Seville Food Guide – How To Find The Best Tapas In Seville Spain
Seville Food Guide
We live in Spain, so we know tapas. But, we actually live in Girona, Catalonia, in Northeastern Spain. Sure, we have tapas, but tapas are not from there. Tapas originated in Southern Spain. This is why Seville should be on the top of any must-visit food destination list. In our Seville tapas guide, we share our top tips on how to eat the best food in Seville, with a focus on tapas.
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How To Find The Best Tapas In Seville Spain
In this Seville Food Guide, we want to share the best of Seville when it comes to food. The focus here is to share a list of must-eat Seville tapas while also sharing tips on how to find the best food in Seville. Although we don’t offer an exhaustive list of restaurant reviews, we will share some recommendations on the best places to eat in Seville for travelers searching for amazing tapas experiences.
An early note, what is the difference between Sevilla and Seville? Seville is the English version of Sevilla, which is Spanish. Within Spain, you will see mostly references to Sevilla. I use both words interchangeably here. I tend to use the word Sevilla because we live in Spain, but most travelers tend to use Seville, particularly travelers from the UK or US.Traveling to Seville? Check out our Ultimate Seville Travel Guide
What you will learn in this Seville food blog post:
- What to eat in Seville Spain
- How to eat tapas in Seville Spain
- How to find the best tapas restaurants in Seville Spain
Why Is Seville Spain Famous For Food?
When it comes to answering what is Seville famous for, many people answer with Flamenco dancing! And, that is true. But, for food travelers, it is known for tapas. This most typical food in Seville is tasty, authentic, and cheap. There is a long history of tapas and traditional Spanish cuisine. I wanted to learn all about it, and of course eat all the food.
Most travelers to Spain know what tapas are. There are a handful of dishes and drinks that people associate with Spain. Tapas are just one of these dishes. Travelers also think Spanish cuisine is patatas brava, which are really from Catalonia. They are not really a think in Seville, which is located in the region of Andalusia. Travelers also often think of drinking sangria in Spain, which was actually created in New York City.
Thing this is that Spanish cuisine differs based on region. Catalan food is different from Basque food. The food in Andalusia is also different. Not only is it the home of tapas, but the ingredients and the seasonings used differ. There is more of an influence from Africa, and spices that were introduced from the east through the spice trade. This post will not tell you where to find the best patata bravas in Seville, nor will it share where to eat the best paella in Seville (that’s a dish from Valencia). We will share what we know about Andalusian cuisine and that means tapas! One of the most famous Spanish foods.
How To Find Tapas Bars In Seville Spain?
For travelers visiting Seville, there are few neighborhoods and streets we recommend for eating. Of course there are neighborhoods a little farther afield, but for travelers who only have 2 or 3 days in Seville, it helps to focus your eating on one of the best neighborhoods in Seville for food.
When searching for the best tapas bars in Seville, we would recommend focusing on three neighborhoods. Seville Old Town is home to the Seville Cathedral, museums, and flamenco dancing. From the Cathedral there are two main eating areas near by. Walk up Calle Mateo Gagos from the Cathedral heading in the direction of Santa Cruz, the old Jewish Quarter. Despite being so close the main tourist attractions, we ate well along this street. And, many of the tapas bars were filled with locals, particularly on the weekend.
North of the Cathedral is Plaza Nueva, and to the west of the square is Arenal. There are a lot of great tapas bars along and around Calle Harinas. This would be the second area I would recommend for finding great tapas bars in Seville.
Our third recommendation is Triana, the lesser-known Seville neighborhood on the other side of the Guadalquiver River. Cross the river on the Isabel II bridge. You will arrive on the main street of Triana, Calle San Jacinot. Although we hit one local restaurant on this street, I felt it was the most touristy of the Triana Seville restaurants. To find better, more authentic restaurants, wander the neighborhood to the left of Calle San Jacinot.
How to Eat Tapas in Seville Spain
A Seville tapas crawl is when you spend an afternoon or an evening hopping from one tapas bar in Seville to the next. Often during one crawl, you can hit three or four places at a time. This is a great way of eating for people who travel for food because you can try so many more dishes than when eating a typical two or three course meal. The most fun way to eat tapas in Sevilla is to walk into a bar, stand at the bar, order a drink and one or two tapas, and then move to the next place.
The best places to eat in Seville can get busy, particularly at the weekend. Don’t be intimidated and move onto a Seville tapas bar that is less crowded. Follow the crowds to find the best food. Take a deep breath, be patient, and elbow your way up to the bar (politely) when you can.
How To Order Tapas In Seville Spain
In my mind, there is no wrong way to order tapas. But, I can see how it can be intimidating for someone who is new to this eating style. At many tapas restaurants in the US or the UK, guests sit at a table, the server hands a menu, your order tapas, and eat. It’s not that straight forward in Seville. First tip, be prepared to stand, particularly at peak times.
When walking into a tapas bar, you will see some dishes on the bar counter. These are cold tapas, normally salads. The bartender will prepare a plate for you when you order. There is also usually a tapas menu, of both hot and cold tapas as well as sandwiches. Sometimes the menu will be printed and will be lying on the bar. Other times, it will be in chalkboard on the wall.
Most menus will be in Spanish. Many of the bars often have staff that speak English and we saw several bartenders being very patient with travelers ordering in English. We even saw the servers helping people with dietary restrictions. This is important for vegetarians because the Spanish like to sneak pork into almost everything.
If you don’t speak Spanish sometimes pointing to the dish on a menu is enough. If this isn’t an option, hang back for a few minutes and watch what others are eating. If something looks good, politely point to it and say “por favor.” We used this method over the years, from Brazil to the Czech Republic to China, it almost always works.
If you are standing at the bar, then there is no need to pay as you go. At some of the most traditional Seville tapas bars, they will write your tab in chalk on the bar top. If you take your drink and tapas away from the bar, particularly if eating outside, it is expected that you pay when you receive your food.
Seville Tapas Guide – What To Eat In Seville Spain
There is so much to eat when it comes to Seville’s traditional food, but for us, it was all about the tapas. It’s true that many Spaniards sit down to eat a long lunch or dinner with family or friends, particularly on the weekend. They may stop for a tapa or two beforehand. But, for food travelers who are limited on time, the tapas crawl is the way to go. It’s the best way to try the best Seville cuisine during a visit to the city.
Here’s our list of the must-eat dishes in Seville, including sandwiches, snacks, and contemporary tapas. Some of these tapas are typical Spanish dishes and others are unique to Andalusian cuisine. We also include some recommendations on the best places to eat in Seville for a particular tapa.
Snacks and Sandwiches
Let’s start at the beginning. In much of Spain, the late morning snack involves a small sandwich or bocadillo. In Sevilla, this small sandwich is often called a montadito. For this late morning snack, I am recommending a few different montaditos as well as some other small tapas that could be eaten with a beer or a glass of vermouth before lunch. Most of these sandwiches and tapas range between €2.50-€4 per tapa or sandwich.
Seville Food Guide Pro Tip:
Most people in Seville, and throughout Spain, eat more than three times a day. They eat a small early breakfast, a snack before lunch, lunch, a late afternoon snack, and then dinner. Eat like the locals do – eat all day!
Montadito de Pringa
This was one of our absolute favorite things to eat in Seville. Most Seville bars and cafes will offer several different kinds of sandwiches, and more often than not a pringa. A pringa is a small sandwich filled with pork, sometimes morcilla (black sausage), or often a stew of yesterday’s leftover meats.
Where to find these montaditos in Seville? Everyone says you must have the pringa at Bodeguita Romero on Calle Harinas, close to Plaza Nueva. Their version is good, with pulled pork and morcilla. Our choice for the best is Cerveceria Mary Reyes on Calle del Almirante Lobo, near the Puerto de Jerez. For us, it was one of the best tapas in Seville Spain! Hands down!
Montadito de Lomo con Cabrales
If you like goat cheese, try the Lomo con Cabrales. Lomo is sliced pork loin. It is topped with Cabrales, an intense blue cheese from Northern Spain. The sandwich is served warm with oozing cheese.
Where to find these montaditos in Seville? Why shouldn’t one of the best bars in Seville be hidden in the back of a small grocery store? Look for these sandwiches at Casa Moreno on Calle Gamazo, close to Calle Harinas. It’s a small food shop, with a long bar in the back, kind of hidden. It can get pretty busy, particularly on weekends. Be patient and elbow in.
This is another way to start an afternoon eating out in Seville. Papas Alinas is like a Spanish potato salad. Generally this is a potato salad recipe originating in Cadiz, along the coast in Andalusia. This version included potatoes, onions, and peppers in a crisp and tangy vinegar sauce. Pair with a cold beer or crisp white wine called Verdejo.
Where to find these tapas in Seville? This is a house specialty at Bodeguita Ramero on Calle Harinas.
Seville Cuisine And Andalusian Specialities
There are a handful of must eat tapas in Seville that are more unique to Seville, or the region of Andalusia. These are the most important foods to eat in Seville because they are not generally found elsewhere in Spain. Most of these tapas in Seville range between €3-7 for a plate of tapas.
Most people know Spain for gazpacho, a cold tomato soup and one of the most popular Spanish foods. In Andalusia, salmorejo is the must-eat cold soup. Salmorejo is also a cold tomato soup, but it’s entirely different. It is smooth, thick, and creamy, and normally topped with bits of jamon and hard-boiled egg. The main difference is that salmorejo is made with bread and sherry.
Where to try this Seville Spain food? Everywhere. Seriously, it is everywhere at all of the best restaurants in Seville, and at the most typical tapas bars too.
Cazon de Adobo – Fish in Adobo Seasoning
This has to be one of the best tapas Seville offers and such a surprise. It’s nothing we ever heard of before traveling to Seville. Cazon de Adobo is a marinated fish, normally a bone-free fish like monkfish or dogfish. It’s then breaded and deep fried. The marinade has a tangy, vinegar taste to it, which means the fish is super moist.
Where to try these Seville foods? Try Cerveceria Giralda, one of the closest restaurants to the Cathedral Sevilla, and surpringly decent considering how close it is to one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city. The portions are also very big there.
Mojama – Cured Tuna
One of the more unique Seville foods is mojama, a salt-cured tuna that is typical in Andalusia. Traditionally, fishermen would cure fish to help them last longer. Here, the tuna is cured, or dried, with salt. When ready to eat it is sliced and drizzled with a little local olive oil.
Where to try this Seville Spain food? We ate mojama at Cervecaria La Grande in Triana, which is a great stop for seafood during an evening exploring the Seville nightlife in Triana.
Espinacas Con Garbanzos – Spinach With Garbanzo Beans
This is one of the best typical Seville tapas we found, and we tried to eat it as much as possible. Spinach with garbanzo beans or chickpeas is known as espinacas con garbanzos. This is a dish that definitely shows the Moorish influence in Andalusia, with a flavor of cumin not common in other traditional Spanish tapas.
Where to try this food in Seville Spain? The best version of this we had was at El Rinconcillo, the oldest tapas bar in Seville and often considered the oldest restaurant in Seville Spain.
Berenejas Con Miel – Eggplant With Honey
This should be on the top of any list of Spanish tapas to eat in Seville, or really anywhere in Andalusia. Berenjenas con miel are slices of fried eggplant drizzled in honey. The sweetness of the honey offset the saltiness of the fried eggplant.
Where to try this food in Seville Spain? It’s pretty easy to find these Sevilla tapas in most of the Spanish tapas bars. Our favorite was at Bodega Santa Cruz Seville Spain, also known as Las Columnas for the columns outside.