Basque Country Culture


Top 10 Michelin starred restaurants in the Basque Country

The Basque Country is a region with a very rich historical and cultural heritage. The local cuisine offers very specific flavours that tourists enjoy discovering.

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To make the most of the typical Basque dishes, we have selected the 10 best starred restaurants in the region.

L'Atelier de Gaztelur in Arcangues

Located in the small village of Arcangues, 5 minutes from Biarritz, the restaurant L'Atelier de Gaztelur offers a refined cuisine using local and seasonal products. Located in a former mansion dating back to 1401, this restaurant offers an exceptional setting to discover a fine and high quality cuisine.

Ithurria in Ainhoa

Located in the municipality of Ainhoa, a stone's throw from the Spanish border, the hotel and restaurant L'Ithurria offers top-of-the-range services. On the menu, you can discover many local specialities such as: piperade, egg with truffles, lamb, Bayonne ham... In the heart of a 17th century inn, you will spend a unique moment.

L'Auberge Basque in Saint Pée sur Nivelle

Located on a hill in the heart of an exceptional natural setting, the Auberge Basque is a unique and relaxing place. In this contemporary inn, you can enjoy refined cuisine inspired by the gastronomic heritage of the Basque Country. You will have the choice between Ibaona ham piperade, tamarind fish or kriaxera duck.

The Zoko Moko in Saint Jean de Luz

A stone's throw from the Grande Plage de Saint-Jean-de-Luz, Zoko Moko is the ideal place to discover the different flavours of local cuisine. To enjoy fresh local produce, the restaurant offers a market menu or an à la carte menu where you can choose between Basque specialities.

The Moulin d'Alotz in Arcangues

Further inland, the Moulin d'Alotz in Arcangues has an exceptional setting. In a 17th century mill, you will discover a cuisine made from the best products of the region. In this establishment, you can enjoy very elaborate dishes: grilled langoustines, grilled monkfish, pigeon, grilled fillet of Saint pierre, tomato confit...

L'Impertinent in Biarritz

Impertinent opened its doors in 2012 in the heart of the Saint-Charles district of Biarritz. After only ten months, the restaurant already received a star, rewarding a varied and inventive cuisine. As its name suggests, this restaurant strives to amaze with the flavours on offer by relying on perfectly crafted dishes.

Les Rosiers in Biarritz

Located outside the very heart of the city, Les Rosiers restaurant is located in a town house, creating a discreet and relaxing setting. In this restaurant, you will taste excellent local specialities reworked by the chef. For a discovery of a top-of-the-range Basque gastronomy, Les Rosiers is one of the best addresses.

La Table des Frères Ibarboure in Bidart

Located between Biarritz and Saint-Jean-de-Luz, La Table des Frères Ibarboures is one of the best starred hotels and restaurants in the Basque Country. In this charming hotel, you will have the opportunity to discover the typical flavours of the region: langoustine, blown courgette flower, Bayonne ham... Feel free to come and enjoy the dishes prepared by the two young brothers Ibarboures.

Briketenia in Guéthary

In the heart of the typical Basque village of Guéthary, the starred restaurant Briketenia is a must. Combining family tradition and modernity, Briketenia offers an elaborate menu with entirely local products. In a friendly atmosphere, you will be able to appreciate and discover all the culinary heritage of the region.

Les Pyrénées in Saint Jean Pied de Port

In the Basque hinterland, the Arrambide family welcomes you to its hotel and restaurant Les Pyrénées in the small village of Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port. In this Basque house, you will discover a menu based on the region's terroir and flavours. For a tasteful trip in an exceptional setting, do not hesitate to visit the restaurant Les Pyrénées.

The Basque Country's heritage is very rich and multi-faceted. To discover all the culinary specialities of the region, many starred restaurants are present in the region where their chefs will offer you a fine and elaborate cuisine based on regional flavours and dishes. Take a taste trip with our selection of the best starred restaurants.