I enjoy cooking a lot but maybe not as much as I love going out to dinner and discovering everything a city can offer on a culinary basis.
The Spanish cuisine is very typical. When you think about Spanish food you think of tapas, right? I tried out several places in Seville during my two-week stay and ended up with a few places where I went several times just because I simply adored the food they served and I loved the typical Spanish look and feel of the restaurant or bar.
In my opinion the best way to find good restaurants in a city is to try out as many restaurants as possible, and that is how I found my 3 favourite restaurants in Seville that blew my mind away in terms of taste, service, ambiance and creativity.
Out of all the restaurants this is for me the treasure of Seville. I won’t be the only one saying this but I was so happy to discover this small restaurant in the Calle Jesús de Gran Poder. The staff and service are amazing and I got the chance to meet owner Juan. It’s a small and cosy restaurant but very popular. If you want to eat here you’d better get there in time or you will have to wait in line. Not only popular with tourists, but also a go-to restaurant for locals.I went there on my own a few times so I sat at the bar where I could really take it all in. Everything is done with an eye for detail and with great care. It was lovely to observe the running of the restaurant while enjoying a few of the best meals I have ever had with a superb glass of wine.
La Azotea, which means terraced roof, is the original and first restaurant in Seville, but they have expanded into two other restaurants in other parts of town. They even have a wine bar. I took my breakfast, for example, every morning in the restaurant in the ‘barrio Santa Cruz’ cause it was closer to my apartment. In the evening I enjoyed walking through Seville on my way to the restaurant in the Calle Jesus de Gran Poder.The dishes either come in tapas, media ración (half-portion), and ración (full portion), and everything, including the wine, is incredibly low-priced for its quality. I took tapas all the time cause I was so greedy and I wanted to taste as much as I could. The menu changes a lot because it depends on what looks good and fresh at the market that day. So definitely look at the ‘specials of the day’. They also have incredible fresh fish that they put on the menu with different creative takes each time. I absolutely loved all their fresh blue fin tuna dishes.
Here are some of my favourite dishes with of course the photos to make you drool.
Address: Calle Jesús de Gran Poder, 31
Packed with locals, the Eslava tapas bar in the ‘San Lorenzo’ neighbourhood is another restaurant I can strongly recommend. This is a good place to go for lunch. You can sit inside at the bar or outside in the hot sun at high tables. It’s always very busy but it’s worth the wait. Don’t worry! If you do have to wait to get a table you can already order an ice-cold cerveza to endure the wait 😉 It’s a tapas bar so everything comes in small portions but believe me that is what you want. Pick 4 or 5 different dishes and I can assure you: it is plenty!! Unique about these tapas is that they aren’t made in the traditional Spanish way. They make Spanish tapas with all the same products but in a modern, different and innovative way.
- Costillitas a la miel y romero (pork ribs with honey glaze)
- Pimiento relleno de merluz
- Cigarro para Becquer
- Solomillo al Cabrales
On the menu you can also find award-winning tapas! Try those as well! Come to think of it, whatever you pick on the menu, everything will be heavenly and tasty!
Address: Calle Eslava, 3
BODEGA DOS de MAYO
Not to be missed if you are in Seville and want authentic tapas in a typical Spanish ‘bodega’. Dos de Mayo is my favourite place for traditional Spanish food. The thing that sets this place apart from the rest is the atmosphere: the bartenders are loud, orders are screamed over the bar, dishes are called out to be picked up. It is a whole other experience than the usual restaurants! Let’s get one thing clear: there are no waiters; the bartenders call your name when your food is ready to be picked up. Just make sure you give a clear name and try to speak in your best Spanish. They will appreciate it. The food is simple but so flavourful. The best time to go is for lunch, because there is no better time! The tapas are not expensive at all. Each tapa may cost you 2 to 3 euro each, which let’s face it, isn’t much. The place gets crowded quickly, though; you might have to wait for some time at the bar to get a table.
- Bacalao con salsa de tomate (cod in a tomato sauce).
- Carrillada ibérica (stewed pig’s cheek)
- Ensalada de pulpo
Address: Plaza de la Gavidia, 6