Restaurants

Top Choice Basque in New Town

Casa Rufo

Tucked in the back of a small deli and wine shop, Casa Rufo feels something like a hidden dining spot – albeit one that's terrible at keeping secrets (reserve ahead). Amid shelves packed with top-quality wines, dine…
Top Choice Basque in Parte Vieja

La Cuchara de San Telmo

This bustling, always packed bar offers miniature nueva cocina vasca (Basque nouvelle cuisine) from a supremely creative kitchen. Unlike many San Sebastián bars, this one doesn’t have any pintxos (Basque tapas) laid…
Top Choice Basque in Hondarribia

Gastroteka Danontzat

Gastroteka Danontzat has a fun, creative approach to dining, serving beautifully prepared market-fresh fare with a dash of whimsy. Start off with smoked sardines, anchovies or crab pudding, before moving on to tende…
Top Choice Pintxos in New Town

La Viña del Ensanche

Set with old-fashioned wood-panelled walls and framed postcards written by adoring fans over the years, La Viña del Ensanche maintains a reputation as one of Bilbao's best eating spots – no small achievement for a p…
Top Choice Basque in Parte Vieja

La Fábrica

The red-brick interior walls and white tablecloths lend an air of class to this restaurant, whose modern takes on Basque classics have been making waves with San Sebastián locals in recent years. La Fábrica only wor…
Top Choice Basque in New Town

Mina Restaurante

Offering unexpected sophistication and fine dining in an otherwise fairly down-at-the-heels neighbourhood, this riverside restaurant has some critics calling it Bilbao's best. Expect serious culinary creativity: thi…
Top Choice Seafood in Lekeitio

Mesón Arropain

About 1km south of the centre, this attractive but easygoing restaurant serves up some of the best seafood for miles around. The chef lets the high-quality products speak for themselves in simple but beautifully pre…
Top Choice Spanish in Laguardia

Restaurante Amelibia

This classy restaurant is one of Laguardia's highlights: gaze out the windows at a view over the scorched plains and distant mountain ridges while dining on sublime traditional cuisine. Think oxtail and wild mushroo…
Basque in San Sebastián

Arzak

With three shining Michelin stars, acclaimed chef Juan Mari Arzak is king when it comes to nueva cocina vasca and his restaurant is considered one of the best in the world. Arzak is now assisted by his daughter Elen…
Basque in New Town

Nerua Guggenheim Bilbao

The Museo Guggenheim Bilbao’s modernist, white and very minimalist restaurant is under the direction of Michelin-starred chef Josean Alija (a disciple of Ferran Adrià). Needless to say, the nueva cocina vasca (Basqu…