Seville is a city in Andalusia, Spain that has a big tapas culture. And although the tapas experience in Seville is quite different from Granada tapas, Seville is considered to be one of the best cities to try traditional Spanish tapas. You can find hundreds of tapas bars in Seville and many are worth visiting.
After spending quite a long time in this city, exploring Seville, its history, and its tapas, I made a list of great tapas bars that serve delicious food you’re sure to enjoy.
Prices for tapas in Seville are usually around 2-5 Euro, but the size and quality will be different depending on which bars you go to.
Traditionally tapas in Seville is not a sit-down meal, but a snack that you order at the bar. However, some of the places (not a lot) offer tapas at dining tables as well. If you’ve been to Granada you should know that tapas in Seville are not free, rather you have to pay for them like any normal food.
The first thing you need to do at any tapas bar is to find a cozy corner or an open space at the bar, where you can try your tapas.
Second, order a drink. Some of the more popular or traditional drinks people get when enjoying tapas are beer, vermut/vermouth, and sherry (a Spanish fortified wine from the Jerez region close to Seville).
Take some time to choose what tapas you would like to try. Remember that at different bars, they have different tapas’ sizes. So, don’t order too much at the beginning. It never takes long to get your tapa orders in Seville and you can always order more later.
One of the great ways to enjoy tapas is to go bar hopping and order at each place their specialties.
You also can find organized tapas tours in Seville, but this is something that you can easily do on your own.
If you are looking for an authentic tapas experience in Seville, you need to know that crowded bars are a big part of this experience. The more crowded the place the better.
El Rinconcillo is one of my must do things in Seville. This is the oldest tapas bar in Seville (if not all of Spain). The restaurant was opened in 1670 as a small taverna. With time the taverna expanded and now El Rinconcillo occupies the whole building. I will say it is not the cheapest, nor the best place to get tapas, but it is a pretty iconic place a visitor should see.
There are two ways to visit El Rinconcillo: you can have a proper meal which is usually served on the second floor, or you can get tapas on the first floor at the bar.
If you are planning on getting a meal, it is best to make a reservation through the website, so that you will not have to wait in a long line.
For those who want tapas, it’s first come – first served, so chances are you will have to wait in quite a long line, since the bar gets crowded very fast.
Here are some of my recommendations:
Almejas de Carril (Clams from Carril)
Croquetas Caseras (Homemade Croquettes with cheese)
Tapa de Carrilada Ibe (Pig cheeks cooked in sauce)
Hours: from Monday to Thursday: from 1 PM to 5 PM, reopens from 7:30 PM to 12 AM; from Friday to Sunday: from 1 PM to 6 PM, reopens from 7:30 PM to 12:30 AM
Location: C. Gerona, 40, 41003 Sevilla, Spain
Official website: https://www.elrinconcillo.es/
Casa Ricardo is another old tapas bar that started serving in 1915. It’s a place for those who want to explore Spanish cuisine or just to get amazing tapas.
The bar is quite small with not much sitting area. And unless you are very lucky, you probably will have to stand at the bar (which is quite normal for Andalusia).
At Casa Ricardo I’ve tried some of the best tapas in Seville. It is a little outside of the main tourist area, but absolutely worth it to have lunch. Here are some of my recommendations:
Homemade Ham Croquettes
Mini Hamburguesa de Presa Ibérica / Mini pork hamburgers
Sirloin with Whisky
Tuna on Basil Aioli and Garlic Marinated Baby Eels
Hours: Monday – closed; from Tuesday to Saturday: from 1 PM to 4 PM, reopens from 8 PM to 12 AM; Sunday: from 1 PM to 4 PM
Location: C. Hernán Cortés, 2, 41002 Sevilla
Official website: casaricardosevilla.com
Although Duo Tapas carries a bit different vibe (it is quite spacious and looks more trendy and modern) than all the other tapas bars, it has a great selection of classical Spanish tapas.
There is also no need to stay at the bar to be able to order tapas, you can find a comfortable table here inside or on the terrace and enjoy your food.
Duo Tapas is a bit more expensive than the rest of this list, probably owing to the fact they are trying to go for a more upscale vibe, but if you don’t want to stand shoulder to shoulder at a bar then this is a good choice for you.
Octopus with paprika
Hours: every day: from 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM, reopens from 8 PM to 12 AM;
Location: C. Calatrava, 10, 41002 Sevilla, Spain
Official website: they have just a facebook page
Bodega San Lorenzo is another place in the same area as Casa Ricardo that has great tapas and great sherry. You’ll find a great atmosphere there and a nice service. However, they do have a problem with the English menu.
Jamón Iberico de bellota
Chicharron de Cadiz and Papas Alinas
Hours: Monday – 8 PM to 12 AM; from Tuesday to Friday: from 1 PM to 5 PM, reopens from 8 PM to 12 AM; Saturday from 1 PM to 12 AM; Sunday: from 1 PM to 5 PM;
Location: C. Juan Rabadán, 7, 41002 Sevilla, Spain
Official website: not found
Eslava restaurant is a great combination of traditional taste of Spain and innovations. This is the place where you can try award winning tapas. It might be slightly more expensive than most tapas bars in Seville, but it is totally worth it.
The restaurant has two sitting areas outside: next to the restaurant is where they serve tapas, and across the street there is a large open space where you can get a proper meal.
Here are some tapas that you should try in ESLAVA, including two of their best:
Egg yolk on boletus (mushroom) cake
“A ciggar for Bequer” (cuttlefish and ink bechamel wrapped in thin pastry)
Mi-cuit duck foie-gras
Beef tataki with ginger jelly
Hours: Monday – closed; from Tuesday to Saturday: from 12:30 PM to 12 AM; Sunday: from 12:30 PM to 6 PM;
Location: C. Eslava, 3, 41002 Sevilla, Spain
Official website: espacioeslava.com
Dos de Mayo has a great selection of meat and fish tapas. As many other tapas bars in Seville, Dos de Mayo has two areas: an outside terrace with tables for proper dining and a bar where you can get your tapas.
Located on a lively square, this is definitely a good choice to sit outside in good weather, although you can only do that if you order ‘raciones’. No matter, many of the raciones are just larger versions of their tapas so as long as you are not alone you can share!
Acorn-fed Iberian Salchichón
Homemade Ham Croquettes
Prawns Battered in Fine Bechamel
Hours: Monday to Friday: from 12:30 PM to 4:30 PM, reopens from 8 PM to 12 AM; Saturday from 1 PM to 12 AM; Saturday and Sunday: from 12:30 PM to 12 AM;
Official website: bodegadosdemayo.com
Alcázar Andalusí Tapas is a highly rated tapas bar. The restaurant has a big outside terrace that most of the time is crowded. It is a place with a great atmosphere and great tapas.
Like some other places, Alcazar Andalusi Tapas is not located super close to the touristy area, however it is well worth the walk for a more local experience.
Here you can get tapas together with mains at the table, so no need to stand and eat.
Here are some of my recommendations:
Hours: every day from 12 PM to 12 AM;
Official website: alcazarandalusitapas.com
Casa Morales is a very cozy classical tapas bar. The restaurant has two adjoining rooms with a gorgeous bar and many barrels of wine.
I recommend sitting in the front room and trying their homemade vermut. You have to go to the bar to order, so don’t expect them to come to your table if you are in the tapas section.
The food and the atmosphere here are excellent. However it is a bit difficult to communicate with staff if you don’t speak a bit of Spanish. There is no paper or QR code menu, rather all the tapas are written on a chalkboard above the bar.
Bacalao / Cod
Albondigas / Meatballs
Hamburguesa de Buey / Ox Hamburgers
Hours: Monday to Saturday: from 8 AM to 5 PM, reopens from 8 PM to 12 AM; Sunday: closed;
Official website: facebook page
Taberna Coloniales is a charming tapas bar that is located pretty close to Seville Cathedral, which makes it a convenient place to have lunch after your excursion.
This is yet another bar where you can be served tapas at the table. By the way, the service here is great (we got our orders very fast).
Huevos de Codorniz con Jamón / Quail eggs with ham
Solomillo al Whisky / Steak in whiskey sauce
Carrillada / Stewed pork cheeks
Hours: Tuesday – closed; Wednesday to Monday: from 12:30 PM to 4:30 PM, reopens from 8:30 PM to 12 AM;
Official website: tabernacoloniales.es
Bodega Mateo is a place to get the best fried Bacalao (cod) in Seville, at least in my opinion. But that is not the only tapa I would recommend.
It is a charming tapa bar that is located a bit out of the tourist way, therefore it doesn’t get overcrowded. In fact, when we went it was entirely filled with older locals and we were the only tourists in the whole place.
Pulpo a la gallega
Gambas al ajillo
Hours: Monday to Friday: from 12:30 PM to 4 PM, reopens from 8:30 PM to 12 AM; Saturday: from 12:30 PM to 4PM, reopens from 9 PM to 12 AM; Sunday from 12:30 PM to 4PM;
Official website: not found