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Etxanobe

Palacio Euskalduna | 4 Avenida de Abandoibarra, 48009 Bilbao, Spain
+34 944421071
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Ranked #2 of 668 restaurants in Bilbao
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $75 - $101
Cuisines: Seafood, Spanish, Basque
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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.
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Stockholm
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

If you ever spend 24 hours in Bilbao do NOT miss out on Etxanobe!! We had a fabulous lunch experience out on the lovely terrace of the restaurant situated at the top floor of the Euskalduna conference building with nice views of the city. Executive chef Fernando Canales is well known from his popular cooking shows on TV, and we... More

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Cheshire UK
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38 reviews 38 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

My wife and I took the guide from Trip Advisor and booked for 20th, what an experience! We took the taster menu, and were greeted by the owner and chef- what a nice man- he took great care with the selection, we had some great recommendations the Hake was excellent, the Anchovy Lasagne we exceptional, the tomato soup a delight,... More

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Atherton, Ca
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

It isn't often that excellent food and a beautiful view are combined in the same restaurant, but it is at Extanobe. We dined there last week, trying course after course of really exceptional Basque food with fresh, local ingredients and a contemporary update. The chef stopped by our table several times to see how we felt about the food and... More

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London, England
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149 reviews 149 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Etxanobe 's dining room is very beautiful with its fabric mural ceiling. It also has an outdoor terrace (too cold for us). The helpful waiters spoke excellent English and recommended reasonably priced wine. The menu overall looks as though it should be expensive but in fact its OK for such a class act. The chef took the time to talk... More

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London, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

My wife and I had a very pleasant Saturday evening dinner at Etxanobe, but on reflection both agreed that it fell just slightly short of that "wow-factor" experience you want from a Michelin-starred restaurant in terms of both food and ambience. In mitigation, any restaurant we went to that had to follow the night we had at Restaurante Lasarte in... More

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London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We visited the restaurant with my husband and ordered the tasting menu for 75 EUR including wine. They offered us to sit outside or inside. The food was really outstanding and surprising. What really surprised us was that the main chef welcomed us and explained us a little bit about the food we were eating. It was an amazing experience.... More

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Estoril, Portugal
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48 reviews 48 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

Probably it won't be striking, but sure we'll be remarkable. We made a reservation via their website, but it was pending until our trip. We arrived at the scheduled our and they were full. The chef himself made all arrangements so he could receive us for lunch. We won't forget the lobster salad, the anchovies' lasagna and the chocolate dessert.... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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81 reviews 81 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

This was our first dinner after arriving in Europe. We were all tired. I am very happy we chose this restaurant: after many wonderful meals, I remember Etxanobe as being one of the best. Initially, I thought it expensive, but relative to other places of its calibre, it was quite reasonable. The dining room is bright and cheerful, matching the... More

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Durham
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

High quality restaurant with first class sevice and top class chef serving exquisite food in very pleasant surroundings. Thoroughly recommend the 'gastronomique' menu choice as a way of sampling the restaurant's wonderful dishes. Great care taken over everything. Not cheap but think of it as buying a work of art!

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3 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014 via mobile

Well executed. Pick their classics and seasonal dishes. Tuna was not as fresh as expected, and more medium than rare (maybe because of said freshness?). But kudos for representation and aromas all the way. And the lamb was exceptional, if not as spicy as promised. Or spicy at all, rather. But I didn't really miss that in the dish anyway.... More

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