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Ranked #2 of 29 Restaurants in Ezcaray
Certificate of Excellence
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Reviewed September 17, 2012

The balance between price and quality and service is really good. Excellent is not normally affordable. We ate at Tradicional.

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Reviewed August 9, 2012

We were en route through the Rioja, and wanted to stop and have a nice, leisurely lunch somewhere when I found this restaurant through TripAdvisor's great search engine. Hotel Echaurren in Ezcaray bills itself as a hotel gastronómico due to its history feeding travelers through the region. Now, the hotel houses several restaurants, the most notable being El Portal de Echaurren, which has a Michelin star.

When you call to reserve a table, the operator will ask if you want the restaurante "tradición" or "moderno". Echaurren is the "traditional" restaurant (El Portal being the modern one), and it serves "la cuisine de mi madre," referring to Chef Francis Paniego's mother, Marisa Sanchez, who herself was awarded best cuisine chef in 1987.

Expect more refined twists on traditional Spanish food. And it is delicious! You start with complimentary croquetas with jamon, and though I'm not a fan of croquetas, these were the best version I've ever had. We split "Morcilla, Ezcaray style." Not sure what made it Ezcaray-style except that I noticed that it was more tender than other morcillas I've had (almost falling apart). Again, delicious. The bacalao was given high marks, as was the fancy take on the meltingly tender albondigas (meatballs) with shavings of black truffle on top. The solomillo (beef) was well-executed, but standard.

The room is comfortable with white tablecloths. The service is proficient and a little on the casual side. A refreshing, leisurely lunch.

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Thank aschie30
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Reviewed June 7, 2012

We had a personal recommendation to eat at Echaurren and, expecting light modern cuisine, arrived without booking on Monday lunchtime. Although only one of the restaurants was open, there was no problem getting a table and we ordered the 'menu del dia' @ 20 euros per person (excluding drinks). The first course was a shock: a large tureen of bean stew with pork and chorizo, which would have been enough to feed a family! between the 2 of us, we did what we could, conscious that there were 3 more courses to come. Next was a large quantity of black pudding and roasted peppers, which was also delicious. The main course was hake, fried in batter, with absolutely nothing else on the plate. It was tasty, but absolutely plain. Likewise, the ice cream dessert we had for dessert was 2 scoops of unadorned vanilla in a white bowl! Service was friendly and efficient and the house rioja crianza was good. If the presentation had been more interesting, I would have given it top rating. We would certainly like to return and try the 'modern' version!

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Reviewed February 2, 2012

Hotel Echaurren has a two of restaurants in the building, Portal which is fine dining and Tradición pretends traditional in which we were.

Sure, it's not cheap, and it's not relevant to speak of price- quality ratio, when quality is high. Carefully prepared traditional, Riojan Spanish list, but with a certain twist.

Beware the bean pot (potaje), it's heavy and hearty, big portion and I bet a cardiologist would not recommend it, but it's good and filling.

As the main course I took "grandma's meat balls", they were big and lovely, big but few, anyway just enough.

Service and treat was exellent, the jefe de sala is just excellent. Even being on luxury side, we were comfortable. Our 7-year girl got sleepy, so she was supplied with another chair for a nap.

The minus is on the price side, in the neighborhood there are options...

Thank andike
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Reviewed April 25, 2011

We ate at La Tradicion,and had a wonderful experience.This was slightly more formal than we were expecting,but thankfully not the full French 'Fine Dining'(aka preserved in aspic)experience.Faultless food:local black pudding,followed by spring lamb.Understated,charming service,and a wine list to die for(even better than I'd been hoping for).We got chatting to the waiter about wine,and he sold us three superb bottles of Rioja for his cost price,plus IVA and a tiny charge.Can't wait to go back and try El Portal(and the bistro).

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