The 15 best wine bars and wine restaurants in San Sebastián and surroundings 2024

While San Sebastián takes much of the glory for the region's world-beating food and wine, it would be a mistake to overlook some of the fabulous places to eat and drink in the surrounding region. Many are only a short drive from the city centre into the beautiful Basque countryside, and more than worth the journey. Here is our guide to the very best wine bars and wine restaurants in the environs of San Sebastian.

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  1. Phone: +34 943 52 24 55

    Address: Aldura Gunea Aldea, 20, Errenteria

    The restaurant Mugaritz gets its name from Muga (Limit) and Ritza (oak). This renowned two-Michelin Star venue is located in the town of Renteria a few kilometres from San Sebastián and is overseen by Basque chef Andoni Luis Aduriz. This restaurant stands out for being one of the most avant-garde and daring in the world, taking its creativity to the limits and where the chef offers a cuisine without boundaries, sometimes audacious and always with tons of personality. Its wine list could not be any less impressive. Not only do they collaborate with many prestigious producers making uniqu...

  2. 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...

  3. 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.

  4. Phone: +34 943 14 00 24

    Address: Herrerieta Kalea, 2, Getaria

    One of the best seafood restaurants in the world, the one-star Elkano Restaurant was founded back in 1964 by Pedro Arregi. It specialises in grilled fish and seafood of the highest order, cutting and boning each piece in front of the customer with the mastery of the current owner Aitor Arregi, which has helped secure its place on the prestigious list of the 50 best restaurants. Located in Getaria, a village on the Cantabrian coast a few kilometers from San Sebastian, it enjoys a long maritime history, and is also an important wine producing region for Atlantic white wines. Elkano’s list, over...

  5. Phone: +34 943 14 05 00

    Address: General Arnao Kalea, 4, Getaria

    Located in Getaria, a fishing village on the Cantabrian coast very close to the capita,l this family restaurant specialises in fresh fish and prime seafood, a traditional cuisine served in two separate spaces. There is an interior dining room with large windows overlooking the harbour, and Kaipe, a beautiful stone terrace converted into a restaurant. The gastronomic offer is a la carte, where the kitchen works with products according to market availability. The restaurant also has its own nurseries where they raise and take care of their seafood together with one of the most complete wine cell...

  6. Phone: +34 943 64 63 09

    Address: Arkolla Auzoa Auzoa, 33, Hondarribia

    Gastronomic Grill, located on the slopes of Mount Jaizkibel in the coastal town of Hondarribia is situated in what were once the stables of an old country house, and is surrounded by green meadows and idyllic farmhouses. This family-run restaurant specializes in seasonal products and traditional cuisine, giving special importance to the grill and the fire. The speciality of the house is the txuletas of cow and ox where they work with different cuts and ages of meat. Jon Ayala is in charge of the kitchen and Arantxa Ayala manages the wine cellar and the dining room. The wine list encompasses ov...

  7. Phone: +34 943 64 60 40

    Address: Baserritar Etorbidea, 1, Hondarribia

    The Jaizkibel is a contemporary boutique hotel with avant-garde touches situated in Hondarribia. In addition to the four star service they have a small restaurant offering a market cuisine where wine is placed centre-stage. Jon Dorronsoro, a young sommelier who is in charge of running the restaurant, has a background in many high end restaurants, and offers a casual wine list with more than 200 references with the emphasis firmly on young producers, and bottles of small productions, while a limited edition menu focuses entirely on old world wines.

  8. 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.

  9. Phone: +34 943 88 58 29

    Address: Calle Mayor, Bajo, Olaberría

    This family-run hotel and restaurant is situated in Olabarria, an idyllic village of only 900 inhabitants in the interior of the Basque country, and is surrounded by mountains and nature. Here you will find Zezilionea, a restaurant headed up by Ugutz, where the focus is on fresh garden produce and classic cuisine. Traditional dishes form the mainstay of the menu, accompanied by wines selected from the extensive list of over 300 references, including those from rare production areas and great labels, offering unbeatable quality and price.

  10. Phone: +34 943 36 64 71

    Address: Loidi Kalea, 4, Lasarte-Oria

    Seven kilometres from San Sebastian, in the village of Lasarte-Oria and surrounded by the beauty of the Basque countryside, is the eponymous Martin Berasategui Restaurant. Undoubtedly one of the most highly regarded chefs in the world with 12 Michelin stars to his name, Berasategui’s imaginative, innovative, fresh and impactful cuisine is rooted in the environment but open to the world. It is accompanied by impeccable service and is sommelier-led by Oneka Arregui and José Borrella along with a young and professional team. It has a wine cellar with more than 2,000 references and bottles from al...

  11. 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...

  12. Phone: +34 943 71 18 81

    Address: Garagartza Auzoa, 37, Arrasate

    This 15th century family farmhouse is located on the slopes of Mount Udalaitz in the town of Mondragon, in the beautiful mountainous interior of Gipuzkoa. Igor Ezpeleta heads up the kitchen, while his wife Maider Larrañaga is in charge of the wines; they offer a menu that changes daily according to market availability, and an a la carte option focusing on traditional and seasonal dishes. Maider, a great sommelier and wine lover, has created an extensive wine list with more than a thousand references from around the world, where you can discover and taste labels from the traditional to the...

  13. Phone: +34 943 67 14 17

    Address: Santa Klara Kalea, 6, Tolosa

    This legendary Basque steakhouse first opened its doors back in the 1950’s and has since become the benchmark for grilled meat. Founder Matías Gorrotxategi refined his technique that achieves 'the best T-bone steak in the world', while his son, Xabi is in charge of the steak and peppers. Located in Tolosa, a town a few kilometres from San Sebastian, Xabi offers a menu specialising in sausages, grilled peppers and, of course, the best cuts of meat. The wine cellar is another fundamental part of this renowned venue where they have a climate-controlled cellar open to guests. The wine list majo...

  14. 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...

  15. 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...