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Zortziko

Alameda de Mazarredo, 17, 48001 Bilbao, Spain (Abando)
+34 944239743
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Ranked #95 of 667 restaurants in Bilbao
Price range: $45 - $80
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Good for: Romance
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Abando
Description: Zortziko restaurant, just a few steps from Bilbao���s iconic Guggenheim Museum, is iconic in its own way. This ultra-modern kitchen is sited in an elegant, 19th century mansion and is the place for business lunches and relaxed dinners. The formality of the setting ��� the three dining rooms are decorated in royal French, Victorian English and a more modern style ��� is deflated by the helpfulness and cordiality of the DJ���ed waitstaff. Chef/owner Daniel Garcia has earned his Michelin star through refinement of flavours in a truly Basque style at once inventive and conservative. Dishes change with the season, of course, and may include dishes like starter of txangurro salad, containing crabmeat on thin spaghetti with coral dressing, main course of blue duck slow-cooked served with a sweet rioja sauce, and a tasting plate of desserts to satisfy even the most adventurous gourmet. A single table in the wine cellar, the home of more than 600 labels, is reserved weeks in advance. Celebrity-magnet Zortziko (Frank Gehry, Pierce Brosnan) is one of Bilbao���s culinary star attractions.
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English first
Gijon, Spain
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

We were very pleased with the food that was served, for starters: scallops which were the best we ever had, it was prepared to perfection, simple with potato puree. The main course: Pigeon 5 ways, which was amazing, first time eating it, and we will go back to Bilbao just for that dish, perfect cooked. Dessert: Pineapple sorbet with Pistachio... More

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Randers Municipality, Denmark
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

An excellent meal. Sure hand and sure taste. Handling materials. Combining materials and taste. An experience that will stay with your for long.

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Istanbul
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

This one-starred Michelin Restaurant was very much up to our expectations as far as what one expects to encounter in a restaurant of this calibre. The overall atmosphere, with the table settings, tableware and cutlery, including a very tasteful small silver wine-cork-holder, was very impressive. The “amuse bouche” and our first courses were very tasty and well presented. This situation... More

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san francisco usa
Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

I would not bother to return, there are many better options in Bilbao. When we arrived at 8:30pm, we were the only diners in the entire restaurant. I struck this up to the early hour, but there was only one other table occupied the entire evening we were there...a terrible sign. The room was very old fashioned formal, and so... More

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Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Daniel Garcia the Chef its not the same from Calima in Marbella. The other one is Dani Garcia and in fact there is a big difference. Although it was a nice dinner.

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Chicago, Illinois
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

I took my wife here for her birthday a few days ago. We had the tasting menu, and for a short while had the entire dining room to ourselves. Things started out well, but quickly fell apart as more patrons arrived. We were frequently out of wine and water in our glasses, and the pacing of the meal was painfully... More

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2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

Announced as the best restaurant in Bilbao - and for sure, there is "a lot to do" about nothing really. The staff was friendly, but that was about it ... Atmosphere very dated / obsolete / no taste ... but that could be forgiven if the food was great. However, things started off with an amuse that was nothing but... More

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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014

The fish dish was particularly impressed by simple presentation while maintaining the harmonic combination of taste of each ingredients used. Server were kind enough to explain in english in details through the whole meal. The highlight has to be reasonably priced wine of vega sicilia unico . Great wine that really brightens up the dinning experience. Only doubt is why... More

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Bilthoven, The Netherlands
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136 reviews 136 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

We have good food every where in the north but this is more like the Michelin restaurants in the Netherlands. The interior is classic with a modern touch. The apples at he tables will stay all week because nobody needs one after having the tasting menu Lehengaia. Fortunately the friendly staff also speaks English and we got the menu written... More

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Equipo_Zortziko, Director de Relaciones Públicas at Zortziko, responded to this review

Dear georgebilthoven Thank you very much for your visit and your worlds. It is for customers like yourself that we try everyday our best to satisfy and surprise with our cuisine. We will be glad to see you again. Kindest regards. More

Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013 via mobile

On the plus side, this was one of the few restaurants open on Tuesday. After that it goes downhill. The place lacks atmosphere. it is rather too formal without an ambience. The wine waiter made the same mistake 3 times -- failing to give wine to the taster after serving the rest of the table. Even for meat-eaters the steak... More

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