The best tapas bars are a 15 minute walk north of the centre in c/Van Dyck and you’ll find budget eateries aimed mainly at students in the university area. If you’re looking for quality dining, however, it’s well worth considering the following restaurants which come well recommended:
Address: Espoz y Mina 26
Located in the historical centre, this is reputedly the top restaurant in town. It is the only Salamanca restaurant that has earned a Michelin star thanks to the owner/chef’s culinary experience in France. The fish and pork dishes tend to be the most popular and the style mixes classic French cooking adapted for Spanish clientele.
El Candil Viejo
Address: Ventura Ruiz Aguilera 14-16
If you’re looking for traditional fare then this long standing favourite just off Plaza Mayor is the one to choose. It is set in an old tavern serving up typical Castilian meat dishes including the excellent roast suckling pig.
Address: Pasaje Coliseum 19
Just off Plaza Mayor this is the place to go for alternative Castilian cooking. Instead of the traditional slabs of meat you’ll find the same local ingredients mixed with unlikely companions such as partridge cooked in chocolate with cabbage. Interesting!
Rio de la Plata
Address: Plaza Peso 1
This small basement restaurant with an open fireplace serves simple meat and fish dishes and has long been a favourite with the locals.
Address: San Pablo 58-64
This is Salamanca’s most stylish restaurant which is housed in the grand Palacio de Castellanos. A good selection of fish and meat dishes.