Top 10 restaurants in San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain

July 30, 2017 Misti Hsu

While many visitors come for the beaches, arts celebrations and fiestas, San Sebastian-Donostia is serious about its food and drink. The Old Quarter’s narrow, winding streets are full of bars and restaurants, and in the modern city, sidewalk cafes are all around. The city specializes in seafood. Just make sure you know not to expect dinner at 6 or 7 p.m.—that’s much too early in Spain. Instead, tide yourself over with tapas, and enjoy eating and drinking late into the night.
Things to do in San Sebastian - Donostia

1. Arzak

Avenida Alcalde Jose Elosegui, 273, 20015 San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Mediterranean, European, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$1,358 - HK$1,546 +34 943 27 84 65
Excellent
79%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 2 reviews

Arzak

Reviewed By rubinao59 - Wayne

This was an experience of a lifetime. The staff was exceptional, they worked like an orchestra. The food was not only beautiful but delicious. The highlight was when chef Elena came to our table and made us feel like she was welcoming us into her home.

2. Txepetxa

Calle Pescaderia 5, 20003 San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Bar, Spanish Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$94 - HK$141 +34 943 42 22 27
Excellent
59%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 722 reviews

Txepetxa

Reviewed By Sydney2000000 - Sydney, Australia

This pintxo bar was specialised in anchovies and recommended by our hotel hostess. Glad we went as we could order most dishes from the menu i.e. freshly prepared unlike some other bars had mainly cold items on the counter. The anchovy dishes were delicious but non anchovies dishes were OK not great. Went to another pinxto bar for variety but the quality was not as good.
Txepetxa was small but the service was better and more friendly than some others.

3. Agorregi jatetxea

Portuetxe kalea, 14, 20018 San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain (Formerly Agorregi (Club de Tenis Igara)) Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi European, Spanish, Contemporary, Vegan Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$196 - HK$565 +34 943 22 43 28
Excellent
74%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 435 reviews

Agorregi jatetxea

AGORREGI restaurant, located in Donostia-San Sebastian, offers to his clients a quality service and dishes made using the best ingredientes selected by the chef Gorka Arzelus. Welcome.Gorka Arzelus has worked with the best Basque chefs: Martin Berasategi, Juan Mari Arzak and Pedro Subijana. He has also worked with the famous french chef Didier Garbage. Gorka has been the main chef in Arantzazu-Donostia hotel, and after managing the restaurant Benta Berri at the small village of Aia, he open Agorregi with his wife Beatriz Bengoetxea. Beatriz has a big experience on restaurant management.

Reviewed By simone6789 - Melbourne, Australia

We had the dinner gourmet tasting menu. The service was excellent - really helpful and friendly but not overbearing. I would recommend making a booking ahead of time as the restaurant was quite busy when we arrived and there aren't many tables. The food was just stunning. My favourites were the scrambled egg with truffle, the sirloin steak and the almond cake dessert. Portion sizes are quite decent so by the end I was struggling to finish the last two courses. We were recommended and excellent bottle of rioja - wines weren't terribly expensive either. Overall excellent value for money, great food and service. Highly recommend!

4. Astelena 1997 Restaurante

Euskal Herria 3, 20003 San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining, Accepts Credit Cards Mediterranean, European, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$385 - HK$581 +34 943 42 58 67
Excellent
67%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 778 reviews

Astelena 1997 Restaurante

Reviewed By JulieVacances - New York

We enjoyed a fine meal at Astalena. After 2 night of pintxos, we were ready for something a little more traditional and slower paced. Astalena did not disappoint. Our waiter was super nice and helpful with our selection. We picked the tasting menu which offered gazpacho, crab/shrimp salad, risotto, cod, beef and an amazing bread and dulce de leche dessert. The pricing was reasonable (app. 42 euros per person + reasonably priced local wine), and the waiter comped us digestives to close our meal. The place clearly appeals to tourists, but they do a good job. The music was a bit monotonous… I would suggest something a bit more upbeat to lighten up the atmosphere.

5. Bar Nestor

Pescaderia 11, San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards Bar, Spanish, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +34 943 42 48 73
Excellent
74%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Bar Nestor

Reviewed By Eren O - Istanbul, Turkey

This little bar is really a gem in San Sebastian! Best steak ever, tasty tomatos and chilli are the man menu. You can also ask for Jamon, cheese Sandwich but going for the steak is highly recommended.
Also, They are doing the best tortilla you can find in Spain, but you need to go and register your name 1h before opening (so go at 12 or 7 respectively for lunch or dinner), as they do only 2 servings per day.
All in all, highly recommended!
ps: no credit card accepted.

6. Bar Sport

Fermin Calbeton, 10, 20003 San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Bar, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$94 - HK$94 +34 943 42 68 88
Excellent
63%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Bar Sport

Cold and warm pintxos in San Sebastian's old part. Good atmosphere and attention in different languages. Don't forget to try our foie!!

Reviewed By Margaret B - Kilkenny, Ireland

I really enjoyed this busy bee bar man! He made us feel very welcome... Chatting to us about the team he follows for basketball!!!! The man was up to his eyes crazy busy but made time to make us feel so welcome! Food was great...MoreMargaret B, good morning and thanks We like to know your opinion about our pintxos and staff We hope to greet you in the next visits to our store. Greetings from the Bar Sport team

7. Borda Berri

Calle Fermin Calbeton, 12, 20003 San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +34 943 43 03 42
Excellent
68%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Borda Berri

Reviewed By Bigscot1982 - Edinburgh

San Sebastián is a foodies paradise and you don't need to walk far to come across a quality restaurant or one of the many pintxos bars but for me the whole experience received at the Borda Berri put it on top of the list. The food is as good as you would receive in any Michelin star restaurant along with a quality selection of wine and drink to compliment it.
Any time we visited there were people waiting for it to open or it was always busy but the food is most definitely worth it.
A must visit and we look forward to out next trip here!

8. Bar Gorriti

C. San Juan 3, 20003 San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol Bar, Spanish Lunch, Dinner +34 943 42 83 53
Excellent
56%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 303 reviews

Bar Gorriti

Este establecimiento se encuentra el portal de la parte vieja donostiarra, en frente de el mercado de la Bretxa. Ofrecemos una gran variedad de pintxos fríos y calientes: encontraras gran variedad de tortillas, encurtidos varios (entre ellos la clásica gilda); frituras como bolas de huevo, carne y marisco, croquetas, gamba a la gabardina (receta de la casa); opciones vegetarianas; ...

Reviewed By Veerle V

We went for pintxos at Bar Gorriti last night, which was a great experience! Here you can really eat pintxos like locals do!
When you enter the bar, you immediately see the pintxos, waiting to be eaten :) Just ask for a plate, and you can choose whatever pintxos you think looks nice!
The super friendly staff is always there to answer your questions, if something is unclear or if you want some additional information.
To drink we had a very nice red wine, and we also had the opportunity to try a local cider and a local white wine!
During dinner, we had a little chat with the staff, but it's advisable to speak at least a little Spanish, since their English is rather basic.
Overall we had a great experience at Bar Gorriti! If we might come back to San Sebastian, we would definitely go back there for some pintxos!

9. Zelai Txiki

Travesia Rodil, 79, 20013 San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Mediterranean, European, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +34 943 27 46 22
Excellent
66%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 334 reviews

Zelai Txiki

Reviewed By AJC19682205 - London, United Kingdom

Literally in the middle of nowhere. This was a fantastic find. Beautiful venue providing both inside and outside dining. Splendid scenery and views. Helpful English speaking staff. Family enjoyed prawns, tomatoes salad, peppers and calamari for starters along with beautiful home made bread.....monkfish, hake with clams, lamb and steak for mains. All excellent. Deserts of chocolate fondant and grilled pineapple also fabulous. Complementary desert wine. Would throughly recommend and return.

10. La Madame

Calle San Bartolome 35, 20007 San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Spanish, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$173 - HK$290 +34 943 44 42 69
Excellent
66%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 597 reviews

La Madame

Located steps away from the iconic La Concha Beach, La Madame is the restaurant at the crossroads between the proud culinary traditions of the Basque region and the brave new world of international cuisine. La Madame utilizes local ingredients and an array of techniques to offer dishes full on flavor that are true to the restaurants ideals: fresh, clean, vibrant. La Madame also offers thoughtfully chosen wines alongside classic and “new classic” cocktail selections.

Reviewed By KIRANBHIRANGI - Lausanne, Switzerland

Close to the water, in San Sebastian but away from hustle and bustle sits this nice restaurant. The place is warm and welcoming the wait staff is efficient and friendly.
The menu has an American tone, i kept thinking with Spanish flare.
We ordered several appetizers, and main courses.
Beef cheek and burgers were the best (but the rest of the food could have been better). The fish was good but sauce mediocre.
It was not very expensive.

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