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La Cuchara de San Telmo

Calle 31 de Agosto, 28, San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
+1 617-953-3735
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  • Excellent60%
  • Very good28%
  • Average6%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
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“veal cheeks” (136 reviews)
“octopus” (88 reviews)
“tapas” (76 reviews)
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Mediterranean, European, Spanish
$$ - $$$
Calle 31 de Agosto, 28, San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We had the Ugly tomato, braised beef cheek over humus, crunchy pig ear over lentil purée, and the razor clams with shaved white asparagus. We went right after they opened on Sunday around noon, no problem ordering, the food came quickly. All dishes were down...More

Thank lwmvwgc
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Truly one of the classics of San Sebastián. Unlike a lot of the other pintxos bars there are no pintxos on the bar! Menu is on the blackboard behind the bar but, you need to speak Spanish to understand it. However, there is a written...More

Thank jerrman01
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

What has happened?? We have visited San Telmo around 20 times over the last 8 years and it had always been a firm favourite of ours. On our most recent visit things had changed, the familiar staff had gone both front of house and in...More

2  Thank SimonW-England
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

During our visit to this restaurant, we were sitting outside, I was about to ask the waiter do we order at the bar or is there table service when he told me “ patience is important”. We were completely shocked, was uncalled for, obviously we...More

Thank AJQ2013
Reviewed 5 days ago

foie gras, beef cheeks and suckling pig. What more could you want. Very small inside. We went for lunch and ate outside. We were served and the waiter was friendly and attentive. The local wine was good and inexpensive.

Thank Robin E
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Absolutely delicious food. Recommend the suckling pig, the foie gras, cheese risotto and if you like tuna get the red tuna. Gets very busy but worth waiting around to try the food

Thank brightyellow4
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had the best meal here! Stand up bar with lively servers. They made our first stop memorable. We had the razor clams, beef cheek and octopus. So good! They even plate their food like the michelin restaurants do and it is so much more...More

Thank LindseyH202
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Fabulous food and passionate staff who are clearly proud of their food - and rightly so! You must go to this little gem. We only had room for the steak and octopus (wish were absolutely delicious) but all the dishes looked divine!

Thank BrightonLucy
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A really sought after taps bar. Make sure to check their hours of operation before showing up. Be prepared to be in a crowd of people packed into a very small bar. There are a few tables outside that can seat about 12-18, and the...More

Thank Gerry D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The food here is so good and a town-secret (it's tiny but always packed!). Definitely get the suckling pig and veal cheek -- my goodness!

Thank Liz B
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Mehrnaz M
August 2, 2016|
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Response from Tony and Javier P | Reviewed this property |
We went at lunch time, but we also know that they are opened in the evenings, because we tried but it was full and couldn't get a table. Worth trying to get it.
April 12, 2015|
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Response from Cleo2003 | Reviewed this property |
Hi this is a casual pintxo bar and standing room only. No need for reservation. Not sure about exact opening times - they're open for lunch and closes around 2 pm. Reopens again for dinner till late.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$6 - $12
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Bar scene
Open Hours
7:30 PM - 11:30 PM
12:30 PM - 5:30 PM
7:30 PM - 11:30 PM
7:30 PM - 11:30 PM
12:30 PM - 5:30 PM
7:30 PM - 11:30 PM
12:30 PM - 5:30 PM
7:30 PM - 11:30 PM
12:30 PM - 5:30 PM
7:30 PM - 11:30 PM
12:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle 31 de Agosto, 28, San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
  • Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Basque Country  >  Province of Guipuzcoa  >  San Sebastian - Donostia
  • Phone Number: +1 617-953-3735
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