It might seem a bit strange to write about Michelin Star restaurants on the Camino de Santiago. But what could be better when walking the Camino than treating yourself to a wonderful meal in an incredible setting? We love the Menu Del Dias in Spain, but we also love to enjoy a gastronomic feast and there are some fantastic Michelin star restaurants on the Camino route to try.
Here’s our guide to the top 11 Michelin Star restaurants on the Camino de Santiago.
- Michelin Star restaurants on the North Route
- Michelin Star Restaurants on the French Route
- Michelin Star Restaurants on the Portuguese Route
- Michelin style restaurants in Santiago de Compostela
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Michelin Star restaurants on the North Route of the Camino
Arzak Restaurant, San Sebastian
This three Michelin star restaurant, Arzak, is in the stunning city of San Sebastian. Led by chef Juan Mari Arzak and his daughter Elena, here you’ll find Basque tradition meeting modern cuisine. This restaurant offers a tasting menu or a la carte options. Anthony Bourdain famously visited this restaurant – what could be a better mark of respect than that?
It might seem a little soon into the Camino del Norte, but why not give Arzak a go after one day of walking!
El Retiro, Llanes
Llanes is one of our favourite towns on the Camino del Norte. It’s when you start to experience the Asturias life and cuisine. Not to mention the cider!
El Retiro is a celebration of Asturias tradition, local ingredients and creative cooking. The stripped back restaurant has relaxed ambience.
Auga Restaurant, Gijon
Gijon is roughly half way through the Camino de Santiago North route. Therefore, it can be a great city to take a rest day. Why not visit Auga Restaurant in Gijon whilst you relax and put your feet up?
Expect one Michelin star quality at Auga. Think clever food paired with interesting wines. Seafood is a speciality here and can be enjoyed whilst overlooking the Gijon marina from the fantastic terrace.
Michelin Star Restaurants on the French Route of the Camino
Pablo Restaurant, Leon
Pablo is situated right next to the Leon cathedral, meaning you can grab your Pilgrim stamp just before taking lunch here. This restaurant has one Michelin star and a rustic, yet minimalist setting.
Here you can enjoy a set tasting menu, paired with wine which often includes produce from small local providers.
Europa restaurant has had one Michelin star for 20 years! This pretty restaurant in the heart of Pamplona offers gastronomic twists on traditional Basque cookery. Think hearty flavours but delicate plates of food.
Europa offers a set menu or a la carte options, as well as a wine pairing option.
Ajonegro, in the heart of the Rioja region, is the perfect pit stop for any hungry Pilgrim looking for a treat. This restaurant serves Mexican and Spanish fusion food, inspired by the heritage of both chefs.
At Ajonegro you can try one of two tasting menus in the evening, one of which is 12 courses long.
Honourable mention: Cocina Con Mimo, Leon
Cocina Con Mimo is mentioned in the Michelin Guide but is not (yet) a Michelin Star restaurant. After trying the 12 course “Larga Distancia” tasting menu, we think it could well be Michelin Star in the future.
Regardless, we think that this place offers an electric edible experience to suit pilgrims looking for low key but indulgent food on The Way. Prepare for a long lunch or dinner of Spanish infusion dishes, served skilfully alongside an inexpensive wine menu which celebrates local wine.
Michelin Star Restaurants on the Portuguese Route of the Camino
Why not kick off your Portuguese Camino route in style with lunch or dinner at Antiqvvm in Porto?
Antiqvvm is all about location. Set in a leafy park overlooking the Douro river, the views are extra special. But of course, with one Michelin star, the food is also excellent. Expect a range of Portuguese wine, matching the tasting menu exquisitely.
Eirado Restaurant, Pontevedra
Eirado is perfectly placed in the centre of Pontevedra, a town which is roughly half way through the Camino from Porto to Santiago. We visited Eirado recently and have written a comprehensive review.
Suffice to say, this is a low key place with a small number of tables and a vibrant seafood inspired tasting menu. We loved the Galician food with a twist and the interesting wine pairings too.
Michelin style restaurants in Santiago de Compostela
Casa Marcelo is a fusion restaurant with one Michelin star, very close to the Santiago de Compostela cathedral. This place is the perfect place for a big celebration at the end of the Camino de Santiago.
Casa Marcelo is a welcoming, friendly and vibrant restaurant that has been feeding hungry Pilgrims for many years. The cuisine is an exciting mix of Japanese, Spanish and South American. If you want to visit Casa Marcelo, make sure you book in advance as there are few seats at the large communal table.
Abastos 2.0 is “Michelin style” and recommended in the guide, but does not have a Michelin star yet. However, we loved our evening spent at Abastos 2.0 celebrating at the end of our first Camino de Santiago and wanted to include it here.
This stylish tapas restaurant spills out ono the street, serving seafood and delicious wine. We loved the creativity of the food and exquisite flavours.
Lume is an informal but delightful eatery in Santiago de Compostela. Prices are reasonable here for the quality of the food and you won’t feel out of place, even dressed in your tired walking clothes.
Lume is a celebration of Spanish cuisine and wine. You should also expect a Japanese twist to the dishes. This restaurant does not have a Michelin star, but it is certainly Michelin style.
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