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Etxanobe

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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, Lunch, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Scenic view
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
Great taste, average service

For the first time in a restaurant with Michellin star. Great ambient, warm and pleasant. The food and the mixture of different tastes was really delicious. We dicided to take the Chef Menue - what a great choice. At the beginning the Chef welcomed us, and we thought that the quality of the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Ave2011
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Ljubljana, Slovenia
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Ljubljana, Slovenia
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30 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

For the first time in a restaurant with Michellin star. Great ambient, warm and pleasant. The food and the mixture of different tastes was really delicious. We dicided to take the Chef Menue - what a great choice. At the beginning the Chef welcomed us, and we thought that the quality of the service would stay on the same level... More 

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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Dinner was ok, nothing special but the service was good. I had a mixture of shell fish for a main course that was served in a very gelatinous broth; the broth would have been nice except for the weird texture. I don't think that I'd go back but it was worth a visit.

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Thank Christopher B
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53 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were a party of three we decided to go with the tasting menu with wine pairing. 12 courses plus 5 different wines. Have to say that I absolutely loved 5 or 6 of the dishes and 1 out of 2 desserts and three wines. The first two are a lipstick made of Sardines, you'd say is a bold proposition,... More 

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Thank Omar J
London, United Kingdom
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99 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2015

There is very little to add to what others have said about the quality of this restaurant. Service, food and wine were what one would expect at this class of establishment. All the courses were beautifully presented, and the wine recommendation perfectly matched the food from beginning to end. The atmosphere was welcoming and calm, moderately busy, but not bustling,... More 

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Thank Moratin5
Alexandria, Virginia
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015

Some whimsey in the food and presentation, but the flavors were excellent. The chef spends time with the diners, visiting the tables frequently on a modestly full evening; he even suggested the wine. It was a great dining experience.

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Thank Monty H
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015 via mobile

Excellente. Cannot say anymore. Likely best in Bilbao, which by itself means a LOT Great food. Outstandibg quality service

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Thank Javier C
London
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2015

We went to celebrate my Mums 70th and what a place to celebrate, the staff were attentive, informative and all too happy to help! I find when you are made to feel welcome the food becomes that little more enjoyable. As we sat down the owner introduced himself and we asked him what dishes he is most proud of and... More 

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Thank anywherewilldo
London, United Kingdom
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69 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2015

Was sold by the generally positive reviews on Tripadvisor. While the food was interesting (lamb, hake, garlic soup, wine choice and deserts were great, signature starters and prawns were less so), overall experience did not live up to expectations. Atmosphere and surroundings were dull and service hurried and uninspired. Yes, the owner does come and briefly explain the menu, but... More 

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Thank Jon39
London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2015

We had the tasting menu with wine pairing and went away with one of the best food experiences ever. I admire the creativity and thoughtfulness which went into every dish. Each piece of food had a story to tell. Not only the food, but the service was wonderful. We felt pampered without the cloying servility you sometimes get at some... More 

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Thank Mimi2408
krak
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118 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015 via mobile

Incredible restaurant ...went for the 88 euro 12 course tasting menu and started with some lipstick and ended with a nitrogen orange cream.Service was superb and the owner and cook Fernando even came and talked to everyone..I thought this restaurant was incredible value and i will remember it for a long time.

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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 - 85
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Spanish, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Scenic view

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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?