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440 Karrika Nagusia, 64250 Espelette, France
+33 5 59 93 91 62
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Lafayeffe, La
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126 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2016

We had a lovely meal and great wine at this restaurant. Everyone was very helpful and friendly, and efficient. My husband left his satchel there that evening and the staff went out of their way to help us and keep it safe till we could drive back from St. Etienne Baigorry the next day. The food is Basque and very... More 

Thank southernbelle007
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2016 via mobile

Arogant and rude welcome... I will never try again to come to this place, not because of the food but because if the rudeness and arogance of the person behind the bar which is the owner..

Thank Michel B
AINTZINA, Propriétaire at Aintzina, responded to this review
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Oui monsieur je vous le confirme, que je n'accepte pas dans mon restaurant des personnes comme vous, qui manquez de... More 

Chicago, Illinois
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21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2016

Paused in Espelette, like a lot of others, during a day of driving through French Basque country, starting in Landes, near Dax, up the foothills to Espelette, later down to St Jean de Luz. In a group of seven people who had been sharing near-Hemingway amounts of wine, pastis, and food for the previous days. Broke for lunch here, found... More 

Thank Matthew S
Haute-Garonne, France
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141 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2016

Visiting this Basque village , famous for its air dried red chillies , to be seen and purchased all around the village were struggling to find food that whet the appetite in the local restaurants. Came across this place and found the menu board inviting. The staff were well up to their jobs and were attentive without being pushy ,... More 

Thank alanw258
Jersey, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2016 via mobile

We stopped here for lunch whilst wandering round Espelette. We'd been wanting to try the local veal and pepper stew called Axoa. This restaurant had it as one of their mains on the 20 euro menu. We both started with the plate of cold meats and pate which was very nice and also both choose the veal Axoa for main.... More 

Thank andyrabey
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13 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 17, 2016 via mobile

Aintzina is a good restaurant serving going local food. Its specialities are all good local food. This is a busy restaurant that quickly fills up. Quite a lot of seating inside. Wise to reserve or arrive right on noon or you may miss out.

Thank Geoff B
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47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 26, 2016

We stumbled in this restaurant in the pretty village of Espelette in the French Basque country side. It was the beginning of April and the place was packed with mostly locals which is always a good indicator of a good restaurants offering good value for money. I had the 'plat du jour' which was a delicious pork dish and my... More 

Thank claudeCanada
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10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2015 via mobile

Nice service, good food, perfect sangria white even red. I highly recommande it but come sooner than at 13hr otherwise it is completely full ;)

Thank Klára L
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178 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2015 via mobile

You feel welcome in this restaurant. The young waiter was very polite, friendly and fast. We had just one dish each: salade chevre chaude and st. Jaques pasta. Good taste, huge portions. Gateau basque and ice cream for desert. With two kir coctails to start, small bottle of local red wine and two coffees, altogether a little over 60 euros,... More 

Thank Kilkki
Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 14, 2015

we rode our bikes from Saint jean de luz passing through Sare and Ainhoa, which are really cute towns too. We wanted to eat and then head back. We didn't really understand the menu so my husband took one of the mixed plates of Basque food and it was delicious and so nicely displayed in little dishes. I had the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
French, European, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Large groups, Dining on a budget, Families with children, Special occasions, Kids, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Bar scene
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 440 Karrika Nagusia, 64250 Espelette, France
  • Location: Europe  >  France  >  Nouvelle-Aquitaine  >  Pyrenees-Atlantiques  >  Basque Country  >  Espelette
  • Phone Number: +33 5 59 93 91 62

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?