Anthony Bourdain in Asturias: 7 Spots Where Tony Ate

The refreshing spray of freshly poured cider. A plate of cured Spanish ham and gooey cheese. Fresh air in your lungs after a climb through the mountains. This is one of the scenes set in Asturias, the dynamic region along the Bay of Biscay. From rugged mountains to jagged coastline, Asturias – like other parts of Spain – has distinctive cultural aspects and inspires deep pride in its locals. As it’s one of the last places he visited during his globe-spanning career, you might want to follow in the footsteps of Anthony Bourdain in Asturias.

Anthony Bourdain in Asturias Hero

Anthony Bourdain visited Asturias once on-screen, during season 12 of Parts Unknown. It was his only filmed visit to the region, and he shares the time with close friend Chef José Andrés who hails from the region and serves as both his guide and ambassador for what makes the area special.

Fair warning though: this is one of the most heartbreaking episodes in Anthony Bourdain’s career. It’s one of the only episodes that aired after his death in June 2018 (original air date: September 30, 2018) and was released lacking Tony’s distinctive voiceover narration. While watching, I was suddenly struck about a third of the way in that I was a bit confused and disoriented – I couldn’t tell what they were eating or where they were – and then I realized it was because Bourdain wasn’t guiding me as the viewer. It feels like an immense black hole at the center of the episode, which is an otherwise delightful and joyous exploration of friendship and ‘hometown’ pride.

Nevertheless, the Asturias episode is well worth watching especially if you plan to visit this part of Spain and are curious about where Tony ate during his visit. Below I’ve detailed each of the places visited by Anthony Bourdain in Asturias, and what he ate there with Chef José Andrés.

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This post was originally published in July 2022, and was checked and updated most recently in July 2023.

Places Tony Ate in Asturias

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I usually like to start with a map of places that Anthony Bourdain ate in any destination as it gives you a sense of where each place is and how to plan your own trip following his footsteps – or forkfuls, as it were. As you can see on this other map, Asturias is a large area along Spain’s northern coast, so it’s no surprise that Tony and José visit places that aren’t as geographically close as in other places he/they visit.

(If you like watching Tony and José together, be sure to check out the Barcelona/El Bulli episode (No Reservations, season 7, episode 12.))

Now that you’re oriented, let’s go through each place individually and I’ll share what the pair of chefs enjoyed together.


The Asturias episode opens with José Andrés and Anthony Bourdain enjoying dinner in an open-air plaza. While the restaurant isn’t named, a bit of research shows that the iconic statue in the plaza is “El escanciador de sidra” (“The Cider Pourer”). They’re ordering dishes from Ca’Laura (Pl. San Juan, 2), including arbejos con jamón (green peas with ham), croquettes, mussels, and steak with bleu cheese.

Additionally, they enjoy – as one should near a statue of a man pouring cider  – plenty of cider. Fortified by the drink and with a swelling sense of patriotism for his home region, Andrés sparks a sing-along with other diners in the plaza.

Bar Guillermina

Next, José and Tony set off into the mountains of Asturias, on one – what Bourdain would have us believe – of the most perilous journies he’s ever taken. In reality, the pair took a funicular and walked for less than 10 minutes to reach Bar Guillermina (Lugar Bulnes, 22A).

For their “well-earned” respite after all that hiking… (can you hear my eyes rolling!), the pair enjoy Fabada asturiana (tripe, blood sausage, pork belly, and sausage with beans) along with Estrella beer (for Tony) and cider (for José). If you want to earn this meal too, it’s a 2-3 hour, 4.2-mile out-and-back hike on the Ruta de la Canal del Texu.

Casa Lin

Next, Bourdain and Andrés head to the Austrian coastal town of Avilés to enjoy the bounty of the sea. They visit Casa Lin, a sidreria (cider house) near the Ria de Avilés. There, they enjoy a series of seafood dishes with cider, including oricios Asturias (flash-boiled Asturian sea urchin) that Tony raves about, flash-boiled clams on the flattop grill, spider crab, and gooseneck barnacles.

Cueva del Queso de Cabrales

Anthony Bourdain in Asturias - Cheese Cave

Heading back up into the mountains, Tony and José enter a dream realm – a cheese cave – also known as the Cueva del Queso de Cabrales. This is one of several cheese caves in the mountains around Asturias, and inspires the pair to have an al fresco picnic after their sojourn into the caves.

Their picnic spread includes cave-cured three-milk cheese, charcuterie, coffee, and beer, with incredible views of the mountains and some quality time together. (Following this scene, Chef José shares some poignant thoughts on his friendship with Bourdain; another touching moment in this unusual end-of-career episode.)

Meson Puente Romano

With special thanks to Mike M. in the comments below, I now have a new restaurant to add to this list for the 2023 update; Mike was visiting the town of Cangas de Onís in Asturias and did some incredible investigating to discover that the scene where Tony is eating alone looking out a window at a bridge is actually at Meson Puente Romano.

Unfortunately, this restaurant doesn’t have a huge online presence, and we aren’t told what Tony was eating (nor given any good shots of it); pouring through TripAdvisor and Facebook photos didn’t help me narrow it down either. They do have a frequent menu del día, so it’s possible Tony just ate whatever was offered that day. Nevertheless, we now have another great spot to eat in Asturias thanks to Mike’s investigation!

Casa Eladia

In the parish of Piñera, Bourdain and Andrés enjoy another traditional Asturian meal. Casa Eladia is located in the tiny town of Rozaes and serves a local dish of meat with rice. My research suggests it might be Pitu de Caleya con Arroz (free-range chicken stew with rice), but I’m pretty sure that there was also lamb in the dish, so it may be a regional variation on this traditional meal.

Restaurante Güeyu Mar

Anthony Bourdain in Asturias - El Compano

For their final meal, Andrés and Bourdain have a special meal. Throughout the episode, José tells Tony about the specialness of the first fish caught in the river each season – el compano – and they agree to buy that first fish at a very hefty price.

In the end, Chef José’s local connections make a little magic, and the two sit down to enjoy (one of) the first fish at Restaurante Güeyu Mar. They enjoy several preparations, including raw bites, grilled fillets, and the fish head grilled with sea salt.

Other Places Visited By Bourdain in Asturias

Lastly, there are a places I took notes on and saw in various show notes that aren’t mentioned above and I want to include in case you want to visit and/or can fill in the gaps:

  • At one point in the Asturias episode, Tony and José visit an unknown sidreria for cured chorizo and pan (bread). It’s here they learn about el compano. (If you know where this is, please let me know in the comments!)
  • In the credits roll for this episode, special thanks are given to Casa Gerardo and Casa Tino. Usually, these special thanks were given to the places that Tony and the crew stay – but neither of these places seems to offer accommodation. (If you have any idea how these spots fit into the story of Tony’s visit to Asturias, let me know!)

Normally I end these posts by suggesting a few food tours to try during your visit to make it easier to sample the flavors above – but Asturias is far enough off the beaten tourist track that there aren’t any I can find! So with that, I’ll ask as usual: do you have any questions about following in the footsteps of Anthony Bourdain in Asturias? Let me know in the comments.

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Valerie is a travel writer currently based in Cleveland, but her favorite destinations are Alaska, London, and Jordan – only one of which Bourdain ever visited! You can find her writing on Lonely Planet, Forbes, and her travel blog, Valerie & Valise.


  • Jeremy

    they list the restuanrant on as Sidrería Asturias

    36 Calle Dr. Aquilino Hurlé, Gijón. From google the exterior and interior have changed quite a bit but on the inside you can see the same two tone wall of tiles on the bottom, paint on top and wood seperating them. Fewer pictures are hanging on the wall but I’d wager its the place if Explorepartsunknown lists it.

    Additionally, Casa Tino and Casa Gerardo are likely places where Tony and the crew went to eat off camera

  • Russell

    Any info on exactly where they ate the cabrales cheese? I don’t think it’s at the cabrales cave, that’s kind of right off the heart of town. I have an airbnb in a few weeks just next to the cave and I think that scene may be from farther away from town. Best case I’m wrong and it is next to me, that view was spectacular!

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      Valerie Bailey

      I think it is probably near the cheese cave, though I can’t be totally sure. Maybe you could visit the cave and inquire – then let us all know? 😅 Have a great trip!

  • Mike McBride

    Hi Valerie. I’m in Asturias now and happened to re-watch the episode with Tony and Jose. Happened to notice the scene about 2/3 in where Tony is eating alone next to a window wondering what Jose is doing (trying to catch barnacles). The exterior shot out of window seemed familiar so decided to do some research. Thought at first it was his hotel room but actually he is looking out from the interior of a restaurant named Meson Puente Romano in the town of Cangas de Onis. The place is unusual because the main building is built against a bridge and there is huge outdoor area below street level which gets all the attention from the restaurant’s patrons. But if you go to the street and enter into the bar, there is a small window table located to the left on the east side of the building. That’s where Tony was seated. Not sure what Tony was eating , but I had checked out your website while traveling here and thought you might be interested in this little bit of uncredited trivia.

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