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Akelare

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#3 of 1972 places to eat in San Sebastián
ClosedOpens at 13:00
European, Spanish, Vegetarian options
$$$$ Average price: 111-192 €
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Padre Orkolaga Ibilbidea, 56
San Sebastián, Basque Country, Spain
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If you have never tasted Spanish cuisine, you should reserve a table at this restaurant. Visit Akelare for a break and taste perfectly cooked calamari, lobster salads and sea bass. Tasty parfait, coconut ice cream and apple pie might be what you need. Try the good Spanish wine, tonic or gin offered here. Take your chance to taste delicious white tea, cortado or lemonade.

The warm atmosphere of this place makes guests feel relaxed and have a nice time. A lot of people mention that the crew is competent at this spot. Visitors say that the service is fabulous here. A number of reviewers note that prices are democratic for what you receive. Nice decor is appreciated by guests. It's a three-star Michelin restaurant that deserves a special trip.

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Worth every penny. Every course is a spectacle of flavours, textures and fusions. Truly amazing.I'm amazed to read some of the bad reviews here. I've been to several Michelin star restaurants, and this was by far the best experience I've had. Maybe the time of year makes a difference? I went in November, booked only about a week in advance. Restaurant was busy, but not full. Staff was absolutely lovely, was there whenever needed, and only when needed. Food was exquisite, ever course a joy paired with the right wine. Every flavour clearly distinguishable, yet none overpowering any of the others. Perfect harmony on a plate. Don't know what else to say.
The picturesque view alone made the visit memorable. Akelare is located on a hill overlooking the water. They have a downstairs and outdoor bar where you can take photos, grab a drink, and take in the beautiful seaside and countryside.   Akelare was our 7th Michelin-recognized restaurant during our trip and first 3 star so we may have entered with unreasonably high expectations. While the food was delicious and well-presented, we felt that several comparable one star and two star restaurants had better service, food, and presentation, at a fraction of the price. The servers provided a good overview of the food, but seemed to be somewhat robotic and working off of the same script. We literally heard the servers give the same exact presentation to the tables next to us. Whenever we asked a question on where something came from or how something was prepared that would cause them to "break script" they were unable to answer and had to look up the answer before coming back to us. While delicious-ness takes time, the food also came out really slow and our lunch ultimately ended up eating (bad pun intended) into our afternoon as it took over 4 hours from the time we were seated until the time we were finished with our last dish. Moreover, while other restaurants that were off the beaten path recognized that a taxi might be needed and asked and ordered one in advance for us, Akelare did not. While this is a minor thing, I think it is indicative of the extra service steps that other Michelin-recognized restaurants took that Akelare did not. Akelare seemed to rest on the chef's name, the view, and its 3 stars. Again, the food was great and the scenery was stunning, but we both expected that extra step in service and food for the price tag that we paid. Michelin restaurants should be held to a higher standard and Akelare was average relative to the peers that we visited.
Wow.  Perhaps the most inventive meal I have ever had.   Strangely enough it was the most expensive meal I have ever had, but I felt like it was worth it.  Probably 50% if what I would have paid in San Francisco for the same thing.  Foie gras and octopus in ink were the best thing.
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Padre Orkolaga Ibilbidea, 56, San Sebastián, Basque Country, Spain
Features
Outdoor seating Сredit cards accepted Wi-Fi Booking Wheelchair accessible No takeaway Parking No TV
Opening hours
SundaySun 13:00-14:30
MondayMon Closed
TuesdayTue 13:00-14:30, 20:30-22:00
WednesdayWed 13:00-14:30, 20:30-22:00
ThursdayThu 13:00-14:30, 20:30-22:00
FridayFri 13:00-14:30, 20:30-22:00
SaturdaySat 13:00-14:30, 20:30-22:00
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