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Posted Oct 10, 2017
Santiago de Compostela, Spain Pt. II

Casa Marcelo

Casa Marcelo produced the taste moment I remember the most from the trip. The Michelin guide and our tour guide in Santiago both pointed us in this direction.

Casa Marcelo does not take reservations, so we showed up around 8PM (super early for Spain!), and there was already a line snaking around the corner and an hour wait. But we had no problem putting our name in and hopping across the street for a glass of wine while we waited for our table.

Our name was next on the waitlist. In no time we were led to a large communal table…with a completely international crew. The couple next to us were British, but it seemed everyone had made Casa Marcelo their destination.


I would absolutely recommend having the chef bring out the tapas of the day to you, it is a taste adventure you will not regret. I ordered us a bottle of Albariño wine – as it will not fatigue your palate, which is important where there are a ton of different dishes coming out. It’s really versatile and will be refreshing with every sip! I know my mom was glad she brought her pocket somm along!

Overall we had a wonderful time at this restaurant, with every dish a surprise. Marcelo is a well known chef, but he will never take a photo unless the entire team is in it, which is such a sweet gesture and sums up the spirit of the place.


This was our last day, and we definitely went out with a bang. After dinner, totally satisfied, we went back to the hotel terrace, and talked with some other people from the trail, reminiscing on our past few days of hikes. We packed up our belongings for our 13 hour flight back to LA the next day…


On long flights, I try to journal about what I have just experienced.  With this meal fresh on the mind it certainly got a page.


Cheers from your Pocket Somm! – Arden


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