Restaurants

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 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…
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…
Pintxos in Gros

Bodega Donostiarra

The stone walls, potted plants and window ornaments give this place a real old-fashioned French bistro look, though the crowds can be so thick that you might not even notice during prime time. The draw? Some of the …
Pintxos in Parte Vieja

Bar Borda Berri

The uber-popular Bar Borda Berri is a pintxos (Basque tapas) bar that really lives up to the hype. Amid mustard-coloured walls hung with old photos and strands of garlic, hungry diners crowd in for house specials li…
Pintxos in Parte Vieja

Casa Urola

Founded in 1956, Casa Urola has been wowing more than three generations of diners. Join the lunch and evening crowds over perfectly turned out pintxos like grilled white asparagus, foie with pear compote, and mushro…
Pintxos in Parte Vieja

La Viña

The bar of this traditional spot displays a wonderful array of fishy pintxos and delectable snacks, but the real highlight is the cheesecake (€5). Prepared daily according to a special recipe and left to stand on sh…
Basque in Parte Vieja

Gandarias

An obligatory destination for anyone interested in San Sebastián's foodie hot spots, Gandarias has a sterling reputation for its artfully prepared pintxos. You'll find all the classics on hand, with house specials l…
Pintxos in Parte Vieja

Zeruko

A fun and festive eatery, Zeruko has garnered its share of awards and earns rave reviews for its creative high-quality pintxos. It's famous for its smoked cod, served with its own mini-grill (and a side of puréed as…
Basque in New Town & Monte Igueldo

Lanziego

Just back from Playa de la Concha, Lanziego is all class, with its chandeliers, comfy booths and white-linen settings. Although the food might lack some of the pop-art cool of the better-known San Sebastián eateries…