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Restaurante Amarena

Calle Santa Maria 18, 48005 Bilbao, Spain
+34 944 16 94 21
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  • Excellent18%
  • Very good35%
  • Average20%
  • Poor15%
  • Terrible12%
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Mediterranean, European, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly
££ - £££
Calle Santa Maria 18, 48005 Bilbao, Spain
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Paella was too salty.. we had to pay for water (we asked for tap water...) and we couldn’t take out the bottle (there was still water left..). Also they offered bread and they charged for it... no one told us we have to pay extra.....More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Egleabro
Reviewed 19 October 2018

We found Amarena as we wandering around the Old City and it looked inviting. We had a very good dinner. Our waitress was helpful and attentive. Would definitely return. Wine: Godello €16. Food: * Chipirones encebollas - I love chipirones and the sautéed onions were...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank DaveBarnesDenver
Reviewed 9 October 2018

In the heart of the old town is this street corner restaurant. It has linen table covers and napkins, and waiters with bow ties, so you can see that it is a fine dining restaurant. The menu is excellent with a good wine list. And...More

Date of visit: October 2018
1  Thank KenG129
Reviewed 27 September 2018 via mobile

My husband and I had a delightful meal here last night, and found the food and service first rate. With an inviting interior with white table cloths and wood and stone walls in a corner location, the restaurant offers seating outside as well. The starters...More

Date of visit: September 2018
1  Thank NolaAK
Reviewed 27 September 2018 via mobile

Stopped here by accident when walking around looking for a place to sit down for a late lunch. We were promptly served by an English speaking waiter who informed us that there was a "menu of the day." You got several courses of food, a...More

Date of visit: September 2018
1  Thank xacct
Reviewed 19 September 2018 via mobile

Food is not bad, though pineapple desert is raw. Typical for large groups. Staff is running around which doesn’t give you a feeling of a restaurant but more of a group facility. Staff doesn’t pay much attention to you since they’re too busy serving large...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank MickVeldh
Reviewed 14 September 2018 via mobile

The staff are rude. The fixed price menu was rushed, and we were forced to hurry our entre as the waiter steps over us with our mains. Duck was tasty but over cooked, and with a weird red fruity sauce. The chef has clearly never...More

Date of visit: September 2018
1  Thank OzBlokePerth
Reviewed 14 September 2018 via mobile

Staff were surly We were rushed. Main course arrived before starter finished Felt unwelcome Chef clearly does not know how to cook steak. Would not recommend

Date of visit: September 2018
1  Thank 791janev
Reviewed 10 September 2018 via mobile

We visited on a Sunday evening when many restaurants are closed. The service was swift, although the waiters are a little abrupt and inpatient. My partner had grilled whole turbot which included potatoes. I had cod basque style, I was not asked if I wanted...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Brianstu
Reviewed 9 September 2018 via mobile

Don't be fooled by the settings, look's upmarket but very average at best my wife scored it 4 out 10 but admitted that she hates being critical, I would only give it 2. .. Paella overcooked and dry, Oxtail fatty and just had potato, nothing...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Graham H
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
10:00 - 17:00
19:00 - 23:30
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19:00 - 23:30
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19:00 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle Santa Maria 18, 48005 Bilbao, Spain
  • Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Basque Country  >  Province of Vizcaya  >  Bilbao
  • Phone Number: +34 944 16 94 21
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