Seville is a beautiful and historic city in the south of Spain, and the capital of Andalusia. There is clearly a lot of history hidden behind those ancient doors and down those cobbled streets. But we all know what my true love is – food! Seville has a rich culinary culture. You’ll find some of the best jamón ibérico in the world here! And I was on the hunt for some great food on my recent trip to Seville.
It’s no secret that when I start to plan a holiday, food is always at the forefront of my mind! Once the flights are booked and the accommodation chosen, I start to collate a list of all the restaurants I need to go to and the local dishes I need to try. I loved reading about all the best tapas in Seville, which restaurants we had to try and where to get a good gin and tonic (always essential when in Spain!).
This trip was no different! And so I’m going to give you the low down on where to eat in Seville.
I think that’s pretty good going. Luckily my friend Alice is as much of a food fan as me and was happy to spend most of our time walking around this beautiful Spanish city in search of food!
Once we had decided what the top things to do in Seville were, we planned our food adventures around our days of exploring. A couple of nights we decided to make our own little tapas tours, trying just a few dishes at each stop. This is a great way to try lots of different restaurants.
We didn’t venture much out of Seville Old Town as we had just a few days. On my next visit I would definitely like explore further.
Where to eat in Seville
1. Restaurante Gonzalo
Let’s start with breakfast. We loved our centrally located hotel in the Old Town of Seville but we decided to not include breakfast in our stay, because no one can beat pan con tomate from a local cafe! We ate at Restaurante Gonzalo twice as it was the perfect location to set off from in the mornings as it’s right next to Seville Cathedral. They also serve giant toasted croissants with ibérico ham and slices of cheese. The sweet, the salty: it’s an absolute dream!
Calle Alemanes, 21, 41004 Sevilla
2. Cafe Citroen
Go to Cafe Citron for an early breakfast before you explore Plaza de España. We enjoyed lovely fresh bread and simple tomato and ibérico ham. There were lots of locals here and it was a lovely spot in the shade to enjoy the lush green surroundings. The toilets here aren’t so nice, according to my friend, but it’s a fab spot for a simple, local breakfast!
Av. Isabel la Católica, s/n, 41013 Sevilla
3. Bodeguita Romero
Go to Bodeguita Romero for brilliant, no frills tapas. I can’t remember where I read about this tapas restaurant, but it was on the list early on. In a small notepad I often compile a massive list of places to eat and note down which attractions they are close to. Then I keep this notepad on me at all times so when it comes to finding a restaurant for lunch I look over the list and see whats close by. And thats how we came to eat here!
We probably had the best omelette of our trip here; it was so moist and velvety. The pork cheeks were also simple but so utterly delicious we wanted to lick the plate clean! We also liked the tumblers of Sangria. A necessity at lunch!
Calle Harinas, 10, 41001 Sevilla
4. Mercado Lonja del Barranco
Mercado Lonja del Barranco is located right on the banks of the river in Seville. This food market is great to come to for lots of choice in once place. With over 20 different food stalls and bars it’s a great option for lunch. There is a lot of seating in the cool air conditioned hall or, you can sit outside on the terrace.
There is a whole range of savoury and sweet dishes to try, so there will definitely something for everyone. We really enjoyed our squid ink paella made with a type of angel hair pasta and some beautiful Galician octopus.
Calle Arjona, s/n, 41001 Sevilla
We ended up here for dinner on our first night via a little detour from La Brunilda. Bartolomea is the sister restaurant to La Brunilda, and even though we heard the queues for this tapas restaurant get long, we thought arriving 15 minutes before opening would be okay. We were so very wrong! There were a lot of people in front of us when we arrived, and many arrived after us. As we got to the front of the queue we told there were no tables left. We had just missed out! But they told us about Bartolomea just around the corner.
It’s very bright and airy inside with quite a modern feel. I felt like I should be beside the sea with the blues and natural wood surrounding us. The menu is interesting and very good value. The beef tenderloin and duck were particularly good. We had a bottle of rose, 6 dishes and it came to about 40 euros!
Calle Arenal, 3, 41001 Sevilla
6. El Pinton
Go to El Pinton for dinner. There is an awesome vibe in here once the sun goes down and the interiors are beautiful! On Friday and Saturday nights there is a DJ playing. They have tables outside but for dinner I would eat inside. There are lots of cosy corners for tables of two, making this a great romantic place for dinner.
The menu contains modern tapas dishes with an asian twist. This is the place to go on the weekend in Seville and the menu makes a nice change from the traditional tapas we’d been eating. The savoury churros were nothing to write home about but we liked the salty Spanish fish rice and absolutely devoured the burrata salad with truffle salt. We came back for lunch on our last day because we loved it so much and realised in the daylight how beautiful it was inside.
Calle Francos, 42, 41004 Sevilla
7. El Rinconcillo
When you read all the lists with the top restaurants to try in Seville, El Rinconcillo will probably be on every list. It is Seville’s oldest bar in the heart of the Old Town. Come here for old school Spanish tapas vibes. The moment you step inside you feel like you’ve been transported back in time. There are tables you can sit at for a more formal meal, but the thing to do here is get a spot at the bar and start ordering! They serve everything you would expect to see on a tapas menu, we kept it traditional and loved watching the barmen slice our jamón ibérico right in front of us. They keep track of your orders by writing in chalk on the bar!
Calle Gerona, 40, 41003 Sevilla
8. Ovejas Negras
Ovejas Negras gets very busy! There is such a buzz in the restaurant. We had to wait for a table so went for a couple of bites at Mamarracha just moments away (you can read more below). People fight for a table here! Everyone hustles around the waiter who is in charge of the wait list and seating people. He’s a very important man to know! It’s quite casual and very laid back in there, and there are Campbells soup tins that line the walls.
We kept things quite simple with our ordering with manchego and a tomato and mozzarella salad. But then we also ordered the seabass which was a huge hunk of deliciousness. Pan fired simply with a sprinkle of sea salt, but a top a creamy sauce that had such a depth. It’s great fun in here and just moments from the Cathedral, just be prepared to queue!
Calle Hernando Colón, 8, 41004 Sevilla
After walking from El Rinconcillo we decided to conduct our own little tapas tour of Seville. We put our name down on the list at Ovejas Negras and came to Mamarracha for a glass of wine and a few bites. It looks very cool from the outside, and it was busy too, but once we were sat at the bar looking at the short menu we really weren’t sure what to order. The combinations just sounded a little strange. It’s labeled as a conceptual tapas bar with dishes such as octopus Russian salad, beetroot salad with strawberries or a risotto with cherries. However the main affair is all about the grill with legs of lamb, Galician beef and sardines from Malaga. The dishes are interesting but I think it’s best to come here for the larger dishes rather than for a couple of small plates. Very cool interiors too.
Calle Hernando Colón, 1-3, 41004 Sevilla
Have you been to Seville? Where was your favourite restaurant?
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