Bilbao and the Basque Country Restaurants

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  • 1. Arzak

    $$$$ | Alto de Miracruz

    One of the world's great culinary meccas, award-winning Arzak embodies the prestige, novelty, and science-driven creativity of the Basque culinary zeitgeist. The restaurant and its...Read More

  • 2. Azurmendi

    $$$$

    This award-winning, highly ranked restaurant, a 10-minute drive from town, is constantly lauded for its envelope-pushing cuisine and industry-leading sustainability practices. The experience begins the...Read More

  • 3. Bedua

    $$$$

    This rustic (if slightly overpriced) asador in business for four generations draws the crowds for its excellent tortilla de bacalao, txuleta de buey, and fish...Read More

  • 4. Café Iruña

    $ | El Ensanche

    This essential Bilbao haunt (est. 1903) in El Ensanche's most popular garden and square is a favorite for its interior design, boisterous ambience, and tried-and-true...Read More

  • 5. Casa Cámara

    $$$$

    Four generations ago, Pablo Cámara turned this 19th-century fishing wharf on the Pasaia narrows into a first-class seafood restaurant with lovely views over the shipping...Read More

  • 6. Casa Rufo

    $$ | El Ensanche

    Charming and cozy, this centenarian Bilbao institution is essentially a series of nooks and crannies tucked into a fine food, wine, olive oil, cheese, and...Read More

  • 7. Etxebarri

    $$$$

    Of all the three-Michelin-star outposts in the Basque Country, Victor Arguinzoniz's Etxebarri may be the most exclusive, since it only opens for lunch (except for...Read More

  • 8. Ganbara

    $$ | Parte Vieja

    This busy bar and restaurant near Plaza de la Constitución is now run by the third generation of the same family. Specialty morsels range from...Read More

  • 9. Gaucho

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    This legendary tavern, which remains surprisingly calm even during San Fermín, serves some of the best tapas in Pamplona. Opt for classics like garlicky mushroom...Read More

  • 10. Hermandad de Pescadores

    $$$

    One of the Basque country's most historic and typical fishermen's guilds, this central restaurant exudes tradition. At simple wooden tables and a handsome mahogany bar,...Read More

  • 11. La Viña

    $$ | Parte Vieja

    This centrally located, no-frills bar is almost always crowded, drawing busloads of tour groups as well as locals, who come to try the viral "burnt"...Read More

  • 12. La Viña del Ensanche

    $$ | El Ensanche

    Littered with used napkins and furnished with simple wood tables beneath jamones ibéricos hanging from the rafters, this lively, deceptively simple bar attracts locals and...Read More

  • 13. Martín Berasategui

    $$$$ | Lasarte

    Basque chef Martín Berasategui has more Michelin stars than any other chef in Spain, and at his flagship in the dewy village of Lasarte-Oria, it's...Read More

  • 14. Terete

    $$$$

    A perennial local favorite, this rustic spot has been roasting lamb in wood ovens since 1877 and serves a hearty menestra de verduras (vegetables stewed...Read More

  • 15. Tondeluna

    $$

    A gastro bar that strives to bring haute cuisine to the masses, Tondeluna has six communal tables (with 10 seats each), and all have views...Read More

  • 16. A Fuego Negro

    $$$ | Parte Vieja

    Sample experimental pintxos here like Kobe beef sliders (the house specialty), béchamel-stuffed mussels, and Basque-style "pastrami" made from indigenous pigs. The dim lighting, industrial decor,...Read More

  • 17. Aizian

    $$$$ | El Ensanche

    Chef José Miguel Olazabalaga's Aizian is anything but a "hotel restaurant," even if it's situated inside the Meliá Bilbao. Sure, his dishes err on the...Read More

  • 18. Alameda

    $$$$

    The three Txapartegi brothers—Mikel, Kepa, and Gorka—are the star chefs behind this restaurant, which opened in 1997 after the brothers' apprenticeship with, among others, Martín...Read More

  • 19. Arriaga

    $$$ | Casco Viejo

    The sagardotegi experience is a must in the Basque Country, but if you can't swing a trip to one of the huge cider houses in...Read More

  • 20. Asador Guetaria

    $$$$ | El Ensanche

    With a wood-paneled dining room decorated with antiques, this family operation is a longtime local favorite for top-quality fish and meats cooked over coals. The...Read More

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