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Cafe Bar Bilbao

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Plaza Nueva 6, 48005 Bilbao, Spain
+34(0)944 151671 ‎
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7:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 8:30 am - 3:00 pm
Mon - Fri 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 8:30 am - 11:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Drinks, Late Night

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  • 90
    Excellent
  • 120
    Very good
  • 32
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Excellent Pintxos at reasonable prices

This traditional tapas bar does friendly service with excellent Pintxos at reasonable prices considering it is just off Plaza Nuevo. Eat outside in the square or as we preferred inside with lovely traditional atmosphere, bustling and fun at lunchtime.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 6, 2015
FoodiePenguin
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London, United Kingdom
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Burnham-On-Sea, United Kingdom
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211 reviews 211 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

We ducked in here to escape the wind and rain, it was late afternoon. Lovely colourful traditional tiles , great atmosphere as locals came and went having a chat , coffee and enjoying their day. Our waiter was very cheerful and could understand my Spanish , but also spoke great English. Beware portion size , you get loads for your... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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55 restaurant reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

This traditional tapas bar does friendly service with excellent Pintxos at reasonable prices considering it is just off Plaza Nuevo. Eat outside in the square or as we preferred inside with lovely traditional atmosphere, bustling and fun at lunchtime.

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Groningen, The Netherlands
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192 reviews 192 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
123 helpful votes 123 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Do not be fooled by the exterior of Cafe Bar Bilbao, like I did at first. I had read all the many good reviews and got confused. But at second glance, do not hesitate. Just GO ! Sit inside at the bar or outside on the terrace as I did. In this case, you have a beautiful view of the... More 

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Milan, Italy
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40 reviews 40 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Bilbao worth a visit not just for the Guggenheim museum but for its food too. Bar, restaurant are everywhere and they offer great Pintxos selections. There is plenty of choices and if you're unable to decide try the Cafe Bilbao, you will love it! In the heart of the city, Plaza Nueva, this is one of my favorite to taste... More 

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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75 reviews 75 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

Friendly service in one of Bilbao's oldest tapas bars was inviting! Try the light Spanish omelette: light tendr potatoes, gently cooked egg, topped with wild mushrooms; a shot glass of crab mayo, a fresh tomato base and avo topping! Wish we could have lingered to try more!

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Staten Island, New York
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49 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 via mobile

Fun place in the plaza to relax and enjoy the food and wine. Wait staff was very helpful - our first attempt at ordering pintxos. We opted to go inside and select from the many choices. Pleasantly surprised at more than reasonable bill for wine, food and coffee.

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Helsinki, Finland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

I was telling a friend that ive heard about this place. An then we accidently found it and went in. We got the best pinchos so far with a fair price.

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Limerick, Ireland
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45 reviews 45 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

What a buzz here. Locals mingling with tourists. Staff are just amazing. Superb service. Pinchos so tasty. Let the waiter decide & they were so tasty. And a great Rioja. A must to visit if you are in Bilbao

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376 helpful votes 376 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014 via mobile

Great location on the corner of a historic square. Sat inside - lots of locals here. Great tapas, friendly service, easy getting by in English, lovely local wine for a shade over EUR 2 per glass. Recommended.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014 via mobile

A good one, amongst others. I liked the portuguese-stile tiles on the walls. Hard to tell if it is better than the rest, but who cares if it's good. Closed on sundays (?)

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Plaza Nueva 6, 48005 Bilbao, Spain
  • Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Basque Country  >  Vizcaya Province  >  Bilbao
  • Phone Number: +34(0)944 151671 ‎
Open Hours
Sunday
8:30 am - 3:00 pm
Monday
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
8:30 am - 11:30 pm

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