The Central Basque Coast restaurants

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…
Basque in Bermeo


Everyone's favourite restaurant in town is this humble-looking, family-run eatery churning out mouth-watering plates of octopus, grilled tuna and skate. The marmitaco (a hearty fish soup) is outstanding. On busy sum…
Seafood in Getaria

Txoko Getaria

Overlooking the seaside, this breezy spot has earned many fans for its fresh sea bream, turbot and flounder – fired up on the grill out front. Fish aside, the seafood rices (particularly the aioli black rice with ca…
Basque in Getaria


Elkano is a superb seafood restaurant that has been thrilling diners for years. Its speciality is seasonal fish prepared with disarming simplicity, such as its show-stopping char-grilled turbot (per kg €72).
Basque in Ea

Zubiondo Taberna

Near the medieval bridge en route to the beach, this friendly spot serves up tasty raciones in creative combinations like artichokes with jamón, as well as straightforward gems like pulpo a la gallega (Galician-styl…
Basque in Zumaia


Tucked alongside the river, Idoia ticks all the boxes, serving up a good range of pintxos, as well as heartier roast meats and seafood, plus good wines, coffees and desserts. Seafood is king here, with excellent sea…
Basque in Bermeo


In the hills 2km southwest of town, Almiketxu is an elegant but welcoming restaurant that serves up high-quality seafood plates, grilled meats and decadent homemade desserts (including a sheep's milk yogurt with hon…
Pintxos in Zarautz


Tucked into Zarautz' old town, Okamika is a jewel-box sized wine and pintxos bar, with stylish modern furnishings, outdoor seating and a great soundtrack. Stop in for smoked sardines, grilled foie with fig jam or ro…
Basque in Mutriku

Taberna Ametza

On the main plaza in Mutriku, Ametza is an unfussy tavern that serves up some of the best cooking in town. Squid or fresh tuna fired up on the grill is the way to go – though the seafood soup is also notable.
Pintxos in Mundaka


Amid richly saturated walls, this festive spot serves up some of the best pintxos in Mundaka. The counter is spread with creamy tortilla slices, tender skewers of paprika-dusted octopus, grilled and salted peppers a…