The global glitterati who adopted post-Guggenheim Bilbao favor this spot across the Puente de la Ribera footbridge below the market. Frank Gehry discovered the color "Bilbao blue"—the azure of the skies over (usually rainy) Bilbao—on the walls here and used it for the Guggenheim's office building. Chef Rafael García Rossi and owner Santiago Diez Ponzoa run a happy ship. Despite celebrity sightings, the restaurant retains its quaint style, with tiled floors and walls
and authentic menu. Noteworthy are the alcachofas a la plancha (grilled artichokes), the extraordinarily light bacalao con berenjena (cod with eggplant), and the steak tartare.
C. Aretxaga 2, Bilbao, 48003, Spain