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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.
Zortziko is situated in a late 19th-century mansion. The Zortziko has had great prestige since its founding but its proximity to the Guggenheim museum enhances it even further. The Zortziko restaurant is an institution in Bilbao. Imaginative and creative cooking is practiced here. It has three dining rooms, each with it's own individual decor and vibe. One of them has a Versailles-like atmosphere, another is in the English style and the third is more contemporary. The specialties of this establishment will appeal to foodies who would like to experiment with the local flavors. Though the specialties vary seasonally, the culinary team is known for coming up with really innovative Basque cuisine. Their varied wine list is also worth a look.
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.
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.