Restaurant, Spanish, $$$
One of the oldest and most famous restaurants in Bilbao, Víctor Montes started life out as a delicatessen in 1846. Sitting on the lively Plaza Nueva, the heart of the Casco Viejo district, it’s an atmospheric place with cosy booths, bottles lining the walls and photographs of famous people who have eaten here. Patrons have included everyone from Bono and Jeremy Irons to Prince Albert of Monaco and the architect of the Guggenheim, Frank Gehry. Dishes include Norwegian salmon with gold powder and Piedmont truffle, and butterfly anchovies with Arbequina caviar.