Dining at this wonderful Basque restaurant reminds me that I, and too many other reviewers, have been too loose with their fives. I think I've stated this before, but the different between very good and amazing (that is, between 4 and 5) should be like the difference between a Sheraton and a Four Seasons.
Ametsa is amazing, a true 5..
The ambiance, the service and THE FOOD make for a memorable experience. The service is very much in the Four Seasons style -- friendly, informal and thoroughly professional.
The cuisine is superb.
Yes, Ametsa is pricy, but worth it.
Why Michelin has given it only 1 star is beyond me. We have eaten at many Michelin starred restaurants, some not deserving any star. Ametsa deserves 2, for sure, maybe 3.
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