Dining in Pamplona during the Running of the Bulls® can be a challenge. Our Pamplona Restaurant Guide helps you navigate the complicated adventure of finding good food during fiesta. Most mid-range establishment trim their menu to offer what is quick and easy to serve – Bocadillos (sandwiches) and maybe Fritos (fried food). Fine dining restaurants cater to long-term, loyal clients who book months in advance for lunches and dinners during the San Fermin Festival. One bright spot during Fiesta is the traditional Basque Cider Houses or Cidrerias and Asadors, which are equipped for large groups and serve up hearty steaks and fresh fish. Your best bet is to book pre-paid Pamplona restaurant reservations with us, in order to ensure you really have a table. The best restaurants require pre-paid bookings, because some people tend to drink a bit too much and forget they have a table booked. This way, the restauranteur has a guarantee we’ll show up for dinner.
Running of the Bulls, Inc. works with local Pamplona restaurants and event organizers to present Pamplona restaurant offers. Use the following list to compare your San Fermin dining choices, or if you’re interested in travel advice for your entire trip, we highly suggest completing our Pamplona Expert Travel Advice form.
Pamplona Fine Dining
Indulge in not one, but three Michelin-starred restaurants during your travels to Pamplona, Spain. Fine dining restaurants cater to loyal long-term clients who book months in advance for lunches and dinners during the San Fermin Festival. Your best bet is to book pre-paid reservations with us to ensure seating. The city’s most elite restaurants always require pre-paid bookings, particularly during the Running of Bulls.
Pamplona Dinner Options
It’s not difficult to find good food during the San Fermin Fiesta. Most mid-range eateries trim their menu to items that are quick easy to serve – including Bocadillos (sandwiches) and Fritos (fried food). From casual restaurants that focus on simple regional cooking and cheerful cafes to award-winning establishments, Pamplona is home to excellent cuisine. If you’re craving some savory nibbles and wine, Pamplona’s Old Quarter has dozens of bars and smaller restaurants that specialize in budget-friendly pinxtos.
Local Cuisine in Pamplona
Many would argue that Pamplona’s social life revolves around pintxos and wine. In terms of local cuisine, nothing better exemplifies vibrant Navarran flavors than these bite-sized delicacies we know as tapas. Some of our favorite places to sample Pamplona’s signature snack include:
For Pamplona nightlife, we highly recommend a stop at the former Bar La Carbonera at Calle Olite 12. This live music venue has recently been reborn as Rockollection Bar Live with concerts each Friday night during the year, and nightly during the Fiesta.