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“Place for a special meal in Bilbao.”

Victor Montes Restaurante
Ranked #62 of 1,156 Restaurants in Bilbao
Cuisines: Bar
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Good for: Bar scene, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Bilbo Zaharra
Reviewed November 25, 2013

In Bilboa after a 4 week road tour around Spain and Portugal, before a ferry back to UK. we wanted a nice special meal.

We went for a walk around the Old Town area. (Casa. Vieja) and had a couple of beers, before walking into the Plaza Nueva. ( the trendy bit of The Old Town). This area has lots of bars and restaurants, and looks like it would normally be very busy, but at the end of Nov on a Monday evening, it was quite quiet. One of the few decent looking places was the Restaurant Victor Montes. Really good choice !

It was very buzzy: It was a combination of a good tapas bar and a formal restaurant. When the waiters discover that you want a meal, rather than a snack, the service really steps up a gear. We originally wanted the Lamb Trotters (is Lamb Shank in UK) but they had none, so we chose sirloin steaks. Again, a good choice: some of the best steaks we have had,. Had a bottle of 2007 Rioja with it, and then had desserts. (Goats yoghurt with honey, poached pears in red wine). A really nice meal, well presented with good service. Not cheap, but it was the last night of our holiday. Prices were on a par with what one would pay for this in UK, but quality and service was better.

If you want something a wee bit special, then give this one a try

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Thank AlanBA2
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Reviewed November 19, 2013

We went there to eat the traditional 'Pintxtos'. They were really good but the service was terrible. The bar's employee offered us a table to seat but he become really angry when he realized that we only wanted to order a glass of wine and pintxos. Result: we had to eat with his furious eyes on us....and at the end ....we received a bill with an extra fee for each glass of wine!

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Thank R_H_Lx
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Reviewed October 16, 2013

Didn't try the Pintxos here but we spent a wonderful first afternoon in Bilbao testing the local Rioja served by a fabulously helpful smiling waiter who thought our Spanish hilarious and we all ended up laughing and playing ordering by charades! Will visit again and try eating next time!

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Thank Tina H
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Reviewed October 15, 2013 via mobile

We've eat pintxos seat inside. We've found a lot of tipe of taste, fresh, whit tuna, shrimps, jambon, fromage, onions, calamaros. The place is historical and if you want you can eat at restaurant or outside in the square. Good

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Reviewed September 20, 2013

My companions and I had lunch at Victor Montes while touring Bilbao from our Celebrity cruise liner. The outside seating is on a lovely square and it is really pleasant. There are some street musicians in the area playing and that was pleasant as well.

We had mussels, fish and salads. The food was very good; the waiter friendly and helpful with our poor Spanish. The service was prompt. We thought the food to be a bit pricy for the average quality but, then again, we found all the restaurants in Europe to be pricy.

The best at this meal was the basic red table wine. The Spanish make some really great red wines - I don't know why they don't export more. The house wine, Rioja, was really smooth and creamy and delicious. We found that the house Rioja wines in all the Spanish restaurants were really, very good.

Victor Montes is worth a visit if you are in Bilbao.

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Thank Al Y
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