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Taberna Gandarías

31 de Agosto Kalea, 23, 20004 Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
Specific hours not provided, but restaurant indicates it's open all day.
34 943 42 63 62 2 hours
July 2014 All year
$20-49 Donostia Spain
Website Food/Drinks Spanish Restaurants
First review
When in San Sebastian, Spain, it's hard to go wrong with eating the way the natives do and, as it turns out, lots of the tourists do as well. This is by visiting one of the many pintxos bars in the Old Town which is the second oldest neighborhood and seemingly the social center in San Sebastian. The Old Town is crammed full of eating establishments and many young people seem to travel from from one to another bar savoring the food and the company.

Pintxos are culinary bites which can consist of bread piled with food or with tiny “haute cuisine creations”. The term pintxo refers to the cocktail stick used to hold the food concoction in place.

A native San Sebastian recommended Taberna Gandarias Jatetxea which has a pintxos bar in front and a restaurant in the back and which, unlike more traditional Spanish restaurants, is open all day and thus allows an earlier dinner. However, it is advisable to make a reservation for dinner. Although we didn't have a reservation and had to wait, an effort was made to accommodate us.

Gandarias Jatetxea serves traditional Basque cuisine and specializes not only in sea food but also in meats and Iberian ham. My dining partner and I shared a lobster salad and a grilled turbot (flounder). The dishes and especially the lobster salad, were nicely presented; although it should be noted that the fish was served intact as such parts of the fish as it's head is considered a delicacy. The server de-boned the fish before leaving. Each of the dishes was tasty; although the lobster salad could have benefited from a few more pieces of lobster. We chose to have white wine with our meal and we were given a roll for which, it turned out, there was an additional charge.

There was adequate space between the tables and sufficient distance from the bar area in the front as to provide a generally quiet atmosphere and to allow an on-going conversation. All in all, it was a good dining choice.
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