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Cafe Iruna

Plaza del Castillo, 44, Pamplona, Spain
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Ranked #65 of 336 restaurants in Pamplona
Price range: $17 - $29
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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61% Recommend
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English first
Newport, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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232 reviews 232 reviews
147 restaurant reviews
137 helpful votes 137 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
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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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9 reviews 9 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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Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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467 reviews 467 reviews
233 restaurant reviews
188 helpful votes 188 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

On a beautiful day I can't think of a better place to enjoy a good meal and take in the atmosphere. The day was beautiful and the food was even better! Two good meals with drinks for less than €30. Staff went out of their way to help.

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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

I first went to cafe iruna 8 years and remember a great menu del dia. It was therefore a natural choice when we returned. The menu is such good value for money with lots if options for each course. The food is great, fresh and tasty. The service can be a little hit and miss but generally ok. It is... More

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32 reviews 32 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We saw two sides of this iconic cafe. In the middle of the night during the San Fermin, Cafe Iruna is a club-like bar with loud techno and ton of dancing and celebrating. Not sure how Hemingway would've felt about this but nonetheless, it was a surprising how it transformed by morning. It's such a beautiful restaurant. So timeless. We... More

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Sydney, Australia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

We saw this place on You Tube and although the atmosphere is there it looks a little tired. The food and staff were OK but nothing to write home about.

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Dunstable, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

Had dinner last night. Menu El Dias with wine 40 euros. Good service and lovely pork knuckles. Not exactly Ramsays but very enjoyable.

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