Parador de Santiago de Compostela

From the heart of one of the most visited provincial capitals in the world, we would love to win over your palate. Why not give us a try? The Hostal dos Reis Católicos offers two equally enticing restaurants. Restaurante dos Reis is a historic space housed in what was once the stables for the Royal Hospital. The spectacular dining room is located in the building’s half-basement, with vaulted stone ceilings and elegant décor that make sampling our Atlantic cuisine a truly unique experience. The other restaurant is Enxebre do Hostal, also in the building’s basement. There is another entrance from the street a few meters down a side street leading off Obradoiro Square. On the hotel’s lower level, you will also find a bar in which to enjoy a drink or an excellent cup of coffee.

Both restaurants offer a menu based on traditional Galician cuisine, with ingredients that retain their natural flavor, prepared in an exquisite contemporary style. The Parador’s kitchen cooks for a wide variety of diners: pilgrims who come for a meal, pilgrims staying at the hotel, guests at events and business meals. Yet they all delight in dishes created using fish and seafood from the rias of Galicia, beef and vegetables paired with traditional cheeses such as O Cebreiro, and exquisite desserts like filloas (crêpes) filled with apple compote and crème brûlée or traditional tarta de Santiago (almond cake).

The Parador’s breakfast is almost as emblematic as the hotel itself, as is its house specialty, caldeirada dos reis, a stew made with the best ingredients from the ria, including lobster, scallops and turbot. Both Enxebre do Hostal and Restaurante dos Reis of course offer traditional caldo gallego (bean stew), available all year, succulent beef sirloin, and cockles and octopus prepared in the classic style. There are also the famous Galician wines—Ribeiro, Albariño and Ribeira Sacra—made at local wineries with great dedication and attention to detail.

If Santiago marks the end of the Way of St. James for you, you might be interested to know that you can enjoy a free meal at this luxury hotel. According to a tradition dating from the time when the Royal Hospital became a hotel, the first ten pilgrims who cross the threshold of the Parador each day are given a free lunch (served in the Parador’s staff dining room).