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Zortziko

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Alameda de Mazarredo, 17, 48001 Bilbao, Spain
+34 944 23 97 43
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1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Sat 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for: Romantic
Description: Zortziko restaurant, just a few steps from Bilbao's iconic Guggenheim...
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 DJed 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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    Very good
  • 26
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Lacks creativity

Michelin star restaurant with at least two dining rooms: one contemporary, the other classical. You can eat a la carte or have a set menu (5 or 12 courses). There is no such thing as "accompanying wines by the glass" but your host is willing to help you with your selection of wines, based on the... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed November 15, 2015
Roel J
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015 via mobile

Michelin star restaurant with at least two dining rooms: one contemporary, the other classical. You can eat a la carte or have a set menu (5 or 12 courses). There is no such thing as "accompanying wines by the glass" but your host is willing to help you with your selection of wines, based on the ones that already have... More 

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Thank Roel J
Aarhus, Denmark
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015

The restaurant confirmed my reservation for New Year's Eve within 2 days. Then a few days later they sent us a cancellation out of the blue so we end up in Bilbao with a hotel room for the evening but nowhere to eat. Extremely poor service!

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Thank Rosa I
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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178 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 196 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015

This Restaurant is in an opulent turn of the century Setting with high ceilings, Grand entry, and in General very formal. The staff too was more formal than friendly, perhaps due to language barrier, but they were efficient and obliging (ie. the air conditioning was too strong and it was turned down). The meal was quite good, perhaps not on... More 

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Thank KincsZoltan
Wilmslow, United Kingdom
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158 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

With so many restaurants to choose from in Bilbao I chose this because of its Michelin star, its online booking capability and its proximity to our hotel. We were not disappointed. In spite of its very formal appearance in the photo the atmosphere is relaxed and the clientele quite varied in terms of age, nationality and dress. Definitely not a... More 

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Thank SaraV_10
Lake Grove, NY
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93 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

We ate here with a group of thirty! We were in a private room much different than the restaurant. The five course meal with wine was very good considering the large group but not one- star in my humble opinion, more like great catering. The accompanying wines were just okay. We would try this restaurant again to see if it... More 

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Thank vinoperson1
Seattle, Washington
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8 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

We were referred to Zortziko by a friend who knew we were in Bilbao. Unfortunately, this is the last meal we had in Spain and hands down the worst. The atmosphere is outdated and stuffy. I will say the service was good, overly attentive if anything. But we are there for the food and this is where is fell horribly... More 

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Thank LuckyCrash
Haymarket, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

As many may know, the northern coast of Spain--particularly the Bilbao/San Sebastian area--is known for excellent restaurants. We were only going to be in the area for one night and wanted to visit one. Zortziko wasn't necessarily our first choice--but a couple that we might have chosen were either too far away or booked up. As with many similar situations... More 

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1 Thank John B
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015 via mobile

There is a choice of rooms to dine , with differing decor , we were placed in the more classical room, it does have a contemporary and wine cellar dining space. The maitre D did offer a move to another room if required. The staff are diligent but yet welcoming with a relaxed charming demeanour. Given the reputation of the... More 

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Thank aprilsbhoy
Vienna, Austria
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

In our tour through the Michelin star restaurants of Bilbao, we also ate at Zortziko, which we would see as very traditional in it's decor and setting, and flawless in terms of food and wine. We would see Zortziko as bourgeois in the best sense of the word.

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3 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015 via mobile

I was absolutely appalled to receive a message half-an-hour before we were due to arrive for dinner to say that our booking, made through TheFork, had been cancelled. We were given no reason for this, and had to find an alternative place to eat. The booking had been made a full week in advance!

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1 Thank Stephen J
Daniel G, Director de Relaciones Públicas at Zortziko, responded to this review

Dear guest, First of all, thank you for letting us your opinion. We have taken note of your experience in our restaurant Zortziko and we regret the complaint, but it has an explanation. It was a system error of "El Tenedor" and we received the booking the same day you wanted to taste our menu. However, we will be really... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Alameda de Mazarredo, 17, 48001 Bilbao, Spain
  • Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Basque Country  >  Vizcaya Province  >  Bilbao>  > Abando
  • Neighborhood: Abando
  • Phone Number: +34 944 23 97 43

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 45 - 80
  • Cuisine: Spanish

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic

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 DJed 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.
Open Hours
Tuesday
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
8:30 pm - 11:00 pm

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