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Cafe Iruna

Plaza del Castillo, 44, Pamplona, Spain
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Ranked #66 of 339 Restaurants in Pamplona
Price range: $17 - $28
Cuisines: Spanish, Basque
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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.
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Zumaia, Spain
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28 reviews 28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

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

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Ottawa, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

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

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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

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Brighton, United Kingdom
14 reviews 14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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

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Portishead, United Kingdom
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56 reviews 56 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

The old world charm helps here. The service was very quick and polite. We had the set menu and it was good value, it was never full and filled with quite a few Brits, but worth a visit in the main square for the decor alone.

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Newport, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

It was so pretty to see all the old décor, was very busy inside. Won't light the world but it was fine and the food was typical to what you would expect. Just went to soak up the atmosphere.

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238 reviews 238 reviews
151 restaurant reviews
140 helpful votes 140 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

We had three times breakfast here. The chocolate bread and the croissants were nothing special but we liked the freshly pressed orange juice and the coffee. We also enjoyed being able to sleep on the Plaza Del Castillo. Super friendly and fast service.

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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

We stopped off here for a mid afternoon drink on a very hot afternoon. It was all very relaxed and prices were reasonable. As with many European Cafes there was no rush what ever and with free wifi available we whiled away some of the hotter part of the day here in the shade. We came back again in the... More

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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Very disappointed. This cafe comes highly recommended in travel guides; Ernest Hemmingway used to frequent here. Living on past glory a bit. Service was indifferent and while the beer was cold the Pinxtos were very stale; arguably 24+ hours old. A poor outcome and not one Hemmingway would attach his name to today.

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manciet, france
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46 reviews 46 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

The cafe is situated on a main tourist square and the lunch menu is €13,90. We decided to try the cafe as it looked interesting and the menu had a reasonable range of choices. The interior is almost the epitome of faded grandeur and the atmosphere of the place matches. However the meal was excellent, the choice of drinks is... More

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