin with a boletus sauce is to die for. Less fotunate was my choice of eggs with farinato. Wanted to try this Salamanca region specialty was disappointing. The farinato is similar to chorizo with bread instead of meat. Not a very good choice for a foreigner, not the restaurant's fault. Otherwise, the wine was good and cheap and the total bill low.
We eated outside and in a May afternoon had a mos pleasant lunch taken care by an extremely efficient and friendly waitress.

10. Bordadores 12

Calle Bordadores 12, 37002 Salamanca, Spain Highchairs Available, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi Mediterranean, European, Spanish, Wine Bar, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +34 923 01 86 66
Excellent
69%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 271 reviews

Bordadores 12

Spanish restaurant and wine bar with a huge menu of national and international wines. Located at the historic centre of Salamanca next to "Casa de las Muertes" monument. Enjoy our summer Terrace in one of the most beautiful spots of the city.

Reviewed By Herberth S

Great place with great food. The tartars are fresh and delicious. The lamb was outstanding. The wine extraordinary and the personnel was committed to make you feel welcome.

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