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Etxanobe

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Seafood, Spanish, Basque
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Avenida de Abandoibarra, 4 | Palacio Euskalduna, 48009 Bilbao, Spain
+34 944421071
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1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
8:30 pm - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Mon - Sat 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
8:30 pm - 12:00 am
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Description: Etxanobe restaurant is amazingly sited above Bilbao���s second iconic...
Etxanobe restaurant is amazingly sited above Bilbao���s second iconic building, the gleaming Palacio Euskalduna. Etxanobe is one of the hottest dining spots in the world right now, drawing breathless reviews from food-writers and food-lovers for the grand cuisine of chef/owner Fernando Canales. The post-modern d��cor of the two dining rooms ��� one of them available for private hire ��� features a fabulous ruched fabric ceiling, wittily skirted lighting, white linens and seating, and unforgettable views over the estuary and the Guggenheim from the terrace. Light pours in everywhere. Innovation is on display in every mouthful that emerges from Canales��� kitchen. There���s no menu of the day; you choose a la carte or a series of tasters. Dishes change monthly and may include deceptively simple descriptions like starter of lasagne of anchovies, main course of sole with pil-pil sauce and trout eggs, and home made dessert of cinnamon and rice puff-pastry with milk, though you���d be mad to miss the little chocolate bombs. The wines are excellent and the service is a mission unto itself ��� in a word, sublime.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
85 diners and only 9 chefs

I felt that we didn't get the same level of attention at Etxanobe as we would at other fine dining restaurants. There was little explanation from the waiting staff when the dishes were brought, and when we had a complaint, we weren't heard out properly, we were simply dealt with. Everything was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 4, 2015
LisaMarieSykes
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Majorca, Spain
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Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
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Majorca, Spain
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015 NEW via mobile

I felt that we didn't get the same level of attention at Etxanobe as we would at other fine dining restaurants. There was little explanation from the waiting staff when the dishes were brought, and when we had a complaint, we weren't heard out properly, we were simply dealt with. Everything was very mechanical. We were told by the friendly... More 

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Minsk, Belarus
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

We went for the dinner to that amazing place in Bilbao. I didn't expected such a perfect food and attention of the chef. I am vegetarian. I didn't find a lot of proper food for me in the menu. But the chef Fernando Canales suggested for me to cook special vegetarian dishes and i even didn't know what it will... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

We decided to splash out on the tasting menu together with the wine pairing. Fortunately we had arrived at 200 hrs when it opened because by 2130 the place was full. The food was delicious as was the wine. Even though we didn't wait long between courses it still took nearly 2. 5 hours to complete the meal. The desert... More 

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Vienna, Austria
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

What we liked about this restaurant was that the experimentation and creation of some very nice dishes. The menu though was not consistent in it's creation of very traditional and innovative dishes, but nevertheless ambitious. The setting is spectacular on top of the Palacio Euskalduna.

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

The food was of good quality and many dishes technically impressive, but some of them were not well balanced. It seemed like the focus was more on the presentation of the food than its taste. The view from the terrace is also overrated in my opinion. Bottom line: it was enjoyable, but I did not find it good value for... More 

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Stanford, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

This was an excellent dining experience. We were graciously greeted by the owner and chef from the moment we walked in the door, which set the tone for the entire evening. We opted for the tasting menu, and my bf added the wine pairing - something I soon regretted, as we saw how well each wine enhanced the flavors of... More 

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Cork, Ireland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

There are many places to eat in Bilbao but this is a one star Michelin restaurant that you simply must eat in. Elegant dining room where you can eat inside or outside on the balcony over looking the river. Chef owner greets all guests when they arrive which is a nice personal touch. We had the tasting menu 8/9 courses)... More 

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York, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

Wonderful meal on the terrace. Food great and Fernando charming. Arrive before 20.30 to have the best choice of tables.

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Absolutely amazing night, on arrival we were met by the owner and chef Fernando he personally showed us to our table little did I know then what a culinary treat we were in for. The food was fantastic, tender grilled octopus, followed by a dish called kokotxas grilled hake. The service was top class you are treated as if you're... More 

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Nairobi, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

It goes without saying that the food at this Michelin 1-star restaurant is excellent. My criticism would be that it is a bit more expensive than it ought to be and the experience is designed with a bit too much "performance art" in mind as opposed to quietly experiencing superb culinary artistry. I refer to the final course of the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Avenida de Abandoibarra, 4 | Palacio Euskalduna, 48009 Bilbao, Spain
  • Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Basque Country  >  Vizcaya Province  >  Bilbao
  • Phone Number: +34 944421071

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 63 - 84
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Spanish, Basque

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions

Description

Etxanobe restaurant is amazingly sited above Bilbao���s second iconic building, the gleaming Palacio Euskalduna. Etxanobe is one of the hottest dining spots in the world right now, drawing breathless reviews from food-writers and food-lovers for the grand cuisine of chef/owner Fernando Canales. The post-modern d��cor of the two dining rooms ��� one of them available for private hire ��� features a fabulous ruched fabric ceiling, wittily skirted lighting, white linens and seating, and unforgettable views over the estuary and the Guggenheim from the terrace. Light pours in everywhere. Innovation is on display in every mouthful that emerges from Canales��� kitchen. There���s no menu of the day; you choose a la carte or a series of tasters. Dishes change monthly and may include deceptively simple descriptions like starter of lasagne of anchovies, main course of sole with pil-pil sauce and trout eggs, and home made dessert of cinnamon and rice puff-pastry with milk, though you���d be mad to miss the little chocolate bombs. The wines are excellent and the service is a mission unto itself ��� in a word, sublime.
Open Hours
Monday
1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
8:30 pm - 12:00 am
Tuesday
1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
8:30 pm - 12:00 am
Wednesday
1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
8:30 pm - 12:00 am
Thursday
1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
8:30 pm - 12:00 am
Friday
1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
8:30 pm - 12:00 am
Saturday
1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
8:30 pm - 12:00 am

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?