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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. 

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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. 

 

 

 

Click On The Drop Downs Below To Find Your Perfect Meal In San Sebastian

Gandarias Mushrooms with egg yolk

Wild Mushrooms and Egg Yolk © Gastronimo

Ganbara

Small, lively & traditional pintxo bar that spills out onto the street. Open since 1984 and presided over by 3 generations of pintxo experts.

Top Dishes

Fried wild mushrooms & egg yolk are the star, but the iberico or salt-cod croissants make a great late-breakfast.

San Jeronimo Kalea
Bar txepetxa gilda anchovy skewers

Gilda Pintxo © Bar Txepetxa

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.

Top Dishes

Whichever anchovy pintxos take your fancy.

Arrandegi Kalea, 5

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Borda Berri

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.

Top Dishes

Mushroom and idiazabal (cheese) risotto, slow braised veal cheek, the pork "kebab".

Fermin Calbeton Kalea, 12
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Bodega Donostiarra

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.

Top Dishes

Morcilla, Tortilla, Pintxo Completo (tuna, anchovy, chilli, olive), the seafood kebab.

RESERVATIONS

Peña y Goñi Kalea, 13
Bergera cheese and jamon

Pintxo © Bergara

Bergera

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.

Top Dishes

Mushroom & Foie Gras rissotto, crab bechamel.

Calle del General Artetxe, 8
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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.

Top Dishes

Fried mushrooms with egg yolk, or the Jamon iberico de bellotta (aged ham from Iberian acorn fed pigs).

31 de Agosto Kalea, 7
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Bar Nestor Dairy Cow Steak

Txuleta © Bar Nestor

Bar Néstor

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.

Top Dishes

Grilled dairy cow steak (txuleta) & tortilla (getting a slice requires pre-ordering, and a bit of luck).

Arrandegi Kalea, 11
Cuchara San Telmo Roasted Foie Gras

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.

Top Dishes

Crispy suckling pig, slow cooked calf cheeks, iberico pig's ear, roasted foie gras with apple.

Santa Korda Kalea, 4
Fuego Negro Dishes

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.

Top Dishes

Olives with vermouth jelly, potato skins, fried chicken, mini burger.

RESERVATIONS

31 de Agosto Kalea, 31
Casa Urola Guindillas

Guindilla Peppers © Gastronimo

Casa Urola

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.

Top Dishes

Grilled mushrooms with egg yolk, lagrimas (peas) with egg yolk and jamon, scallop with ajo blanco.

RESERVATIONS

Fermin Calbeton Kalea, 20
Gandarias Risotto

Idiazabal Risotto © Gastronimo

Gandarias

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.

Top Dishes

Idiazabal Risotto, Solomillo (steak), grilled octopus, sea urchin gratin.

RESERVATIONS

31 de Agosto Kalea, 23
Atari gilda

Atari Gastroleku

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.

Top Dishes

Soft egg soup, foie with brioche, croquetas, grilled octopus.

RESERVATIONS

Calle Mayor, 18
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Xarma charcoal cooked 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.

Top Dishes

Grilled piquillo peppers, lamb sweetbreads, putturu de foie, grilled octopus.

RESERVATIONS

Miguel Imaz Kalea, 1
la madame scallops

Scallops © La Madame

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.

Top Dishes

Scallops, Moroccan lamb burger, lobster roll. Also serves brunch.

RESERVATIONS

San Bartolome Kalea, 35
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Restaurante Ni Neu

Fantastic location overlooking the estuary, Ni Neu's tasting menu offers a range of innovative but comforting dishes at reasonable prices.

Top Dishes

Tasting Menu - look out for the slow cooked eggs & French Toast Dessert (Torrija Caramelizada).

RESERVATIONS

Zurríola Hiribidea, 1
Elkano grilled turbot

Turbot on the grill © Elkano

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.

Top Dishes

Turbot (or any of the day's fresh catch) grilled over charcoal.

RESERVATIONS

Herrerieta Kalea, 2
topa diy guacamole

DIY Guacamole © Topa Sukalderia

Topa Sukaldería

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.

Top Dishes

Al Pastor Tacos, DIY Guacamole, veal rib with chimchurri.

RESERVATIONS

Agirre Miramon Kalea, 7
astelena scallops

Scallops at Astelena © Gastronimo

Astelena

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.

Top Dishes

Hake pate, wild mushrooms with poached egg, scallops.

RESERVATIONS

Euskal Herria Kalea, 3
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Bonito with Garlic Petals © Arzak

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.

Top Dishes

Tasting menu & a la carte. Menu changes seasonally but classics include strawberries and anchovy, and cassava "rock" stuffed with foie gras.

RESERVATIONS

Avenida del, Alcalde J. Elosegi Hiribidea, 273, 20015 Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
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Pil-Pil Pine Nut Burrata © José Luis López de Zubiría / Mugaritz 

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.

Top Dishes

Their one of a kind tasting menu changes seasonally.

RESERVATIONS

Aldura Gunea Aldea, 20, 20100 Errenteria, Gipuzkoa, Spain
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Akelaŕe

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.

Top Dishes

Offers a selection of tasting menus and a la carte options.

RESERVATIONS

Padre Orkolaga Ibilbidea, 56, 20008 Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
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Martín Berasategui

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.

Top Dishes

Tasting menu and a la carte, favourites include eel Mille-feuille, and "the truffle".

RESERVATIONS

Loidi Kalea, 4, 20160 Lasarte-Oria, Gipuzkoa, Spain
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Restaurante Kokotxa

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.

Top Dishes

Offers a tasting menu for around €120 or a slightly smaller "market menu" for €88.

RESERVATIONS

Calle del Campanario, 11, 20003 Donostia-San Sebastián, Guipúzcoa, 20003 San Sebastián, Guipúzcoa, Spain
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la vina cheesecake

La Viña Cheesecake © Gastronimo

La Viña

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.

Top Dishes

Their specialty, the Basque Burnt Cheescake (tarta de queso).

RESERVATIONS

31 de Agosto Kalea, 3
otaegui pastry

Pantxineta © Otaegui

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.

Top Dishes

Almond Puff Pastry Cake (pantxineta).

Narrika Kalea, 15
pasteleria oiartzun

Oiartzun Pastel Vasco © Gastronimo

Pastelería Oiartzun

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.

Top Dishes

The traditional basque almond Pastel Vasco (or the smaller vasquito if you're not so hungry).

Ijentea Kalea, 2
mercado bretxa

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.

Top Dishes

Take a look around at the stalls and find some delicious produce to take home.

Boulevard Zumardia, 3
basque culinary center

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.

Top Dishes

€28 lunchtime tasting menu. Visit the website for special events.

RESERVATIONS

Paseo Juan Avelino Barriola, 101
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