We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Cafe Iruna

Certificate of Excellence
Abando
+ Add cuisine
Improve this listing
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Get directions
colon de larreategui, Bilbao, Spain
Today
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Open now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Mon - Thu 7:00 am - 1:00 am
Fri 7:00 am - 2:00 am
Sat 9:00 am - 1:00 am

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 488 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 138
    Excellent
  • 234
    Very good
  • 76
    Average
  • 22
    Poor
  • 18
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Justified and Ancient

This moorish style bar, lounge and dining room must have seen some sights over the years. Its ornate cornicing, ceiling and lovely art nouveau tiles give it timeless dignity to preside over couples, families, tourists, locals and their daily concerns. Excellent pinxtos and not-to-be-missed lamb... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 19, 2015
Rockchickmother
,
Glasgow, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Late Night
Add Photo Write a Review

488 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Norwegian first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
Glasgow, United Kingdom
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

This moorish style bar, lounge and dining room must have seen some sights over the years. Its ornate cornicing, ceiling and lovely art nouveau tiles give it timeless dignity to preside over couples, families, tourists, locals and their daily concerns. Excellent pinxtos and not-to-be-missed lamb kebabs, cooked fresh over coals in the bar area.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Parma, Italy
Top Contributor
77 reviews 77 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I have often been to Iruna when I lived in Bilbao but it is some time ago and it was so nice to come back and try - again - their famous tapas and drink a beer to them! Very special atmosphere and so many good tapas! I can recommend it

Was this review helpful? Yes
Bilbao, Spain
Contributor
18 reviews 18 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

I first went to Cafe Iruña with Don Sergio Diego Nistal, who happens to know all the best places to eat and drink in Bilbao and Santander. The place is spectacular as it has the decor of the 1920s so its like stepping into the past. The serve meals there but their specialty is wine and pinchos (tapas). They also... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Paris, France
Top Contributor
111 reviews 111 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

It's really a pity that this peculiar place, unique symbol of the Mudejar decoration style in town, with wall polycrhrome frescos and mosaics , and blue tile azulejos counter is not responding in terms of food and service to the fame is living on. Situated in a central part of the town, in Abando district , facing the "jardines de... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Bilbao, Spain
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

When you go into this bar you look at the top and you can admire a beatiful roof with marvellous paintings. However the meals are normal. You can eat marvellous pintxos (little sandwiches) in other bars close to it.

Was this review helpful? Yes
orlando fl
Top Contributor
90 reviews 90 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

This restaurant appears in all if the tour books and reviews as great. The decoration is almohade influence and from 1902. Nice but not so clean. Maybe if we had just had pixtos we would have been happier. We dined, though, in a small dark dining room. The evening menu choices were ok but the food was not very good... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

We spent a lovely hour drinking their house Rioja and nibbling some pintxos. The tiled and painted interior must surely be unique, it must be seen to be believed. Wine by the glass is both ridiculously good and ridiculously cheap, but perhaps the best thing about Cafe Iruna was the outstanding service, efficient, warm and helpful even though the bar... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Indaiatuba, SP
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

This café is a very beautiful place and has a nice atmosphere. However, the price is fair for the high quality of their pintxos

Was this review helpful? Yes
Atlanta, GA
Top Contributor
480 reviews 480 reviews
265 restaurant reviews
230 helpful votes 230 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

Decked out in Moorish tiles and decorations, we found this cafe to have really good food (fresh fruit salad with ham, roasted chicken in mushroom sauce, and an outstanding San Marcos cake), good service and a bustling atmosphere.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Burgh le Marsh, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

The title does not signify a new form of tripadvisor rating. Three, is the number of occasions we visited this wonderful bar/restaurant on our Four day visit to Bilbao. Admittedly the Cafe Iruna was just a short walk from our hotel but the stunning period decor and internal architecture make this restaurant a must see on any visit to the... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2

Travelers who viewed Cafe Iruna also viewed

Bilbao, Vizcaya Province
Bilbao, Vizcaya Province
 
Bilbao, Vizcaya Province
 

Been to Cafe Iruna? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: colon de larreategui, Bilbao, Spain
  • Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Basque Country  >  Vizcaya Province  >  Bilbao>  > Abando
  • Neighborhood: Abando
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Monday
7:00 am - 1:00 am
Tuesday
7:00 am - 1:00 am
Wednesday
7:00 am - 1:00 am
Thursday
7:00 am - 1:00 am
Friday
7:00 am - 2:00 am
Saturday
9:00 am - 1:00 am

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Cafe Iruna staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?