Seville is a city with a little bit of everything. From classic abaceras (small grocery stores that often serve gourmet products like wine, cheese, and charcuterie) to traditional tapas bars, to some of Spain’s most imaginative and sophisticated food. The costs are low and the quality is great, and you can’t go wrong as long as you know where to go and what to order. This guide will tell you where to eat in Seville. I hope you enjoy yourselves!
Before you go, learn the best tips to eat in Seville
- Sevilla has wonderful seafood that is inexpensive by most people’s standards. If you’re just in town for a few days, avoid the costly restaurant dinners in favor of tapas-style dining. It’s impossible to top trying a variety of foods on the same night (and often at many locations).
- At the very least, give the local wines a try. Ask your waiter for recommendations or look around and see what others are drinking and sip with your meal. And a crisp glass of fino is always a good choice, so you should try it!
- In Sevilla, tipping is not expected. However, rounding up the amount and leaving up to 10% for outstanding service is certainly appreciated. Servers put on long hours for a modest monthly income.
- Take advantage of the midday merienda. Instead of enjoying dessert directly after a dinner, locals will have a drink and a bite to eat in neighborhood cafés and pastry shops from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Best restaurants to eat in Seville
Tapas and traditional Spanish main courses, as well as an extensive wine selection, are served in this storied 17th-century establishment.
The list of Seville’s most lovely eateries would be incomplete without a mention of El Rinconcillo. The oldest bar in Seville. It dates back to 1670, has two rooms where you can enjoy the magnificent decor and traditional cookery. Tapas are served downstairs, where you may sit at the ancient mahogany bar or congregate around the whisky-barrel tables beneath jamon’s hanging legs. Moreover, the restaurant upstairs is designed in traditional Andalusian style, with exposed masonry and wrought iron lampshades.
Casa Morales is one of the city’s most well-known tapas bars, popular with both locals and visitors. Its Sevillano cuisine can be savored at the lovely wooden bar – complete with a museum-worthy till – or farther inside, in a seating area surrounded by massive antique wine vats (indeed, Morales was a winery when it first opened in 1850). Besides, the meatballs and spinach and chickpeas are popular meals, and visitors enjoy the crisp, chilled on-tap beer and the outstanding sangria.
People know Bodeguita Romero for serving the best montaditos of pringa in Seville. They are small sandwiches filled with stewed pork, chorizo, and blood sausage and are among the city’s most famous tapas. It offers seats in a light-filled saloon on the ground floor of a grand townhouse, which extends almost totally onto a terrace of high tables and stools, just a five-minute walk from the cathedral. Besides, make sure you’re outside when the doors open if you want a spot in either of them.
This gastro-bar, which blazed the route for the new tapas scene a few years ago and still serves a superb menu and is often packed, has three locations: San Lorenzo (calle Jesus del Gran Poder), the center (calle Zaragoza), and Santa Cruz (calle Mateos Gago). Moreover, filo packages with cheese, leeks and prawns, and baby clams with artichokes are among the menu’s five daily specials. Besides, they include hake skewers with beetroot and fennel and scrambled eggs with sea anenomes. Dry muscatel Botani is a white wine revelation.
Mercado de Triana
Just beyond the Triana bridge is one of Seville’s most attractive and historic markets. A tour through the colorful booths is a necessity. If you’re lucky enough to have access to a kitchen while you’re there, you’ll be tempted to buy some of the fresh fish, meats, and spices on offer. Moreover, if you don’t have time to cook, there are a number of bars within the market that will do all of the hard work for you.
Las Teresas restaurant
With walls covered in Semana Santa and Feria posters and hams hanging from the ceiling, this is still one of Seville’s most authentic bars. Yes, it is a popular destination for vacationers, but it hasn’t lost any of its uncompromising attractiveness. You’ll feel like a local if you sit at the bar and order a cheese tapa with a drink of cool Tio Pepe sherry. Keep an eye on the jamon being neatly sliced behind the bar – the master carvers are quite talented. To get the entire experience, sit at the corner table by the door.
Antigua Abacería de San Lorenzo
Dive into this open-all-day abacera (traditional food store that now doubles as a tapas bar). In a homey 17th-century house with vintage pictures and knickknacks. Seating is in intimate locations where you’ll undoubtedly strike up a conversation with your neighbors. Besides, white pudding sausage and Payoyo goat’s cheese from Cadiz are among the superb cheese and cold meat options (which you may also buy to take away). “El plato de Abuelo Justo” (fried potatoes, eggs, peppers, and ham) is a hearty classic number. Or try your luck with “lo que diga Ramón” (chef-owner Ramon’s pick). Sip a vermut or a white Rueda (vermouth).
With its wood-framed display window crammed with jars of chickpeas and artichokes, this appears like a normal abaceria (grocery). Inside, nestled away in the rear, you’ll find a little bar with walls covered in scores of scribbled comments. All monitored by owners Francisco and Carmen, two quintessential Sevillano characters. Moreover, delectable montaditos (little sandwiches) made with cabrales (blue cheese) or caña de lomo (pork loin) complete the cuisine. And served on waxed paper. Besides, the bustling ambiance is great for a pre-dinner snack and drink of Cruzcampo beer, Seville’s own brew, despite the lack of tables and limited space.