We were walking towards the Peine de los Vientos while talking a break from our course in the Summer School when we noticed this restaurant. My friend remembered that she had eaten there with her husband and we decided to go there for dinner.
I was so grateful we did: Branka Restaurant is delicious. It has great views, since it is located in the first floor of a windowed building. You can enjoy the pintxo bar, the drinks and the terrace with its viewpoint.
The service is exquisite, as well as the quality of the dishes and wine menu. Even though it’s quite modern and has an unattractive façade, the Branka was a great surprise.
It is a real pleasure for the senses to taste dishes such as the grilled octopus with potato and pepper cream, a succulent plate of rice or the incredible desserts while looking towards the beautiful Concha Bay and the Island of Santa Clara. After the feast we sat in the terrace to enjoy a glass of wine and a beautiful and luminous summer night.
From the terrace we were able to contemplate Easo while having a glass of wine and finishing a great gastronomic day.
Luis and Gema follow family tradition, along with their children, in this restaurant located in the pier of San Sebastián.
It is a very nice open space place under the arches of the port. While you eat you can see the people strolling and the fishing boats on the side.
The seafood and fish are excellent, fresh and of quality. You can get an idea from the pictures.
The Sidrería Calonge is located in Igeldo. The dining room has a view of the sea through its broad windows that occupy the whole wall.
During cider season (January to May) it offers the txotx and cider menu. The txotx means that each one has its own glass and can go the “kupelas” (the cider barrels) all the times one wants.
The menu consists of: codfish omelet, fried codfish with peppers, and steak with cheese, quince and nuts. The rest of the year it has a menu with entrees, fish and exquisite desserts. And don’t forget the star dish: the chops!
From San Sebastian you can get there on bus 16. I think it is the only cider house you can go to without getting lost, and it also has a parking lot as well as a small park for the children.
San Sebastian is a place that should be visited. In many ways, the city is quite modern, but the old town is also worth visiting, to sample some of the local tapas, and drink the white wine. Be careful, as the tapas can be a bit expensive - if you have a big appetite, you'll need a wallet to match! The cheapest tapas bars are around the Concha area.
I still wonder how you can do so many things wrong! - We had high expectations despite not having almost no one in the dining room. - We were served wrong, with coldness and reluctance. - Apparently the heating is very expensive so the room was cold - The food, passable, except we were served meat that was quite enough made. - They mixed up the account and they wanted to charge more. In short: Last one.
I’ve only heard good things about Ostatu de Gabiria restaurant. And now that I’ve “tasted” it, I can agree with everything I’ve heard. The place is excellent and highly recommended to eat at, with a good price/quality relationtion. But what stood out most was the family-rural environment. It’s a place you’re sure to like and that you’ll recommend to friends and acquaintances. It will keep you coming back from time to time.
Located in the heart of the Gabiria urban area, the restaurant offers a menu of the day, in addition to being a bar. It also offers special weekend menus in addition to their delicious and varied standard menu.
Located in an old and enormous rambling house built of stone with an impressive coat of arms on the façade, it’s one of the typical places in the mountain where you find yourself naturally liking both the atmosphere while you find yourself ready to eat. You’ll fell at home, seeing as the service is very friendly. However, at the same time the restaurant gives you the feeling you’re isolated from the world, eating in a mountain town.
I was quite surprised upon seeing the menu, as I expected a traditional Basque offering, but what they have to offer and the presentation is worthy of the most famous restaurants located far from Gabiria.
The restaurant’s dining room is somewhat small, but very cozy, despite the paper tablecloths. The enormous stone walls seem to want to protect the guests from the cold and wind, which is often times the weather in Gabiria. You feel safe within the restaurant’s walls, and even safer once your stomach is full.
The menu choices are seemingly endless. But, if you want to get the most out of the price-quality relationship, I’d recommend you try the special weekend menu, which usually goes for 25 €. It will fill you up and leave you speechless. Coffee is also included in the menu.
The exquisite mushroom risotto and the huge salad with tuna accompanied with duck confit cooked to perfection and a succulent cod dish covered in tomatoes are all spectacular. The menu comes with water, wine, or cider, as well as surprising homemade desserts. All are exception, both for the quality and quantity of the serving. You can go straight for the cheesecake or the yogurt, both are incredible.
My only complaint would be that they don’t let you pay with credit card. You have to pay in cash, but you’re paying for a great, quality meal. You’ll leave satisfied after eating at Ostatu. If you happen to cross through Gabiria, make sure to eat here.
A restaurant located in the middle of the Zarautz’s urban area. It´s a very traditional place that´s constantly busy.
We had wanted to go for a long time but never made it for whatever reason. It’s important to make reservations beforehand, especially during the weekend, as it’s a fairly small place. I’d recommend making reservations in advance, rather than on the same day, just to be sure.
With a traditional Basque, yet modern decoration, the Kirkilla Enea restaurant is one of the places where you feel like eating. Like you´re eating at home. It has a good blend of quality, fresh product, traditional and modern, all depicted in the creative layout of the dishes.
It has a large menu and a special menu of the day. There are many weekend specialties and also sampling menus with a bit of everything. Any which way you look at it, all the options and various menus have something different and unique about them when compared with other restaurants. This is what makes Kirkilla Enea so special.
It´s a highly recommended restaurant. The price isn´t too high. Here, you can enjoy stupendous menus of the day that you won’t find in other places.
If you go to Zarautz, don´t miss out on Kirkilla Enea. Remember to reserve ahead of time, as it´s always full.
We are disgusted by the treatment that we received here. When we arrived, we asked for a table for two, and were told that we'd be waiting about half an hour, as there were three more couples ahead of us in the queue. However, we had to wait longer, and people who arrived after us were served ahead of us - they even put tables for two together to create a larger table to seat a big group who had been behind us. When we reported our dissatisfaction to the waitress, she replied rudely, raising her voice. CONCLUSION: We arrived at 21:40, and after waiting more than an hour, 23 people who arrived after us were served (1 group of 3 people, two of 6 and two of 4 people) the waitress mistreated us, and we went without dinner. Shameful. We certainly don't recommend this restaurant!
This is one of the gastronomic classics on the coast of Guipúzocoa. Always true to their roots, the Katxiña steakhouse is known for three things:
1. The outstanding quality of the prime materials they use in the meats and fishes they offer. The meat is of exceptional quality and the fish is extremely fresh, recent bought from the port.
2. The method of cooking of the dishes, especially the meat and fish ones. The cooks at Katxiña use coal grills better than anyone, cooking everything to perfection.
3. The incredible natural environment surrounding the steakhouse. The restaurant is divided into two areas. One is a cute interior room made of wood. The other is exterior and three times larger than the indoor section. In a way, it’s simpler than the indoor section. As a matter of fact, the most important thing at Katxiña is not the table clothes or the silverware, they´re traditional, but the food is always the most important detail.
Outside the steakhouse, the views mouth of the Oria river and the Orio beach are spectacular.
Everything is surrounded in the mountainous greens of the coast and interior of Guipúzcoa. I recommend sitting on a bench in the middle of the green meadow. Look off into the sea while pleasantly digesting the exceptional food you just ate.
The experience is priceless. It´s not cheap, but if you want to eat an exceptional grilled fish or a truly flavorful beef chop, the Katxiña is for you. The chefs won’t let you down. The price-quality ratio is pretty good. Katxiña´s grilled fish are a true luxury.
If you looking to try something differenr, try Katxiña´s sea bream. It´s the best you´ll ever have and you´ll end up adding a comment to this website.
The turbot is also famous, as well as the hake, the monkfish, the smoked cod salad. In regards to their meat selection, the king of the table is the grilled beef chop. Simply exceptional and authentic.
If you eat fish, I recommend accompanying it with a good “txakolí” wine from the area. It´s a sublime and classic combination!
It’s one of my favorite restaurants in Euskadi. Simple in appearance, layout and service, sublime in the quality of the food and elaboration of the plates. That’s the best way I can describe what happens at Landa.
Up until a few years ago, a lot of people didn’t know about the restaurant, only those from the surrounding Bajo Deba area. However, news of the restaurant is quickly spreading thanks to word of mouth, making it much more in demand than in years past. The clientele is growing, which means you should now call ahead and make reservations so you’re not stuck on the outside looking in.
It’s a very simple-looking place from the outside. They remodeled the interior 2-3 years ago and, although it’s still quite small for the quantity of people trying to make reservations, the modern touchups give the dining room a nice feel. The remodeling was necessary.
There are two dining areas. Once you enter the restaurant, there’s a small bar where they make the coffees and once you go through the door and down the steps, you’ll find the bigger and more intimate room, with a much friendlier atmosphere.
The service is simple and friendly at all times. The owners have been working there for many year and they treat you like a member of their own family. They serve you the fish themselves, which is a very nice touch. They work with these ingredients each day and know how to prepare the food on their menu better than anyone, so you trust them. When they serve you themselves, you know you’re going to really enjoy your meal.
The menu is large and varied. They often have special dishes that aren’t on the fixed menu, depending on the season. They’ll tell you about any specials when they bring you the menu. Make sure to pay attention to them, they tend to be spectacular.
I’d personally recommend sharing various appetizers/entrees, to try a little bit of everything and then have one of their grilled fish dishes.
Among the entrees, the peppered tuna (ventresca), the mushrooms and foie with egg yolk, the lobster cocktail, the Galician-style octopus, and the grilled shrimp are great, as I’m sure the rest are too.
As for the fish... the sea bass and the turbot are exquisite. They are maestros as cooking these dishes to perfection. The red bream is also marvelous. In any case, it’s a safe bet to choose any of the grilled fishes they offer, served just with the juices and a bit of garlic.
You don’t have to forget about the meat, either. The trademark Landa chop has a well-deserved reputation, although I’d personally go with a fish dish. The wine menu is also very extensive.
Even though Mendaro isn’t a coastal town, it’s pretty close to it. You can tell the products are of exceptional quality. In addition to the quality, the cooks know how to prepare each dish and cook them to perfection on the grill.
If you’re still hungry after the meal, the homemade desserts are a delight. The great and ever-powerful Mendaro chocolate is served in a variety of manners. The “pantxineta” pie (typical in Euskadi), the cheesecake with raspberry marmalade and the Mendaro with chocolate “soup” are all delicious.
In summary, if you are in the Bajo Deba area and you are looking for a true gastronomic delight, the Landa de Mendaro steakhouse is your answer, with its simple presentation and amazing food. I’m sure whoever goes will leave fully satisfied due to the quality of the food and the geniuses working the grills.
PS: Don’t be surprised if the cook shows up at the end of your meal and asks how everything was, or even if he sparks up a conversation about football.
We went last night as recommended by a traveler but we could not bring the dog, so we organized to go the following day. The place is cool, we were eating out of it a very cool picnic, the cider was good, but the menu disappointed us a bit because the foood was just ok.
This bodega (cellar) is located in the district of Old San Sebastian. It is an excellent bar offering snacks and has a good atmosphere in the "poteos", especially on Sunday mornings. There are two barrels at the door and an awning, both of which allow you to sit outside and enjoy the good days. The bar serves good kebabs, both hot and cold. Personally I recommend the salmon txaka and piquillo stuffed with mayonnaise. It is on a busy street that has limited parking (OTA).
It fills up quickly, and gets pretty cramped (less so at weekday lunchtimes). The sandwiches are great - the best are the Autonomo (pork loin, mushrooms, green pepper), the Sarriegi (fried egg with homemade tomato sauce) and the Trini (tuna, anchovies and chili). A good bottle of cider or cane beer to accompany it, and you'll be delighted. The bread is from the best bakery in San Sebastian: Galparsoro, which incidentally is very close to Narrika, in the main street of the Old Donostiarra quarter.
Located in the centre, near la Concha. Very cozy, with brick walls. They make pizza in a stone oven, absolutely delicious, with very thin dough. The seafood is just scrumptious, and prices hover around 8 euros. The service is very good, attentive, and fast.
I’m a fan of restaurants with a seaside flavor to them. A flavor that combines fresh ingredients recently fished from the sea with traditional decorations and port environment. Ziaboga restaurant is all this and more, located in the heart of Pasai Donibane, also known as Pasajes San Juan.
You can have a drink and an appetizer or enjoy a full meal in the breeze at their tables outside in the plaza. However, I recommend the authentic experience found while eating inside. The dining room, and the restaurant in general, isn’t overly big, but the space is well used. The traditional decoration, mainly blues and whites, authentically follows the marine style.
The dishes and silverware have a modern touch, which makes a triumphal combination with the traditional decoration. The tables right next to the windows offer great views and are the best seats in the house.. Whether it’s nice out or not, it’s a delightful experience looking at the mouth of Port Pasajes while eating, with the fishing boats continuously entering and exiting out to sea. These are surely the boats supplying the fish they serve at the restaurant.
We had an excellent tuna carpaccio that came in a tremendous serving. It was a delicatessen for the palate, very fine cut. Great quality and quantity for the Iberian meat selection too, consisting of Iberian ham, chorizo and loin.
Continuing on, we had some fresh grilled shrimp and a delicious oven-baked local “txangurro” (king crab) and the grilled baby squid, cooked to perfection and accompanied with great sides.
To find something to complain about, the tomato salad was lacking, from my point of view.
The desert were great. We had a vanilla ice cream topped with a volcano of hot chocolate topping.
As for the wine, Ziaboga has a very good selection. They’re on display in shelves, which attests to that.
Like many other restaurants in the area, Ziaboga offers different menus with interesting options. We had the 35 € option with everything previously mentioned and shared appetizers. Everything was good, we left more than satisfied.
Another small complaint: some of the more modern plates are so big that it’s hard to fit three of them on the same table. Nothing big, just a space issues that could be cleared up by using smaller plates.
In summary, we absolutely loved our dining experience at Ziaboga. There, you’ll eat like you’re in the movies, with great fresh ingredients and a homemade touch to the dishes in the traditional seaside restaurant. The restaurant’s location is impossible to beat.
It is one of the most popular, lifelong restaurants in the city, a few meters from the town hall. It has daily menus at 12 € and the interior is tastefully decorated. The only downside is that there are no exterior windows in the basement, under the Gastronomic Society of the same name. Which by the way, this company does not allow women access to the kitchen!