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Best restaurants in San Sebastian

Restaurante Branka. San Sebastian. Photo: www.promowebsite.net

Best restaurants in San Sebastian

This is the second part of my previous post about the best Pintxos in San Sebastian. As I said, San Sebastian has multiple Michelin Star Restaurants: Arzak, Akelarre, Martín Berasategui and Mugaritz (all with 3 stars)…. Besides these restaurants, in this post I want to talk about those that haven’t got a Michelin star but are still amazing restaurants… and not that expensive.

  • UROLA: Traditional food since 1948. 45 € avg. price. c/Fermín Calbetón, 20. +34 943 423 424
  • BETI – JAI: Means “Always party” in Basque. Specialty in sea food. Avg price: 40 €. c/ Fermín Calbetón, 22. 943 427 737
  • EGOSARI: Bar and restaurant with good food. Avg price: 35 €. c/Fermín Calbetón, 15. 943 428 210
  • ALDANONDO: Great meat (“chuletón” in Spanish). Avg price: 40 €. Daily menu: 28€. c/Euskal herria, 6. 943 422 852
  • ASTELENA: Excellent food, specially the foie. Avg. price: 40 €. Daily menu: 22€. c/Euskalherria, 3. 943 425 867
  • GANDARIAS: Excellent food and wine list. Definitely a top restaurant in Donosti (San Sebastian in Basque). Great pintxos aswell. c/31 de agosto, 23. 943-426362
  • UREPEL: Great food but quite expensive. Avg price: 70 €. Menu: 50€. Pº Salamanca, 3, 943 424 040
  • BRANKA: A classic with nice views of the bay (check the webcam). Avg. price: 50€. It’s a nice walk to get there. c/Eduardo Chillida, 11. +34 943 317 096
  • BERNARDO: Excellent sea food. c/Puerto, 7, 943 422 055

Update: Lucía, a reader of this blog, suggests two more places. THANK YOU Lucía!!:

  • ZUBEROA: Located in Oiartzun, 10 km away from San Sebastian. In my opinion it’s one of the best restaurants to eat good modern basque food
  • ASADOR PORTUETXE: a much more traditional restaurant than the previous one. Awesome fish and meat. It is usually overcrowded so it’s recommended to book a table in advance

Did I miss any special place?

Is there any place that should definitely be listed in this post? Have you got any suggestion to improve this blog? If so, please place a comment 🙂

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Pintxos in San Sebastian. Photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/flydime/

Best “Pintxos” (tapas) in San Sebastian

San Sebastian is the jewel of the Spanish Basque Country. A small, cozy and elegant city that features one of the most beautiful in-city beaches and bays in the world. San Sebastian is famous for its internationally renowned cuisine. Besides its multiple Michelin Stars Restaurants, there are hundreds of taverns that offer the famous “Pintxos” (the Basque version of tapas), snack that consist of a small mixture of ingredients usually placed on top of a slice of bread and fastened with a toothpick.

I was born in the Basque Country, and part of my family lives there. When I have the chance to visit San Sebastian, my uncle Miguel takes me to the places with the best “pintxos”. This is a selection of those I like the most:

Best Pintxos in San Sebastian’s Old District (“Parte vieja” in Spanish):

  • PACO BUENO: c/ Mayor, 6. Specialty in Butterfly Shrimps (in Spanish “Gambas rebozadas”).
  • GAMBARA: c/ San Jerónimo, 21. Also great food. You can either eat at the bar or at the dining room.
  • A FUEGO NEGRO: c/ 31 de agosto, 31. More sophisticated pintxos, great music and drinks.
  • MARTÍNEZ: c/ 31 de agosto, nº 13. Everything is simple, tasty and authentic.
  • LA VIÑA: c/ 31 de agosto, 3. Tasty scramble eggs with mushrooms (in Spanish “Revuelto de hongos”).
  • TXEPETXA: c/ Pescadería, 5. Close to the “Plaza de la Constitución” (worth a visit to this square). Specialty in anchovies (“antxoas”). Don’t miss them with spider crab (“antxoas con centolla”).
  • TAMBORIL: c/ Pescadería, 2. Good food in general. Smoking is not permitted.

Best Pintxos 5 minutes walk from San Sebastian’s Old District:

  • BASQUE: c/ Miramar, 5
  • HIKA MIKA: c/ Echaide, 4: Try the “pintxos de pastel de pescado”, “pintxos de ropa vieja”, “croquetas”, mmm…!!
  • MESÓN MARTÍN: c/ Elcano, 7: Good food in general. Dining room at the end of the bar.
  • ITURRIOZ: c/ San Martín, 30. In front of the cathedral. Good food in general.
  • BODEGA DONOSTIARRA: c/ Peña y Goñi, 22. Placed at the other side of the river but close to the old district: healthy, simple and well prepared.

Did I miss any special place?

Is there any place that should definitely be listed in this post? Have you got any suggestion to improve this blog? If so, please place a comment 🙂

Update: The people from http://www.todopintxos.com (a website specialized in Pintxos) suggested “Gros”, on the other side of the river, as an area with a good choice of pintxos bars. Guys, thanks for the tip!

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Photos: These photos were taken by other photographers. I usually don’t bring the camera with me when I go for pintxos 🙂

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