There is nothing like having a good host when you go to a city like Bilbao. My friend Mertxe took me to eat tapas and to enjoy the great atmosphere of this city’s classic.
When I got to Bilbao I didn’t have time to unpack and went directly to this place, it was the best way to start the trip. It is a luxury available to everyone, since if you don’t want to sit in the restaurant tables you can stay in the bar and taste some tapas or have a delicious pincho “moruno”, one of the best I’ve had as of late.
The Iruña has a curious combination of modernism and tradition. I couldn’t ask for anything else, it was the perfect way to start my vacation in Bilbao. Not to be missed!
Whoever goes there to try the sandwiches goes back. I don’t know what these sandwiches have but they conquer everybody. The average price per sandwich is 2,50 €.
Aside from the sandwiches, they also have a menu, even though generally people go directly to the bar, where the sandwiches are served.
The Abaroa Restaurant has two establishments in Bilbao: in the Plaza del Museo number 3 and in Campo Volantín number 13; they have another one in Las Arenas and another one in Castrourdiales.
It specializes in Basque cuisine and it has a lunch menu and a tasting menu. As a fun fact, “abaroa” means “shelter” in Basque. I was there in October 2008 on a Saturday in the one of the Plaza del Museo, in front of the Museum of Fine Arts. It wasn’t far from the Guggenheim, since we walked from there.
I really liked the decoration, although it was a bit dark for my taste. They combined elements and antiquities of the Basque culture with modern elements, like the lamps. I noticed that one of the walls had headboards decorated with paintings. Even though it had an extensive menu with entrees, meats and fish, we ordered the lunch menu that cost 18 €, since it was weekend (on weekdays it’s 10 €). we thought that the price was quite decent.
We were two people and we ordered as an entrée: beans and duck confit salad; as a second plate Biscayne codfish and sirloin; for dessert we had a cake bathed in hot chocolate.
I loved the food, the quantities were great and the quality-quantity relationship was excellent. The atmosphere was very nice. It is without a doubt a place to go back to.
On Monday May 16, 2011, 4 people left shocked , to go get a plate of snacks to bring to the group, but the people were so rude and loud and yelled "DO NOT TOUCH THE DISHES EH "two times, there was no sign indicating this prohibition, and the man turned around ignoring us, the difference between one site and another is in these types of attitudes.
We were looking for a restaurant downtown where we could eat something good and cheap, and we found this place. There's a menu with several dishes to choose from for around 10 € per person. At noon there were people waiting at the door but it clears soon. Good quantities, service, and decor. Recommended
In the historic center of Bilbao, Plaza Nueva has impressive architecture and gastronomy. In its many bars and restaurants you can taste, in my opinion, the best tapas of Bilbao. You need to try the muslins, there are some with ham, bacon, with tuna ... Exquisite!
Like its name indicates, the Guggenheim Restaurant is located inside the museum, which is a guarantee of quality.
It is a restaurant with creative cuisine but with a very traditional base, that is, the ingredients are easily recognizable by our palate, without too many frills, except for the marvelous presentation.
The best example is found in the “low temperature egg” that I had the pleasure of tasting last week: it is a simple egg over a light base of smashed potatoes that is sprinkled with red onion soup. Or, like the waiter explained to me, a Spanish omelet in three stages. Like I say, the idea is simple, but the result is extraordinary.
The other plates that were offered in the menu that day were the codfish meatballs with Biscayan sauce, glazed cheeks of Iberian pork, and to finish, chocolate cake, coffee mousse, and honey ice cream (which deserves it own monument inside the museum).
The best thing is that the price of the menu (the tasting menu), with wine included, is not too expensive, I think it cost around 25 € which is not too bad considering the kind of restaurant it is. You can also ask for a less expensive menu for less than 20 €. And you can also order out of the regular menu.
In any case, there is no excuse not eat in this magnificent restaurant that is the perfect complement and ending to a morning spent in the museum.
Super burgers, huge pizzas and sandwiches, all delicious ... that's what you'll find at this great spot in Bilbao. The giant burgers are their specialty, but they also have an extensive menu of croquettes, nachos, chips with dips ... and everything's supersized. You can also order takeaway. There is another Deluxe restaurant in Miribilla (9 Julian Zugazagoitia, tel: 946 089 892). They also have a great value daily lunchtime menu.
The Amboto Restaurant is located in the emblematic old downtown of Bilbao, surrounded by many bars and restored places.
In my last visit to Bilbao I had agreed to meet friends for dinner; we were having something to drink in the area and we decided to go inside this restaurant since it was the only one with a free table.
The place has two floors; the first floor has the bar and the second one the restaurant. The dining room is quite big and fits 110 people. I was surprised that it was practically empty, especially when the other restaurants of the area were so full.
It is decorated with wood and paintings, one of them featuring the Dama de Amboto of the popular legend. It specializes in traditional Basque cuisine, like codfish and other fish and grilled meat. They have a special house menu (26€) and they make special group menus.
We were three people and we ordered to entrees (an assortment of cold meats and a smoked plate) and then each one of us had a main dish (turbot with shrimp and eel, grilled monkfish with shrimp and clams, sirloin with Idiazabal cheese), all of it from the “recommended dishes” section of the menu. We paid 30€, wine bottle included, which I believe is an average price in Bilbao.
They were good sized servings and with a great presentation. We had a great dinner. The service was excellent, quick, attentive and kind. When they saw that we couldn’t stop taking pictures, the owner herself came to say hello, talked to us and turned on all the lights in the place and told us the history behind the paintings in the wall.
I definitely recommend this place, both for the service and the dishes.
Dos de Mayo Street, Bilbao’s most cosmopolitan street, is the focus of the most avant-garde and alternative shops in the city, and precisely here we find Bistrot À Table.
Bistrot À Table is a cozy and romantic corner ideal for intimate dinners between friends or couples. It is a charming place with an elegant but simple decoration, with French airs and a certain picturesque air. It is not too big, with about ten or twelve tables, very carefully illuminated and perfect music.
It’s a fusion between Basque and French cuisine in an innovative way. Foie gras mi cuit, boletus mushrooms with magret, fillet Stroganoff, goose salad, duck tournedos filled with duck foie, duck confit with plum sauce, and the fish, always fresh. Among the desserts I recommend the chocolate palet.
On weekdays they have a good priced menu, considering the delicious dishes and desserts they offer. The wines are the best. The different dishes of the menu are served with different wines, according to each dish.
We can’t forget the blind dinners, two fun hours of dinner with your eyes covered, a didactic experience that allows you to taste the food with your sense of smell and taste, doing without the sight.
The Farm is one of the most popular bars in Bilbao, on Gran Via, opposite Plaza Circular and the statue of Don Diego López de Haro. It's also one of the oldest bars in the city. Lovely décor, high ceilings and covered in wooden furniture. Ideal for tapas by day and beers at night.
Awful service and frozen potatoes
We were a group of 19 ve ate at this restaurant. Of course, we booked a table in advance. Half of the people asked for the menu and the other "a la carte". Thise ve asked for the menu said it was pretty good, those ve only ordered a second plate (steak, entrecote, etc.) were waiting for one hour watching the others eat to discover in the end that the garrison potatoes were frozen - totally outrageous in any decent restaurant. The dessert was good overall, we paid 33 euros per head. Awful, the site seems to live off tourism and not the good of the restaurant.
The Alhondiga of Bilbao is itself is worth a visit. A renovated building that is 100 years old and was once a wine store. Inside is the restaurant Yandiola, which is based on Bilbao cuisine and uses local produce - it is stylish and innovative. You can also dine on a couch. They have very good things and are very careful. They say that the terrace is a treat with great views of Bilbao, but we were unable to see it. The perfect excuse to return.
This restaurant is not in the city of Bilbao, but on Mount Artxanda, on the Camino de San Roque. To get there, you can drive, take a cable car or a taxi. We took a taxi, and it cost just € 9. It is a good restaurant, a beautiful stone house with some picnic-style tables outside. I remember the steak, which is partially prepared in the kitchen before being brought to the table for you to finish cooking it to the point that you want. The meat is fabulous and with this method you're guaranteed to get what you want: the meat melts in the mouth! The waiters offered great service. It's a good place to eat, and if you bring the kids, there's plenty of space for them to run around outside. We didn't have any drinks, and spent 35 € per person
Zortziko has been here in Bilbao since 1989. Today the restaurant is known worldwide. Daniel Garcia's cuisine has a unique style, mixing traditional Basque food with modern and current influences. I can only recommend that you try the menu, "Products, Flavors, Sensations". The dishes are incredible ... lobster juice, chicken in honey vinegar, squid tagliatelle with star anise, roasted scallops with mashed potatoes and truffle oil ... if you want to surprise someone special with a gift this Christmas, ,without leaving home, visit their website, choose one of their menus or made your own, fill out the form, and voila! Ready! They send you a gift certificate to you or the person you choose.
This restaurant chain has a strange quirk on the menus, so you can find not only Asian dishes but also Italian. So it's a good choice to go in a group where not everyone likes Asian food. It's right in the centre of Bilbao, on Amézaga Hurtado Street. It has two floors, spacious and elaborately decorated. The menus are very affordable, with a mix of different Italian and Asian dishes.
We went to try without really knowing where we were going, and the truth is that it pleasantly surprised us. It is very spacious and decorated with exquisite taste. And the food is second to none in Bilbao. A site which is highly recommended for locals and for tourists.
A thousand colours, flavours and smells await us in Mami Lou Cupcake, a small place in the Eixample Bilbao. Raspberry tart with sesame, pear cake, carrot cake, macadamia nut cupcakes, chocolate and honey, yogurt with blueberries, lemon and cherry ... they claim to offer the best cheesecake east of New York. We like that it's a personal project, and risky, offering something different in a city famous for its cuisine. The pastries are all handmade on site by Alain, the Belgian chef. The restaurant's name is a tribute to his grandmother Ludovika, affectionately known as Mami Lou. It's small and comfortable, with good music. Worth a visit if you happen to be in Bilbao.