Bilbao Restaurants Accentuating the delight of Basque cuisine, seafood is an essential ingredient in all recipes created and served in this beautiful city. Bilbao is a great choice for the discerning gourmet as the city’s restaurants offer a diverse yet equally appealing choice of cuisine, ranging from traditional local dishes to innovative international delicacies. Bermeo Gran Hotel Ercilla Ercilla 37-39, Bilbao Tel: +34 94 470 5700 Wood-panelled interiors, crisp linens, and replicas of 19th century antiques create the perfect setting for visitors to enjoy some of the best of Basque cuisine. Zortziko Alameda de Mazarredo 17, Bilbao Tel: +34 94 423 9743 A few footsteps from the Guggenheim, this delightful eatery offers a vaguely French setting and a wide choice of delicacies as well as a fine selection of wines. Etxanobe Avenida de Abandoibarra 4, Bilbao Tel: +34 94 442 1023 One of the hottest restaurants in Bilbao, Etxanobe serves a variety of innovative dishes made with the freshest of ingredients. Restaurante Guggenheim Bilbao Abandoibarra 2, Bilbao Tel: +34 94 423 9333 Located at the museum premises, the restaurant serves an excellent choice of innovative delicacies - award-winning fisherman's stew in a herb-laced green broth or white salt cod with tomatoes stuffed with baby squid and black rice, are recommended choices. El Perro Chico Aretxaga 2, Bilbao Tel: +34 94 415 0519 Although humble in décor, this Bilbao restaurant offers some of the best Basque classic cuisine and has been a popular choice with celebrities such as Antonio Banderas, Dennis Hopper, Jeremy Irons and Frank Gehry (architect of the Guggenheim). Guria Gran Vía 66, Bilbao Tel: +34 94 441 5780 The restaurant with its modern décor and delicious menu, always prepared with market-fresh ingredients, is an expensive choice, but definitely worth a visit. Kiskia Pérez Galdós 51, San Mamés, Bilbao Tel: +34 94 441 3469 A contemporary version of a tradition cider house Victor Montes Plaza Nueva 8, Bilbao Tel: +34 94 415 7067 Located in the heart of Bilbao’s oldest neighbourhood, this restaurant with its closely-packed tables and friendly waiters offers charming atmosphere for dining.turkeyarena.com Xukela El Perro 2, Bilbao Tel: +34 94 415 9772 Enjoy some of the tastiest dishes, by chef Santiago Ruíz Bombin, in a brightly lit setting accented by a vivid palette of greens and crimsons.