San Sebastian has a whole bunch of restaurants to tempt you with gourmet cuisine, and they vary from bars that offer bocadillos - which is how the locals call a sub - to restaurants with three Michelin stars.
Lunches or Menú del día in San Sebastian
During weekdays many restaurants offer a menú del día, a very cheap but quality way to eat. It typically consists of a two-dish course followed by a dessert (coffee is normally excluded). Each course offers a selection of three or more homemade, often seasonal, dishes and normally includes bread and water or soda. You can also change water for wine or a glass of beer. Sometimes, Basque cider is also included in the choice of drinks. These daily menus are simple but very good for filling you up for a whole afternoon, and full stomach helps you dive into the local culture by taking an afternoon nap called siesta. Some places offer similar menus in the evenings or weekends, but these tend to be more elaborate and pricier, of course.
Seafood restaurants in San Sebastian
The harbor is lined up with restaurants where you can enjoy being at the waterfront, while eating freshly caught fish and other seafood.
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Basque restaurants in San Sebastian
Most restaurants in San Sebastian offer local dishes, but some are more thematic than others. Sidrerías are a unique experience in the Basque Country that offer traditional Basque txuleta-steak and cider.
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International cuisine in San Sebastian
Even though there is plenty of quality local food to enjoy, foreign cuisine has also found its way to San Sebastian. There are many Italian, Chinese and Latin-American restaurants as well as burger places, pizzerias, sushi and take-away spots.
Michelin restaurants in San Sebastian
Finally, no talk about San Sebastian gastronomy would be complete without going over its top quality, avantgarde cuisine. Basque culture puts a big emphasis on food, so it is no surprise that it has become a booming experience of combining traditional dishes with innovative techniques and ingredients. We can assure you that dining in one of these superb restaurants is quite an experience. World renowned chefs like Juan Mari Arzak, Martin Berasategui, Pedro Subijana, Andoni Luis Aduriz and many others will make your ten-plus degustation course unforgettable! Exceptional service, great settings and excellent food is guaranteed, in combination with much more affordable prices than in other Michlens around the world.