Top Choice Contemporary Basque in San Sebastián

La Cuchara de San Telmo

This unfussy, hard-to-find 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 laid out on the bar t…
Top Choice Modern Basque in San Sebastián

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 over the last couple of years. At ju…
Contemporary Basque in San Sebastián


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…
Pintxos in San Sebastián

Casa Valles

Well away from the tourist hustle and bustle is this locals' institution that serves some of the new town's best pintxos beneath a forest of hung hams. The best of the lot is the tortilla de bacalao (salted cod tort…
Seafood in San Sebastián


Upmarket Basque seafood is all the rage in this flash restaurant, which is built on a raised platform allowing views of the former home of your dinner. It cooks up a storm with the €19 menú del día (daily set menu).
Contemporary Basque in San Sebastián

Restaurante Ni Neu

The light, fluffy and utterly modern dishes of the Restaurante Ni Neu will leave you never wanting to eat old-fashioned meat and two veg again. Throw in a spectacular setting inside the Kursaal Centre, with a view s…
Seafood in San Sebastián

Restaurante Mariñela

You pay for the fabulous harbourfront setting, but the location guarantees that the fish is so fresh it may flop back off your plate and swim away. There are several similar neighbouring places.
Seafood in San Sebastián

Bar Goiz-Argi

Gambas a la plancha (prawns cooked on a hotplate) are the house speciality. Sounds simple, we know, but never have we tasted prawns cooked quite as perfectly as this.
Basque in San Sebastián


The pintxos draped across the counter in this bar, tucked into the corner of Plaza de la Constitución, stand out. Many of them are a fusion of Basque and Asian inspirations, but the best of all are the foie-gras-bas…
Seafood in San Sebastián

Restaurante Alberto

A charming old seafood restaurant with a fishmonger-style window display of the day’s catch. It’s small and friendly, and the pocket-sized dining room feels like it was once someone’s living room. The food is earthy…