Restaurants

Top Choice Basque in New Town

Casa Rufo

Tucked in 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, diners t…
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 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…
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 (Basq…
Basque in New Town

Agape Restaurante

With a solid reputation among locals for good-value meals that don't sacrifice quality, this is a highly recommended place for a slice of real Bilbao culinary life. Think sea bass served over shrimp and leek risotto…
Pintxos in New Town

Ledesma No 5

Everyone's favourite pintxos spot on restaurant-lined Ledesma more than lives up to the hype with phenomenal pintxos and small plates made from high-quality ingredients and served up with panache. Start off with del…
Pintxos in New Town

El Globo

One of Bilbao's best pintxos bars packs a fabulous range of creative small bites, including favourites such as txangurro gratinado (spider crab) and hongos con su crema y crujiente de jamón (mushrooms with crusted h…
Basque in Old Town

Casa Victor Montes

Part bar, part shop, part restaurant and total work of art, the Victor Montes is quite touristy, but locals also appreciate its over-the-top decoration, good food and the 1000 or so bottles of wine. If you’re stoppi…
Basque in New Town

Etxanobe

Located on the 3rd floor of the Euskalduna Palace concert venue, Etxanobe is one of Bilbao's top restaurants. Its various tasting menus showcase traditional Basque meat and fish dishes, as well as more modern, creat…
Basque in Bilbao

Azurmendi

This celebrated three-Michelin-stared restaurant offers a superb setting – a contemporary steel-and-glass structure perched on a hillside 9km outside Bilbao – and innovative, cutting-edge cuisine. For a taste at a s…