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“Great food. Lacks atmosphere”

Nerua Guggenheim Bilbao
Ranked #48 of 1,171 Restaurants in Bilbao
Certificate of Excellence
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Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Description: Nerua takes its name from the Nervión River, the backbone of Bilbao, which in ancient Latin was called Nerva. We combine innovation with our roots, our surroundings. It is a space designed for a gastronomic and cultural experience. Nature sets the pace of our kitchen, we adapt to each season without censorship to do the cuisine that we feel. A local cuisine that begins at the vegetable gardens, in the sea, and in the farms. Our experience is the best technique-we cook with freedom to create pleasure and enjoyment. Faithful to our principles, we defend our environment and the producers who make our goal possible: to be at the cutting edge and to innovate without losing the flavor of our roots. "Muina"-Basque for core, heart, or essence-is the soul of our kitchen.
Reviewed 29 July 2017

Dinner for 2 on a Thursday evening and about 15-20 guests in a spartan room. Since it is part of a museum, it's a little strange that it has no wall covering at all. The food is excellent but a little colour would not detract.
Service? Also very good, although the perpetually warm cutlery is a little odd.
Food and drink? We had the 14 courses surprise menu (who doesn't - 9 and 18 are available) although the menus do replace some dishes so it isn't just 9+5+4 depending on how hungry you are. Plenty of memorable dishes, especially the tomatoes and the tuna heart.
Recommend the food but the pale walls are just too boring. Yes, we know, you want the food to speak for itself as a piece of art. But maybe minimalism has turned it into a conference centre room?

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Reviewed 25 July 2017

My wife and I went for the 14 'products' tasting menu as a treat for her birthday. We were greeted by a chef who served three amuse bouche at the kitchen pass whilst explaining the workings of the kitchen. Very interesting and a good start to the evening. When we got to the main dinner, a couple of the courses were outstanding (prawn broth was worth the airfare alone) some others were bland or dull (fried anchovy was oddly tasteless). Can't fault the service at all, there are practically more staff than customers and they were all extremely well drilled. The room is simple and at our sitting not full so no real atmosphere. It was a good evening out overall but I'd not hurry back.

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1  Thank Damon Y
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Reviewed 20 July 2017 via mobile

We had the tasting menu with wine match. I am always a bit sceptical about wine matches but we just wanted a quiet night chatting without to many decisions. A virtual trust the chef and sommelier. Can't fault the food. Delicious, varied and beautifully presented. The staff on the other hand are aloof and seem to think they are doing you a favour. A few cursory remarks about the wine on the assumption that you might perhaps not know the difference between varietals. I find this offensive and expect more with a wine match. A brief discussion on the wine itself and why it is a match would suffice A bit of staff training on treating patrons as equals wouldn't go astray. Otherwise a very enjoyable evening.

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Reviewed 20 July 2017 via mobile

Went for lunch with my family. Took the set menu and was thoroughly impressed. Impeccable service, superb food. Even we're allowed a tour of the kitchen. Amazing. This memory will last a lifetime. Menu changes 3x a year. Tempting

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Reviewed 16 July 2017

We had a nice meal but it could have been so much better. We chose the 9 course menu. The first 5 courses were all served very quickly one after the other as if they wanted our table (they did not). I complained and it slowed down to a normal restaurant pace. Also the first 5 courses were effectively soups in one form or another. Nice but. One fish dish was also overwhelmed by the sauce. Thankfully the last 4 courses were very good. Also the wine pairing was well chosen and well served.

Thank Alan S
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