Restaurants

Top Choice Basque in Bilbao

Casa Rufo

Despite the emergence of numerous glitzy restaurants that are temples to haute cuisine, this resolutely old-fashioned place, with its shelves full of dusty bottles of top-quality olive oil and wine, still stands out…
Top Choice Basque in Bilbao

Mina Restaurante

Offering unexpected sophistication and fine dining in an otherwise fairly grimy neighbourhood, this riverside restaurant has some critics citing it as the current número uno in Bilbao. Expect serious culinary creati…
Top Choice Pintxos in Bilbao

La Viña del Ensanche

Hundreds of bottles of wine line the walls of this outstanding octogenarian pintxos (Basque tapas) bar. This could very well be the best place to eat pintxos in the entire city. If you can't decide what to sample, o…
Top Choice Basque in Bilbao

Agape Restaurante

With a solid reputation among locals for good-value meals that don't sacrifice quality, this is a great place for a slice of real Bilbao culinary life. It's well away from the standard tourist circuit, but is worth …
Basque in Bilbao

Nerua Guggenheim Bilbao

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

Zortziko Restaurante

Michelin-starred chef Daniel García presents immaculate modern Basque cuisine in a formal 1920s-style French dining room. The highly inventive menu changes frequently, but might include such delicacies as grilled sc…
Basque in Getxo

Karola Etxea

The cosy, wood-beamed dining room of this Puerto Viejo restaurant, quaintly housed in a picture-perfect white cottage, sets the stage for quality Basque food. The onus is on fresh seafood – prawns, cod, hake – but t…
Pintxos in Bilbao

El Globo

This is a popular bar with a terrific range of pintxos modernos, including favourites such as txangurro gratinado (spider crab) and hongos con su crema y crujiente de jamón (mushrooms with crusted ham). Its variety,…
Basque in Getxo

Tamarises Izarra

At this smart beach-side place, you can dine on innovative Basque cuisine in the formal upstairs restaurant or dig into a bargain €10 menú on the sunny sea-facing terrace. Orchestrating things in the kitchen is Chef…
Basque in Getxo

Tudelilla Gure Etxea

This traditional restaurant hidden away on a backstreet in Las Arenas' pedestrianised centre is a local favourite. And with its outdoor tables, inviting woody interior and choice of locally caught fish and solomillo…