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“Highpoint of my visit to Vitoria-Gasteiz” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Restaurante El Clarete

Restaurante El Clarete
Calle Cercas Bajas, 18, 01008 Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
+34 945263874
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Cuisines: Basque
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
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3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
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“Highpoint of my visit to Vitoria-Gasteiz”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2012

Great meal, of which the highlights were a brilliant lobster salad starter and succulent beef cheek half-entree.
I'm not generally a fan of lobster, but this tasted how you imagine lobster should taste. The dressing on the salad beautifully balanced the lobster and the greens.
The beef cheeks had a amazingly soft smooth texture and had a deep beef flavor that was matched by the complex gravy.
The wine--a tempranillo based claret suggested by the host--was a surprise. On it's own, it was mild and no more than pleasant; paired with the food, it came to life.
I also had a half-entree of slow cooked pork which was just good. I was a bit puzzled that there were parts that were a bit dry and I didn't think the dash of sauce it came with did much for the flavor. That said, it came with a sprig of a herb which made the flavor of the pork pop--though unfortunately it was only one sprig.
The amuse bouche, a berry/tomato gazpacho was pleasant.
The atmosphere was comfortable. (Though was ambivalent about the decorative green apples at the tables.) The service was both formal and relaxed. When I explained my food senstivities, the patient, knowledgable host suggested that I could order half portions of the some of the main courses. Every course came with a new set of cutlery and plates.
Sadly, I couldn't have any of the desserts because of my sensitivities, but the meal was one I will always remember. Well worth the 47 Euros I paid.

  • 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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  • English first
  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
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40 reviews 40 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Creative, tasty food with reasonable cost”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2012

As a "food, ambience, wine list, whole experience" package, one of the best options in Vitoria. Service is not as professional or upscale as in other establishments, but it makes young people feel more at home, more comfortable. The staff are friendly and some speak English. Main dishes are not that special, but starters and deserts are amazing. Overall, good choice. Book ahead for weekends.

  • Visited January 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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