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La Cuchara de San Telmo

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Calle 31 de Agosto, 28, San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
+34 943 43 54 46
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19:30 - 23:30
12:30 - 17:30
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Tue - Sun 19:30 - 23:30
Wed - Sun 12:30 - 17:30
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26 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place is along the 'official' San Sebastian pintxos trail so we decided to try it. It ended up being our favorite pintxos bar. We had foie gras (very good), veal cheek (perfect) and pork on grilled skin (good). I couldn't drink alcohol so they recommended a local grape juice, the best I ever tried. Downside is that you eat... More 

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Thank Daniel S
London
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24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was my favourite pintxo bar in San Sebastián....And all I did during my time in San Sebastián was eat. The food at La Cuchara de San Telmo is to die for! It gets very busy but don't shy away from the queue - it's worth it. I had the beef cheek, the suckling pig and it was also my... More 

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Walnut Creek, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Once you learn the process of getting to the bar without offending anyone you will be happy for the effort. All the pintxos bars where crowded when we visited and all served quality food. Some maybe more to your liking but La Cuchara should have something for everyone. High on our list and would definitely go back.

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Thank sam101645
Cyprus
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36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The best pintxos &cafe place in center San Sebastián. Good pintxos, perfect coffee, very clean, nice atmosphere, perfect music and most of all not touristic!!!

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Thank MariadaPieridi
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This place has it all. Great vibe, food and drinks! We definitely enjoyed every moment. Do arrive early as it gets very crowded.

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Thank Jack D
Barcelona, Spain
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

How to express how much we love this place? A modest bar that puts out the most incredible plates of pintxos (Basque tapas). It's often crowded, but don't let that stop you - just push (gently and politely) through the crowd, sneak into a spot at the bar and order plate after plate of Basque deliciousness. Wash it down with... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

Very busy, everyone after the foie gras. Which is cheap with great quality. But I would say too busy. Not the best place to sit outside during winter. I've attached a photo which I took when I entered the bar.

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Halifax, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

Tapas bars in San Sebastiation.There are a million, all the same. How this town got this gastronomic reputation is absolutely beyond me. We had a spend two weeks in this place, what a waste of time. EVERY single bar (and there are hundreds) are ALL THE SAME. Of course this is not actually true it just seems like it. You... More 

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016

The number of dishes to try and their taste is simply too good to miss. We went there atleast 3 times during our visit this time and my personal favourite was the risotto. The place can be crowded and has limited seating space outside but it shouldnt be a deterrent if you wanna experience this place and San Sebastian in... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016 via mobile

The food here is amazing. The place is small and super crowed but that's because it's so good. I loved the fact that you order and they cook it fresh. The calf cheeks with mashed potato just fell apart and melted in your mouth. The grilled calamari and squid was fresh and perfectly seasoned. The house wine by the glass... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$11
Cuisine
Mediterranean, European, Spanish, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
19:30 - 23:30
12:30 - 17:30
Tuesday
19:30 - 23:30
Wednesday
19:30 - 23:30
12:30 - 17:30
Thursday
19:30 - 23:30
12:30 - 17:30
Friday
19:30 - 23:30
12:30 - 17:30
Saturday
19:30 - 23:30
12:30 - 17:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle 31 de Agosto, 28, San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
  • Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Basque Country  >  Province of Guipuzcoa  >  San Sebastian - Donostia
  • Phone Number: +34 943 43 54 46

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?