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“Rico Rico Rico” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Aita-Mari

Aita-Mari
Calle Puerto 23 | Esquina Mari (Junto a Portaletas), 20003 San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
+34 943433431
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Dining options: Late Night
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Dining options: Late Night
Wellington, New Zealand
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Rico Rico Rico”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2012 via mobile

I'll assume you will read all the reviews for this place and that way i won't repeat it again. We agree with all the reviews so far and add the following...

We ate here twice and both times blew us away. Downstairs is a bar/tapas open most of the day. Upstairs is the restaurant which opens at 9pm. We had tapas/drinks at Aita-Mari and at Nagvsia Lav Bar around the corner. If money is no object then go to Nagvsia Lav Bar and pay €2.90 for each drink and each tapas. Or go to Aita-Mari and pay €1 for drinks and €1.50 for most of the tapas. The drinks are the same and the tapas almost the same, but Aita-Mari is the clear winner on price/quality ratio.

Now the restaurant.. We had two meals here, returning from a day trip to France just because we wanted to try other items on the menu and French restaurants are so expensive. The first night we both had duck €14.50 and the sauce's were out of this world. I found the duck too tough but usually do unless it falls apart. The sauce was so good we got cheeky and asked for the recipe. I found it strange there were no vegetables but apparently that is how it is done.

The second visit exceeded the first, my wife going for the set menu and I chose the slow cooked beef cheek with creamed potatoes. It's hard to describe the sauces and flavours other than devine. The wife loved every course and I gulped what I could off of her plate too. Dessert was a ball of ice cream floating in an orange liqueur - Rico Rico Rico.

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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
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English first
San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“great food, great staff”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2012

The menu can not envy all the fancy restaurants in san sebastian. In general i would say good quality, great presentation and even better service. Cool place to visit

Visited March 2012
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Aix-en-Provence, France
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148 reviews 148 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 52 cities Reviews in 52 cities
226 helpful votes 226 helpful votes
“Absolutely NOT a tourist trap, a good place to eat!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2012

Aita Mari's excellent location may paradoxically count against it - on the corner of the street in the old town that leads to the harbour and with a view from the first floor restaurant towards La Concha, you almost don't believe it's worth going in, because surely the food won't be any good, why should they bother, with that location? Luckily for us, it was blowing a gale and we were hungry, so we decided to take the risk of it being a tourist trap, and dived in. The first thing to strike us when we sat down was the ghastly, loud and intrusive music, but that was quickly turned down when we asked, and we could appreciate the view, and the food, in peace. Excellent value lunch menu of the day (with choices), 18 euros for nicely steamed vegetables in garlic-flavoured oil, stir-fried pork fillet and vegetables, and dark chocolate "soup" with raspberry icecream; house wine, bread and water included, but if you want to choose your own wine and pay for it on top, the list is good. Cheerful and efficient service, overall a good discovery.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Dana Point, California
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7 restaurant reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“A hidden pearl of BasqueCuisine”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2011 via mobile

We visited several restaurants in the old town. AIta Mari food, service and ambiance was far superior to others that have been highly rated. It is at the end of Port Street close to la Concha and maybe because of its location many people don't get to it, unless you enter the old town through La Concha. We had lunch, we decided to go back for dinner two days later and same quality and service. Closes on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in winter. We are going to go once more before our week in San Senastian is over. I want to eat again the Squid either with rice or huge tomato filled with squid in its ink. Best ever. Also merluza is to die for. "Don't miss it"

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Emsworth, United Kingdom
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Not sure why this place was empty when we visited”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2011

The restaurant is on the first floor, nicely decorated and overlooking La Concha beach if you get the right table. Good food, slightly more expensive than La Fabrica but better quality wine ( which was all good in both restaurants) and my wife says her main was better than La Fabrica. People walked away when they saw it was virtually empty, friendly staff all Spanish speaking only and no English version of the menu. More traditional than La Fabrica but another very good meal.

Visited July 2011
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