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“Unfriendly tourist trap with disgusting toilet facilities.” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Aintzina

Aintzina
440 Karrika Nagusia, Espelette, France
+33 (0)559939162
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Ranked #4 of 12 Restaurants in Espelette
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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“Unfriendly tourist trap with disgusting toilet facilities.”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

We stopped at this bar/restaurant for drinks during a daytrip to Espelette. The waitress showed little or no interest in us, either while she was taking the order or serving us our drinks. No smile, barely an acknowledgement...

But it was the toilets which really put us right off ever returning to the place. I believe I should be able to use facilities fit for a human when I am paying over-inflated touristy prices for a few drinks. For me, the bathrooms in an establishment serving food are a good indication of the overall level of cleanliness and hygiene. Based on that criteria, I certainly wouldn't consider eating there in a million years!

  • Visited August 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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“Great lunch in a neat French Basque town”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

We would recommend driving in the French basque area with the towns Ainhoa, Sara, and Espelette. The countryside is beautiful. We had lunch in Espelette, known for their red peppers which are hanging up on all the buildings. Aintzina was a wonderful restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating. We had a special of the day, home made pasta with mixed seafood, it was delicious. Had local beer with it, they have a good wine list.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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