We find ourselves in Orio, a coastal town in Gipuzkoa with a long-standing fishing tradition—the perfect place to try some high-quality fish. When it comes to eating in Orio, there are numerous restaurants and bars where you can eat delicious dishes. You’ll be able to get traditional Basque dishes as well as the town’s original creations.
The options are plentiful when it comes to eating in Orio, a fishing town situated at the mouth of the Oria River. Quality fish are caught daily at the port and then cooked on the famous charcoal grills of the town’s restaurants, some of which are set up in the middle of the street. There’s no question about it: you can’t leave Orio without trying some delectable Orio-style sea bream, cooked directly on the grill. It’s without a doubt the town’s signature dish, so much so that in the third week of July they celebrate the Sea Bream Festival. For four days (Thursday to Sunday), Orio Plaza is converted into a restaurant where three of the town’s grill houses (Xixario, Joxe Mari, and Katxiña) grill a total of nearly a thousand sea breams on giant barbecues.
Other popular products when it comes to eating in Orio include baby eel from the river and anchovies, another beloved seasonal fish. Overall, in Orio you can easily enjoy any kind of fish that swims in the waters of the Cantabrian Sea.
If you’re a meat lover, the town’s grill houses also serve all kinds of specialties like ox chops, sirloins, and fillets. The area with the highest concentration of producers of Txakoli de Getaria is also right nearby the town, so it comes as no surprise that this white wine (as well as handcrafted cider) is one of the most popular beverage choices when it comes to eating in Orio. And to finish, there’s nothing better than digesting your feast while taking a walk in Pagoeta Natural Park, a peaceful natural haven.
Taberna Arkaitz serves generous raciones to share with family and friends, including calamari, croquettes, and mushrooms. At Anarri you can also get some delicious raciones: potatoes, codfish a la vizcaína, tuna fish salad…a great place for eating in Orio on a budget, they also have sandwiches and combo meals.
There are many places for eating in Orio. Katxina is one of the town’s most popular restaurants. Located in a building that used to belong to a fishing guild, they specialize in grilled meat and fish and are located in an exceptional natural environment that graces visitors with excellent views of the town and the river. Good sea bream, scampi, and monkfish…the pastries are also excellent.
Another good place to eat in Orio is Xixario Grill, a family-owned restaurant with a lengthy history located downtown. They serve good fish and steak and have an extensive menu of wines and cigars. Of course, sea bream is on the menu too.
At the restaurant Joxe Mari, you’ll find an appetizing menu made up of recipes from the Gipuzkoan cookbook; their specialty, however, is grilled sea bream as well as other kinds of fish and meat cooked in the same manner. The only downside is that ox chops are the only meat they offer, but they’re prepared very well.
On the outskirts of town you can find the restaurant San Martín, a grill with a great reputation when it comes to eating in Orio. Their food is high-quality, made with fresh locally-sourced products, and centered on the local tradition of grilled meat and fish. Some of their best dishes include scallops au gratin, turbot, and crab salad.
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