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San Sebastian on a Monday

We will be in San Sebastian in a few weeks and have reservations at the big 3 -- Extebarri, Akelarre and Mugaritz. Any ideas for what to do on a Monday night? None of these are open on Mondays plus we might want a day of rest... favorite tapas or other thoughts welcome. We will actually be staying outside of SB near Igueldo so out of the town proper is also an option.

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  1. Monday night can be difficult to find a good restaurant. I would just head down to the Parte Vieja and eat at the pinxto bars. This old part of town is packed with so many pinxto places that some will certainly be open on Monday nights. This is what makes San Sebastian such a great food city and is a good break from the 3-star restaurant circuit.

      1. re: PhilD

        Great website! Did you have trouble identifying the individual pintxos on the bar menu? Are they pretty much only in Euskara (sp?)?

      2. Agree wholeheartedly with PBSF. Stayed at the Mercure on Monte Igeldo a few years back. Took the fernicular down, walked around the bay to the Parte Vieja and it was tapas heaven! IMHO, some of the best food in the world. A tapas crawl is almost obligatory.

        1. Also, there's a bunch of posts on the boards regarding the high end options as well as the pintxos req's. Are there any mid range places that one can recommend around the area as well? Something a bit more sit down style than the bars, but where one wouldn't necessarily need a reservation?

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          1. re: daimyo

            For midprice, Anastasio Berri and Zugasti are both very good. I would definitely make a reservation for Friday and Saturday nights.
            Many pinxtos places have a sit down section that serve a more traditional style meal. I like Alona Berri, Txepetxa, Gambarra, La Cucha de San Telmo and I believe la Cepa also. One may not need a reservation but be prepare to wait.

          2. Thanks to all for the advice. We leave Sunday and I hope to have some good reporting to do when I return.