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Bar Paco Bueno

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Bar, Spanish
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C/ Mayor / Nagusia Kalea 6 | 20003, San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
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48 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

We stopped there attracted by the busy crowd inside. We were not disappointed as we enjoyed our favourite grilled pulpo and padron peppers.

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Thank Charles D
Casablanca, Morocco
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39 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

paco bueno, named after the old boxer and owner. PLace is very authentic, nice food and service. meeting point of rugby fans.

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Thank wind4kite
Madrid, Spain
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174 reviews
139 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016 via mobile

This is the place you go to have a nice vermouth and great fried shrimp. That is the house speciality and really worth it.

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Thank hararysainz
Staines, United Kingdom
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60 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

This bar was heaving day and night, if you want a quiet drink and pinxos this is not for you. The bar staff were excellent at keeping everyone happy and Paco Bueno's grandson gave us a bit of the bar and family history.

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Thank john_heathrow
Beijing, China
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152 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016

Paco Bueno was a boxer who open a bar after retirement. The bar is full of back and white pictures of boxing fights. But the nicest thing of the place is not the old decoration but the fried tapas. It is an honest and traditional place and you can try the nice seafood tapas.

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Thank Alex B
Zurich, Switzerland
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70 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

We stayed 1 week in San Sebastian, passed by this bar everyday and it was closed. They don't even have opening hours mention on the door. They stayed close when other bars were open. These guys did not seemed to care about their opening hours - they open when they want. I guess they made enough money.

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140 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2016

THE BAR : The owner’s name is Paco Bueno, and he hung up his boxing gloves in 1950. His son Gorka Bueno played rugby for Biarritz for 3 years. Hence the sporting memorabilia on the walls. Together with mother Maria Jesus Aranburu, they pride themselves in simple, uncomplicated, top quality food, enjoyed by a steady stream of faithful locals. Go... More 

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Knaresborough, United Kingdom
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1,385 reviews
562 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 667 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2016 via mobile

Of all the bars we sampled in the old town, this one felt the most bog-standard, and I mean that in the most positive way. Slightly scruffy, used mainly by locals and with excellent beer, it really cut the mustard with me. The food here is clearly top notch, and from my position on a bench near the kitchen it... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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113 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2016

A truly local atmosphere with great tapas and great wine. We wasted a good few hours in here just watching the people come and go. The staff are amazing with wonderful memories and make you feel truly welcome.

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Perth, Australia
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2016

Excellent service from the team behind the bar & the ladies in the kitchen.A superb selection of hot& cold pintxos to satisfy every taste & a good selection of local & Spanish wines including some very good Rioja, all at very correct prices.A bar with a big local following & comfortable relaxed atmosphere. A big thank you to Joxan for... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Bar, Spanish
Meals
Lunch
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Good for
Local cuisine, Cheap Eats
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: C/ Mayor / Nagusia Kalea 6 | 20003, San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
  • Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Basque Country  >  Province of Guipuzcoa  >  San Sebastian - Donostia

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?