Eating in Vitoria-Gasteiz, the capital of the Álava province, means having the chance to enjoy Basque gastronomy in its most traditional form. If you like pinchos or if you prefer to order a prix fixe menu, you’ll find a wide range of culinary options in the town’s many bars and restaurants.
There’s a lot to try when it comes to eating in Vitoria-Gasteiz, a city that has long boasted high-end gastronomy and top-notch hospitality. Based on seasonal products, Vitoria’s cuisine provides the opportunity to enjoy classic recipes such as Riojan-style potatoes, Vitoria-style fava beans, and stuffed Swiss chard—all typical dishes when it comes to eating in Vitoria-Gasteiz.
The most common types of meat in the town are lamb and veal, usually served grilled, as well as pork and all of the products derived from it. Those who love game will also be able to find quality dishes here. In general, the most famous products of Álava’s gastronomy, such as Idiazabal cheese and Txakoli de Álava, have a large presence in Vitoria-Gasteiz.
When it comes to baked goods, Vitoria-Gasteiz is home to several specialties including Gasteiz cake. Going for tapas is also a very popular activity when it comes to eating in Vitoria-Gasteiz, so you can easily find good tapas and pinchos bars on the streets of the city, especially in the historical quarter and the area surrounding Virgen Blanca Plaza.
Throughout the year the city celebrates several gastronomic events in the form of contests and festivals. Perhaps the best way to discover firsthand all that there is to eat in Vitoria-Gasteiz is to visit during the festival honoring the patron saint, la Virgen Blanca (the White Virgin), which is quite an event for the town.
Tapas are one of the most popular options when it comes to eating in Vitoria-Gasteiz, a city that is home to an infinite number of pinchos bars like Sagartoki, the winner of several acknowledgments at the national level whose pincho bar seems to go on forever; Tximiso, with an appetizing and diverse spread; Toloño, with classic influences and meticulous presentation; and Deportivo Alavés, a true classic with a long history.
It’s possible to find all kinds of establishments when it comes to eating in Vitoria-Gasteiz. Zaldiarán restaurant, awarded a Michelin Star, is a place where traditional Basque cuisine meets more innovative trends to give rise to a complete and appetizing selection. They also offer sampler menus and special menus for groups and events. Their shellfish Olivier salad and crujiente de hongos (crispy mushrooms) are delicious.
Ikea is another place to consider when it comes to eating in Vitoria-Gasteiz, a charming restaurant with impeccable and dreamy décor whose menu is composed of Basque specialties adapted to more modern-day cuisine. They have several rooms and special menus for groups and special occasions. The piglet and barbels are both tasty options.
El Portalón restaurant is located in a unique historical building, serving cuisine in which fresh seasonal products of local origin are used in accordance with more innovative prescriptions of modern cooking, without losing sight of the classic essence of Álava’s cuisine. They offer several special menus and a total of eight different dining rooms which are equipped to host wedding celebrations, communions, and other special events.
Then there is Andere, located in downtown Vitoria-Gasteiz, whose facilities are complete with a dining room, three lounges, and a garden. They serve appetizing and innovative food and have the necessary space and experience to host wedding celebrations, communions, and all types of special occasions. We recommend the grilled clams.
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