Restaurants & Pintxo in San Sebastián
San Sebastian is a seaside paradise for food-lovers, who come for the experimental fine dining and more casual pintxo bars.
Pintxo bars, serving small skewers and plates (the basque equivalent of tapas), allow you to have a great meal in San Sebastian without breaking the bank. Each pintxo bar has a speciality so check out the blackboard menu as well as the counter. The best pintxo bars are often the busiest, so expect a bit of jostling and to eat standing up.
San Sebastian is home to some of the best restaurants in the world. So if fine dining is your thing, take a look at some of the high-end restaurants below to find out where you can have a lunch or dinner to remember.
The Basque Region has a strong culinary tradition, with many local dishes and ingredients. Take a look to find out what you should try while you're in town, or keep scrolling to find our team's pick of the best restaurants.
Whatever your budget, Gastronimo knows the best restaurants and pintxo bars in San Sebastian to suit your needs. All chosen by local food loving experts.
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Wild Mushrooms and Egg Yolk © Gastronimo
Small, lively & traditional pintxo bar that spills out onto the street. Open since 1984 and presided over by 3 generations of pintxo experts.
Fried wild mushrooms & egg yolk are the star, but the iberico or salt-cod croissants make a great late-breakfast.
Gilda Pintxo © Bar Txepetxa
Nicknamed the temple of anchovies, Bar Txepetxa has been serving marinated anchovy pintxos for over 100 years topped with a wide variety of accompaniments.
Whichever anchovy pintxos take your fancy.
Braised Beef Cheeks © Gastronimo
Traditional setting serving pintxos with a contemporary twist. There's nothing on the bar here so take a look at the chalkboard menu or what other people are having to help you decide.
Mushroom and idiazabal (cheese) risotto, slow braised veal cheek, the pork "kebab".
Over the bridge from the old town, this charming and rustic stone walled pintxo bar serves classic, simple pintxo that focus on the quality of the ingredients rather than innovative techniques.
Morcilla, Tortilla, Pintxo Completo (tuna, anchovy, chilli, olive), the seafood kebab.
Pintxo © Bergara
Worth the trip over the river to Gros for the friendly service and award winning pintxos. Slightly more spacious than the old town bars, but still gets very busy in the evenings.
Mushroom & Foie Gras rissotto, crab bechamel.
Bar La Cepa © Gastronimo
Bar la Cepa
Old school bar that feels like you're stepping back in time. Legs of jamon adorn the ceiling. Serves classic pintxos on bread and sandwiches at very reasonable prices.
Fried mushrooms with egg yolk, or the Jamon iberico de bellotta (aged ham from Iberian acorn fed pigs).
Txuleta © Bar Nestor
Bar Néstor is renowned for simplicity, serving only 4 dishes. The dairy cow steak (txuleta) is the main event, grilled over charcoal & served with padron peppers and a tomato salad.
Grilled dairy cow steak (txuleta) & tortilla (getting a slice requires pre-ordering, and a bit of luck).
Roasted Foie Gras © Gastronimo
La Cuchara de San Telmo
Inconspicuously tucked down a side street, this bar is unassuming from the outside but serves some very interesting and indulgent dishes. Order both pintxos and raciones from the blackboard.
Crispy suckling pig, slow cooked calf cheeks, iberico pig's ear, roasted foie gras with apple.
A Fuego Negro
This unique pintxo bar is full of surprises. An energetic kitchen offers up creative takes on classic basque ingredients that can sometimes feel a little over the top, but is always fun.
Olives with vermouth jelly, potato skins, fried chicken, mini burger.
Guindilla Peppers © Gastronimo
The pintxo bar downstairs gives you a chance to sample some of the fantastic main courses on offer at the upstairs restaurant, in a more casual environment.
Grilled mushrooms with egg yolk, lagrimas (peas) with egg yolk and jamon, scallop with ajo blanco.
Idiazabal Risotto © Gastronimo
Large Pintxo bar that spills out into the street. Offers a lot of traditional options from the counter, in addition to their T-Bone steak, and solmillo (steak sandwich) which are the star attractions.
Idiazabal Risotto, Solomillo (steak), grilled octopus, sea urchin gratin.
Larger space than most old-town bars, with the additional option to sit on the steps of the beautiful Basílica de Santa María and eat the rich modern pintxos from this old town bar.
Soft egg soup, foie with brioche, croquetas, grilled octopus.
Charcoal Octopus © Xarma Cook & Culture
Xarma Cook & Culture
This contemporary restaurant in the Gros neighbourhood serves beautifully prepared experimental dishes in a cool industrial space. They offer pintxo or full sized portions of most of the dishes too.
Grilled piquillo peppers, lamb sweetbreads, putturu de foie, grilled octopus.
Scallops © La Madame
American chef Kevin Patricio combines basque ingredients with techniques from further afield for those craving something other than Spanish flavours. Worth a trip once you've had your fill of pintxos.
Scallops, Moroccan lamb burger, lobster roll. Also serves brunch.
Restaurante Ni Neu
Fantastic location overlooking the estuary, Ni Neu's tasting menu offers a range of innovative but comforting dishes at reasonable prices.
Tasting Menu - look out for the slow cooked eggs & French Toast Dessert (Torrija Caramelizada).
Turbot on the grill © Elkano
If you can spare the time and the taxi fare, it's well worth the 30 min journey to nearby Getaria to try this Michelin-starred restaurant. Elkano serves ultra fresh seafood, perfectly grilled over coal.
Turbot (or any of the day's fresh catch) grilled over charcoal.
DIY Guacamole © Topa Sukalderia
Cool, playful concept menu fuses basque ingredients with Latin American flavours to create bright, modern dishes. Provides a welcome break from traditional basque cuisine and pintxos.
Al Pastor Tacos, DIY Guacamole, veal rib with chimchurri.
Scallops at Astelena © Gastronimo
In a former banana warehouse in the old town, Chef Ander González cooks a seasonal menu full of polished but simple takes on basque cuisine. Great place for a more formal dinner.
Hake pate, wild mushrooms with poached egg, scallops.
Bonito with Garlic Petals © Arzak
Father and daughter team Elena & Juan Mari Arzak's experimental approach to Basque food has earned them countless accolades as one of the best restaurants in the world. Arzak has retained 3 Michelin stars for over 30 years.
Tasting menu & a la carte. Menu changes seasonally but classics include strawberries and anchovy, and cassava "rock" stuffed with foie gras.
Pil-Pil Pine Nut Burrata © José Luis López de Zubiría / Mugaritz
Frequently touted as the most adventurous restaurant in the world, dining at Mugaritz is an experience like no other. The menu takes inspiration from the landscape around the restaurant, offering wild and playful takes on local ingredients.
Their one of a kind tasting menu changes seasonally.
Pioneer of Basque cuisine Pedro Subijana has retained his 3 Michelin stars since 2007, with his more subtle take on the highest standard of cuisine. At Akelaŕe, you're guaranteed a fantastic meal complete with breathtaking views of the sea.
Offers a selection of tasting menus and a la carte options.
Spain's most Michelin-decorated chef Martin Berasategui serves immaculately beautiful and delicate dishes from a simple dining room overlooking the Basque countryside, on the outskirts of town.
Tasting menu and a la carte, favourites include eel Mille-feuille, and "the truffle".
Kokotxa is an intimate space located in the middle of the old town, offering a more affordable tasting menu than other comparable establishments. Dishes are still exciting and refined, if a little less extreme.
Offers a tasting menu for around €120 or a slightly smaller "market menu" for €88.
La Viña Cheesecake © Gastronimo
While they serve pintxo and other savoury dishes, it's the classic basque burnt cheesecake that brings people to La Viña. Perfect with a glass of sweet sherry.
Their specialty, the Basque Burnt Cheescake (tarta de queso).
Pantxineta © Otaegui
Open since 1886 this pastry shop is the perfect place to go if you're looking for an indulgent breakfast or fancy a snack.
Almond Puff Pastry Cake (pantxineta).
Oiartzun Pastel Vasco © Gastronimo
Pastry shop that specialises in a number of basque pastries as well as more traditional croissants. Near to the beach, and a great place to grab a cafe solo and watch the world go by.
The traditional basque almond Pastel Vasco (or the smaller vasquito if you're not so hungry).
Mercado de la Bretxa
The basque region has some of the best produce in the world, so it's worth a trip to market hall de la Bretxa to sample some of the ingredients that make the areas food so great.
Take a look around at the stalls and find some delicious produce to take home.
The Dining Room © Basque Culinary Center
Basque Culinary Center
A culinary University founded by some of the region's best chefs. The cafeteria is run by the students and offers a very reasonably priced lunch-time tasting menu.
€28 lunchtime tasting menu. Visit the website for special events.