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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
As you can see, some of the best restaurants in town don’t have that all-important star—in fact, there’s one more excellent restaurant in San Sebastian without a Michelin star that we love so much, we want to keep it a secret! If you want in, join us on our Pintxos Like a Local: Centro Neighborhood Pintxos Tour. Not only will you taste the exquisite modern pintxos at this award-winning spot, but you’ll also step into several more hidden gems that locals love in on off-the-beaten-path neighborhood where few tourists stray. Come hungry.
After studying in Andalusia, Jaimie made sure he was on the first possible flight back to Seville—the day after graduation! Many years later, he is fully immersed in Spain’s culinary world and has shown thousands of guests the secrets of sherry and tapas.