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. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. 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

  • 10. Azurmendi

    $$$$ | Spanish

    This award-winning, highly ranked restaurant, a 10-minute drive from town, is constantly lauded for its envelope-pushing cuisine and industry...Read More

  • 11. Cachetero Comidas

    $$$$ | Spanish

    A Calle del Laurel standby, this refined taberna with wood-paneled walls serves Riojan specialties like cochinillo asado (roast suckling pig...Read More

  • 12. Etxanobe

    $$$$ | El Ensanche | Spanish

    This legendary nueva cocina vasca restaurant relocated to a larger space in 2018 to accommodate two distinct concepts, La Despensa del Etxanobe...Read More

  • 13. Mugaritz

    $$$$ | Spanish

    This bucolic farmhouse in the hills above Errenteria, 8 km (5 miles) northeast of San Sebastián, is a veritable laboratory of modern cooking...Read More

  • 14. Zaldiarán

    $$$$ | Contemporary

    There's some tacky plating—think sorbet served in martini glasses— but worthwhile are the contemporary interpretations of classics, such as...Read More

  • 15. Zuberoa

    $$$$ | Spanish

    This is the kind of restaurant where the chef greets every table and meals start with an amuse-bouche of foie gras—in other words, it's an old...Read More

  • 16. Arbolagaña

    $$$$ | El Ensanche | Contemporary

    On the top floor of the Museo de Bellas Artes, this elegant space has bay windows overlooking the lush Parque de Doña Casilda. A devotee of...Read More

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