If San Sebastian and the surrounding area are known for one thing, it has to be their prestigious gastronomy. We’ve already filled you in on the city’s top pintxos bars, now let us tell you about the best restaurants in San Sebastian.
Guipúzcoa (the province surrounding San Sebastian) is home to 16 Michelin starred restaurants. In fact, it boasts the highest number of Michelin stars per square metre anywhere in the world.
There are many excellent restaurants for you to discover, and in this article we’re going to highlight a few of our favourites.
Best Restaurants in San Sebastian and surroundings
One of the world’s most famous restaurants, home to one of the best known chefs on an international level. You may find it difficult to get a table at this multiple award-winning restaurant, so make sure to book well in advance. Step inside the chef’s own house to discover a welcoming, contemporary dining space.
Av del Alcalde José Elosegi, 273, San Sebastián
Phone: +34 943 27 84 65
Is another of the restaurants recommended by the all the guidebooks. Top chef Martín Berasategui’s flagship restaurant is located in La Sarte, just a few kilometres from San Sebastian.
Calle Loidi, 4 20160 Lasarte-Oria
Phone: +34 943 36 64 71
Located on Monte Igueldo, Pedro Subijana’s restaurant is another of the city’s culinary highlights. Pedro is one of the most highly regarded chefs in the city and throughout Spain.
Pº Padre Orcolaga, 56, San Sebastián
Phone: +34 943 31 12 09
Another of our favourite restaurants. As well as its food, the setting and atmosphere make this restaurant very inviting and enjoyable.
Otzazulueta Baserria Aldura Aldea 20, Rentería
Phone: +34 943 52 24 55
This restaurant is housed in a ‘caserío,’ (one of the region’s traditional dwellings), dating back over 600 years. The building has been refurbished and is now home to one of the best known restaurants in the area. Chef Hilario Arbelaitz invites you to sample his mix of innovative and traditional cuisine.
Araneder Bidea, Barrio Iturriotz, OIARTZUN
Phone: +34 943 49 12 28
It is one of the most traditional restaurants in San Sebastian. It is located on the way up to Mount Igueldo and is famous above all for having one of the most important wine cellars in the world.
There are many people who go there mainly, apart from its cuisine, to taste some of the best wines from its cellar.
Paseo de Igeldo, 5720008 Donostia – San Sebastián
Phone: (+34) 943 212 907
Mirador de Ulía
A good restaurant, made remarkable more by its location than by the food itself. From the summit of Monte Ulía, this restaurant enjoys the best views in the city.
Paseo de Ulia, 193, San Sebastián
Phone: +34 943 27 27 07
Located centrally, in the city’s Old Town neighbourhood, this is a true San Sebastian institution, whose menu will not disappoint.
Campanario, 11 – 20003 Donostia San Sebastián
Phone: +34 943 42 19 04
The Urola restaurant is in the heart of the old part of the city. It offers seasonal dishes and a cuisine based on charcoal grill. Its chef, Pablo Loureiro Rodil, has been able to continue with the legacy of the restaurant and the quality and price of its menu is unquestionable.
Fermina Calvetón 20, 20.003 Donostia.
Phone: +34 943 44 13 71
Since changing its location under the Arbaso Hotel, Narru has become one of the most important restaurants in the city. Iñigo Peña, its chef, has become a reference in the city.
C/San Martín, 22, 20005 – Donostia-San Sebastián
Phone: (+34) 843 93 14 05
You can also take a look at the best restaurants in Fuenterrabia, where there are also many to choose from.
These are just some of the most prestigious restaurants which you can find in San Sebastian. Bear in mind that these are renowned restaurants and their prices are usually quite high. Depending on what you order, the price per head can range from €70 to around €250 in places like Arzak, Berasategui and Akelarre.
If you are going to visit San Sebastian and plan on trying one of these restaurants, we recommend booking in advance.