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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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Sunday
Closed
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Hours:
Mon - Sat 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
8:30 pm - 12:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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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Good for:
Romance
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 277
    Excellent
  • 106
    Very good
  • 40
    Average
  • 18
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
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
Most recent review
amazing experience

This is one of the best restaurants I've been to, the service is amazing, the food was exceptional. we've tried Chef's menu and were very impressed. very creative dishes, tastes are amazing. Chef was very attentive, he came to serve us the last dessert, which was kinda cool show :) I would... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 23, 2015
Ainura_kh
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Paris, France
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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Paris, France
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

This is one of the best restaurants I've been to, the service is amazing, the food was exceptional. we've tried Chef's menu and were very impressed. very creative dishes, tastes are amazing. Chef was very attentive, he came to serve us the last dessert, which was kinda cool show :) I would recommend this restaurant to all Bilbao visitors

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52 reviews 52 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

It was one of the best meals I have ever had. Starting from our waitress that was a very nice and attentive lady, always willing to explain the dishes and checking whether it was all as we wanted and the chef, that came to greet us at first and to check on us latter, to the food, that was absolutely... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

We've eaten in a number of Michelin star restaurants and are often disappointed and in fact puzzled why they got the star. Often nothing special, and doesn't match up to some cheaper restaurants in the same city. Etxanope is an exception. The food was consistently delicious, the staff gracious, and the experience really noteworthy. If you're seeking a Michelin star... More 

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Houston
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

I asked the chef, Fernando Canales, about his philosophy. He replied that he wanted to provide us with something memorable. So I have waited a few weeks to write this review, to see whether our first impressions persisted. Yes, they have. Extxanobe made a very favorable impression on these American visitors. We would love to return. Hence this review, in... More 

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dorset
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

I went here for lunch yesterday, 12th feb. I was the only diner so the service was very attentive but the waiter was very enthusiastic about the dishes explaining the components and cooking style. Even though I only requested starter and main they brought an additional 5 appetizers to try. The almond dish in partiucular was amazing. The stand out... More 

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London, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

The degustation menu is just delightful. Full of surpises and flavours. I value creativity in a restaurant. Great wine selection and also very good service.

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London, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
97 reviews 97 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

All round top meal. delicious fresh food, great English speaking service, good views over the river. every dish was excellent and great value too. We'll recommended.

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Adelaide, Australia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

We dined at this restaurant just before Xmas (23/12) with a party of 6 for a birthday. It met all our expectations. The service was casual and the waiter allocated to our table very friendly, attentive and informative about the food and wine. We made a gluten free, vegetarian request for one of our diners and this was attended to... More 

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Bilbao, Spain
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

If this restaurant was anywhere else but bizkaia it would have atleast two Michelin stars. It really is that good. Unfortunately for Etxanobe the Basque country is filled with excellent restaurants. If your looking for fine dining without it being crazy expensive then this really is the best you will get. I have been twice to this restaurant and both... More 

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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

I was fortunate enough to work in the Etxanobe kitchen for a week as a guest chef. Therefore my experience is from the "other side of the kitchen door". Fortunately , an important part of the experience was tasting so I got to work my way through many dishes offered on the extensive menu. The restaurant prides itself on slow... 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 61 - 82
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Spanish, Basque

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

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?