Seville is hands down my favorite city in Spain. Not only is it the cultural gem of the Andalucia region with breathtaking and colorful architecture, lively Flamenco shows, and picturesque streets…it also has some of the best food in Europe. The tapas game is on point here and the prices are dirt cheap at many outstanding restaurants. I still wonder how a city this magical can be this affordable. Meals will be a fraction of the cost compared to Barcelona and Madrid and a joke when compared to London and Paris. The number of restaurants in Seville can be overwhelming, especially for a first-time visitor. If you’re wondering where to find the best tapas in Seville, continue reading. I share my five favorite tapas restaurants in Seville that I find myself returning to again and again. You won’t be disappointed, I promise!
Best tapas in Seville for award winning tapas with a creative flair
Eslava serves some of the best tapas in Seville. It didn’t take long to become a hotspot with locals and tourists alike. The fact that several items on the tapas menu have taken home 1st prize at Seville’s annual tapas contest, Sevilla en Boca de Todos, probably helps. This is the perfect option if you want both creativity and traditional.
Order authentic items like croquettes, razor clams, and deep-fried anchovies. Go for something a bit more exciting like Yema sobre bizcocho de boletus y vino caramelizado…have you ever seen a longer dish name? This tapas recipe won 1st place in the 2010 tapas contest. It’s a boletus cake topped with a slow cooked egg and a caramelized wine reduction. Or go for my favorite, the Un cigarro para Becquer. A brick pastry shaped like a cigar filled with cuttlefish.
A few of my other favorite items where the artichokes with fried garlic and cod shavings and the pork ribs with rosemary honey (and I don’t usually like pork).
Eslava has a tapas bar and a restaurant. Skip the restaurant and head to the tapas bar. The prices are lower and the dishes are smaller so you can try more items. The tapas bar does not take reservations and people will start lining up before the doors open. Go early and sip sangria as you wait…it’s worth it!
2. La Brunilda
Best tapas in Seville for good prices and filling dishes
This is easily one of my favorite tapas bars in Seville. I make a point to go several times each time I visit. The sangria at La Brunilda is some of my favorite in Seville and a steal at €2.50 a glass. I heartily recommend the duck confit over carrot cream (€5.50), burrata salad (€6.90), and the scallop black linguini (€5.90).
If you aren’t super hungry the duck could easily be enough to fill you up. Otherwise order two tapas per person. The portions here are big…for tapas that is. The menu has the option to order a full portion of pretty much every item, stick with the tapas size so you can try a variety of dishes.
La Brunilda does not take reservations. Arrive about 15 minutes before opening and join the line that has already formed. As a solo diner I’ve been able to squeeze in and get a spot standing up at the bar every time. If you have two or more people in your party, definitely arrive early.
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3. La Bartola
The best tapas in Seville for all day dining and solo travelers
La Bartola is another gem that I visit multiple times every time I’m in Seville. The prices are very affordable and sized just right so you can try about three tapas and leave feeling good, not stuffed. There is plenty of counter seating along the windows and at the bar which makes this the perfect tapas restaurant for solo diners.
As with many of the best tapas restaurants in Seville, La Bartola does not take reservations. It helps that their hours are 12:00pm to 12:00am. Try to avoid prime time from 8:00pm to 9:30pm if you have a party larger than two.
I like that La Bartola has a lot of healthy and interesting tapas dishes. The salmon tataki with beet sauce, tuna tartar, and the zucchini noodles with shrimp are refreshing dishes. The vegetable tempura sushi is unique and delicious and the grilled calamari is always spot on. I also recommend the pork cheek stew and the cod and cauliflower fritters.
This is the perfect spot for tapas before you head to La Carboneria to watch flamenco!
4. Petit Comite
Best tapas in Seville for a romantic atmosphere
Petit Comite is top of the list when it comes to atmosphere and seems to be a favorite with the locals. Low, golden lighting, light woods, nooks and corners…this spot is perfect for a romantic dinner…or if you want a break from the loud and lively tapas bars. The prices are higher here, but the whole experience is worth the price, not to mention the food quality.
The dishes are bigger at Petit Comite than other tapas joints. Stick with two dishes per person and you should leave feeling full. You really can’t go wrong with what you order as everything is fantastic. These are the best tapas in Seville if you’re looking for photo worthy presentation. Each dish is beautifully prepared and very Instagrammable. The octopus with truffled whipped potatoes is out of this world as is the duck, pumpkin, and foie grois risotto. The salmon carpaccio with mango caviar and parmesan is fresh and light and the anchovy fillets on focaccia bread with tomato jam is quite tasty.
The dishes here range from €8-€13. The wine list is also notable, and the desserts are worth saving room for.
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5. Duo Tapas
Best tapas in Seville for a bargain
Duo Tapas is located in the Feria neighborhood which tends to feel more local and less touristy. These are some of the best tapas in Seville at an incredibly low price point. The atmosphere is very casual and the place is always filled. Try local favorites like the papas bravas and croquettes for €2.90. The octopus (€3.20), duck (€4.20), risotto (€3.50), and fried eggplant (€3.50) were my favorite dishes.
This is one of the few places that takes reservations. Call or Facebook message them to reserve your spot. If you decide to chance it and walk in, don’t worry if there’s a line. The place is big and they are able to sit people pretty quickly.
Honorable Mention: Bodega Santa Cruz Las Columnas
Best tapas in Seville for a fun time and cheap prices
I can’t list the best tapas in Seville without mentioning Bodega Santa Cruz. Located in the heart of Seville just steps from the cathedral, this tapas hot spot is entertainment at its finest. The owners and servers are lively as they pile your plates high with croquettes, fried anchovies, and Spanish cheese. To food is unpretentious, basic, and cheap. Most items are €2-€6 and the sangria is excellent. Expect to stand sandwiched between the crowds.
Bodega Santa Cruz Las Columnas gets an honorable mention because the other tapas restaurants listed above have better food. This is more of an institution that deserves a visit before you head to dinner. I will often come here for a sangria and maybe one or two small tapas around 5:00 or 6:00pm to tide me over until a late dinner. This is worth the stop just to enjoy the lively atmosphere and people watch.
I hope this list of the best tapas in Seville, Spain helps narrow down your choices. I can guarantee you will want to come back to Seville for the food alone after you’ve dined at some of these incredible restaurants!
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