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.

Zarina indulging in tapas with her eyes closed

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.

close-up of two glasses of manzanilla sherry

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.

Zarina licking a tapas dish with her finger

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
Zarina holding a dish of espinacas con garbanzos at Dos de Mayo
In my happy place: in Seville eating a tapa of espinacas con garbanzos

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.

Want to go on a culinary tour with a local guide?
Then book this tasty 3-Hour Tapas, Sherry, and Wine Tasting Adventure!

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?

Zarina in the traditional tapas restaurant El Rinconcillo in Seville, Spain

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

Zarina eating tapas in the traditional Seville tapas restaurant El Rinconcillo

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.

Zarina holding a small plate of tortilla de primavera from Badulaque
Still feeling half asleep from the early flight to Seville, tucking into my tapas at Badulaque upon arrival

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.

several  dishes on a table at Badulaque in Alameda de Hércules square
From front to back, clockwise: patatas bravas, tortilla de primavera, fried goat’s cheese

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

a small plate of croquetas de espinaca, spinach croquettes
Croquetas de espinaca (spinach croquettes)
tapa of tortilla de primavera, potato omelette with tuna and spicy sauce, at Badulaque in Seville
Tortilla de primavera

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 verdurasqueso 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

exterior of Duo Tapas restaurant in Seville, Spain

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.

Free flamenco performance at Bar T de Triana just at the edge of Triana neighbourhood

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

Zarina and a friend sitting at a table at tapas restaurant Bar T de Triana
Enjoying tapas and a free flamenco show with my bestie Suzanne

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

Plate of pinchos with cod and marinated pepper

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.

Indoor food market Mercado Lonja del Barranco in the former gypsy neighbourhood of 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

Friend of Suzanne eating an ice cream at La Fiorentina ice cream parlour in Seville
My bestie Suzanne enjoying her ice cream at La Fiorentina

Have you ever been to Seville and have some great foodie tips to share here?
Please leave your tip in a comment below!
Thank you, Zarina xx

Want to read more travel tips about Spain? Then check out these articles:

And for a local’s guide to the best places to eat in Seville, have a look at this blog by my friend Ben of Driftwood Journals.

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24 Comments

  1. I’m from Seville and I saw this post by coincidence, and decided to click.
    I’m really happy that you mentioned La Fiorentina, as it isn’t that well known but is by far the best ice cream parlour in the city. Unfortunately, this year it was forced to close due to the covid crisis that’s running through the country.
    I would recommend that you visit Patio San Eloy whenever you come, better than Lizarran (which is a north of Spain restaurant chain and has nothing to do with the city), although I understand why you would prefer to see the food directly instead of fighting through the just in spanish menu.

    I would like to clarify that all people are welcome to Seville, but as a tourist you must realize the impact of your visit in such a small city. Although our goverment keeps promoting our country as the perfect destination for holidays, Seville wasn’t a tourist spot until just recentlly, and it has suffered highly for this sudden wave of visitors. Most of the small traditional shops on the city centre have closed, most of the bars are tourist traps, most of the beautiful houses are just hotels. Almost everybody have been forced to move from their family homes at the heart of the city, due to the lack of local shops and the alarming rises of rent prices in favour of creating tourist apartments.
    Seville is not much more than a town, and it doesn’t have the capacity to accomodate such an amount of people. Most locals are starting to avoid walking around the city centre, as it’s uncomfortable to watch your own city dissapear in favor of tourism.
    So please, come to vist if you wish to see my wonderfull and beautifull city, but be wary and respectfull at all times, and bear in mind that what you see nowdays isn’t traditional anymore.

    • Hello Maya, thank you for taking the time to leave a comment here. I’m very sad to hear that La Fiorentina had to close, that’s awful for the shop owners! Thank you for suggesting Patio San Eloy, I know it and have been a few times too 🙂 As you said, I thought some people might find it easier to pick up their own food rather than working out menus and I also wanted to add some variety in the list.
      I understand your frustration about the growing amount of tourists to your beautiful city and I appreciate it that you shared your caution and fears about mass tourism transforming the character of Seville! I really love Seville and have been coming there for 16 years already. It really is my favourite city and it saddens me to hear the impact of tourists, including myself, on your hometown. I will bear your information in mind in my next articles about Seville and for example recommend people to stay in proper hotels rather than private apartments. People are becoming more aware of sustainable travel, but as becomes clear from your message, this involves far more than being respectful towards the environment. I don’t want Seville to turn into a tourist hotspot as Venice and will do my best to promote mindful travels to Seville!

  2. I love love love tapas!! I’ll keep this one in mind for when I travel to Seville and go on a tapas tour the first evening and probably every evening of my trip hahaha. Thanks for the tips!

  3. The photos made me salivate. I had never known that there can be such an elaborate Tapas tour but then it is Spain and it is easily understandable that the value food holds for them.

    • Ha, sorry to make you hungry 😉 I like the fact that the food is quite simple and is even presented quite basic, but it’s all about the flavour and texture. I guess it’s lots of small plates of comfort food. Seville is also my happy place so that might have something to do with the fact I love the food there so much, the city really can’t do anything wrong in my book 🙂

  4. Sevilla has been on my list for ages and now this makes me want to visit even more! La Fiorentina is calling my name. Bar T de Triana also looks like my kind of place.

    • Oh you really must go there one day, it’s such a beautiful city and so laidback. And of course the flamenco and amazing food are real draws too. Just avoid the summer months (July-September) as you’ll be cooked alive, it gets so hot there then!

  5. I love tapas and have eaten them in Spain in Madrid, Barcelona and Seville – never had a bad one 😉 One of my favorite things about Spanish food!

    • I’ve unfortunately had some bad food in Spain, but mostly in very touristy places I was already suspicious about when I sat down but was basically too tired and hungry to look for an alternative 😉 But these are exceptions I agree! The good thing about tapas is that you can just start by ordering one or two and see what the quality is like and carry on if necessary of course. Glad to hear you share my love my tapas! 🙂

  6. OMG, Spanish Tapas are sooooooo goooooood!!! Your photo of you licking your fingers is hilarious!

  7. I wanted to visit Seville so bad when I was in Spain, but just didn’t have the time. It’s good to know how cheap it is there! Hopefully when I return to Spain I can try some of these, like the espinacas con garbanzos or spinach croquettes!

    • Aaaw what a shame you had to skip Seville! It’s such a beautiful city, really my favourite city in the world (so far at least ;-)) Hopefully another time! And yes, spinach has always been my favourite vegetable, since I was a baby so I totally agree with your tapas choices!

  8. I should not have read your post while being hungry! I didn’t realize what a delicious food scene Seville has. I really appreciated the ‘Tapas 101’ at the opening of your post because I don’t actually have much experience with ordering tapas, so this is very useful. All these dishes look so good, but the espinacas con garbanzos and the berenjena con miel are calling my name. Also, you just look so happy in all your photos. These photos say it all about the quality of the dining experience. 🙂

    • Ha ha yes, Seville is quite literally my happy place! 🙂 Great to hear that this post wasn’t only inspiring (sorry if it made your tummy rumble ;-)) but also useful to you!

  9. Seville is my favourite city in Spain! Not only is it beautiful but the food is absolutely amazing – even for vegetarians. I was pleasantly surprised how easy it was to find vegetarian food! Patatas bravas are my all time favourite – but then I love anything potato. And I do not like sharing food either! So the small tapas plates are perfect for me.

    • Ha ha, great to meet someone who doesn’t like sharing their food either 😉 And amazing you love Seville that much as well, it’s my favourite place I’ve ever been!

  10. We visited Spain for 2 weeks in 2016 and I think we only got free tapas twice. But we stayed mostly in the touristy areas and I wonder if that may have anything to do with it.

    • Yeah, it’s not that common anymore to have free tapas. I’ve only experienced in Granada. Where did you go during those two weeks in Spain?

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