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
Apr 18, 2010
Excellent food, delightful atmosphere, charming, attentive, friendly waitstaff. We had excellent seafood soup and peppers, anchovies and tuna to start, followed by a grilled hake with onions and cod. Dessert was a simple but delicious ice cream with chocolate sauce. And the green olives were the best we've ever tasted. Altogether a delight!
Feb 26, 2004
My wife and I were in Bilbao during Christmas and ate our hotel recommended this place - we loved it! But - be sure to take a cab to and from the restaurant (our hotel strongly suggested). We had the calamari (best we've ever had) and 3 sauces on cod (local traditional Basque dinner). Good value and interesting decor. Definitely worth a visit if you want traditional Basque food.