Food in Seville
One thing is for certain – you definitely won’t go hungry in Seville. If you do as the Sevillanos do, you’ll have a full breakfast late morning, a late lunch, tapas in the evening and dinner late evening. With thousands of tapas bars, fresh seafood and Andalusian flavours, as well as some decent international options, Seville is a place for food-lovers.
The cuisine of Andalusia is characterised by olive oils and local hams, fresh gazpachos and fried fish, accompanied by local wines and sherries. Seville is packed to the brim with restaurants offering these local delicacies.
The family-run Enrique Becerra
has been going for more than 30 years and is full of homely flavours and atmosphere, housed in a building dating back to the 17th
century. The ‘flamenquins’ - deep fried asparagus with pork and cheese - are the star of the menu. The wines from the extensive wine cellar are worth trying too.
on Calle Recaredo is reasonably priced with a menu packed with local specialities, including some of the creamiest croquetas in town. Restaurante Modesto
on Calle Cano y Cueto is modest and unfussy in name and nature. Rustic food matches a farmhouse-style interior and the food is Andalusian through and through.
It’s a local tradition to have a late morning breakfast, and Horno San Buenaventura
is one of the favourite spots. With a few premises across the city, it serves a range of breakfasts as well as continental-style cold meats and cheeses.
Seville is also the home of flamenco dancing and there are spots across the city that offer a dinner and flamenco show in one. Try Tablao el Arenal
, located in a 17th century building, where typical Andalusian flavours accompany an 90-minute-long flamenco show most evenings. El Patio Sevillano
is another popular option, with two shows every night and the option of tapas and drinks or a full dinner service.
Reported to have more than 4,000 tapas bars, you’d be unlucky not to find one you don’t absolutely fall in love with in Seville. Bodega Morales is a long-standing tapas bar on Calle Garcia de Vinuesa, worth visiting for the novelty value of being served wine straight from the barrel. El Rinconcillo
is another of Seville’s stalwarts, serving a delectable assortment of chorizo tortillas and anchovies, to name but a few.
is a local favourite near the main tourist trail, with its meat dishes such as stewed pork cheeks particular favourites. Bar Restaurante Casa Manolo on Calle San Jorge is a hit with locals and also very cheap; the baby squid in ink is especially recommended.
Vinería San Telmo
is more of an upscale tapas bar with as big a selection of wines as tapas. The salmorejo, cured Ibérico ham and olive oil with crusty country bread goes down a treat with a glass of Rioja. Eslava
near Plaza San Lorenzo is another Sevillano favourite, apparent from the human-sardine-style packed interior. The tapas are some of the cheapest in the city, as well as the tastiest.
is a Michelin-starred restaurant by Basque chef Martín Berasategui and is one of the reasons foodies flock to Seville. The food is Mediterranean and seasonal, with daily changing set and tasting menus reflecting what’s freshest that day. There are Roman ruins viewable through a glass floor, adding to the exploratory dining experience.
is widely hailed as one of Seville’s best restaurants, with its food style described as Basque-Andalusian fusion. Juicy olives and small tapas dishes precede hearty and flavoursome mains such as herb-infused lamb shanks and soft shell crab.
Taberna del Albardero
on Calle Zaragoza is also up there with the best upscale restaurants in Seville. The menu changes four times a year with the seasons, but typical flavours include local hams, fresh seafood and the ingredients of high society such as caviar.
Restaurante La Moneda on Almirantzgo is popular for local seafood dishes and is reasonably priced and good quality. A little off the beaten track on Calle Peñaflor is the tiny and unassuming-looking El Marino, with a daily changing fish menu depending on the fresh catches of the day. The modest appearance paves the way for delectably fresh flavours. Kiosko de las Flores can be found alongside the river in the Triana district and unassuming as it may look, is locally known as one of the best spots for the Sevillano favourite of fried fish.
International and alternative food
is an ‘eco-vegetarian’ (organic and vegetarian) restaurant on Calle de Luis de Vargas, offering staple Spanish flavours without the meat. Full of gazpachos, salads and chickpeas, it’s a welcome retreat for health-conscious non-meat fans in a city that thrives on hams, rich red meats and seafood.
is popularly hailed as the best Italian restaurant in the city, complete with wood-fired pizzas and freshly made pastas, as well as fresh fish prepared in the typical Italian style. If you long for a taste of American-style cooking on the other hand, try Foster’s Hollywood
. It’s a Spanish chain but on a par with the American diner experience, with burgers to burritos.
As-Sawirah on Calle Galera is a Moroccan restaurant near Arenal market serving traditional tagines and homemade hummous, served at a relaxing pace. For those who like the deep flavours of barbecued Argentinean food, El Badulaque
is the place to go in Seville. Choose the parrillada (a set menu for two) to try a bit of everything – you won’t leave hungry.
Since Seville is the place for fresh fish, try it in a different form at Matsuri Japanese restaurant on Calle del Amor de Dios. The sushi is some of the best in the city and the mixed sushi and tempura dishes mix hot and cold with good value for money.