Dining During Fiesta - Sanfermines 2017

Carpaccio of beef at El Embrujo

Pamplona is a city blessed with more than 300 cafés, bars and restaurants from which to choose.  It offers some of the finest cuisine in the north of Spain on a par with the best the Basque country and Catalunya have to offer.  More than 80 cafés, bars and restaurants, including a few from a far away as Tudela and Tafalla, participated in the annual pintxos competition, which celebrates the best of miniature haute cuisine in Navarra.

While most cafés, bars and restaurants outside of the Old City, in the 1st and 2nd Ensanche (Iturrama, San Juan and Ermitagaña neighborhoods), continue to offer their regular menus during fiesta, in addition to a special "Sanfermines Menu", pintxos bars and cafés within the Old City like Bar Gaucho, Baserri and Iru, simply cannot offer their normal award winning pintxos menu during fiesta because of the demand.

The last night you will be able to sample this truly outstanding fare will be the on July 5, which is also the last night the famous Café Iruña in the Plaza del Castillo, a favorite of Papa Hemingway, serves pintxos at the bar.

As most restaurants in are smaller, family style restaurants.  Reservations for lunch and/or dinner during fiesta are essential and should be made well in advance, and although the fiesta doesn’t officially begin until the 6th, in 2015 you will need reservations for the weekend of the 3rd, 4th and 5th as festival goers from throughout Spain and around the world begin arriving.  Restaurants in the old quarter will also be busy from the 10th to the 14th when the city fills with revelers from the Pays Basque, the French Basque Country, celebrating their Bastille Day holiday.

Restaurants typically have only one seating at lunch, but some offer a second seating at dinner during fiesta and will not give your table away if you are late, as it is not unusual for Pamplonicas to arrive a little late during the festival, and they are never in a hurry to finish a meal except when they are going to the bullfights.

Solomio de Toro, Restaurante Rodero

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