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Best “Pintxos” (tapas) in San Sebastian

October 8, 2010  |  Spain
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San Sebastian is the jewel of the Spanish Basque Country. A small, cozy and elegant city that features one of the most beautiful in-city beaches and bays in the world. San Sebastian is famous for its internationally renowned cuisine. Besides its multiple Michelin Stars Restaurants, there are hundreds of taverns that offer the famous “Pintxos” (the Basque version of tapas), snack that consist of a small mixture of ingredients usually placed on top of a slice of bread and fastened with a toothpick.

I was born in the Basque Country, and part of my family lives there. When I have the chance to visit San Sebastian, my uncle Miguel takes me to the places with the best “pintxos”. This is a selection of those I like the most:

Best Pintxos in San Sebastian’s Old District (“Parte vieja” in Spanish):

  • PACO BUENO: c/ Mayor, 6. Specialty in Butterfly Shrimps (in Spanish “Gambas rebozadas”).
  • GAMBARA: c/ San Jerónimo, 21. Also great food. You can either eat at the bar or at the dining room.
  • A FUEGO NEGRO: c/ 31 de agosto, 31. More sophisticated pintxos, great music and drinks.
  • MARTÍNEZ: c/ 31 de agosto, nº 13. Everything is simple, tasty and authentic.
  • LA VIÑA: c/ 31 de agosto, 3. Tasty scramble eggs with mushrooms (in Spanish “Revuelto de hongos”).
  • TXEPETXA: c/ Pescadería, 5. Close to the “Plaza de la Constitución” (worth a visit to this square). Specialty in anchovies (“antxoas”). Don’t miss them with spider crab (“antxoas con centolla”).
  • TAMBORIL: c/ Pescadería, 2. Good food in general. Smoking is not permitted.

Best Pintxos 5 minutes walk from San Sebastian’s Old District:

  • BASQUE: c/ Miramar, 5
  • HIKA MIKA: c/ Echaide, 4: Try the “pintxos de pastel de pescado”, “pintxos de ropa vieja”, “croquetas”, mmm…!!
  • MESÓN MARTÍN: c/ Elcano, 7: Good food in general. Dining room at the end of the bar.
  • ITURRIOZ: c/ San Martín, 30. In front of the cathedral. Good food in general.
  • BODEGA DONOSTIARRA: c/ Peña y Goñi, 22. Placed at the other side of the river but close to the old district: healthy, simple and well prepared.

Did I miss any special place?

Is there any place that should definitely be listed in this post? Have you got any suggestion to improve this blog? If so, please place a comment 🙂

Update: The people from http://www.todopintxos.com (a website specialized in Pintxos) suggested “Gros”, on the other side of the river, as an area with a good choice of pintxos bars. Guys, thanks for the tip!

Map of the best Pintxos in San Sebastian

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Photos: These photos were taken by other photographers. I usually don’t bring the camera with me when I go for pintxos 🙂

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8 Comments ;)


  1. Nice selection. Also, the “Gros” area, crossing the river from the old part, offers a good choice of pintxos bars.
    Let me suggest http://www.todopintxos.com to have a good view of the pintxos panorama in San Sebastian.

  2. Gracias! Thanks for the comment. I have already updated the post with your suggestion.

  3. Stmbled upon your post whilst seeking infos on San Sebastian’s pinxos.
    My question:
    What is the best time at Lunch and dinner to avoid the busy times at those pinxos bars? I heard that they open from 1-3pm on lunch, 7:30-10:30 on dinners and that 1pm / 8pm would be the only two times where I can avoid the peak hrs. Does this match with what you’ve experienced there? Thanks

  4. I highly recommend “Gandarias” in the old district. The grilled peppers (from Pamplona?) are amazing, as are the foie gras pintxos and the sirloin (solemio) pintxos. They also have excellent non-pintxos offerings, such as steak, rabbit, etc.

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