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Bilbao + Basque Country restaurants

Many travelers come to Basque country just for the food. The area has lately spawned a new generation of avant-garde and Michelin-starred chefs, but there's a rich culinary tradition here, too. The quintessential dining experience here includes pintxos (pronounced peen-chos—the local version of tapas, covered in our Nightlife section), as well as hearty dishes made with local produce. Crabs, prawns, clams, mussels, and fish (especially anchovies and  bacalao, or salt cod) are used in many recipes; so are choriceros (dried sweet red peppers), lamb and beef (often served as chuletas —grilled steaks served with a sprinkling of coarse salt); and a large variety of mushrooms. For most people, lunch is the biggest meal of the day, though high-end restaurants also host multicourse feasts late into the evening. Most folks here don't have dinner until around 9 p.m.

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Martín Berasategui, Lasarte-Oria

A sweeping, glass-walled space with views over rolling green hills, this restaurant near San Sebastián—named after its three-star Michelin...more

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Mugaritz, Errentería

If you're just looking to sate your hunger, steer clear of this restaurant just outside San Sebastián. Chef Andoni Luis Aduriz's place, set in a rustic yet...more

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Restaurante Alameda, Hondarribia

Just up the coast from culinary hot spot San Sebastián, the seaside town of Hondarribia has its own star attractions. Leading the charge is Restaurante...more

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Restaurante Guggenheim Bilbao, Bilbao

The food at the Guggenheim's restaurant rivals the art on its gallery walls. Josean Martínez Alija, who took over the kitchen in 2000 at the ripe old age...more

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Sidrería Zelaia, Hernani

Sidrerías, or cider houses, are traditionally only open between mid-January and the end of April, when the cider is ready for sale. Our favorite—and...more

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Yandiola, Bilbao

First opened as a wine warehouse in 1909, the Alhóndiga, with its modernist facade and revamped interiors by Philippe Starck, is one of the city's most...more

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