This guide lists my favourite places for the best tapas in Seville. Thanks to its Moorish heritage, reflected in the gorgeous architecture and mouth-watering cuisine, Seville truly is one of the best places to eat tapas in Spain.
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From all the Spanish cities I’ve ever visited, the Sevillian cuisine exceeds those of others by far!
And trust me when I say I’ve done my research.
Tapas culture is truly ingrained in the DNA of Sevillians. That’s why you’ll find a tapas restaurant on every corner of the street. Feeling overwhelmed by the amount of tasty options? Then let me help you find your way with my personal tips for the best tapas in Seville!
In this Seville tapas guide, I will explain to you what tapas are, how to order them and describe some of my favourite dishes. Followed by practical information as the best times to eat in Seville, how much tapas in Seville cost and what to drink, I’ll list my personal shortlist of the best places to eat tapas in Seville.
How to eat tapas
Before we dive into my list of favourite places to eat tapas in Seville, let’s discuss some tapas etiquette first.
Traditionally you would get a free tapa (singular for tapas) with each drink you’d order at any bar you’d go to in Spain. Tapas were therefore meant as appetizers. Compared to the free bowl of nuts you sometimes get with your drink in bars in the Netherlands, I think I prefer the free tapas!
Unfortunately this great tradition of complimentary tapas has disappeared in the most of Spain. However, in some places in the South, like the beautiful city of Granada, you can still enjoy free tapas with your drinks. In Seville you’re expected to pay for your food though. But as you will read below, eating out in Seville is really cheap.
How to order tapas in Seville
When you order food at a tapas restaurant in Seville, you often have the choice between three size options.
- Tapa: snack size of the dish
- Media racíon: half a plate serving of the dish
- Racíon: a whole plate serving of the dish
Now, although tapas are meant as appetizers, typically followed by a (media) racíon, I prefer eating merely tapas when I’m in Seville. Ordinarily I hate having to share my food, but it comes naturally when in Spain. I’m also known for licking my plates afterwards.
How many tapas you should order
This obviously depends on your appetite and plans. If you’re happy to stay at one tapas bar or restaurant, then I’d say four different tapas dishes accompanied with some bread (pan) would be enough for two average eaters.
But if you’re planning on going on a tapas tour, hopping from one tapas bar to another, then you might want to stick to just one tapa at each tapas restaurant. Be careful with your alcohol consumption though if you go on a tapas tour! Since you’ll be tempted to have a drink at each different tapas bar, you might start feeling the alcohol by the time you hit bar number five.
Trust me, been there done that… It wasn’t a good idea to do that right before my Spanish lesson either! So, learn from my mistake here, okay? But if you do decide to go on a Sevilla tapas crawl, do it wisely and book a tour with a local guide here.
How much do tapas cost in Seville?
Seville is honestly one of the cheapest cities in Western Europe I’ve ever been! The average price for a tapa in a regular tapas restaurant is €2-€3. And a small glass of beer would typically cost around €1.
Which tapas should you definitely try in Seville?
Since I usually travel with vegetarians and I don’t eat pork, I mostly eat vegetarian tapas in Seville or dishes with fish. Since there’s lots of variety of vegetarian tapas, Seville is a great destination for vegetarians!
Here are some of my favourite tapas, listed in order of personal preference. You should definitely try these when you’re in Seville!
- Espinacas con garbanzos: spinach and chickpeas with garlic, cumin (courtesy of the Moors) and olive oil
- Tortilla: heavy potato omelette
- Pisto de verduras: ratatouille
- Patatas bravas: potato wedges accompanied by a spicy sauce. Opt for the patatas alioli (garlic sauce) if you don’t like spicy food
- Bacalao con tomate: salt cod either breaded and deep-fried or stewed served in a flavourful tomato sauce
- Gambas al ajillo: prawns cooked and served in sizzling hot olive oil with garlic
- Berenjena con miel: deep-fried thinly sliced aubergine drizzled with honey
- Albóndigas: small meatballs
What time to eat in Seville?
Typically, lunch time in Seville is between 2 and 4pm and locals don’t sit down for dinner until 9-11pm. If you’re bodyclock isn’t on Spanish time, that’s not the worst. Most restaurants open at least one hour before the times mentioned.
What to drink in Seville
Even if you don’t speak a single word of Spanish, you’ll probably be able to miraculously order un cerveza por favor in fluent Spanish. Indeed, a cold refreshing glass of beer is one of the best drinks to have in the Sevillian heat. And to keep your glass of beer as cold as possible, it’s advised to order una caña, a small glass of draught beer.
Another delicious alcoholic drink that does a great job at keeping you cool is the tinto de verano, red wine mixed with a softdrink like Sprite. But also manzanilla, a white sherry produced in the Cádiz region, is a great option.
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Where to find the best tapas in Seville: my personal tips
Considering there’s a tapas bar on almost each corner in the streets of Seville, I obviously haven’t tried them all. (How much I’d love to though!) However, I’ve been to Seville almost a dozen times now already and have discovered some great non-touristy tapas bars.
Although you can’t really go wrong at any of the tapas restaurants in Seville, I’ve learned that the majority of them around Seville Cathedral are real tourist traps. Often still serving tasty food, they tend to be more expensive and of lesser quality.
Something else to be aware of, is that the majority of people in Seville, even young people, hardly speak any English. Although using your hands will get you a long way in choosing and ordering your food, it can still be a tricky situation in some tapas bars in Seville. Even I sometimes struggle with figuring out the local etiquette at particular bars. Therefore, I’ve mentioned only tapas bars in Seville that are quite straightforward when it comes to ordering food.
1. El Rinconcillo, the oldest tapas restaurant in Seville
El Rinconcillo is THE place to eat in Seville for tapas purists! Established in 1670, this is the oldest surviving tapas restaurant in Seville. Although it has become a major tourist attraction, El Rinconcillo still feels very authentic. The staff don’t speak any English and the regulars stand eating at the bar. Can you see me naturally blending in with the locals?
In all honesty I have to admit that I don’t go here as often as the other restaurants in the list. However, considering its history, it’s good to have at least one tapa here. Even if it were to admire the authentic interior of dark oak furniture combined with colourful classical Spanish/Moorish wall tiles. And don’t be too intimidated by the big legs of jamón hanging over the counter.
Address: Calle Gerona, 40
2. Badulaque in Alameda de Hércules, the most vibrant place in Seville
This is by far my favourite tapas restaurant in Seville and first destination upon arrival in the city. When I find myself sitting on the terrace, fresh cold beer and warm tapa at hand, I know I’m ‘home’ again.
What makes this tapas restaurant so special? First of all its location on the huge square Alameda de Hércules which is lined with outstanding restaurants and pubs.
It’s no surprise it’s such a popular hotspot among locals. In the evenings you can hear the square buzzing with Sevillians all eating, drinking and socialising here. Chances are there will be even someone there with their guitar, spontaneously playing flamenco tunes.
Tapas you certainly should order at Badulaque? Definitely a tapa of patatas bravas. But I can order that at my local tapas restaurant as well, I hear you say. Believe me, they ain’t got nothing on the patatas bravas from Badulaqu.
Also order a tapa of tortilla de primavera, an egg-potato omelette topped with tuna and spicy sauce. Even writing about my favourite tapas at my go-to restaurant makes me homesick for Seville! I do recommend eating at Badulaque during the day as the evening menu is limited and a bit disappointing.
Address: Alameda de Hércules, 54
3. Dos de Mayo, a secret gem in Seville
This is my second favourite restaurant for tapas in Seville! Dos de Mayo is located on the quiet square Plaza de la Gaviria. A secret gem located at a short walk from the El Corte Inglés department store and main shopping street Calle Sierpes.
Have a seat in their sunny outdoor terrace and experience the ultimate holiday feeling. Enjoy classical dishes such as my all-time favourite tapa espinacas con garbanzos. Other great options are pisto de verduras, queso de cabra con miel (goat’s cheese with honey) and croquetas de bacalao (cod croquettes).
Address: Plaza de la Gaviria, 6
4. La Azotea, trendy tapas restaurant in Seville
The mouth-watering photo at the top of this article is taken during lunch at contemporary tapas restaurant/wine bar La Azotea. With its modern crisp white interior, the restaurant may look rather pricey, but like most places in Seville it’s very affordable. Especially when you consider the amazing quality.
What also sets this restaurant apart from the average tapas restaurant in town is its extensive wine menu. This is a very good option if you want a proper sit-down meal and enjoy sophisticated modern tapas accompanied by a good glass of wine. Oh, and in case you were wondering what that scrumptious meal in the photo is. It’s bacaloa (salt cod) in white salmorejo (almond) sauce and loads of garlic!
Address: La Azotea has three restaurants and even a deli nowadays. I went to the restaurant on Calle Conde de Barajas, 13.
5. Duo Tapas, fusion tapas restaurant in Seville
Besides regular tapas, Duo Tapas also serves ‘fusion tapas’ such as pollo al curry (chicken curry) or Japanese-influenced dishes. Possibly not the number one option if you prefer traditional tapas. But if you’re in for a little culinary adventure, then Duo Tapas is a great choice.
Address: Calatrava, 10
6. Bar T de Triana, the best tapas bar in Seville to see flamenco
Wandering around Seville, you’ll notice there are countless options to see a flamenco show any day of the week. Flamenco venues range from tiny bars in obscure alleyways to massive theatres. I prefer a more intimate setting that’s not too touristic. One of these venues is Bar T de Triana. This restaurant is located right at the edge of the former gypsy neighbourhood of Triana, the heart of Seville’s flamenco history. It is often said that the city’s top flamenco dancers, singers and musicians all hail from this area.
The best time to visit Bar T de Triana is an hour before a show. That way you beat the crowds and get the chance to snatch up a table right next to the stage. If you’re seated at a table, it’s compulsory to order food though. But the food is good and very cheap, especially considering you’re getting an excellent flamenco show for free. Although it is becoming more popular among tourists, I still like the ambiance and recommend the high quality flamenco shows.
Address: Calle Betis, 20
Related article: The best places to see flamenco in Seville
7. Lizarran, the best place for pinchos in Seville
Pinchos are particularly popular in northern Spain and you might be familiar with the Basque spelling, pintxos. Pinchos are a perfect way of sampling a whole range of different flavours and textures without stuffing yourself. (Although that doesn’t work for me as I always eat too much anyway.)
The great thing about going out for pinchos at Lizarran is that you can just grab whatever you want. And in the quantity you want. But without ever having to worry if you understand the menu, because what you see is what you get.
Pinchos are typically wonderful ingredients, such as roasted pepper or spicy Iberian sausage, stuck to a piece of bread with a skewer. At Lizarran you can choose from a range of cold and warm snacks and the price is determined by the amount and type of skewer. Come here around lunchtime or dinner service and pick some freshly made warm dishes served from big platters straight from the kitchen.
Address: Calle Javier Lasso de la Vega, 14
The best places for tapas in Seville: even more tips
Tried all the restaurants and still hungry for more? Then just hang out around Alameda de Hércules, by far my favourite place in the city. There are plenty of options for bars and restaurants here and it’s a popular place among locals. In the summer you can hear the cacophony of the chatting locals from afar. Or visit the modern indoor food market Mercado Lonja del Barranco next to Puente de Isabell II, the gateway to Triana.
Dessert at La Fiorentina, the best ice cream parlour in Seville
Fancy some ice cream for dessert after all those tapas? Then a trip to La Fiorentina ice cream parlour is a big must! Despite being one of the best ice cream hotspot (or rather coldspot), it doesn’t get crowded by tourists. Probably because it’s located just outside of the city centre.
The ice cream at La Fiorentina is homemade and they get rather inventive with their seasonal flavours here. But there’s also plenty to choose from if you’d rather stick with more classical flavours. Try out their signature flavour: orange blossom (flor de azahar). I don’t think ice cream can’t get much more decadent than this!
Address: Calle Zaragoza, 16
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