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“Lacking in atmosphere”

Nerua Guggenheim Bilbao
Ranked #44 of 1,104 Restaurants in Bilbao
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: European, Spanish
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Good for: Special occasions, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
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.
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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987 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 479 helpful votes
“Lacking in atmosphere”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 18, 2013 via mobile

Started with a drink in the kitchen area whilst we watched the food preparations. Given an overview of the kitchen and how it all works. The restaurant is very bland; no music; no atmosphere. Starters were disappointing (mine especially £30 for a minute piece of lobster). Mains were tasty enough. Nice experience but the michelin star restaurants don't seem to be as nice outside of the uk.

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Mudgee, New South Wales, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Incredible experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 9, 2012

We cant belive our luck at stumbling into this restaurant which turned out to be the highlight of our trip to Spain and one of our all time greatest food and wine experiences. I'm a chef and my partner a winemaker, have had more than our share of tedious wine and food experiences so to absorb the detail, intelligence and aesthetic of Nerue was a treat.
We'd never heard of it and hadnt planned a major culinary outing, literally lucked up the stairs in need of lunch. Felt like we'd fallen throught the looking glass into a Lewis Carol story.

Bit freaky finding ourselves in the kitchen via the front door but realizing what we'd inadvertantly stumbled upon quickly began to soak it up. On being presented the menu in that awesomly minimal dining room couldnt believe the value for money - the six course degustation with four wines was less than we would pay for similar in Sydneys top restaurants.

Warmed napkins and ergonomic cutlery - nice touch. Style plus.
As a restaurateur I loved being challenged, educated and entertained at this level.

We havent stopped talking about it, everyone who gets detail, style and care should go.

  • Visited December 2012
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Switzerland
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55 reviews
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“Enjoy the Michelin star restaurant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2012

as you get in you feel like home , you get into the kitchen and all the employee will spoke with you , than as you seat you can have a worldwide choice of wine .... The food is really a research on taste and excellent combination ..... tale a break and enjoy the food as unique piece of art you don't only see but you also enjoy the taste

  • Visited October 2012
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Los Angeles
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15 reviews
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“Wonderful”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2012

This restaurant is located in the Guggenheim Museum (separate entrance) and is an extraordinary treat if you are visiting the museum. Spend a couple of hours in the galleries and then enjoy the superb tasting menu with wine pairing at Nerua. Food and service are simply outstanding and the room is sublime. A welcome respite from the sensory abundance that is the Guggenheim. Spend several more hours in the galleries and you've had a perfect day.

  • Visited September 2012
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Ankara, Turkey
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“Focus on dine”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2012

When you enter Nerua, we first invited to the open kithcen and see the chefs working, a chef gave info about the restaurant and we served great two apetizers while listening to chef, then we entered dining room which everything is elegant and directs you to focus on dinner, there is no abstracts on the table, just a plain elegant dining room which looks out the amazing Guggenheim museum. We choose alacart menu rather than tasting menu, ordered lobster for starter, pigeon and grouper for main dish. Lobster was good, we tried pigeon first time and it was fantastic, grouper was allright, not extraordinary, but the suprise was at the end of the meal, we ate the most fantastic desert that we had, we ordered olive ash desert and it was amazing, after then we served with another desert which is also fantastic.

Nerua is near perfect, prices are ok for a place like this, 120 euro for two without the drinks, service is also amazing

  • Visited October 2012
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