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Cafe Iruna

Plaza del Castillo, 44, Pamplona, Spain
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Ranked #54 of 326 restaurants in Pamplona
Price range: $18 - $30
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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265 reviews from our community

62% Recommend
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English first
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014 NEW

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
15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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London, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

I have travelled through spain many times during the 30 years and have mistakenly recommended this place to others. The last couple of times I've been there found the food to be bad, the waiters rude and refused to stamp my friends pilgrims card. Don't go there. Over priced and tacky. I'm from the uk and met some Americans that... More

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Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014 via mobile

We went there were for lunch after a 3 hour visit to the cathedral. The ambience and decor were very good, the menu del dia varied and the range of dishes we chose from it well cooked, nicely presented and tasty. The tinto de casa was very acceptable and the service overall was good.

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Bergen, Norway
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86 reviews 86 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

It's a beautiful place with fantastic atmosphere. An iconic place in the perfect location by the square. Staff is efficient, food is good, coffee is good and a great beer on tap. What more could you wish for to spend a relaxing afternoon, inside and outside!

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Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

I no sooner sat down than my order for wine was taken and quickly delivered by an enthusiastic handsome young man Then he went missing! Luckily the beautiful square was entertaining so we were kept occupied Our orders were finally taken and the food was delicious A nice experience with a relaxed ambience in a restaurant full of character and... More

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Lockerbie, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

This is really a great place to sit with its highly decorated interior and Ernest Hemmingway history. Stepping back in time and right on the main plaza square in Pamplona old town. The 13 Euro lunch was great value. You can also move outside and sit under the canopy with a beer and watch the world go by. Nice!

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San Mateo, California
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101 reviews 101 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
273 helpful votes 273 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

This place is too famous by Hemingway, plus we visited here during the crazy busy festival period, we expected this may be a tourists’ trap… but we wanted to sit here anyway at least once as an experience. Surprisingly, our serviceperson who is a big guy, friendly took care of us. Service is unexpectedly fast even the place is packed... More

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London, United Kingdom
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33 reviews 33 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

The building is lovely but we weren't impressed by the food a service - nothing badly wrong but just average. Whenwearrived at about8:00 pm we didn't realise that they were due to shut at 9:00. We had plenty of time but slightly felt that the waiter didn't want us to linger.

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