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Bilbao Food Guide

If you're short on time, don't miss our Self-Guided Food Tour of the very best food in Bilbao.

Pintxos everywhere!

Local dishes: pintxos, txakoli.

Below is some of the best food in Bilbao...

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Updated: 12th July, 2018

El Globo

SPANISH RESTAURANT

"Excellent black pudding and crab pintxos."

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Residence Cafe

SPANISH BAR

"Late night Irish pub with great bottled beer including some they make themselves. We tried the IPA and amber - both were awesome!"

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La Viña del Ensanche

SPANISH RESTAURANT

Plaza Nueva

SPANISH RESTAURANT AREA

"Bilbao’s pintxo epicentre. It's a large open square with a fantastic choice of many pintxos bars around the outside."

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Gure Toki

SPANISH RESTAURANT

"Winner of hard-fought gastronomic contests including 2016’s best pintxos bar championship, Gure Toki does an admirable job of giving traditional Basque home cooking a new twist. Long ago this bar was known for doing giant portions of patatas bravas, now its speciality is a grilled foie with apple and Pedro Ximenez sweet sherry."

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Baster

SPANISH RESTAURANT

"If you approached a business adviser with a plan to open a pintxos bar in the Casco Viejo district they’d look at you as if you were foolish – because it’s already stuffed full of them! But Baster, which opened just over a year ago, has carved out a space for itself, adding something cool and fresh to the existing mix."

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Sorginzulo

SPANISH RESTAURANT

"Great calamari and nice pintxos."

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El Huevo Frito

SPANISH RESTAURANT

"The name (Fried Egg) fits in with the cheap-and-cheery local “caff” ambience, although being the Basque world, this is actually a bar, and the eggs are quails’ – adding glamour and a gooey layer to top-ranked pintxos, lined up on slates balanced on tins of tuna along the counter. This is also the spot for a good gilda (a skewered, oily dripping olive, anchovy and pickled chilli combo); for warming cazuelitas (a fry-up with bacon, ham or sausage for €3.50); and prize-winning (deboned and diced) pigs’ trotter pintxos."

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Gatz

SPANISH RESTAURANT

"I was only in there briefly at about 10pm on a Saturday night and it was very busy. I had the tortilla with and without morcilla."

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La Olla de la Plaza Nueva

SPANISH RESTAURANT

"The cod on bread (with a sauce), beef in pepper were both great and great red wine too."

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Charamel Gozotegia

SPANISH DESSERT

"Delicious mille foille and (eggy - in a good way) cheese cake."

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CAPRICHO

SPANISH RESTAURANT

"Lovely wine and pinxtos. Especially the gilda."

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Bar "El Eme"

SPANISH RESTAURANT

"Bright, shiny, and modern-looking, this family-run fast food joint is a Bilbao institution, famed for oozing, indulgently waist-thickening sandwiches to be eaten at the bar or scoffed in a plaza or park. While it is possible to order from a menu of traditional Basque basics, it’s the classic sandwiches – comprising homemade bread doused in mayonnaise and, crucially, a top-secret chin-dribbling sauce – that justify its boast: “El de siempre, el único” (which roughly translates as always the same, always unique)."

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Café Bar Bilbao

SPANISH RESTAURANT

Bar Urdiña

SPANISH RESTAURANT

"Very high ratings."

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Santamaria

SPANISH RESTAURANT

"Looks fantastic and very high ratings."

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Peso Neto

SPANISH RESTAURANT (NOT VISITED)

"This place is the cool and popular all-purpose hostelry you dream of having on your doorstep: a place for coffee, lunch (the weekday menú del día €13), dinner – possibly every day. It’s also a bar and a recommended port of call in hipster district Bilbao la Vieja."

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Café Iruña

SPANISH RESTAURANT (NOT VISITED)

"The architect’s passion for the Islamic palaces of Andalucía, makes this 1903 Monumento Singular the most spectacular setting for breakfast in Bilbao. While locals eat on, visitors ignore their food and gape at the glorious walls covered in vibrant tiles, the murals, stained glass, ornate ceilings, chandeliers and even the gleaming tiled floors."

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Jam Toki

SPANISH RESTAURANT (NOT VISITED)

"Cheap jamon and drinks."

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Kafe Antzokia

SPANISH RESTAURANT (NOT VISITED)

"Yes, you can find pintxos here, but also all-round entertainment and a good-value lunchtime menú del día (€13). Antzokia is primarily a cultural centre, HQ for a non-profit radio station broadcasting locally in Basque and offering courses in the Basque song and dance that was banned under Franco’s rule."

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Víctor Montes jatetxea

SPANISH RESTAURANT (NOT VISITED)

"Like the Plaza Nueva itself, this former grocer’s (now restaurant, bar and gourmet deli) is a well-loved, striking landmark. Go, if only to marvel at the gorgeous decor."

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Bar Charly

SPANISH RESTAURANT (NOT VISITED)

"Another popular pintxos bar."

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