Arzak has had three Michelin stars for more than 25th years in San Sebastian. When Chef/patron Juan Mari Arzak was awarded the third star in 1989, he was the second Spanish chef to receive this honour. Arzak was originally established as a tavern by Juan Mari's grandparents in 1897. Juan Mari has been in charge of the kitchen since 1967 and he was one of the founding fathers of the Nueva Cocina Vasca (New Basque Cuisine) movement that started in Spain in the late 70s, a cuisine that found international acclaim in the 1990s. Tasting menus are always exciting here.
The legendary Restaurante Arzak, led by father and daughter Juan Mari Arzak and Elena Arzak, is located in a restored tavern and inn on the outskirts of San Sebastian. Considered one of the world’s best restaurants (and the first in Spain to be awarded 3 Michelin stars), Arzak is firmly rooted in traditional Basque cuisine and was on the forefront of the New Basque Cuisine movement in the 1970s, which subsequently heralded in a new era in Peninsular fine dining. Cozy and friendly, it surprises with whimsical and playful details. Arzak is on our “must do” list!
Address:Av Alcalde Elósegui, 273
Phone: 943 27 84 65
Arzak website: arzak.info
Paseo Padre Orcolaga, 56
Phone: 943 31 12 09
Akelaŕe (meaning coven, as in witchcraft, also spelt Akelarre) run by chef Pedro Subijana, a legend in the Basque Country and also a founder of the Nouvelle Basque cuisine movement, gained its third Michelin star in 2006. It has its own vegetable garden to provide herbs and other produce to the restaurant. There are three tasting menus, and it has a spectacular view over the sea.Worth a visit.
Akelarre Website: akelarre.net
Calle de Loidi, 4, 20160 Lasarte-Oria
Phone: 943 36 64 71
Restaurant Martin Berasategui, run by the chef who gave it its name is a three Michelin-starred restaurant near San Sebastián about 15 minutes away. Berasategui is chef focused on creativity and flavor combination. A modern and creative combination that are truly set to be timeless.
Berasategui website: martinberasategui.com