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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
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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Barcelona, Spain
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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 

Thank Laura F
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58 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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.

Thank T012933
Halifax, United Kingdom
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47 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 

Thank Ken P
Copenhagen, Denmark
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30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 

Thank AshishDsouza
Brisbane, Australia
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19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 

Thank JodiApril2011
Lisbon, Portugal
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45 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016 via mobile

Be patience, best choices are the Tuna, the Risotto, the Foie gras and Pulpo. Both with a glass of wine are perfect choices. If possible go there before 0800pm and have the desert on another place.

Thank Pedro_Diener_Pereira
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41 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

Getting Michelin stars quality in a tavern where you stand at the balcony and food is coming from a minuscule kitchen is an achievement. Delicious!

Thank jtg65
Majorca, Spain
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225 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 207 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016 via mobile

This is a tiny place but with outdoor seating too. We just stood at the bar and had a glass of wine and a pintxo. The pintxos are more expensive than in other places but they are also bigger. We had the roast octopus and the foie. Both were good. They don't have pintxos on the bar here; all are... More 

Thank LisaMarieSykes
Seattle, Washington
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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016 via mobile

Excellent flavors, worth the wait. Very o egg iginal versions of some classic tapas. Culinary maturity above the age of the crew. Don't miss this place.

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Shanghai, China
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31 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016

During my stay in San Sebastian I decided to stroll from bar to bar. Hard to say what is the best bar but this one is one of my favorites. Tapas or pintos are great. I think I always skipped my dinner in San Sebastian.

Thank Tjerk R

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$11
Mediterranean, European, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
19:30 - 23:30
12:30 - 17:30
19:30 - 23:30
19:30 - 23:30
12:30 - 17:30
19:30 - 23:30
12:30 - 17:30
19:30 - 23:30
12:30 - 17:30
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?