This is the friendliest establishment I found in 3 weeks in Sevilla. The owners, Luciano and Diego, are two kind old men who really like to talk to the customers and become their friends. Every day I would walk in and they'd greet me with a "buenos dias" and ask me if I wanted the usual. Then we would chat over a morning coffee or tostada. The prices are cheap and the ambience is wonderful.
Favorite Dish: The "tostada completa" made by Diego is just delicious! It is basically ham, cheese, olive oil, and tomato on a warm tostada bread. You can get the smaller "media completa" if the full size is too much. I had one just about every day for 3 weeks in Sevilla, they are that good!
It so happened that where I parked our rental car in a public parking garage was directly across the street from Plaza Cristo De Burgos. This is where one of Sevilla's most popular tapas bars is located - the Taberna Coloniales. I noticed it on my the short walk through the plaza as I made my way on foot back to our Hostel Atenas, which was located only a few minutes away.
With our stop to admire both Antequera and El Torcal Nature Park earlier in the day while driving over from Granada, by then it was about 3 PM on a Sunday afternoon, so I fetched the ladies from the hostel and we all returned to this outside seating area. Sue and I had glasses of wine as we wound down a bit from our drive and just enjoyed the busy atmosphere of this old tavern - we had successfully made it to Sevilla! However, we soon had to leave as the tavern began to close-up for a few hours in the lead-up to the evening's tapas sessions. We came back that evening for a meal but it was already so busy that we could not get in! We fixed that the next night when we arrived at about 9 PM and, after waiting a bit with the crowd inside the tavern, gradually secured ourselves some room at the bar as other patrons finished their meals.
Favorite Dish: The Tabernas Coloniales is quite cozy inside on a cool winter night with the hubbub of noise from its patrons crowding the bar area. Even while we were waiting for a spot or two to open up, the bartender looked after our drinks of wine and beer quite well and we struck up conversations with some of the people at the bar. As they left, they motioned for us to take their place so we finally bellied up to place our order of two good-sized tapas dishes (3rd photo). I really enjoyed the one consisting of cured pork, onions and fried potatoes! It was a really fun night out, but it was late for us because we had to be on the road for Cadiz in the morning. I could not believe that the entire bill (including 3 glasses of wine, a beer, mineral water, two tapas and a plate of olives) only came to 12 Euros! It was one of our favourite experiences in Sevilla and this restaurant consistently gets great reviews.
We had an excellent lunch at Hosteria del Laurel, which is located on Plaza de lis Venerables.
Sitting in the sunny plaza, we enjoyed tapas and local beer.
It also has accommodation.
Favorite Dish: They did a delicious spanish omelette
The Pizzeria San Marco serves great pizza's and italian food.
It is situated in a converted Muslim Bathhouse, and is well worth a visit if you feel like a change from Spanish cuisine.
It is very popular so bookings are a good idea.
It is closed on Mondays.
Favorite Dish: pizza!
We had a huge 3 course lunch at Restaurante La Cueva.
We ordered the menu of the day and although it wasn't the greatest meal we had in Spain, it was tasty and filling....and washed down with some good spanish wine of course!!
Get a table on Plaza Dona Elvira and enjoy a leisurely lunch in the sun.
Another of the many tapas bars in Sevilla that have great atmosphere with Iberian hams hanging from the ceiling along with one or two bull heads. Bar Las Teresas, in the heart of the Barrio de Santa Cruz is small but friendly. It’s easy to sit at the bar and strike up a conversation with the person seated next to you. They serve a nice variety of tapas and the menu is categorized into cold meats, stews, fried items, seafood, meats, and starters. Most come in the tapas size but larger raciones medias, raciones, and platos are available as well. And with most tapas prices from 1.70 to 3.00 euros, you can’t really go wrong.
Favorite Dish: bacalao con tomate, espinaca y garbanzos, revuelto de la casa
With our hostel not serving any meals, we did some exploring in the surrounding area and found the small Bar Manolo located only a few 'blocks' away in Plaza Alfalfa. There are quite a few restaurants situated in that area but the Manolo looked like a straightforward and simple spot for breakfast, and it seemed to be doing a thriving business. Although the establishment also has outside seating in this smallish plaza, it was a bit cool for that on those late December mornings, so we ordered inside at their bar and then ate standing up like most of the other patrons, at one of the counters beside the large windows.
Although we could not speak Spanish, the guys behind the bar seemed to be able to figure out what we wanted without any problems! One thing about eating inside is that you have to be prepared to breathe second-hand smoke since that is still a happening thing in Spain.
Favorite Dish: Both mornings we had the local standard of long toasted buns (split in half) with jam and butter to go with pomegranate green tea for the ladies while I went 'local' with their strong black coffee 'con leche' moderated with sugar and milk to one's particular taste. The meals went down well and only came to 5 Euros for the three of us.
It was past 1 PM by the time we had completed our 'river-walk' in Sevilla and my meagre breakfast fare was starting to seriously wear off by then. Immediately after crossing back into the main part of the downtown area via Puente de Isabel II, we spotted the enticing outdoor seating area of the Glassy Lounge restaurant situated along the riverbank and beneath a nice stand of orange trees. We were just about the only customers when we first sat down and it was not long before a young man emerged from the main building to see to our needs.
Favorite Dish: My first order of business was a cold glass of Cruzcampo beer - that really hit the spot as we soaked up the rays of sunshine. The ladies had glasses of white wine and orange juice while they checked out the menu. It did not take me long to decide on a Santa Fe chicken wrap which consisted of grilled chicken, cheddar, bacon, lettuce and tomato with blue cheese sauce in a tortilla wrap (E5.45). That seemed to sway the ladies as they opted for a shared spinach tortilla wrap with honeyed beef. We chatted away during the short time before our food arrived and, while glancing at Sue's sister's guide book for Sevilla, that was when I discovered that the main attractions including the Real Alcázar were closed because this was a Monday! Talk about good trip planning! Oh well, the food was great and only cost a total of 22 Euros, including my second cold beer.
As far as places to eat and drink, Triana (Sevilla) is your best bet. There are several great bars/diners that have great food and decent prices. The gastrnomic richness of Andalucía is known throughout the world, from its cured ham to its unequalled olive oil. Yet, going out for tapas is an Andalusian gastronomic acclaim. A trait custom of this land which consists of going out to eat small servings at bars, especially in the afternoon. A tapa is a small dish of food which is usually accompanied with a beer or a glass of wine.
I can't think of any other place in Seville where you can immerse yourself in the local atmosphere with its sounds, smells, sights and flavours. It's easy to chance upon the best gems in the many hidden away corners of the city.
A few places can provide you with a menu in English which is always a big help for those of us who didn't get an "A" in Spanish 101 and the service is included but it's always nice to leave a tip.
Favorite Dish: Favorite?? In a place like this that's impossible to disclose. Everything makes your mouth water!OK. Fine. Most like, Gamba Alajillo - this is a saucy, galic marinated shrimp dish that this restaurant is known for. And then there's also the "serranito" sandwich. But there so much more on the menu.
We decided to go with the tour company's choice of restaurant for lunch rather than go on our own. Most of the folks on the bus opted for this lunch. We were very happy we did. The meal served at SAN MARCO RESTAURANTE was absolutely excellent. With so many people to serve we all got the same. A bottle of red wine and a bottle of water was provided. The meal started with the salad - lettuce, radichio and hearts of palm with a wonderful vinagraitte dressing. The entree' consisted of a whitefish ( I believe it was haddock) steak, with bits of shrimp scattered upon it, surrounded by sliced potatoes and topped off with a lovely sauce. Excellent! Excellent! For dessert - a flan with a wonderful sweet sauce.
We paid 8,75 Euro extra for the lunch and it was well worth it.
Very near the Plaza de Toros and the Hospital de la Caridad, Infanta has great atmosphere like so many high level tapas bars with dark wood interior, large bar, small side tables, and hams hanging from the ceiling. The big plus here are the tall stools at the bar. They have a printed tapas menu with daily specials on chalkboards up above the bar. The Saturday special, aquacate y ensaladilla (avocado salad) was a racion-sized plate with a kind of macaroni salad topped with shrimp and a black olive served in two halves of an avocado. An A for presentation and an A for taste as well. Other tasty tapas include the pimientos del piquillo (pimento chiles stuffed with a shrimp and salmon paste) and the rinones de cordero a la plancha (grilled lamb kidneys).
Favorite Dish: Rinones (just eat them...they are GOOD!), pimientos del piquillo
We sampled several tapas bars in the Arenal district together; my husband was keen to do his research for VT and selflessly sampled even more.
The picture is taken in Casa Morales, Garcia de Vinuesa 14: a traditional and atmospheric little bar which looks peaceful here, but gets really really lively at night.
We also sampled tapas at the simple but charming Bodegas Diaz-Salazar, no 20, in the same street, opposite Hotel Simon.
Great tapas and friendly atmosphere at both.
Favorite Dish: Iif you try to order a "big serving" of tapas, you may cause confusion, as 'tapas' are little dishes by definition: a 'raciones' is the correct term for a larger portion. My husband tried to order a large portion of tapas for our party and was offered a large cheese in the confusion.
Some fabulous tapas to try:
* Jamon and cured sausage: this may be served with bread or the sausage may be in a sandwich like a tiny panini;
* Manchego cheese,
* Muntillitatas (baby squid).
* Revueltos: scrambled egg with a variety of other ingregiants, such as wild mushroom or prawn.
* mini kebab - called 'Pincho Moruno'
Some tapas bars specialise in fried fish.
One portion of simple tapas can be as little as 1 to 1.50 euros. Try them with 'Fino' (cold and dry sherry). The spanish beer is also recommended. Just fabulous!
Lucky us!! We found this bar on the first night we were in Sevilla and sure enough we went there at least once or twice on the following days!
The place is usually CROWDED - and since there are only a few tables inside, you will find the crowds outside as well! We always gave it a try and did manage to find a place to sit down and enjoy the beer and the tapas!
The place is well known by locals as well as foreign students and tourists and despite the crowds, the staff is always friendly and efficient!
Favorite Dish: We really enjoyed everything we had there, but we did have two favorites:
the little scallops (mussels) and the eggplant with honey - yummy!!!!
Cafetería Trinidad is located across the street from el Palacio Andaluz, on the corner. If you need a quick, inexpensive, and excellent meal, go here. Especially if you like prosciutto! (jamón).
We all had a bocadillo with jamón y pollo, it was incredible. To my good pleasure, the "jamón" turned out to be prosciutto! It came with fries, unlimited olives (I had a lot) and I had a STRONG "ron y cola."
The people there were incredibly friendly, and there was some beautiful Catholic art on the walls, which I love!
Total cost for 5 guys: 14€.
Ben going back into the cafetería to take a picture with the owner: Priceless.
At Casa Galan, I had arroz con pollo and a tortilla jamón, followed by cafe con leche, all for only 8€. It was a steal! Our waitress was a venezolana named Rosa. Very fiesty, and very cute. Looked somewhat like Shakira.
While we ate we got to see all the beautiful Sevillanas walking down the street, accompanied by their men, and dressed in their festive garb, travelling to the Feria de Abril. Also, there were horses with carriages taking people down the street. The horses were dressed with bells and flowers, they looked very pretty.
Casa Galan is right across the street from the beautiful Jardines de Murillo. We sat outside and it was a great location.
Favorite Dish: My arroz con pollo and tortilla jamón were very good. And the coffee was superb as well.