Our Picks For The Best Restaurants in San Sebastian Without A Michelin Star

San Sebastian is a haven for foodies. The city’s restaurants have everything from Michelin-starred elegance to century-old rustic charm. Check out our picks for the best restaurants in San Sebastian!

Given the huge number of Michelin star restaurants in San Sebastian, the quality of the cuisine here is undeniable. However, the amazing thing about San Sebastian is the consistency of quality pintxo bars and restaurants available. You can eat just as well in the internationally-renowned restaurants as you can in the quaint, local gems. That’s why we love this city! With that in mind, we’ve put together this list of the best restaurants in San Sebastian without a Michelin star.

From elegant, modern spots to traditional, local gems, check out our list of the best restaurants in San Sebastian without a Michelin Star!


This small traditional pintxos bar found in the Old Town may look a little rough and ready, but it’s particularly famous for one thing: anchovies. There’s a huge variety of fish pintxos on offer at Txepetxa, from anchovies with apple compote to anchovies with papaya, sea urchins or peppers. All the celebrated Basque and Catalan chefs from Juan Mari Arzak to Ferran Adrià have eaten here, so you know it’s got to be one of the best restaurants in San Sebastian.

Insider’s Tip: Order a glass of traditional Basque cider to wash down those anchovies.

Address: Pescadería Kalea, 5

The olive and anchovies and pickled veg seen here are one of the many things that make Txepetxa one of the best restaurants in San Sebastian
There is something special about the combination of anchovies and delicious pickled goods!

Restaurante Saltxipi

Saltxipi is housed in a picturesque villa, lying just outside the Gros neighborhood, on the edge of San Sebastian. One of the best fine dining restaurants in San Sebastian, this place may not have a Michelin star yet but is well on its way. They specialize in spider crabs, so make this your first choice when ordering from the menu. An unmissable stop in your tour of the best restaurants in San Sebastian.

Insider’s Tip: Sit in the beautiful green garden, so quiet and peaceful you won’t even feel like you’re in the city anymore.

Address: Ategorrietako Galtzada Zaharra, 3

La Viña

This old style pintxos bar and restaurant is located in Old Town San Sebastian and has won awards for its creations, particularly the cone of anchovy and cream cheese, the scrambled egg with wild mushrooms and the crunchy prawns with vegetables. La Viña also serves larger meals in its small dining room. The restaurant is particularly well-known for its spider crabs, and rare beef steak too.

Insider’s Tip: Make sure you save room for dessert as the deliciously creamy baked cheesecake at La Viña has won awards as one of the best cheesecakes in the whole of Spain. We can confirm that it is heavenly!

Address: Calle 31 de Agosto, 3

If they sold just this delicious cheesecake at La Viña and nothing else, it would still be one of the best restaurants in San Sebastian - it's THAT good!
The cheesecake at La Viña is not something you’ll soon forget!

Restaurante Ni Neu

Meaning ‘Me, Myself,’ Ni Neu is located in the Gros neighborhood, next to the Zurriola bridge. A sleek and modern fine dining restaurant, this place gives you a true gastronomic experience, using cutting-edge cookery techniques. Their stunning tasting menu offers a great selection of dishes. Highlights include roasted hake in green sauce, bonito fish with avocado cream and roasted lamb with egg and garlic confit.

Address: Zurríola Hiribidea, 1

Bodega Donostiarra

Despite its modern and trendy look, Bodega Donostiarra has been a favorite on the San Sebastian pintxos circuit since 1928. Stylish pintxo bites are lined up along the bar, but they are also famous for their succulent individual tortillas (Spanish omelets). We love them all, including classic potato, chorizo, bonito fish, ham or Roquefort cheese. Also on the menu are various types of morcilla (blood sausage) and pickled octopus.  With a varied menu and a traditional feel, Donostorria is certainly one of the best restaurants in San Sebastian.

Address: Peña y Goñi Kalea, 13

When searching for the best restaurants in San Sebastian, Donostorria is a must for it's deliciously gooey Spanish omelet
The Spanish omelet at Bodega Donostorria is one of their many standout dishes!

Borda Berri

This pintxos bar in Old Town San Sebastian may look cute and unassuming, but the food is absolutely first class. Dine on plates including Idiazabal cheese risotto (one of the best rice dishes in the city), pig’s ear with romesco sauce or grilled octopus with quince jelly. Reasonably priced and extremely tasty—Borda Berri is deservedly among the best restaurants in San Sebastian, Michelin star or not!

Address: Fermin Calbeton Kalea, 12

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2 Comment

  1. Margaret Hehir says
    May 14, 2018 at 12:21 pm

    Dadly we have just dined in restaurant Sebastian down by the harbour in San sebastian. The waiter very definitely told us the days special was sole & it was €26.00 for two people. There are 5 of us. We decided to have two specials a salad & a bottle of local red wine. We got bread & water also. The bill was 177.90 …we are horrified. The waiter says it was turbot we ordered. One of our travelling companions is a fluent spanish speaker.
    We had such a wonderful experience to dste this is a dreadful dissapointment. We will spread the word through out our facebook contacts and social media. Two of us are Californians.
    What a shameful thing to do to tourists in your city.

    1. Devour Tours says
      May 15, 2018 at 10:37 am

      So sorry to hear about your experience, Margaret! What restaurant were you at? We hope you don’t judge the restaurants of the whole city by this one bad apple!


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