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“Visit for Local Insights...” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Bernardina Vinoteca

Bernardina Vinoteca
Calle Vitoria-Gasteiz 6, 20018 San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
943314899
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Cuisines: Mediterranean
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Dublin, Ireland
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77 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 42 cities Reviews in 42 cities
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
“Visit for Local Insights...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

This is a part Pintxos-bar-restuarant place out of town a ways near the university. Nicely decorated and seemingly very popular with locals (who all looked quite well-dressed). They sell wines by the glass (good value at about 2 euro a glass) and the bottle list seemed very fairly priced (if you avoid the Vega Sicilia). Their selling point seemed to be the sale of quality wine by the glass (I am not familiar enough with spanish wines to verify the range) and I did not try any.

I had a prawn carpaccio starter (never saw this before) and "old Galacian cow steak" with frites (to quote from the english translated menu). The waitress was very nice but no one in the place spoke any English, but we got by. The carpaccio was incredibly thinly sliced (in cross-section) prawns with olive oil and salt; I could not tell whether they were cooked or not (it was cold and as they were very very thin slices). I though it was unusual and moderately pleasant. Well presented and executed. The steak came browned nicely on the outside but so raw on the inside that it nearly fought back (the old cow). No one asks you what way you want your steak (in my experience), it just always comes like this bloody and blue. It was ok but really rare meat would not be my automatic choice and it was a bit chewy (bad chewy).

So this is not haute cuisine but it has a nice air and gives you a good sense of where and how the locals eat (without being too rough and ready). On those grounds I would recommend it.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
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  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
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English first
Greenville, South Carolina
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Tapas terrific”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

This little restaurant opposite our NH hotel was what I imagined the ideal little tapas place to be. Clearly a known crowd, with children and dogs along the outside table. Distinctly local--they had to search for an English menu--but the food, every thing we ate, was marvelous. One of my tapas was a leek gratin; every bite was really good. A dessert, a desconstructed cheesecake, came in a mason jar; you'd have to see it to believe it. Really first class service, too.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Den Bosch, The Netherlands
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Superb food, local crowd”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2012

Yesterday We has dinner at Bernardine, a local favorite, just opposite the NH Aranzazu Hotel, a 30 minute walk from the city centre. Food and wines here are truly great and the place is very popular with locals. Service is excellent and the tastes are marvellous. Grilled tuna was one of the best we ever had. It is always crowded here, so be prepared to wait (while having a wine) or try to book ahead. We were there with children, and although there is no such thing as a children menu, they were attentive to the kids.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Saratoga Springs
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63 reviews 63 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“One Best Meals in Spain!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2012

We ate there two different evenings the food was so wonderful. Cod, veal, lamb, salad with cheese, walnuts, and balsamic along with affordable and excellent wine. The staff spoke little English but was very friendly and helpful. They recognized us the second evening and were even more gracious. Worth a trip to San Sebastian alone!!!

Visited March 2012
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Healdsburg, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“New San Sebastian hot spot.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2012 via mobile

Across from the NH Aranzazu hotel. Great wines and wonderful food. Start with pintxos (tapas) and come back for dinner. Seafood is great as is the steak. Ask for Anna although all the wait staff are pros.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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