There are so many reasons to visit San Sebastian but the food is definitely one of them. It may have more than it’s share of Michelin starred restaurants but in my opinion, the real food heart of San Sebastian lies in its Pintxos bars. Pintxos are essentially small food creations served at a bar and you will find many of these Pintxos bars in San Sebastian. After spending a week eating our way through San Sebastian, here are what we think are the best pintxos in San Sebastian.
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The Best Pintxos Bars In San Sebastian
La Cuchara de San Telmo
A delicious little pintxos bar in San Sebastian known for their suckling pig. Here you order from a menu rather than choosing from pintxos on the counter. It’s actually a nice relief because each pintxos bar works differently, so you spend half your time trying to figure out how to order pintxos. I’d get here early as it can get very busy. This was some of the best pintxos in San Sebastian that I tried.
31 de Agosto Kalea, 28
Wednesday to Sunday 12 PM – 3.30 PM + Tuesday to Sunday 7.30 PM – 11.30 PM
Zeruko San Sebastian
Zeruko is a little bit fancy! Here you will see some of the most beautifully presented and creative pintxos in San Sebastian. We were particularly impressed by the cod dish that comes out on coals with a green herby shot.
10 Calle de la Pescadería
Tuesday to Sunday from 12 PM to 4 PM + Tuesday to Sunday from 7.30 PM – 12 AM
This is a super popular pintxos bar right in the middle of San Sebastian Old Town. There are some standing tables inside and outside to eat on. Here you can pick cold pintxos from the counter or order hot pintxos from the board. We had a delicious cheese risotto, croquette and some pintxos on bread.
31 de Agosto Kalea, 23
Every day from 11 AM – 12 AM
A Fuego Negro
A Fuego Negro feels a bit like an underground bar, all dark and moody. I loved it. The food here is pretty unique too. We tried to mini kobe sliders and black rabas (squid and squid ink dish in the shape of fried calamari), both delicious.
31 de Agosto Kalea, 31
Tuesday to Sunday from 10 AM – 12 AM
We were actually staying in a great little Airbnb right near Bodega Donostiarra, so we made it here a couple of times. Thier freshly made Tortilla de Patatas is delicious and we loved their grilled octopus and Carne con Tomate. But here, if there’s one thing you should try, it is their ‘Brocheta’ with either skewered pork, skewered steak or skewered octopus and king prawns.
Peña y Goñi 13 bajo
Monday to Saturday from 9.30 AM – 12 AM
Speaking of Tortilla de Patatas (otherwise known as Spanish Omelette), Bar Zabaleta are known to have one of the best. We loved it, often coming here for breakfast or lunch.
Zabaleta Kalea, 51
Bar Txepetxa is known for its anchovy pintxos. So if you love anchovies or are interested to try, then this is your place. I must admit Chris liked this one better than me but considering I don’t love anchovies I still enjoyed it.
5 Calle de la Pescadería
Tuesday to Sunday from 7 PM – 11 PM + Wednesday – Sunday from 12 PM – 3 PM
Right across the street from Bodega Donostiarra, it has a great outdoor seating area. We had the most delicious open sandwich with Iberico pork and toasted brie along with some great croquettes and pork cheek.
Peña y Goñi Kalea, 10
Monday to Friday from 10 AM – 5 PM + 6.30 PM – 12 AM + Saturday to Sunday from 10 AM – 12 AM
One word. Cheesecake. The cheesecake here is so creamy and delicious, definitely a must try in San Sebastian.
31 de Agosto Kalea, 3
Tuesday to Sunday 10.30 AM – 5 PM + 6.30 PM – 12 AM
More Options For Where To Eat In San Sebastian
The pintxos bars we didn’t get to try but looked amazing…
Bar Nestor | Atari Gastroteka | Borda Berri | Sirimiri Gastroleku
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