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“Splendid”

Nerua Guggenheim Bilbao
Ranked #41 of 1,129 Restaurants in Bilbao
Certificate of Excellence
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Description: Nerua takes its name from the Nervión River, the backbone of Bilbao, which in ancient Latin was called Nerva. We combine innovation with our roots, our surroundings. It is a space designed for a gastronomic and cultural experience. Nature sets the pace of our kitchen, we adapt to each season without censorship to do the cuisine that we feel. A local cuisine that begins at the vegetable gardens, in the sea, and in the farms. Our experience is the best technique-we cook with freedom to create pleasure and enjoyment. Faithful to our principles, we defend our environment and the producers who make our goal possible: to be at the cutting edge and to innovate without losing the flavor of our roots. "Muina"-Basque for core, heart, or essence-is the soul of our kitchen.
Zurich, Switzerland
Level 4 Contributor
38 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Splendid”
Reviewed August 24, 2012

Ok, first of all, you need to be prepared for an experience. It's not a normal fancy restaurant. It's stylized, choreographed but strangely comfortable. Next time, I want to sit in the kitchen. We sat in the dining room... That was cool too. Lots of white, light wood, minimalist with a rounded set of mysterious drawers in the center. Even the trays fit on the rounded surface. Like sitting around a ballroom. I found the service to be unobtrusive but friendly. And I love that diners do not have to adhere to a stuffy dress code. It was formal and informal all at once.

The food is inventive, unique. I had some lovely sardines as a starter and a beautifully done piece of grouper. my husband had a tasting menu - Parmesan curd with a hint of truffle - amazing, and some sea bass, again, beautifully done as well as some goregous beef. I had the most amazing dessert, black olive ash with licorice ice cream. I guess the olives are some how burnt with sugar.

The wine pairings are excellent. Lots of local products.

  • Visited August 2012
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Denver, Colorado
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16 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Full Of Surprises!”
Reviewed August 16, 2012

From the moment you walk in the door, to the minimalist dining room, to the ballet-like movement of the staff, to every last mouthful this restaurant is as delightful and playful as the Guggenheim itself. If you love Frank Gehry's building and you appreciate a unique eating experience - this is the place for you.

  • Visited August 2012
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Thank Esskayell
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Limassol, Cyprus
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Strangely memorable...”
Reviewed July 29, 2012

The greeting at the entrance is warm and unique, as diners are greeted by a hoard of smiling chefs. Entering into the restaurant proper, one is struck by the - some might say - overly-minimal decor. The plain white table cloths with nothing on them by contrast generate expectations of a rich, colorful and mind-blowing menu.
The most memorable dish we had were these cherry tomatoes that were infused with various herbs. It was a very...interactive...dish as you were faced with the excitement of figuring out the flavors. It definitely challenged our perception of tomatoes and the range of exciting possibilities they can offer if one is imaginative enough. The rest of the dishes were all decent enough, but nothing mind-blowing. The wine pairing, however, stole the show.

  • Visited July 2012
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Stavanger, Norway
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22 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Unforgettable entrance and they didn't dissapoint”
Reviewed July 24, 2012

As we walked in to the restaurant 20 chefs looked up and greeted us with a “Hola”!
The one-star Michelin rated restaurant is located in the same building as the Guggenheim Museum. We passed by and were lucky to get a table for four (the restaurant only has about twelve tables or something). We are food lovers who all had a six-course menu (70€) with wine pairing (25€). Excellent choice and worth the price! The whole experience started as mentioned with a kitchen greeting and a tour in the kitchen with the head chef. We also got served some small tastes already before we sat down and had six delicious dishes. The only dish that we were a little bit disappointed of was the Baked onion that didn’t taste anything special (compared to the other dishes…), and one of us got one piece of tenderloin that was a bit rough. But the parmesan curd, the market-fresh fish, and the pure chocolate desert makes up for this. We also had coffee on the restaurants terrace which is overlooking great view of the Guggenheim arts. What a great lunch experience with excellent service, and would have given full scoore if it wasn't for the small improvements.. but i'm sure they'll get full score next time.

  • Visited July 2012
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Camberwell, Australia
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21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Experience of a lifetime!”
Reviewed July 4, 2012

Nerua is one of the few restaurants in the world that has struck the perfect balance between providing enough of the "wow" factor to seduce those diners who require it, yet still maintaining the clean flavors and integrity of the ingredients. I loved it! I have never felt so welcomed in a restaurant as when I walked into the kitchen, and all the chefs greet you and present you with a taster.
The minimalist dining room is a surprise. But it is refreshing alternative to the contrived and similarity of every other restaurant. And why detract from the food as well as the view of the fire fountain on the promenade of the Guggenheim?
The food is incredible. We ordered the 30 month old parmesan curd and sea urchin to start. The curd is a delicate balance of textures and richness. A cracker of a dish. For mains we had the turbot and pigeon. Cooked to perfection. An array of exciting techniques displayed by the kitchen, And yet they know just when to pull back to avoid crossing the line of being overworked. For dessert, avocado and banana. Sublime!
The staff are at the pinnacle of their profession. Friendly and informative, yet still let you enjoy the experience without overservicing.
Nerua is an absolutely essential experience.

  • Visited April 2012
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Thank Car0line_Walker
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