CLOSED: Fresc Co

  • Veg-options Veg-options
    ( 5 reviews )


944233 001?

Gran Via Diego Lopez Haro, 55 (at near Guggenhein andart museums), Bilbao, Spain, 48011

Serves meat, vegan options available. Buffet and salad bar restaurant with multiple outlets. Usually one vegetarian warm dish, lacto-vegetarian pizza, and soup. Reported closed to HappyCow, Oct 2015.

Categories: Lacto, Ovo, Western, Buffet, Salad bar, Take-out, Spanish, Non-veg

5 Reviews

First Review by saul cups

Acceptable - Edit

Being a vegan, Fresc co is one of the best options in Bilbao even though I expected they could have more options without cheese or egg. But is cheap and a vegan can manage well with their buffet.

Pros: price, good location, enough vegan variety

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One of the best in Bilbao - Edit

This is one of the best vegetarian places to eat. It had a large salad bar where you can take as much as you can. In the back you can find the hot food. They had a vegetarian burger, loads of vegetables and pizza´s. It is inexpensive but not very cosy to eat. I don´t like the all-you-can-eat places but the food was good.

Pros: Inexpensive, Healthy food

Cons: Not really cosy

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Good place to eat! - Edit

Buffet. Great DIY salads, pasta, grilled vegetables, vegan burgers. Look inside as at first sight you can only see the salads counter.

Pros: good food, healthy cuisine, good value

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Fantastic value right in the centre of Bilbao - Edit

Fresc Co is situated on the main shopping street in Bilbao. It's a canteen-style all you can eat buffet; look to your left as you enter and you'll find instructions in English on the wall. You take a tray and plate and load up your plate with whatever you fancy from the salad bar. The selection is huge; although it's not a vegetarian restaurant, there are loads of vegetarian (and vegan) options and it all looks freshly prepared and of good quality. The salads are not all labelled but it's pretty easy to work out what's veggie and what's not. Once you've chosen your salads, help yourself to dressings, nuts and toasted sesame seeds and order your drink. Your drink is included in the price, even if you order a beer! Once you've paid, you can also access the hot food and soup counter at the back. Again, take a plate and help yourself. The selection here for vegetarians is not brilliant - pasta in tomato sauce and gazpacho the nights I visited. The second night I went they did have veggie pizza but it had been made as one third of a large pizza that had another third with ham, so I didn't risk it. You can also help yourself to dessert (a choice of icecream from a machine, fresh fruit salad or a baked pudding) and tea/coffee/herbal tea. The table and chairs are just basic canteen style. The first night I visited it was fairly busy and the table-clearing staff were a bit over-zealous. The staff were very pleasant, however, and I felt quite comfortable as a female dining alone. The second night, I went back with non-veggie friends; the place was very quiet as it was a Sunday and also the night of the World Cup final. My friends and I thought Fresc Co was just really great value (only €9.95 per person, all-inclusive); tasty, cheap and cheerful. Having found the Basque Country a bit of a struggle as a lone veggie with just a few words of Spanish, this restaurant was a real oasis, where I could choose what to eat and enjoy it in relaxed surroundings.

Pros: Great value, Non-smoking, Very clean

Cons: Over-reliance on tomatoes in hot dishes, Some meat dishes, Over-zealous table clearers at busy time

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you will eat here because you have no other choice - Edit

this place was a 'saving grace' -- it has a decent salad bar with vegan options AND it's open for dinner (most veg places in bilbao are only open for lunch). in fact, it's open through the evening -- i don't remember their hours precisely, but i do know it was open at 6pm and didn't close until midnight. not bad! yes, they also have animal products -- chicken, fish, dairy, etc.-- but there are enough vegan salad products (greens of different types, tomatoes, un-cheesed pastas, etc.) to fill up on. believe me, you will not have to chance it in one of your typical bilbao restaurants, where everything contains jamon or marisco or who knows what. go to fresc co and eat your veggies fresh, unadulterated, and un-meated. all-you-can-eat dinner costs around 10 euro.

Pros: open early for dinner, fresh vegetables, all you can eat, cheap

Cons: also has flesh/animal products, really not that great, but good enough

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