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Astelena 1997 Restaurante

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Euskal Herria 3, 20003 San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
+34 943 42 58 67
13:30 - 15:00
20:30 - 22:30
Closed now
All hours
Tue - Sun 13:30 - 15:00
Thu - Sat 20:30 - 22:30
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Denver, Colorado
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3 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Moderate prices, perfect environment and service. The sea is half a block north of the restaurant and the Brextxa food market half a block to the south. This proximity is reflected in the gentle, lightly spiced Basque cuisine with a well-chosen, affordable wine list. Ander has a terrific television show “No es Pais para Sosos” on EITB (Basque TV.) He... More 

Thank GreatBrain
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36 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016 via mobile

This restaurant is very deserving of its great TripAdvisor rating (which was the reason we chose it). We were not disappointed. The food was delicious - especially the scallop dish and the squid dish. Excellent service and wines - really enjoyed it - we will be back!

Thank Noscreep
Hendersonville, North Carolina
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33 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

Our last day (of five) in San Sebastian we went for a relaxing dinner at Astelena 1997, recommended to us by both our guide from Basque Tours and the concierge at the Maria Cristina Hotel. Of all the places that we ate in the Basque country, this was my favorite. Astelena is a simple, elegant restaurant with white tablecloths, a... More 

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Bergen, Norway
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

We enjoy good food and this place was recommended by our local friends. The restaurant has a modern inside, with a chamber separate in the wine cellar. The service was excellent, timing perfect and the chutelettas worth a new trip to San Sebastián. And don't miss the French toast the make for dessert!

Thank Alice K
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

This was by far our best meal of the weekend. Excellent atmosphere in the cellar part of the restaurant. The staff is speaks english and is very attentive. The food was definitely amazing from the presentation to the overall flavour. Don't forget to leave room for desert. It is absolutely worth the visit.

Thank 5alexmercado
Perth, Australia
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

My husband and I have been very lucky to find this amazing restaurant in the heart of the Old Town. The place is very cozy with a nice decoration. Now let's get to the point: as starter we had a delicious king prawn carpaccio, very tasty , fresh and light to begin with the dinner, after that we shared some... More 

Thank Marianne D
Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

From the moment we booked we found the owner and staff very engaging, attentive and very friendly. We were a table of 5 and we all really enjoyed the food, if you are looking for fine dining, I thoroughly recommend Astelena. The wine selection was also outstanding, for the quality of food the prices were reasonable, the decor was modern... More 

Thank Richard M
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

Lovely place. The ambience was great and I was the only foreigner which was nice. Attentive and warm staff. Fabulous food , and very reasonably priced. Loved it.

Thank Hamiltonsw17
Heusden, The Netherlands
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164 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016 via mobile

We wanted a nice lunch so looked at the tripadvisor. We came in, nothing wrong everybody speaks English. My wife does not eat much but I wanted to go for the 'Menu de dia'. Impossible according the boss. You eat both menu or 'a la carte' !! No arguments about that! As my wife is a small eater and never... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016

We absolutely loved this restaurant in San Sebastian, so much so that we dined there twice in our one week visit. The food is very good, the service is excellent and it has a lovely ambiance. On our first visit we dined in essentially a private dining room downstairs, the wine room, and it really was very special. The staff... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$43 - US$64
Mediterranean, European, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
13:30 - 15:00
13:30 - 15:00
13:30 - 15:00
13:30 - 15:00
20:30 - 22:30
13:30 - 15:00
20:30 - 22:30
13:30 - 15:00
20:30 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Euskal Herria 3, 20003 San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
  • Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Basque Country  >  Province of Guipuzcoa  >  San Sebastian - Donostia
  • Phone Number: +34 943 42 58 67

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?