Bilbao, like many cities in Spain‘s Basque Country, is known for excellent cuisine, particularly its fish and seafood. The city may be filled with haute cuisine dining options and Michelin-star restaurants, but it has more than its fair share of local Basque eateries, too.
Situated 16km (10mi) inland from the Bay of Biscay on Spain’s northern coast, Bilbao is the Basque Country’s biggest city. Along with San Sebastián, it’s also the region’s premier foodie hotspot, packed with restaurants and bars specialising in snack-sized pintxos – slices of bread topped with everything from ham and cheese to tortilla and roasted peppers. Here’s our guide to the top local eateries in Bilbao, as well as some tips on what to order when you’re there.
Agape offers such value-for-money that its daily set menu – menú del día – has been selected as one of the best in the country by Spanish newspaper El País. Start with stir-fried chickpeas and vegetables with a babaganoush sauce or courgette soup, before moving onto grilled mackerel or free-range chicken breast with salmorejo, pilaf rice and rosemary emulsion. Even better, the menu’s fixed price includes bread, wine, dessert and water. The restaurant’s situated over the river from the Old Town, next to the train station.