The 6 best wine bars and wine restaurants in San Sebastián 2024

The small Basque city of Donostia/San Sebastián punches way above its weight in the gastronomy stakes, making it a dream destination for foodies and wine aficionados. But what makes San Sebastián so alluring for gourmets - other than boasting more Michelin stars per capita than anywhere else on earth - is the sheer quality of the everyday food and drink, particularly the numerous pintxos bars, with delicious small bites of regional specialities and wine at great prices. At the other end of the scale, San Sebastián is at the forefront of the world’s most innovative and creative cuisine, with heavily feted chefs developing stunning tasting menus. Here is a guide to some of the city's best wine bars and wine restaurants.

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  1. Phone: +34 943 42 25 75

    Address: Calle de San Jerónimo, 21, San Sebastián

    This family-owned and run restaurant is located in the historic centre of the capital of Gipuzkoa, and first opened its doors in 1984 with the aim of offering great pinchos. Managed by the founder Amaia who oversees the kitchen, her son Amaiur supervises the front of house and the wine cellar. You can choose to eat in the relaxed pinchos bar, or in the more formal restaurant, where a seasonal menu offers top quality dishes. Whichever you choose, Amaiur’s’s love of wine shines through, with the list offering labels from around the world, including some rarities, vintages and unique bottles.

  2. Phone: +34 943 27 86 85

    Address: Kolon Pasealekua, 35, Donostia

    One of the great novelties in the city of San Sebastian is Curdelon Wine Bar, located right next to Zurriola beach. A popular place to enjoy a good glass of wine in the city, it is a modern and bright space where you can taste all of the 200 plus wines on the list, with many offered by the glass, and accompanied by a small menu of appetizers and snacks. One of their specialties are Champagne and Burgundy wines featuring a number of internationally recognised producers.

  3. Phone: +34 943 84 56 47

    Address: Zubieta Kalea, 26, Donostia

    The Amelia is a two-Michelin star restaurant overseen by chef Paulo Airaudo, in the boutique Hotel Villa Favorita. Located in a magical setting in the centre of San Sebastian, overlooking the world-famous La Concha beach, it offers an inventive Italian-Argentine cuisine complete with open kitchen where you can savour its tasting menu. This is accompanied by four different pairing options, while there is also a Champagne pairing for lovers of bubbles. In fact, Amelia’s list specialises in Champagne and sparkling wines, making it the perfect pairing for the gastronomy on offer. Their menu is not...

  4. Phone: +34 943 21 29 07

    Address: Igeldo Pasealekua, 57, Donostia

    Rekondo is a restaurant located in Igueldo Mountain, overlooking the bay of La Concha and offering the very best of of high Basque gastronomy, with traditional dishes including the Txangurro a la Donostiarra and Chipirones en su tinta. With one of the most respected wine cellars in the world, the collection has been curated over the years by owner and founder Txomin Rekondio, a passionate and dedicated oenophile, while sommelier Alejandro Hernandez will happily give you a guided tour at the end of your meal. There you will be able to browse through some of the most recognized vintages in the...

  5. Phone: +34 943 27 84 65

    Address: Alcalde J. Elosegi Hiribidea, 273, Donostia

    The family mansion of Alto de Miracruz is a restaurant where hospitality, history and modernity converge. The partnership forged between Juan Mari Arzak and his daughter Elena, has created the perfect marriage between traditional Basque cuisine and a more modern and inventive element. Creativity, staging and intense flavours are the result of experimentation in the Arzak laboratory, where they play with a "bank of flavours" of over 1,000 products. The second restaurant in Spain to be awarded three Michelin stars in 1989, it gained its first star back in 1974. There is a tasting menu that ch...

  6. Phone: +34 943 31 12 09

    Address: Padre Orkolaga Ibilbidea, 56, Donostia

    This needs no introduction. To speak of the Basque Country is to speak of Pedro Subijana, one of the greatest chefs of Spain’s nouvelle cuisine who oversees the kitchen at Akelarre Restaurant. Situated on the slopes of Mount Igeldo in San Sebastian, the dining room is one of the most stunning in the world, in an idyllic setting overlooking the sea. This three- star restaurant is one of the most renowned in the city, offering a cuisine where culinary art meets scenic beauty. The menu here is steeped in a great tradition but offers a unique, avant-garde twist, with two tasting menus combini...