Travel tips: Top 10 restaurants and tapas bars in Seville
TOP 5 RESTAURANTS IN SEVILLE
When you’re looking for a more formal meal, perhaps with a tasting menu, then you should head to one of Seville’s many restaurants.
The experience will be longer and less rushed, though you’ll be eating larger plates, and therefore with less option to try various different ones (tapas). You can order a bottle of wine to go with your meal – if it’s white, a cooler set by your table will ensure it’s kept perfectly chilled.
Budget for a minimum of 40 euros for two people.
Km 0 is the key concept here, with many ingredients and dishes either from Seville province, or from neighboring Huelva, Cadiz or Cordoba. Many dishes are new takes on old favorites – gambas al ajillo (garlic shrimp) are cooked in front of you, as sizzling-hot olive oil is poured over the raw shellfish, plus a bao bread roll to soak up those delicious juices. Its name comes from the old word for Seville, and means «flat land».
A large, light-filled dining room in the Arenal marries traditional yet rarely seen dishes, such as pigeon, with new rustic cuisine. Excellent wine list – the sommelier offers excellent suggestions for Sherries to pair with your meal.
Camila Ferraro won Best Revelation Chef 2020 at international food fair Madrid Fusion. While her restaurant is a bit out of the city center, it’s well worth the journey. In a spacious dining room filled with palm trees, you can enjoy refined modern dishes that provide a serious upgrade to traditional Spanish cuisine. Insider’s tip: take your coffee or herbal infusion upstairs on the outdoor corner terrace.
One of the original new wave of restaurants, ConTenedor broke the Slow Food trend in Seville. At this new spot, a very limited number of diners (lucky 13) at a circular table gets to watch the chef.
At this small, intimate restaurant with pretty turquoise shutters, seating less than 40, whose co-owner is a Floridian, there is an extensive menu of carefully thought-out dishes.
TOP 5 TAPAS BARS IN SEVILLE
If you want something more informal – a small plate or two, while sitting up at a bar with a glass of wine – then head for a one of Seville’s hundreds of tapas bars. Service should be snappy-quick, and you won’t be expected to stay at your table all evening. The menu (above all, the daily specials) will sometimes be on a blackboard.
Another long-standing gastro-bar, this group is owned by an American-Spanish couple. The main branch is on Conde de Barajas (corner with Jesus del Gran Poder), and there are others throughout the city; the closest one to the «action» is on Mateos Gago, by the cathedral.
A Seville institution, this is where you sit up at the bar, drink a glass of sherry or a caña (small beer), and watch the jamón ibérico being expertly carved into wafer-thin slices. With walls covered in Semana Santa, Feria and bullfighting posters, as well as colored ceramic tiles, it couldn’t be more quintessentially sevillano.
La Cata Ciega
A tiny bar (as many of the best ones are), this has just three tables, but a menu befitting a much larger establishment, as well as friendly, personalised service.
La Barra de Cañabota
This is the place to come to for fresh seafood tapas in Seville; the wine list is excellent too. Its next-door big brother, Cañabota, is more formal.
Authentic Triana: come here for the grilled mushrooms, carrot salad, and so many more homemade tapas that have been around for generations. A local favorite.
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This is a guest post written exclusively for Spain Savvy by travel writer and photographer Fiona Flores Watson.