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Etxebarri: Best day/time to go?

stanshep Apr 21, 2010 10:22 AM

I want to visit Etxebarri when the dining room is full and has energy. Many pictures I've seen on the web show a dining room with only one or two tables occupied. My general experience is that this makes for a rather depressing meal (no matter how good the food is).

I have a reso for dinner on Saturday at 10pm. I know the Spanish eat dinner very late compared to many other countries. But I also know the Spanish eat their big meal of day in the afternoon. Will the place be happening or more of a snooze?

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    bhb1978 Apr 22, 2010 07:02 PM

    Just posted on here about our meal- didn't realize they do dinner... And personally I wouldn't go for dinner because the scenery just can't be appreciated at night. It's gorgeous and in the middle of nowhere, and I wouldn't want to drive that at night.
    Lunch was phenomenal. We sat amongst 6+ other full tables... I wasn't checking out how full the restaurant was/wasn't although I'm sure they could have put an extra table or so. It was really, really enjoyable. It's not a "happening" place like NYC or Paris mainly because it's in the middle of nowhere. Enjoy.

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      magiesmom Apr 22, 2010 08:50 PM

      the website only lists lunch .

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        magiesmom Apr 22, 2010 08:54 PM

        dinner only Saturday, but the drive well not be fun at night and the scenery is important to the experience IMO.

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        slsharp Apr 23, 2010 05:17 AM

        totally agree that lunch is best to enjoy the scenery. also, we had a little trouble finding the restaurant even in the daytime. the dining room is light and airy--could not ever be depressing. when we visited last spring, there were a few other parties literally from all corners of the earth. there were also a couple locals who were eating a la carte--not the several course tasting.

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