We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Plaza del Castillo, 44, Pamplona, Spain
Improve this listing
Ranked #61 of 346 Restaurants in Pamplona
Price range: $16 - $28
Cuisines: Spanish, Basque
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Good for: Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Founded in 1888 by a group of locals, was the first settlement with electricity from Pamplona, "opened to the public on the eve of San Fermin by filling to the porches", say the Chronicles of the time followed year after year, and still is the meeting point of all the locals, and all those foreigners who want to see the local who became world famous writer Ernest Hemingway.
Write a Review

333 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Rating summary
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Norwegian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
warwickshire, UK
Top Contributor
73 reviews 73 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

There are a lot of tapas bars to go to in Pamplona and so difficult to make a choice. We chose this place on its location on the square (and on its inside - historic feel) and not necessarily on the food. However the tapas we had were excellent and it's a very pleasant place to sit and street watch.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Atlanta, GA
Top Contributor
414 reviews 414 reviews
224 restaurant reviews
188 helpful votes 188 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

Our group visited Cafe Iruna along the main plaza in Pamplona for lunch on a pretty late fall day. The restaurant was full inside and out. It is an interesting, attractive, historic place that Hemingway haunted while he covered the news in Spain. We found most of the food good and portions were large. Favorites were the mixed salad, pork... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Toronto, Canada
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Sharing a drink and tapas in the bar that Hemingway are at was very interesting. The bar itself was mahogany with waiters in black and white. You can picture Hemingway sitting there making comments on what was there. Cafe Iruña, at Plaza de Castillo 44 has a lot of ambiance. I don't know what the food is like but it... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Cheltenham, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

This historic cafe/ restaurant is an absolute must place to visit in Pamplona. So atmospheric of days past just sit inside and take in the wonderful style. We avoided our expensive hotel breakfast and enjoyed the wide range of snacks attractively displayed on the bar. We then returned at various times of the day, but particularly recommended is a nightcap... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Bromsgrove, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
225 reviews 225 reviews
165 restaurant reviews
443 helpful votes 443 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

I first came here about 6 years ago, when I stopped off in Pamplona as were making our way around Northern Spain. Over the last year I have been a frequent visitor to Pamplona, whilst my daughter was here. Given the association with Hemmingway, this place is a magnet for all, locals, tourists, I was no different. I have had... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Greve, Denmark
Top Contributor
133 reviews 133 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
1,561 helpful votes 1,561 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

The cafe is a beautiful place with an fantastic atmosphere and a perfect location by the square. Enjoy a coffee in the same cafe as Hemingway did years ago.

Was this review helpful? Yes 6
Zumaia, Spain
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

This historic café has been in business for about 120 years and little has changed in terms of interior. It used to be a favourite place of Hemingway and still is with other visitors and tourists, and locals as well. When we visited in September we had to stand in line for a while waiting, but in less than 15... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Ottawa, Canada
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Quite a busy place. They take a whole one side of the Main Plaza in Pamplona, and people attend in flocks. Waiters are very busy, so the attention is by the seconds, but they bring what you ordered in a few minutes. We had a serving of Calamari and was enough for both my wife and myself. And with the... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Looks good, architecture gorgeous, waiters attitude stinks, order drinks inside can't take them outside, but it is cool inside if the sun is too much for you

Was this review helpful? Yes
Brighton, United Kingdom
15 reviews 15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

We visited here as it seemed the busiest restaurant in the area, got to be good if it's busy right? The staff were very busy and i dont speak spanish so maybe that is why they were not the friendliest. The starters although not he best i have ever had were huge. I asked for a glass of wine for... More

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Cafe Iruna also viewed

Pamplona, Navarra
Pamplona, Navarra

Been to Cafe Iruna? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Cafe Iruna

Address: Plaza del Castillo, 44, Pamplona, Spain
Phone Number: 948224293
Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Navarra  >  Pamplona
Average Prices: USD 16 - 28
Cuisine: Spanish, Basque

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing