Make your winter holidays unforgettable with these options for delicious Christmas Day and Christmas Eve dinners in San Sebastian.
The town slows down during the Christmas holidays when local shops and restaurants close up and donostiarras get ready to spend the holidays with their families. But no worries––there are still plenty of excellent restaurants for Christmas in San Sebastian that will keep their doors open.
There’s a good variety to choose your holiday celebration menu from––there’s even a Christmas Day brunch available! Here’s a list of places that will guarantee a magical holiday experience––and full stomachs.
Where to eat in San Sebastian on Christmas Eve
Located right in the heart of the Old Town of San Sebastian, La Fábrica serves some of the best flavors of this Northern Spanish city: typical Basque dishes with a modern touch.
Besides the impeccable good quality food, La Fábrica is also known for its great value for money. This is without a doubt a fantastic option for your Christmas Eve dinner, especially if you’re traveling with family.
Dry Bar at Hotel Maria Cristina
If you want to celebrate the special evening with style, this iconic hotel is a classy choice for Christmas Eve dinner.
The quality is always guaranteed at Hotel Maria Cristina’s Dry Bar, and the celebration menu won’t disappoint, either. It’s a luxurious combination of fine flavors from the first bite of your appetizer to the last sip of dessert champagne.
Dry Bar is also one of the few places in town to offer a Christmas Day brunch—make sure to make a reservation in advance!
Insider’s Tip: Hotel Maria Cristina is located right by the Urumea river, so you can start with a pre-dinner walk to wake up your appetite. Stop by the beautiful local Gabonetako Azoka Christmas market to do some last-minute gift shopping: the stands offer everything from local crafts to gourmet products.
Where to eat in San Sebastian on Christmas Day
Kaskazuri is already a local classic in town. It’s the place to go when, instead of our beloved pintxos, we prefer to sit down and enjoy a full three-course meal of excellent quality. Naturally, this is also our top recommendation for a Christmas Day dinner in San Sebastian!
The big windows open up to a beautiful view of the sea and Paseo Nuevo, which makes Kaskazuri one of the most romantic venues for your Christmas Day celebration.
Kaskazuri is known for having gluten free and vegetarian friendly menus, which is not always easy to find due to the local love of meat and seafood—especially on Christmas Day!
Restaurante La Brasserie Mari Galant
Why not celebrate Christmas with a hint of elegance? The Hotel de Londres y de Inglaterra is one of the oldest hotels and most emblematic buildings in San Sebastian, and with spectacular views of La Concha Beach, it’s a gorgeous choice for a Christmas Day lunch.
The hotel’s restaurant, La Brasserie Mari Galant, offers a beautiful Christmas menu with the best of the best local delicacies, such as Iberian ham and white tuna belly. The festive meal comes complete with an excellent selection of Spanish wines, and finishes up with the hotel’s own petit-fours—need we say more?
Both locals and visitors keep going back to La Brasserie Mari Galant Christmas even after Christmas, so if you want to make sure to get a table, booking ahead is a good idea.
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After living years in Madrid and Barcelona, Tita found her home in San Sebastian, not least because of the delicious food. Nothing beats a bottle of sidra and a plate of anchoas after a Sunday hike in the green mountains of Basque Country, she says.