Where to Eat in San Sebastián
Collected by Marti Kilpatrick, AFAR Local Expert
Karkizano Kalea, 9, 20001 Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
I've eaten possibly more pintxos than any American ever. And in all my small plates adventures, I have not found this dish anywhere except for Bidea Berri. I am a passionate omnivore, and vegetables get me more excited than anything. These...
Zubieta Kalea, 56, 20007 Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
Simple, skilled treatment of raw product is the hallmark of the cuisine at Narru. With a chef once named in the Wall Street Journal as a top young chef to watch in Europe, the food here is quite simply delicious. Stars are the tomato salad, the...
20008, Gipuzkoa, Spain
Rekondo is a little hidden treasure of a restaurant, started by an aficionado of wine. A real aficionado. His varied collection means the restaurant has a wine list of hundreds of pages. These are wines critics dream about, at prices that are a...
Bretxa Plaza, 3, 20003 San Sebastián, Guipúzcoa, Spain
La Bretxa shopping center houses the usual trappings of a modern-day shopping mall, but below ground one can find the city's largest and best market for the fruits of the sea. Cold, wet and crowded, this is the spot where you will find both...
Fermin Calbeton Kalea, 20, 20003 Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
It's well-known around town that Casa Urola uses some of the best raw materials: fish, vegetables, ham, you name it. In its quiet, elegant dining room, you will find quintessential Basque locals (and the occasional well-informed tourist). The...
Calle Pescaderia, 10, 20003 Donostia, Bizkaia, Spain
Expect creative riffs on the classic pintxo at this ultra-modern spot. Everything from the colors to the flavor combinations are unique and draw in crowds from the street. Not everyone is a fan of their style—for instance, the old guard who remain...
San Jeronimo Kalea, 19, 20003 Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
Ganbara has two big cons. One, it's expensive. Raciones of mushrooms, for example, run you around 20 euros. Two, it's been discovered (twice over) and is on even the under-informed tourist's pintxo list. That said, and considering that perhaps...
Arrandegi Kalea, 11, 20003 Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
Easo Kalea, 9, 20006 Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
Bar Ciaboga is a classic spot that has been serving up perfect plates of olive oil and garlic confit potatoes for twenty years. The super kind barman will warn you that the paprika in the ceramic dispensers is spicy, but make sure to sprinkle some...
Aldura Gunea Aldea, 20, 20100 Errenteria, Gipuzkoa, Spain
Mugaritz is a Basque farmhouse, set in the hills outside of San Sebastián. It’s also the world’s number 7 restaurant on the 2016 World’s 50 Best list. Chef Andoni Aduriz is the most intellectual of the city’s culinary sons. He takes local...
Calle de Fermín Calbetón, 4, 20003 Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
Bodegón Alejandro is a spot with history. It was once star chef Martín Berasategui's family restaurant, and it was passed down through the years and now is where you can eat without breaking the bank (daily lunch prix fixe runs you about 30...
31 de Agosto Kalea, 31, 20003 San Sebastián-Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
When in San Sebastián, you absolutely must do as the locals do weekends at midday—hit the streets for a vermouth. It’s basically the Spanish equivalent of brunch, and one of the best spots to do it is A Fuego Negro. Famous as an avant-garde pintxo...
c/ pescadería, 5, 20003 Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
When Christopher Hall reported his "57 Small Bites of Spain" story about tapas in four Spanish cities, he visited Bar Txepetxa in San Sebastian's old quarter. We brought the December/January 2010 issue of AFAR with us and shared it with the pintxo...
Loidi Kalea, 4, 20160 Lasarte-Oria, Gipuzkoa, Spain
San Sebastián has more than its share of Michelin stars, and three of those are housed under the roof of chef Martin Berasategui's flagship restaurant. Martin is so entrenched in the local Michelin vocabulary that his dishes are referred to in one...
Alcalde J. Elosegi Hiribidea, 273, 20015 Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
Arzak is an annual favorite on the World's 50 Best Restaurants list, sometimes reaching a rank of second on it. The courses commence: Caldito de Pochas con Guindilla, Platano Macho con Arraitxikis, Lamina de Queso con Datilesy Papaya, Arroz con...
Padre Orkolaga Ibilbidea, 56, 20008 Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
Akelarre is the oft-overlooked star in San Sebastián's very studded crown. Take a cab up to the restaurant, perched on the heights of Monte Igeldo, for a haute tasting menu. Many love Akelarre for the fact that you can order whichever of three...
San Martzial Kalea, 48, 20005 Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
As is standard, there are several plates of pintxos lining the bar at Espiga. The one that gets the most traffic, however, is lined with a couple of salt-cured anchovies on toast, with a hard boiled egg and some mayonnaise, crowned by a finely...
Vitoria-Gasteiz Kalea, 6, 20018 Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
Picture this: you've walked the length of San Sebastián's three beaches, and you've worked up quite an appetite. Only problem is, you're two beaches away from the pintxo bars you know and love—in Antiguo. Antiguo has its share of good spots, both...
San Martzial Kalea, 7, 20005 Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
A lot of lip service is paid to produce, but Zazpi uses their pintxo list as a stage for all the Basque products on your to-eat list. Bacalao, spring vegetables, clams with rice, and other classics get an update in refined sauces and tasteful...
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