Bilbao and the Basque Country Restaurants

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  • 1. Arzak

    $$$$ | Alto de Miracruz | Spanish

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

  • 2. Café Iruña

    $$ | El Ensanche | Café

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

  • 3. Casa Cámara

    $$$$ | Seafood

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

  • 4. Casa Rufo

    $$$ | El Ensanche | Spanish

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

  • 5. El Portalón

    $$$$ | Spanish

    With dark, creaky wood floors and staircases, bare brick walls, and ancient beams, pillars, and coats of arms, this 15th-century inn turns out...Read More

  • 6. Etxebarri

    $$$$ | Spanish

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

  • 7. Ganbara

    $$ | Parte Vieja | Spanish

    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

  • 8. Gaucho

    $ | Spanish

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

  • 9. Hermandad de Pescadores

    $$$ | Seafood

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

  • 10. La Cuchara de San Telmo

    $$ | Parte Vieja | Spanish

    You may have to throw an elbow or two to get into this teeming bar, but it's worth braving the sardine-can digs for outstanding pintxos like...Read More

  • 11. La Viña

    $$ | Parte Vieja | Spanish

    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...Read More

  • 12. La Viña del Ensanche

    $$$ | El Ensanche | Spanish

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

  • 13. Martín Berasategui

    $$$$ | Lasarte | Contemporary

    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...Read More

  • 14. Terete

    $$$$ | Spanish

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

  • 15. Tondeluna

    $$ | Spanish

    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 into...Read More

  • 16. A Fuego Negro

    $$$ | Parte Vieja | Spanish

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

  • 17. Aizian

    $$$$ | El Ensanche | Spanish

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

  • 18. Alameda

    $$$$ | Spanish

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

  • 19. Arriaga

    $$$ | Casco Viejo | Spanish

    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 the countryside...Read More

  • 20. Asador Guetaria

    $$$$ | El Ensanche | Spanish

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

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