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Arzak

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#2 of 1972 places to eat in San Sebastián
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Spanish, European, Vegetarian options
$$$$ Average price: 163-217 €
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Alcalde J. Elosegi Hiribidea, 273
San Sebastián, Basque Country, Spain
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Do not delay your visit – seriously, the Spanish cuisine is waiting for you. Try nicely cooked prawns, venison and Rioja wine to form your opinion about this restaurant. Do not go away without enjoying good pudding, chocolate truffles and fruit ice cream. Take your chance to taste delicious cordial, lager or white wine. Some visitors like great cortado, latte or juice at Arzak.

The convenient location of this place makes it easy to reach by any transport. The crew is said to be creative here. Service at this spot is something one can name fabulous. Prices here are reported to be affordable. There is a homey ambiance and divine decor at this restaurant. It's a three-star Michelin restaurant that deserves a special journey.

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Chef Arzak is a legend and deservedly so.
This was the second 3 Michelin star restaurant we visited while in northern Spain. The restaurant is located approximately 15-20 minutes away from the San Sebastian center, in a non descript neighborhood. We had dinner at this restaurant (lunch isn't an option here) and it was a late dinner start for American standards but totally normal for Spaniards. First, the dinner will cost you around 215 Euros per person and there isn't an option for drink pairing. The menu is a tasting menu, but interestingly enough, for several courses there were multiple options one could choose from. The server literally went through the entire menu, item by item, and asked for our preference of dish when there was an option to choose. We started off the meal with several amuse bouche appetizers which were then followed by a few main dishes and several large desserts. I must say the flavors for most of the dishes were so on point, rich and delicious. However, I thought there were too few main entrees and way too many and too large desserts. The progression just didn't make sense and we felt we were stuffed with sweets as opposed to more of the delicious food. Also, while I love foie gras, I do not recommend choosing this item as one of your main dishes. Although our meal here wasn't a complete bust by any means, we must say we didn't enjoy this restaurant as much as we wished we did. There's definitely some hype around this restaurant that's a bit blown out of proportion. For a 3 Michelin star restaurant, they could definitely do better.
My wife had tried to make a reservation as soon as she could for the one of the days we would be in San Sebastian.  Not sure why because she refused to go to Eleven Madison Park in NYC when I was able to get a reservation in September. I really wanted to go but cancelled it, out of deference to my wife.   Anyway, she must of missed any notifications so we were resigned to the fact we were not going to get to eat at Arzak.  1 day before the date, my wife saw a text saying we had a reservation, so we were pretty excited.  The small portions were just right for us although I suppose most Americans would think there was not enough food for the price. All dishes were very artfully done.  In my "advancing age", I have come to the conclusion that meals like this are always a mix of good and bad as far as taste preferences.  I like going to see how creative the chefs are with the presentations and I was not disappointed.  The highlight was being able to meet & talk to Elena.  Just about fell off my seat when I saw her as it brought back memories of seeing her and her father with Anthony Bourdain on his show.  Our driver told us that Juan Mari is not always there due to his advancing age and that he had driven Bruce Springsteen there a few times, always unannounced, and he eats in the kitchen.  He had a few other interesting stories which I will not go into.  In any case it is always a treat being able to go to such restaurants with high reputations and compare them to the rest.  The nice thing about Arzak is that you can also order off of the menu if you don't want the total tasting experience.
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Alcalde J. Elosegi Hiribidea, 273, San Sebastián, Basque Country, Spain
Features
Сredit cards accepted No outdoor seating Booking Wi-Fi No takeaway No TV Parking Wheelchair accessible
Opening hours
SundaySun Closed
MondayMon Closed
TuesdayTue 13:30-15:00, 20:45-22:30
WednesdayWed 13:30-15:00, 20:45-22:30
ThursdayThu 13:30-15:00, 20:45-22:30
FridayFri 13:30-15:00, 20:45-22:30
SaturdaySat 13:30-15:00
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