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Best Local Cuisine in Bilbao

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La Viña Del Ensanche is a Spanish restaurant serving authentic local cuisine since the last six decades. Since 1927, the restaurant hasn’t changed it interiors, furniture, menu or its look, the beauty of the place is intact the way the locals once came to. La Viña Del Ensanche meaning the ‘The Vineyard of Expansion’ definitely lives up to its name and offers the best of Spanish food and wine. The staff is well trained and well equipped to give its guests the best and quality service of breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee and drinks.

In keeping with its name, the decor of Bermeo the dining room of Hotel Ercilla has a strong marine influence. It has not taken the name of a famous Vizcayan coastal location in vain. The walls of this luxurious establishment are decorated with pictures of boats. Considered one of the best hotel restaurants, in the Bermeo you can sample creative cooking where fish is the main star. The dishes most in demand here are: cod salad, baked sea bass with sauce, hake with seafood and cod prepared in two different ways, both of them delicious: á la pil-pil or á la Vizcaína.

This restaurant is situated in one of the most popular streets of Bilbao's Casco Viejo. It is a luxurious establishment with a décor that has been thought out, down to the last detail. It also professes to offer "unbeatable service". Up-dated traditional Basque cuisine is the specialty. One of the dishes not to be missed at the Mandoya is the lobster, which comes from the restaurant's own nursery. But apart from the lobster, here are a few other suggestions: seafood and smoked fish salad, charcoal-grilled sea-bass or "chuletón" (steak) with garnish. There is also a large selection of exotic home-made desserts like the hot-chocolate stuffed peach.

Housed in an old warehouse, the Asador Kerren has been a local favorite for the tasty fare it has on offer. Grilled meats and fish are the specialties and they're best accompanied by fine wines like Viña Vallabona. The interior perfectly evokes the style and atmosphere of an authentic old tavern, with bare stone walls lit by old-fashioned wrought-iron lamps. The lunchtime clientele tends to be office workers, but this place is also popular among tourists who want a taste of the local flavors.

La Taberna de los Mundos is a busy restaurant with a kitchen that shows culinary influences from all over the world, you'll find a wide range of imaginative dishes on the menu like endives stuffed with monk fish, prawns and country-style omelet with cod. It's so popular during the week you can't make reservations at lunchtime. You just have to turn up and hope you're lucky. The management organizes regular exhibitions of travel photography (to complement the exotic artifacts decorating the mahogany dining room walls) and other cultural activities. Check website for more details.

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