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Azurmendi is a treat for all your senses - the place is gorgeous, to say the least, so is its hilltop location that's privy to beautiful Basque panoramas, the offerings are divine, the service is spectacular. This restaurant, as a whole, is nothing short of phenomenal. Considered to be one of the best restaurants in the world, this gem is nestled midst the rolling hills of a small Spanish town named Larrabetzu. The only Michelin-star-winning restaurant in the Biscay province, Azurmendi is a symphony of splendid elegance and excellence. Almost all of the restaurant is covered with glass, making sure all the diners get to enjoy the view. Azurmendi is known for its preparations made employing highest culinary standards, and drawing inspirations from the changing season are glorious to look at and taste, are truly quite inspired! As if all of this weren't enough, the place is sustainable and environment-friendly. Needless to say, Azurmendi is for all reasons a great place to go to.
The restaurant inside the Hotel Artaza is located just 15kilometres from Bilbao in Neguri, which is in the Getxo municipality and one of the most luxurious districts in Vizcaya. The hotel has been declared a historic-artistic monument. It also has extensive grounds that have been turned into a garden. The dining area is divided into three rooms, all luxuriously decorated, seating 25, 60 and 140 people. The hardwoods blend well with the sky-blue walls and ceilings which are reflected in the linen. There is also a white fireplace, making the establishment cosy even in the winter months. Don't miss the Red Bream á la Vizcaína. The steak Wellington and seafood are also delicious.
Jolastoki is a luxurious place that offers sophisticated cooking in a chalet-style restaurant surrounded by pretty gardens 15km from Bilbao. You can choose from an informal glass-covered terrace dining room that's ideal for lunch on spring afternoons or a more formal dining room inside for winter evenings. They serve a range of traditional Basque dishes complemented by the chef's own imaginative creations which include Duck Foie Gras with Russet Apple, Clams with Vegetable's Rice and Parsley Sauce or the Fried Hake with Red Roast Peppers. For dessert there is the traditional apple pie as well as Red Fruit Soup to the Mint. As for the wines, you'll find stars like a 1992 vintage Marqués de Vargas and a superb Val de Reyes.