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Cafe Iruna

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Plaza del Castillo, 44, Pamplona, Spain
948224293
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8:00 am - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 8:00 am - 12:00 am
Fri - Sun 9:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Founded in 1888 by a group of locals, was the first settlement with...
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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Good for:
Outdoor seating

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Visitor rating
  • 85
    Excellent
  • 155
    Very good
  • 79
    Average
  • 23
    Poor
  • 30
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Great value

The cafe itself is an amazing building on the main square in the old town. We had the set menu for 13 euros which was excellent value particularly when you ordered wine as your chosen drink and received a whole bottle included in the price. The service was casual as was the atmosphere in the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 27, 2015
Gary M
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Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
Good for:
  • Outdoor seating
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

The cafe itself is an amazing building on the main square in the old town. We had the set menu for 13 euros which was excellent value particularly when you ordered wine as your chosen drink and received a whole bottle included in the price. The service was casual as was the atmosphere in the restaurant. This restaurant was one... More 

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Europe
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57 reviews 57 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Beautiful building in the main square. Lots of history to it. Looks great inside. Had 2 decent glasses of wine on the terrace (in the sun) for 4eu. Took lunch a little later. 3 courses of simple spanish cuisine with wine for under 14eu. I enjoyed it very much. Was expecting more of a "tourist trap" but it turned out... More 

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Sao Paulo, SP
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147 reviews 147 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

This place is worth a visit for the opportunity to sit in the main salon, which is really beautifil. Food was quite average and satff, although not rude, did not smile at all. In working with customers, it doesn´t hurt to be nice.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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32 reviews 32 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

Cafe Iruna is excellent if you want to sit at the bar and have delicious tapas for a meal. They have a great assortment of tapas. Service was a little slow but not egregiously so. For a sit down dinner however, the food was mediocre, and again the service was slow. The best selling point for this restaurant is the... More 

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Wexford, Ireland
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192 reviews 192 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
137 helpful votes 137 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

Normally one avoids cafes in the main square in tourist towns as they are tourist traps; but not here - coffee for 1.20, one third the price of home. Looks like a Viennese coffee shop.

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Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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63 reviews 63 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

Early Sunday morning and not a lot open...except cafe Iruna. Coffe, hot chocolate and churro a were the order of the day.. As well of course a Visit to the the clean restrooms which by the way are tucked away beside a life sized figure of Ernest Hemmingway sitting at his favourite place at the bar. The counter service was... More 

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Alvechurch, United Kingdom
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137 reviews 137 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

It's in a lovely spot, on the square so you can watch the world go by. We sat outside as we had our dogs with us. The inside looked wonderful, beautiful historic decore. The service was a little slow, but on the whole, friendly and pleasant. But ... The food, we ordered the lamb, was truly dreadful. Cold and probably... More 

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warwickshire, UK
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73 reviews 73 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 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.

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Atlanta, GA
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245 restaurant reviews
222 helpful votes 222 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 

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Toronto, Canada
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44 reviews 44 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Plaza del Castillo, 44, Pamplona, Spain
  • Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Navarra  >  Pamplona
  • Phone Number: 948224293

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15 - 25
  • Cuisine: Spanish, Basque

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Outdoor seating

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 12:00 am
Monday
8:00 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday
8:00 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday
8:00 am - 12:00 am
Thursday
8:00 am - 12:00 am
Friday
9:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
9:00 am - 12:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?