I held off for personal reasons ... a preference for being fully up-to-date ... so let's proceed ...
Also do you think I can take a 3 year old to Elkano/Kaia Kaipe? Ibai? Eating things won't be a problem, its just kids in a dining room issue.
Disclaimer #1 – I have ZERO idea what it’s like traveling with (or eating with or dealing with) little kids. Do 3 year olds walk yet ? talk yet ? eat normal food ? start screaming uncontrollably for totally unknown reasons ? does said screaming stop immediately cuz you pop a pacifier in its mouth ? I truly don’t know about any of this stuff, except for that walkie-talkie part.
Re Elkano vs Kaia ... Elkano is indeed a more “fine dining” ambiance but I do think you could take a 3yo there, especially if you have a 16yo on hand to exit the resto with any crying or restless little ones as the parents continue to enjoy their meal. Northern Spaniards are pretty forgiving and understanding of families dining out and that kids are kids, but a loud, crying baby inside that resto would not be acceptable and would need to be taken outside IMHO. I would NOT recommend taking a 3yo to 2*/3* restos in Spain but although Elkano is a nice place and a civilized place, it’s simply not at that level.
I stand by the above words, strongly ... but this is simply one man's opinion ...
Elkano also seats outside in the front and I think you could do very well with a kid there
I will note that those outside tables can be VERY noisy (aka semi-unpleasant) because they are right by an intersection with a major road ... and they CANNOT be truly reserved because they are highly weather-dependent (this is Basque country, remember, and the weather can change hourly) and they are in use for just a few months per year. More importantly, service outside is going to be much worse and the true Elkano experience is to be inside and soak in that wooden decor and be around the warmth of the other diners. If you are not going to be inside at Elkano, then just go to Kaia Kaipe. That said, as I said, young ones inside Elkano isn't a big problem if they are exited when overly-excited, as Bonner attested to
A friend of mine recently told me how great Azurmendi (in Bilbao which isn't necessarily relevant to your trip) is with his children, so I wouldn't assume you can't do 2 and 3 stars, I would just call the restaurants and ask because many of us on this board are child free
I don't know your friend ... we don't know your friend ...
but have you been to Azurmendi ? Mugaritz ? and would you recommend taking a 3 year old there ? or even a 5 year old ?
These restaurants, unlike almost every single resto in the United States, are TRULY in the SERVICE business
They will NOT say no. They WILL accommodate
But that's not the relevant question ... the relevant question is whether it's a good idea or not ... and Chambo says DON'T DO IT
For YOUR pleasure and for everyone else's, GET THE BABYSITTER ... tiny ones don't belong at these restos ... these restos are MAJOR EVENTS** ... they are NOT meals* ... and there is a MAJOR difference IMO
* Elkano is a meal ... Rekondo is a meal ... Zuberoa is a meal ... and I'm NOT really recommending these places ... just stating that they are meals and not events
** Quique is an event ... Diverxo is an event ... Disfrutar is an event ... etc ... and if the multi-stars aren't events then they are probably too sophisticated or too formal for tiny ones ...
YMMV ... and if others feel otherwise, do speak up because there is no one answer ... and I'm done on this subject and won't respond
mitchells ? you've been and you're a Dad ... and Father Knows Best ... 3yos in Azurmendi ... or 5yos ... good idea ?