We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

La Despensa del Castuo

Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Calle Jose Ramon Melida 48, 06800 Merida, Spain
+34 924 30 22 51
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

210 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 8: English reviews
Kiev, Ukraine
Level Contributor
64 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016

In hot afternoon time - the best place in the old centre: fresh drinks (mineral water with wine and ice) and olives for free) nice service, but don't speak English.

Thank Iryna V
Sidmouth, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
63 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2015

We had just arrived in Mérida, dumped our cases in the hotel and went in search of somewhere to eat. It was gone 4 pm by the time we turned up here. The waiter was very apologetic and explained that they closed from 4 pm (I forget when they re-opened). So we ordered a drink while we pondered what to... More 

Thank Jean H
New Mexico
Level Contributor
451 reviews
281 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 198 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2015

We shared a number of tapas here after visiting the various Roman sites nearby, and were amazed by the variety and the prices. Despite having lived in Spain for some years and visited several times afterward, there are selections in Extremadura whose names we did not recognize, but the waiter was very helpful. I don't think I've ever seen a... More 

Thank Purmamarca
Level Contributor
143 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2013

Perfect place to stop for lunch near the Roman ruins and the Roman museum. I found the waitress and service to be fantastic, as opposed to some other reviewers. She was very helpful in helping me select my order and her recommendation of the goats cheese with ham and marmalade (try it!) was spot on. Also when they took my... More 

Thank crimsonidle
Reston, Virginia
Level Contributor
59 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2012

This place is right outside the Roman Museum. Food was good, but service was frankly rude. And that's been the trend in all 3 restaurants (2 highly rated, the third poorly rated) here in Merida. We had the Tapas sampler (#4) and 'mixed salad', it was a good relatively light lunch for 2 people.

Thank deemery
Cambridge MA
Level Contributor
236 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 157 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2012

Try the two tapas suggestions on the front of the menu (a sausage and a cheese). Also there is one that is a tomato/picante that was amazing.. Wine is slightly better at their neighbor Via de la tapa but the service and selection at Castuo is far superior!

2 Thank Gremily
East Mids, UK
Level Contributor
37 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 2009

Fantastic value, great atmosphere, wonderful tapas and snacks, difficult to spend much as the prices are so reasonable. Basically a deli selling mainly local specialities with a dozen tables out front. Value, quality and location by national museum and Roman sites means it's very popular but worth the nervy/competitive wait for a table to come free. Mixed plates give chance... More 

Thank JanWB
Merida, Spain
Level Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2008

If you come to Mérida, you are most likely in town to see the archaeological remains. You're in luck, because the Despensa del Castúo is located about 50 meters from the entrance to the Museo Nacional de Arte Romano, and perhaps 50 more from the entrance to the Theater/Amphitheater complex. So the location is perfect, but is the food good?... More 

4 Thank SLBBoy

Travellers who viewed La Despensa del Castuo also viewed

Merida, Province of Badajoz
Merida, Province of Badajoz
Merida, Province of Badajoz
Merida, Province of Badajoz

Been to La Despensa del Castuo? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Mediterranean, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, After-hours
Restaurant features
Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle Jose Ramon Melida 48, 06800 Merida, Spain
  • Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Extremadura  >  Province of Badajoz  >  Merida
  • Phone Number: +34 924 30 22 51

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from La Despensa del Castuo staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?