Extraordinary Museum Restaurants

Artful eateries that are known for gourmet cuisine and world-class chefs.

Courtesy of Nerua
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Nerua, Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain

Josean Alija, who began his culinary career at age 17 and honed his skills under Ferran Adrià at Spain’s closed (but not forgotten) El Bulli restaurant, is no stranger to avant-garde epicurean excellence. Today, Alija is the face of Nerua restaurant, opened in 2011, at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, an industrial city in northern Spain known for its Basque culture and, in the culinary world, a hearty concentration of Michelin stars. The young chef’s creations have not gone unnoticed by critics either. Both his roast-duck foie gras with candied carrots and whipped casein with strawberry-and-violet ice cream has garnered the chef awards (most artistic dish and most beautiful dish, respectively). As for the restaurant itself, sleek maple and smooth lacquered surfaces mirror the iconic exterior of the Frank Gehry–designed museum. 2 Avda. Abandoibarra; 34-94/400-0430; nerua.com. —ES