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 and raciones and pinchos!
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. The upscale tapas restaurants were also much more fairly priced in my opinion, than some of the tapas bars in Madrid (roughly 30-60 euros for dinner for two).
3 Must-Try Tapas Bars 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
Calle Gerona 40 | TripAdvisor review
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!
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!
Must Try Tapas: razor clams, foie gras with toast and jam, ‘fair style’ octopus (polbo á feira)
Calle Jesús del Gran Poder 31 | TripAdvisor review
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
Calle Medalla Milagrosa 3 | TripAdvisor review
There you have it, my top three restaurants for where to eat the best tapas in Seville. I’ll leave you on final note – many restaurants in Spain do not have English menus so I included a list of the most common Spanish tapas and their English translations below.
Read more: A Quick Guide to Seville
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!
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. My personal tapas favorites that I ordered everywhere include patatas bravas (essentially french fries) and anything octopus. I’m also partial to 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). Also be warned that Spanish food is very heavy on salt and fried dishes so make sure to hydrate!
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