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“Maravilloso!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Mugaritz

Mugaritz
Caserio Otzazulueta, 20, 20100 Errenteria, Spain
943518343
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Ranked #2 of 15 restaurants in Errenteria
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
New York City, New York
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14 restaurant reviews
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“Maravilloso!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013 via mobile

If you are a true foodie, the dining experience at Mugaritz will not disappoint. Like most gastronomy restaurants, the experience is well paced and takes about 3 hours. The servings were creative, fun, delicious and top quality. The views and ambiance were superb (quiet, sophisticated, comfortable and aesthetically pleasing). The staff was knowledgable, attentive and well trained. I enjoyed learning from our waitress that the members of the staff (serving and culinary) come from all over the world for the honor/experience to work at this restaurant. Even though we went a while ago, we still talk about it because the experience was that memorable and in most cases, it is the bar to which we compare all other dining experiences. Hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Toronto, Canada
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4 restaurant reviews
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“Rated third in the world but food tastes boring”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

Last summer we were visiting Northern Spain and stayed in San Sebastian. My husband and I enjoy gourmet cooking when we entertain and I suppose we are considered to be foodies. We splurged and decided to go to Mugaritz rated #3 restaurant in the entire world. http://www.theworlds50best.com/awards/1-50-winners/mugaritz/
The half-hour taxi ride into the countryside was interesting and the restaurant setting is really beautiful. There are outside tables but we chose to sit inside. I should mention that this was our third night of eating at top restaurants and we were definitely comparing. We thought we had saved the best for last. The creativity and presentation is unique and unsurpassed. We were given a tour of the kitchen and made to feel special. The service was impeccable. The wines were excellent. I am sorry to say we were both disappointed in the food however.

We did the tasting menu and had many courses but each one was as bland tasting as the next. Here's one example: we were served a bowl with a bed of grey sand with two stones set in the middle of it. Wow, looks like a sculpture but it's edible! You cut into the stone and lo and behold, they are small baked potatoes! Very ordinary tasteless baked potatoes with no spices or flavourings. Another dish was cod that came with a beige sauce on it. That was equally as bland. For another course we were given a mortar and pestle to grind up our own seeds and spices to add to a broth. It was OK but I've tasted more exciting broth at our local sushi restaurant - for a tenth of the price, I might add. Overall I suppose it was an experience and we can say we dined at one of the best restaurants in the world but for the price? Not worth it. We would both recommend Akelarre and Arzac in San Sebastian instead. They had the creativity, beautiful presentation that were works of art and unbelievably delicious food, as well as excellent service.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Venice, California
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“Out of the Ordinary”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

Dining here was an interesting play on visual and taste. What you think you see is not what you will get. Everything we ate was so forward thinking. Service was amazing, but the food is probably way to advance for me and not to say its not good, it was actually quite good but I am not sure it's something I can say I want to try that again. This place is at least once in your life gotta try the ingenuity of the chef. HE is a genius in the kitchen and am lucky to have been able to try his creations.

  • Visited February 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Unforgettable.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

It was a wonderful experience from the initial tour of the kitchen, to the coffee in the garden to finish. Not all the dishes were perfect, but four hours at Mugaritz flew by.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Great innovative cuisine”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012

We had booked Mugaritz for lunch about 6 months before from Australia and had no difficulty with this or confirming closer to the date. We had gorgeous weather in late November - very autumnal - as we drove into the beautiful hills of Errenteria from San Sebastian. We were greeted warmly at the door, despite being a little early and taken to our table near the window overlooking the famous sun-filled tree. Being served cava straight off was lovely and a good appetite opener as we selected the wine with some excellent advice from the clearly talented sommelier. Each of the 20 courses were beautifully structured and sequenced building nicely on the palate. Some of the courses were very subtle, others stronger. In our group of 4, the stand out dishes were unanimous - the 'grilled toast of bone marrow with herbs and horseradish ash' and the 'light dices of sculpted apple with figs, crunchy dark chocolate and mint'. The pidgeon liver macaroon also gets an honourable mention as it unfolded in waves of different flavours on the palate. Gorgeous! Service was excellent and non-intrusive throughout and the wine matches were very good. The staff were generous with their time, though it was reasonably quiet on the day. We were able to meet the head chef and get a tour of the kitchen, which was a bonus. The overall ambience was relaxed and carefree without lacking in attention to detail or professionalism. There was no air of pretentiousness as we had expected. When confronted with the bill we felt that it presented very good value for money as the whole experience is very labour intensive, especially if you take into account the development and testing time for all of these dishes. Our whole party enjoyed every mouthful, even when this tested our personal boundaries. It was hard not to appreciate and respect the work that went into every creation. A wonderful experience we hope to repeat someday!

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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