For those of us who are vegetarians, the bars in San Sebastian can inspire a bit of pintxo envy.
Bar displays overflow with colorful pintxos and… they all have meat or fish. The struggle ends now! These are our picks for top vegetarian tapas in San Sebastian.
First, a handy bit of information: pintxos are the Basque equivalent of tapas. They’re rarely served free with a drink, though! They’re often served on a small slice of bread and are held together by a toothpick. At many pintxos bars, you simply help yourself to the pintxos buffet. When you’re done with your meal, count your toothpicks to pay the bill.
With such an influence of pork products in Spain, being vegetarian in San Sebastian may seem tricky. However, this guide to amazing vegetarian tapas in San Sebastian (and where to find them) will help simplify things.
The pintxos at Borda Berri are made-to-order. This means they’re some of the freshest pintxos in San Sebastian and they can also be customized! Try the grilled goat cheese with thick plum sauce and the salmorejo (a cold and thick tomato-based soup). The creamy risotto with mushrooms and Idiazábal, or sheep’s milk cheese (tell them to hold the shrimp!) is also delicious. They’re easily among the best vegetarian tapas in San Sebastian—and possibly anywhere in Spain!
Address: Fermin Calbeton Kalea, 12
Hours: Tuesday 19:30 – 23:00; Wednesday through Sunday 12:30 – 15:30, 19:30 – 23:00; Closed Monday
Km. 0 Taberna Jatetxea
This popular, vegetarian-friendly place a bit off the tourist path is great for pintxos or a sit-down meal. The menu offers a wide range of vegetarian meals from mushroom croquettes to vegetable lasagna to veggie burgers. With a variety of delicious dishes and freshly-sourced produce, this spot makes some of the best vegetarian tapas in San Sebastian.
Address: Duque de Mandas, 35
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 13:15 – 15:30, 20:15 – 22:30; Sunday 13:15 – 15:30; Closed Monday
A Fuego Negro
Anything but ordinary, this edgy pintxos bar shuns tradition in favor of innovation. There aren’t a ton of vegetarian options, but the ones they have are full of flavor. Try the garlic risotto with herbs and shades, the olives in vermouth, or the corn and chocolate sandwich! See? Definitely inventive, but the expertly paired flavors will delight you. They also have a superb selection of wine.
Address: 31 de Agosto Kalea, 31
Hours: Tuesday through Friday 18:00 – 24:00; Saturday and Sunday 11:30 – 1:00; Closed Monday
The family that runs this place is passionate about serving fresh, local products and it shows. Ganbara is a good place to order raciones, or shared plates. Try the vegetable stew, white asparagus, chili peppers or lettuce hearts. If you’re here at the right time, they also seasonally serve a mushroom platter.
Address: San Jeronimo Kalea, 19
Hours: Monday through Friday 11:00 – 14:00, 17:00 – 20:00; Saturday 11:00 – 14:00; Closed Sunday
Don’t let the giant legs of ham looming behind the bar dissuade you—what Munto does best are mushroom dishes! Order a plate of truffle mushrooms or try the mushroom risotto. The delectable croquette filled with Idiazabal cheese, crusted with walnuts and covered in quince sauce is one of the best vegetarian tapas in San Sebastian.
Address: Fermin Calbeton Kalea, 17
Hours: Tuesday through Thursday, Sunday 11:30 – 23:30; Friday and Saturday 11:30 – 1:00; Closed Monday
This colorful, award-winning pintxos bar puts a creative twist on quality ingredients to create some unique pintxos. The grilled mushrooms and goat cheese with apple and balsamic honey sauce are particularly standout vegetarian tapas in San Sebastian. Also, don’t forget to pair your dish with a delicious local wine.
Address: Arrandegi Kalea, 10
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 12:30 – 16:00, 19:30 – 23:30, Sunday 12:30 – 16:00; Closed Monday
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