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“Great meat!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of FRONTON RESTAURANT

FRONTON RESTAURANT
Ranked #2 of 33 Restaurants in Tolosa
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$22 - US$65
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Good for: Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids
Dining options: After-hours, Lunch, Dinner, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: The restaurant building has a lot of character, built in 1930 and rationalist in style, with direct access to an indoor fronton. The restaurant, which whose creation and set up dates back to 1992, is found on the first floor. The inside is of modernist design based on Art-Deco, and keeps windows and other details from the beginning of the last century. Fronton de Tolosa Restaurant is today an icon of the people of Tolosa and a reference for the world of gastronomy in the province of Gipuzkoa.
Walldorf, Germany
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481 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
“Great meat!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2013

Having read previous reviews, we knew we had to take the left door and get up on the first floor. But the door was locked (20:45h). So we rang the bell to ask if the restaurant would open. It was open since 20:30, they just forgot to open the door :-)
But then, we were consulted and served by the chef, and we got 2 starters and the txuleta (chuleton) with pimentos as main course. Divine! Along with a nice bottle of Ardanza on the air-conditioned terrace, this was a pleasant change after the tourist traps in San Sebastian.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Helsinki, Finland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Suberb!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2012

Absolutely loved the Beobar Menu and also noted that the dishes delivered to other tables were also looking amazingly delicious. Can't say anything negative about this place and totally want to recommend to anyone who visits Tolosa!

  • Visited April 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Istanbul
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“If you are in San Sebastian,You should visit Tolosa and Restaurant Fronton”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 February 2012

Everything was fresh fresh fresh.I suggest to try testing menu.So you can test excellent bask kitchen with natural and traditional interpretation realized by fantastic young chef Roberto Ruiz.He recommends several great reasonably-priced local wines to go with the meals.Fronton is not so expensive like the restaurants with michelin star but I am sure that you will obtain high level bask gourmet delight.

  • Visited May 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Little Rhody, the Island that Isn't
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“Fine dining at Restaurante Fronton in Tolosa!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 March 2011

We had our first meal at Fronton at the recommendation of the owner of our hotel in nearby Bidegoian. Our party of four was welcomed and attended to throughout a memorable meal by a gracious fellow who we later learned was none other than the restaurant's head chef Roberto Ruiz.

We had the "Beotibar" tasting menu (the restaurant is attached to El Fronton Beotibar, one of the Basque region's major jai-alai courts or frontons) and were presented over the next several hours with an array of simply prepared, artfully presented dishes of ingredients sourced from local producers. Hard to go wrong when a restaurant takes the best of local edibles and gets the hell out of the way, doing no more than preparing and combining them to their best advantage. No pretension, no molecular hocus-pocus, just great food in a comfortable local setting.

Roberto recommended several great reasonably-priced local wines to go with the meal and appeared with a complimentary bottle of desert wine to accompany the final course of a memorable meal.

Our travelling companions having returned to their home in Switzerland, my wife and I decided that rather than drive into San Sebastian for our final meal in the Basque region we could hardly do better than to return for a second time to Fronton. We were again welcomed by Roberto Ruiz and this time just placed ourselves in his very capable hands, enjoying over the next few hours another (and different) procession of delightful locally-sourced dishes.

We spent five days in the Basque region, staying about a half hour from San Sebastian where I assumed before our trip we'd eat most of our meals. While there's of course brilliant (and nosebleedingly expensive) food to be had in the area's more famous dining establishments, for an honest and well-prepared meal that speaks volumes about the quality of the area's foodstuffs, it would be hard to improve on our experience at Fronton.

Visited October 2010
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