At the foot of Mount Aloña in the comarca of Debagoiena, we come across Oñati. Here you’ll find Basque dishes of all different kinds and flavors. If you travel to the Basque Country and you’re looking for a complete culinary experience, eating in Oñati will fulfill your desire. In addition to its local products, the town has plenty of bars and restaurants where you can get tapas, pinchos, and full meals. Let’s go!
There’s a lot to eat in Oñati, a town with a diverse gastronomy due to its advantageous location that allows dishes from inland Basque Country to coexist with seafood from the coast. When it comes to eating in Oñati, much of the meat comes from local farms, including ox chops, sirloins and fillets, roasted lamb, game, and handmade embutidos (cured sausages).
When it comes to fish, the town’s restaurants serve such varieties as turbot, hake, and monkfish, which may be roasted or grilled, as well as various stews and traditional recipes like marmitako, kokotxas (barbels), and hake in green sauce. Regional cheeses are also very important in the town, especially Idiazabal cheese, which is used in several recipes and also served as a pincho in bars and restaurants.
For those with a sweet tooth, Oñati is home to several specialties like pastel del peregrino (pilgrim’s cake) and Basque cake (a tasty cream-filled sponge cake). Popular beverages include handcrafted cider and Txakoli de Getaria white wine, which will go perfectly with whatever you end up eating in Oñati. The celebration of Corpus Christi, one of the town’s main holidays, is the perfect occasion to explore Oñati and its gastronomy.
Bar Izarraitz is the perfect place to get pinchos as well as good breakfasts. If you want to enjoy a drink and an appetizer, we suggest the restaurant Arkupe. If you’re traveling with children, you can keep an eye on them from the comfort of the terrace while they play. Another suggestion is Bar Garoa, which has large shareable raciones and fast service. They also serve combo meals and delicious sandwiches.
Zurrust is a restaurant that is used to serving large groups. It’s a good option for both raciones and full meals.
The options for eating in Oñati are wide-ranging and high-quality. The restaurant in the hotel Torre Zumeltegi is one good option. It’s a pleasant space featuring a large window with views of the outside, and they serve traditional cuisine with modern touches based on fresh, locally-sourced products. They offer several prix fixe menus and an à la carte menu. If you order the crab-stuffed hake, you won’t be disappointed.
Iturritxo is another restaurant to keep in mind when you’re in Oñati due to their home-style cuisine prepared with quality locally-sourced ingredients. They also offer combo meals, sandwiches, and raciones. They have a decently affordable carte du jour and a vegetable stew that’s to die for.
The hotel Etxe Aundi contains a restaurant serving classic Basque cuisine in a top-notch architectural setting. The restaurant’s two spacious dining rooms make it easy to get a table and you can also rent out the space for wedding, communions, and other special events. Their menu consists of dishes like beans with ham and peppers stuffed with meat.
Located in the neighborhood of Arantzazu, nearby the sanctuary of the same name, Zelai Zabal is one of the most acclaimed restaurants in the area of Oñati due to its culinary selection that skillfully merges traditional Basque cuisine and more contemporary trends without losing sight of the classic roots. The restaurant has enough space to accommodate wedding celebrations, communions, and business meetings. Their fish soup and monkfish two great options for eating in Oñati that are sure to leave you satisfied.
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