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“Great find in Bilbao”

Restaurante Yandiola
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Ranked #92 of 1,131 Restaurants in Bilbao
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $35 - $138
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
NYC
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
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“Great find in Bilbao”
Reviewed July 28, 2013

After doing a bit of research to answer the great question of where are we having dinner tonight, finally settled on Yandiola. A nice 15 minute walk from our GHDB hotel (another gem in Bilbao). Upon arrival to the block where the restaurant is located, a pleasant surprise that the location is at a beautiful old building that house some cultural and entertainment space. The building alone is worth a visit. Upon arrival we noticed that the building has a rooftop and since we had the time before dinner, decided to explore it. It turns out the rooftop is part of the restaurant, great place to grab a pre-dinner drink and mix with the locals, while overlooking Bilbao.

It was a weekday when we went, not terribly busy at the time. Started with the Pulpo (octopus) salad and what a delight. delicious. This dish alone gave me a good feeling that good things were going to happen. My wife who is a zero octopus fan, actually tried it, liked it and repeated....several bites. This dish alone is worth going back for, my taste buds will thank me. For main dishes, we ordered the Bacalao (cod) prepared two ways and the Cochinillo (pig). Both dishes were outstanding and typical from the region which is exactly what we wanted. Of the two, the Cochinillo won by a small close margin. As recommended, we ordered our dessert at the beginning of the meal and we settled on the pastel vasco (creamy pastry) which is from the region. Sadly when it was time for the sweet ending we were told it was not going to be available that evening. No worries, we settled on a homemade gelato which was perfect after our unhurried and tasty meal.

I would have liked to see less of our waiter who dedicatedly refilled our glasses of wine after every 3-4 sips. Then again, it was a wonderful bottle of Rioja, hard to resist the refills.

A phenomenal meal that will not break the bank. The same caliber in NYC will cost easily twice as much.

Buen Apetito!

  • Visited July 2013
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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“New favourite in Bilbao”
Reviewed June 4, 2013

Visited Yandiola during a recent work trip to Bilbao after it was recommended by one of the clients out there. The restaurant is part of the Alhóndiga Bilbao building (designed by Philippe Starck) which is amazing. If you go (to Alhóndiga) make sure you look up as they have a glass-bottomed swimming pool that forms part of the building's ceiling!

The restaurant itself is not the easiest to find within Alhóndiga, but worth the perseverance. We turned up without a reservation on a Thursday evening in late-May and were seated within 5 minutes. An English language menu was provided and although some of the translations were...interesting, it was very easy to order. Staff were attentive but not overbearing (though I had to start turning down the ever-replenishing bread!) and although the wine list was extensive, many bottles were under €30, the quality was great.

The food was very good. Inventive and a nice blend of traditional and modern. Limited vegetarian options for our colleague, but they put together an off-menu dish using seasonal ingredients for him. The desserts were particularly impressive (the chocolate sand was fantastic).

Not cheap but not ridiculous either. I'll be back on the next trip!

  • Visited May 2013
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bilbao
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“Very disappointing”
Reviewed December 2, 2012

Went to Yandiola after reading many fine reviews in the newspapers and because I love the building its in, La Alhondiga.
Finally had a chance to take a group of people to dinner on a weekday. Guests were from overseas and seemed to be happy but we were very disappointed with the food, the service, the management and the fact that they "cheated" us out of cava that had already been paid for. All the things that we did not like
General Comments
1) Did not like the wine offered in the set Menu chosen (they were pretty ordinary). Asked for a change for another one listed at the same price in their wine menu and received an answer that "after consultation with the wine maitre, he had agreed to do so". Didn't think it warranted the fuss.
2) One of the reasons for choosing this was to be able to have a view of Bilbao from the terrace. On arriving we were told that this was "shut" and on requesting if we could have a quick look, were told, we repeat that it is shut. So if you are going for the view, check if its open.
3) Service. No menu available in English, and we had a mixed nationality group. For a restaurant of this category, it was unseemly of the waitress to start reading the choices aloud in Spanish- fortunately one of us could translate well, but it did seem odd that they did not have something written that people could mull over and choose.
4) Many of the appetizers we did not finish due to various reason. The waitress literally asked us if "we were going to leave all that!!!" None of her business, esp in a restaurant of this category.

The Food. We had prebooked Menu no 2, which came with half portions of both fish and meat.

1) The Jamon Iberíco. Good, but like in any other place with good ham. Came with a verion of "pan tomaca"- bread with tomatoes, in the form of toasted bread and a tomato mousse for spreading. Bread was hard and dry (toasted a long time ago?) and no amount of the tomato mouse would soften it. Most people gave up and used the bread that came with the foie to eat the ham.

2) Foie: a little dry around the edges, good but nothing wow about it. Raisin bread accompanying it was good- ate the jamón with it.

3) Pulpo - Octupus. A version of the Galician style, but they had whipped up the oil and parika into a sort of mayonnaise and the octupus was covered with it. In our opinion, didn't really work, but it did help to hide the fact that when you poked about underneath, there was very little octupus and quite a lot of potato.

4) Txangurro (Crab). Tasty but came re-heated unevenly- some parts were hot, others cold.. Also, it was quite liquidy, and there was a spoon to serve, but no spoon to eat it with! When one of the diners asked for a spoon, they grudgingly (after some comments among themselves) brought spoons for for 4-5 people and the rest had to eat with the forks.

5) Merluza (hake): good quality fish, fried, with very good squid in black ink. It felt like two plates in one though: didn't really mesh together. People were happy with the Rape (monkfish served).

6) Cochinillo (Roast suckling pig). This was awful. Almost cold. They served it de-boned, but there was a lot of solid fat (unlike the traditional way where most of the fat is melted away leaving succulent meat). Ate only a bit as it was just unappetising to look at and eat.
Steak choice: People were happy with the steak, although they did get some of the cooking mixed up between the different diners.

7) Dessert: Best part of the meal. Beautifully done, amazing taste.

They served us coffees. And we paid a really hefty bill, as we were a large group. The next day we realised that the CAVA we had already paid for, was never served!. That is just plain unforgivable.

All the time we felt we were being rushed. Yes, it was a weekday but we had come in pretty early by Bilbao standards. We had the impression that they were just waiting to get rid of us to go home as the only other people dining had left earlier.

If this is how they treat their customers, I am surprised they are still in business.
So not only they failed to give us any small "extra" for goodwill, they actually cheated us out of something we had already paid for. And that, combined with the all the "errors" in the food means that there is no way Yandiola is good value for money. There are many other places in Bilbao that are far better value and with better manners.

  • Visited November 2012
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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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“Fine dining as it should be!”
Reviewed July 22, 2012 via mobile

Had a business dinner here and everything was very good from beginning to end. The interior is very luxureous and the tableware is very fine. Food was excellent and the service is very professional. Will be on my list of favorite restaurants to go to when in Bilbao.

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London, United Kingdom
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“A great treat”
Reviewed July 14, 2012 via mobile

Yandiola

Very classy restaurant hosted in the renovated building of the Alhóndiga. Try the degustation menu as it is a real treat for your eyes and your taste buds. It presents a great selection of seafood and local meats which would remind you of the variety of pinchos with a very sophisticated twist. My favourite was the liver carpaccio on toast with cherry confiture, a real delicacy. The background music was a great choice of ambient, including Einaudi. Strongly recommended. 

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