The Best Tapas in Seville: Where to go and what to eat (2018)

The tapas scene in Seville is excellent. But where can you find the best tapas in Seville?

There are lots of places to choose from, and the standard is pretty high, so you can’t really go wrong with any of them. That said, it can be overwhelming to decide where to go and what to eat.

Here are our recommendations for the best spots to get tapas in Seville, as well as our favourite foods from each place. Don’t just stick to our recommendations though – enjoy browsing through the menu and see what jumps out at you!

One word of warning – check the opening times before you head somewhere. Many food places in Seville will be open around midday for lunch, and then close in the afternoon before opening around 8pm for dinner. You may be out of luck if you are looking for a late lunch or an early dinner!

The best tapas in Seville

El Rinconcillo

El Rinconcillo is the oldest bar in Seville. The barmen dress smartly in black and white, and scribble your order in chalk onto the bar itself. Founded in 1670, it feels as though little has changed since the bar first opened its doors. And with 350 years to refine the menu, the tapas are as excellent as you might expect.

Our recommended items:

  • Presa Iberica con salsa al whisky – a thick, juicy cut of meat served with a sweet whisky-infused sauce.
  • Pavías de bacalao – tasty cod fritters coated in a crisp, light batter.

El Rinconcillo, the oldest bar in Seville

Bar Alfalfa

Bar Alfalfa is a small but popular tapas bar. If you head there later in the evening, when the Spanish usually eat, the place will be filled with locals and tourists alike. There is a jovial, sociable atmosphere, and the food is simple but authentic.

Our recommended items:

  • Brusquetta roja – bruschetta with a delicious red pesto topping.
  • Salmorejo – a cold Andalusian tomato paste, with chopped ham and a boiled egg.
  • Provolone – a decadent baked cheese seasoned with oregano.

Taberna Peregil

Taberna Peregil is a very narrow, hole-in-the-wall tavern. It would be easy to walk straight past it, but that would be a mistake. Famous for introducing the delectably sweet orange wine to the city of Seville, it is worth visiting for that alone.

Our recommended items:

  • Vino de naranja – orange flavoured wine that is synonymous with Taberna Peregil.
  • Queso de cabra al horno con reducción de vino de naranja  – goats cheese with an orange wine reduction.

Best tapas in Seville: Goats cheese at Taberna Peregil

Bodeguita Romero

Bodeguita Romero is another historic bar in Seville, dating back to the 1930s. It’s table service here, so sit down and browse through the menu filled with high-quality tapas. They are particularly well known for their pringá sandwich, a local specialty in Seville.

Our recommended items:

  • Montadito de pringá – pulled pork sandwich.
  • Jamon croquettes – thick, flavourful ham croquettes.
  • Tortilla al whisky – a hearty slice of potato tortilla with more of the whisky sauce. Can you tell that we love it?

Bodeguita Romero tapas bar in Seville, Spain

En La Espero Te Esquina

En La Espero Te Esquina is a deceptively large tapas bar, tucked within the narrow, tangled alleys of the city. It seems to be one of the hidden gems in the city, recommended by locals and not overrun by tourists. The staff are friendly, but don’t speak much English. The decor is simple and traditional, which adds to the charm and the authentic feel.

Our recommended items:

  • Mantecao al whisky – meat and fries in a sandwich, smothered with a sweet and sticky whisky sauce. Go for the smaller version so that you can try other things too!

Bar El Comercio

Bar El Comercio does have a tapas menu, although it feels more like a coffee bar than a tapas bar. We didn’t actually eat any of the traditional savoury tapas here, as we only had one thing on our mind… churros! The smell of a freshly baked batch will fill your nose as you walk through the door, and they will not disappoint. They came with a cup of rich, dark hot chocolate, and are widely regarded as the best churros in Seville.

Our recommended items:

  • Churros con chocolate, por favor!

Churros and chocolate at Bar El Commercio in Seville

Tapas etiquette

Tapas is a cultural tradition in Spain. If you are used to eating in restaurants in the UK or US, there are a couple of differences to watch out for:

  • You may have to eat standing. Whether that’s at a small cocktail table or squeezed in at the bar, be prepared to (literally) rub shoulders with other people.
  • The service is by no means bad, but it is slower than you might be accustomed to. If you’re standing, you’ll need to order at the bar. Expect to have to flag down the wait staff to make your order, ask for refills, and  get the bill at the end. Just make sure you’re polite and don’t get impatient; they’re not being rude!
  • Tips are usually modest. It is customary to round up to the nearest whole euro, or to just leave small change.
  • Order in Spanish if you can. Many places will have an English menu, but the staff won’t always understand what you are asking for. Pointing at items on the menu sometimes helps, especially if (like mine) your Spanish pronunciation isn’t up to scratch!

Are tapas free?

It can certainly be confusing sometimes. Some places will give you a free plate of tapas with a drink, and some restaurants will give you what you think is a free plate of tapas but then charge you for it at the end.

It can be hard to tell, but if you’re unsure it’s okay to ask – although do so before you eat it!

What about tapas for vegetarians?

You’ll be able to find something suitable for vegetarians in most tapas bars, although it may not be clearly marked as so on the menu. There are plenty of cheese, potato, and bruschetta options to choose from, so you can still get some variety.

However, vegetarianism isn’t extremely commonplace in Spain, so it’s won’t be catered to as it is in the UK. And be prepared: many tapas bars will have legs of ham hanging from the ceiling. You may even witness one being carved up on the bar, which, as Kayla can attest to, isn’t the most pleasant sight in the world if you are trying to avoid meat.

 

We’ll definitely be going back to Seville, and we’ll definitely be eating more tapas.

Let us know if you agree with our recommendations for the best tapas in Seville, or if you have any of your own!

  1. Donetta Dalman on 22nd June 2018 at 2:57 pm

    Now I’m hungry! Looks and sounds amazing. 🙂

    • Kayla on 24th June 2018 at 12:16 pm

      Right? We’re ready to go back for some more delicious food!

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