3 Mouthwatering Tapas Bars in Seville, Spain

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Where to Eat in Seville, Spain

One of the things I most looked forward to before my trip to Spain was heading down south to Seville and trying authentic Spanish food.

Traditional food in Spain always evoked three things in my mind: jambon, manchego and rioja. I soon discovered a whole world of tapas, raciones and pinchos!

Keep reading for some of my favorite tapas restaurants in Seville!


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Seville Tapas

Seville had the best tapas scene of any city in Southern Spain so I highly recommend trying the local food when in town and even splurging on a fancier tapas dinner. A great option is a food walking tour to learn both about the cultural and historical aspects to various dishes while ensuring that you visit the best tapas spots in town!

I loved tapas in Seville and Barcelona the most. Seville has more traditional Spanish food while Barcelona has more modern, innovative options. Both are well worth exploring – your stomach will thank you!

The best part about tapas in Seville is that upscale tapas restaurants are very fairly priced (roughly 30-60 euros for dinner for two).

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The Best Tapas in Seville



1. Bodega Santa Cruz

This classic local favorite is a great place to grab a quick bite or lunch and has a prime spot in the Barrio Santa Cruz district (about 5 minutes of walking north from the Seville Cathedral)

One quick step inside and you’ll immediately know it’s a historic taberna from the dark wood counter (where they chalk up your bill) to the tiled walls and stiff staff.

We only saw a menu in Spanish written on the wall, so feel free to point and gesture based on what others are eating or look up phrases using my menu above. With options to stand at the counter and drink outside, Bodega Santa Cruz is both a local and tourist favorite.


Must Try Tapas: pringá, flamenquín, lomo al pedro jimenez, gazpacho (comes in a glass), sangria

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2. La Azotea

We lined up 15 minutes before opening time to make sure we got a seat at La Azotea, a small seafood focused tapas bar.

The menu is different for the bar vs. table seating so make sure you take a look before you head over and choose whichever seating has the menu you prefer.

While we waited, we struck up a conversation with another friendly American tourist (who we identified via her Rick Steves Spain book ha! I think every American tourist carries this book) who had been to Seville over 5 times and always made a trip to Azotea on her dinner list. We ended up eating together and continuing to chat about our travels throughout Spain!


Must Try Tapas: razor clams, foie gras with toast and jam, ‘fair style’ octopus (polbo á feira)

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This is a classy spot that’s perfect for dinner. The tapas were good, the wines local and the dessert was heaven sent.

You pretty much can’t go wrong with anything on the menu although I wish the same dishes could have been ordered regardless of where you sat. Oh well, just means I need to go back!






3. La Brunilda

Spoken of in hushed tones by local foodies, this place is truly special. From the outside the restaurant is on a small, secluded street but inside, La Brunilda serves up an amazing tapas dinner with reasonable prices.

I’d recommend going in a a group of 4 and ordering half dishes to try – pretty much everything on the menu is superb and the sangria is delicious as well.

Be aware that this spot is incredibly popular and even arriving at opening time at 8pm might mean a wait. Try to go early to stake a claim!


Must-try tapas: squid with egg, grilled octopus, duck confit, fillet of beef with roast potatos

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There you have it, my top three restaurants for where to eat the best tapas in Seville. After Seville, we flew to Lisbon to eat some more!

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How to Order at a Tapas Bar

Tapas bars can definitely be a little intimidating for the first timer, since you need to jostle your way to the bar and catch the attention of the bartender/server. Try to know what you want before you make your way to the bar and fake some confidence about your Spanish language skills.

My personal tapas favorites that I ordered everywhere include patatas bravas (essentially french fries) and anything octopus. I also really loved the local spanish wine from the rioja region (pronounced rio-ha), sangria (of course) and gazpacho (really a food but in Spain served in a glass).

Spanish food is very heavy on salt and fried dishes, so make sure to hydrate! 





Can You Speak Spanish?

In general, I found Spain to be relatively English unfriendly – it really helps to know basic Spanish phrases. Of course it always helps to make an effort to learn local culture and language before you go, but I naively assumed that my college level French would be “close enough”.

Unfortunately, I pretty much butchered the pronunciation of lots of Spanish words on my first attempts and got a lot of scoffs and snorts from Spanish bartenders! Oops. 

Most restaurants in Spain do not have English menus (except the touristy ones you want to avoid) so I included a list of the most common Spanish tapas and their English translations below. 





Common tapas on the Spanish Menu:

Gambas al Ajillo: garlic shrimp served in sizzling oil

Cazón en Adobo: fried marinated dogfish

Bacalao: salt cod, breaded and fried or stewed in tomato sauce

Calamares: fried squid rings

Chipirones: small squid, usually “a la plancha” on the griddle

Chocos: cuttlefish, usually breaded and deep fried

Tortilla: Spanish potato omelette

Revuelto: scrambled eggs with various fillings

Arroz del Día: rice of the day, the spanish term for paella

Patatas bravas: fried potato wedges with a spicy alioli sauce

Ensaladilla: potato salad with mayonnaise and tuna or prawns

Calamares del Campo: breaded and fried onions and peppers

Gazpacho: cold tomato soup with cucumber and garlic

Salmorejo: a thicker version of gazpacho, usually a sauce

Montaditos: small toasted buns with jamon or various fillings

Espinacas con garbanzos: spinach and chick peas with olive oil and garlic

Cafe Bombon: my favorite, espresso with condensed milk





What’s your favorite Spanish tapas?


Visiting Spain – Travel Checklist

To make the most of our time, we booked open jar flights, flying from NY to Madrid and departing from Lisbon. Check flight deals for your dates here.

For getting around within Spain, we recommend the local train system. Both fast and slow options are available, so Spain train travel is easy and effective! The only catch? It’s difficult for non Spanish users to book. Instead, book your tickets on Omio, which is much more convenient for English speakers and accepts international credit card holders. Check train schedules for Spain here.

We mixed up our accommodation throughout the trip, alternating between Airbnb and hotels. You can browse last minute Spain hotel deals here

Lastly, be sure to visit Spain with travel insurance. Whether you get injured and need to be hospitalized, your phone gets stolen, or a flight delay leaves you with nothing but the clothes on your back, travel insurance will help when you need it most. Get a quote for your trip here.


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  1. Thuy
    July 21, 2016 / 12:57 pm

    I like the tip about Seville not being English-friendly. I also like the tapas guide you had at the bottom. Very helpful!

  2. distant locals
    July 27, 2016 / 10:54 am

    Love this! I really enjoyed how you included the popular tapas as well – great read for someone unfamiliar with the common dishes! xx

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