El Arandia de Julen

Plaza de la Encarnación, 10 48006 Bilbao Spain Map
Average price €35.00
9,4 /10
198 reviews
676 reviews

About the restaurant El Arandia de Julen

Un rincón culinario con un cocinero que rinde homenaje a los sabores de la tierra, y que explica con sus preparaciones las razones por las que la cocina vasca es reconocida en todo el país. Esto y más encontrarás en El Arandia de Julen.

Ubicado en Bilbao, es un lugar en el que el chef Julen Prado-Egiar cocina lo mejor de esta gastronomía. Se especializa en alubias con sacramentos y chuletón a la brasa, pero también puedes encontrar una especial ventresca de atún o un inolvidable bacalao al horno.

Su decoración clásica, con paredes de piedra natural, le da la calidez necesaria para sentarte a cuerpo de rey a disfrutar sus platos acompañados de buen vino. No te pierdas El Arandia, Julen complacerá tus antojos.

Restaurant prices

Average à la carte price
€35.00
(average à la carte price based on a two-course meal excluding drinks)

Drink prices

  • €2.16
    Bottle of mineral water
  • €10.80
    Bottle of wine
  • €1.35
    Coffee
Prices and menu can change. Those prices don't take into account any promotion and are VAT included.

How to get to the restaurant El Arandia de Julen

How to get there?

  • Public transports
    Autobuses 40 y 77 y tranvía Atxuri (T7)

Opening time

Comida: de 13:00 a 15:00 (de miércoles a viernes)
Cena: de 21:00 a 22:00 (únicamente viernes y sábado)

Services

  • American Express , Credit Card , Mastercard
  • Privatisable (42 maximum number of guests.)
  • Air-conditioning , Bar , Can be privatized , English spoken , Wifi
Excellent
9,4 /10
Only clients who have dined at the restaurant, after booking on TheFork, can leave their opinion.
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Food
9,5
Service
9,6
Setting
9
Value for price
Interesting
Noise level
Quiet
Waiting time
Fast
33/198 reviews
Roberto P.
Foodie
(16 reviews)
Average Rating
9,5 /10
Food
10
Service
10
Setting
8
  • Meal date : 12 Oct 2019
Very warm and friendly welcome. Good quality for all dishes. The best carpaccio bacalao and chuleton that you can finish at your leisure on the stone plate heated by the flame
Susan T.
(1 review)
Average Rating
10 /10
Food
10
Service
10
Setting
10
  • Meal date : 24 Aug 2019
Our 2nd visit to this wonderful restaurant for dinner and it was just as we remembered it. Set in a little square off a main street next to a lovely church. The restaurant itself is fairly small but well laid out and diners have plenty of space & privacy.

The lady who is front of house is a real asset! We have heard her speak several languages fluently and she is extremely knowledgeable about every dish on the menu, taking the time to explain how dishes are prepared and how the ingredients are sourced. All throughout service she (and the other staff members) were available in the background if needed but not intrusive - just perfect!

The food is absolutely delicious and fantastic value for money. The menu is extensive with options to suit every budget. There are various set menus as well as a la carte options. We ate a set menu costing 55 euros each and this included water, bread and a very drinkable bottle of house red wine. The menu we chose had about 7 or 8 courses and all were perfect for us - we left feeling very satisfied. The main meat course was brought to the table with a small burner for us to cook ourselves to our liking - fabulous! A really lovely touch was that the chef came round the tables for a quick word to make sure everything was ok and diners were enjoying their meal.

The lady host came for a quick word as we were finishing and was keen to ask if we were enjoying our stay in the city. When we told her where we were from she shared that she had visited our country last year and we had a lovely conversation. We mentioned it was our 2nd visit after enjoying it so much last year and she was delighted we had decided to come back.

Our visit coincided with a special birthday for me and we chose to go back here specifically for this. I’m so glad we did. This restaurant has it all - great atmosphere, staff and food. We were there for 3 hours in total and enjoyed every minute. If you’re looking for the whole experience and a night to remember as we were, then this is the place for you. We will definitely be back.
Sandra H.
(1 review)
Average Rating
10 /10
Food
10
Service
10
Setting
10
  • Meal date : 24 Jul 2019
We had an absolutely outstanding traditional Basque meal with excellent service. Warm ambiance and convenient location to the old town of Bilbao.
Sergio A.
Foodie
(13 reviews)
Average Rating
9,5 /10
Food
10
Service
10
Setting
8
  • Meal date : 5 Jul 2019
Materia prima excelente
Kersti H.
Foodie
(42 reviews)
Average Rating
10 /10
Food
10
Service
10
Setting
10
  • Meal date : 5 Jun 2019
Extraordinärt, mat, personal o lokal
Claire H.
Adventurer
(1 review)
Average Rating
10 /10
Food
10
Service
10
Setting
10
  • Meal date : 24 May 2019
Superb! The meat was just so tender... massive portion, could not finish it and glad I did not have a starter!

The servers were super, very attentive and not at all intrusive, took an interest in their guests and the chef came out to check on the guests as well.

Fantastic value for a fantastic evening!
Valois D.
Conqueror
(7 reviews)
Average Rating
10 /10
Food
10
Service
10
Setting
10
  • Meal date : 23 Feb 2019
Great service
Great value
Incredible T-bone steak

Wonderful place
Jose V.
Explorer
(2 reviews)
Average Rating
10 /10
Food
10
Service
10
Setting
10
  • Meal date : 23 Jan 2019
Sensacional comida , trato familiar. Lugar recomendable
George D.
Foodie
(13 reviews)
Average Rating
8,5 /10
Food
8
Service
8
Setting
10
  • Meal date : 8 Dec 2018
Excellent robust fare. The tasting menu requires a good appetite and is great value. Chef and staff charming.
Mario B.
Adventurer
(1 review)
Average Rating
9,5 /10
Food
10
Service
10
Setting
8
  • Meal date : 19 Aug 2018
Polpo superlativo !
Simone H.
Adventurer
(1 review)
Average Rating
9,5 /10
Food
10
Service
10
Setting
8
  • Meal date : 20 Jun 2018
Amazing anchovies, probably the best I have ever had. Fish dishes outstanding. Service warm/friendly and the staff went out of their way to ensure we were happy. Will be recommending to friends and family.
Annabelle A.
Explorer
(2 reviews)
Average Rating
10 /10
Food
10
Service
10
Setting
10
  • Meal date : 9 Jun 2018
Fantastic. Excellent ingredients cooked to perfection. Very generous in both portions and hospitality. Highly recommend!
Peter H.
Explorer
(2 reviews)
Average Rating
9,5 /10
Food
10
Service
10
Setting
8
  • Meal date : 26 May 2018
Chose El Arandia from previous Trip Advisor recommendations and we weren't disappointed. We had smoked sardines and octopus to start and hake and monk fish for the main courses. All were excellent and we'll cooked. The waitress spoke excellent English and was very informative and friendly.
Well worth trying.
William W.
Explorer
(2 reviews)
Average Rating
9,5 /10
Food
10
Service
10
Setting
8
  • Meal date : 11 May 2018
Fantastic traditional food and plenty of it.
Peter S.
Adventurer
(1 review)
Average Rating
10 /10
Food
10
Service
10
Setting
10
  • Meal date : 7 Apr 2018
One of the best steaks our party had ever eaten. The service was prompt and fun. You can tell they love what they do here.
Manuel Maria C.
Adventurer
(1 review)
Average Rating
7,5 /10
Food
8
Service
8
Setting
6
  • Meal date : 24 Feb 2018
Very nice service and food. A little bit “old stylish”, but we had a very good dinner.
J. T.
Conqueror
(9 reviews)
Average Rating
9,5 /10
Food
10
Service
10
Setting
8
  • Meal date : 2 Dec 2017
Modest looking from the outside, all you can see is the small bar. The dining room is cozy with about 10 tables/30 seats, in traditional style. Mix of tourists and locals. The set menus are mostly for 2 people, because the main dish is a txuleta that weighs more than a kilo (with bone). There are also several fish dishes and daily specials that they can explain to you in 3 or 4 different languages.


The main event for me was the meat, and it did not disappoint. Simply seasoned and quickly grilled and sliced, you finish cooking it to your own taste right on the table. It gets a little smoky in the dining room because this is happening at every table. The accompaniments (fried potatoes and marinated sweet red peppers) are also perfect.


Unfortunately I did not see any of the desserts, so I have to go back for that.
Sergio M.
Adventurer
(1 review)
Average Rating
10 /10
Food
10
Service
10
Setting
10
  • Meal date : 25 Nov 2017
Excelente trato!!!
Markus K.
Adventurer
(1 review)
Average Rating
10 /10
Food
10
Service
10
Setting
10
  • Meal date : 14 Oct 2017
Excellent food and lovely waitresses, walking distance from the old town, loved the Reagge Music as background.
Victor B.
Adventurer
(1 review)
Average Rating
4 /10
Food
4
Service
4
Setting
4
  • Meal date : 16 Jun 2017
I was expecting something exceptional, since it was the #3 restaurant in Bilbao. It was just ok, with some items disappointing.


The highlight was the "chuleton de ternera", a really tender cut of meat. We had to cook it ourselves in a grill placed in our table. Maybe some people enjoy that (and probably at some times I do as well), but I would have rather have a really well cooked piece of meat from the kitchen.


The two items that were the most disappointing: the waitress made me us uncomfortable in her ways (and I sensed alcohol in her breath), and there was a $15 entree with asparagus that felt like just taken out of a can.
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