You wouldn’t be doing a trip to Seville justice unless you take advantage of its tapas bar scene. Ranging from traditional tapas bars to ones with a modern twist, there’s an option for everyone. In this post, I’ll show you thirteen of the best tapas bars in Seville.
Wheelchair Accessible Note: Look for this blue box for details on wheelchair accessibility at these Seville tapas bars.
Tapas vs. Ración
Before I reveal my recommendations for the best tapas bars in Seville, let’s chat about tapas lingo.
“Tapas” refers to a small portion, which is comparable to an appetizer.
Oftentimes, menus will show a meal and beside it list “Tapas”, “1/2 Ración”, “Ración”.
So, what do these ración words mean?
A half ración is comparable to a light lunch whereas ración is a portion that would be considered a filling meal.
As you’re taste-testing your way through the best tapas in Seville, I recommend ordering “tapas” portions if there are two or three of you and 1/2 ración or ración if you’ll be with a larger group.
While every tapas bar has its own decor and oftentimes specialty tapas, there are a few things that are pretty standard across the tapas board.
- Tapas bars open in the afternoon. In fact, noon is on the early end!
- Tapas bars usually close for a siesta in the late afternoon, reopening in the evening.
- Expect to wait a while if you want a table. You can also try to snag a seat at the bar.
- Bread is typically served with tapas. Usually, it’s included but sometimes for an additional cost.
- Olive oil lovers, delight! You can pretty much bet that every tapa will have a generous amount of heart-healthy olive oil.
- If you want more olive oil, there’ll surely be a bottle nearby.
Best tapas in Seville
And now, let’s get to the best part- discovering the amazing tapas bars that Seville has to offer!
I visited all these tapas bars myself. Thanks to small portions and enough healthy options, I didn’t even come away feeling glutenous. If only I could say the same about my post on the best churros in Seville!
1. Casa Román
Casa Román is not only wonderful for its tapas but for its ambiance as well. Located on Plaza Venerables, it’s tucked back along cobblestone streets in the Santa Cruz district, which was formerly the Jewish quarter.
It’ll be tempting to sit outside at the little wooden tables to people watch in the plaza. However, make sure to take a peek inside Casa Román. The classic Spanish decor will leave you mesmerized. Even better, Casa Román offers a good amount of indoor seating compared to other tapas bars on this list.
Casa Román offers a nice list of tapas with a fair amount of vegetarian options. Their Ensaladilla de Gambas (shrimp salad) is to die for!
Outdoor seating at Casa Román is wheelchair accessible. Keep in mind that you’ll need to pass through cobblestone and narrow streets to get there.
Casa Román Hours: Monday – Sunday from 12:30pm – 12:00am.
2. Las Teresas
Las Teresas is a tapas bar famous for two things- its Iberian ham and decor on the wall commemorating Semana Santa (Easter week). It’s had a lot of time to build up its reputation, since it was founded in 1870.
Las Teresas’ location is unbeatable, tucked along the narrow streets of the Santa Cruz district.
If you’re looking to try some other Las Teresas classics, don’t miss their tomato cod and spinach & garbanzos dishes.
Even though Las Teresas’ website says they open at 10:00am, it isn’t until 12:00pm when they serve tapas. Go earlier than this and you can admire the decor of the bar without the crowds.
Las Teresas offers wheelchair accessible outdoor seating on a cobblestone street. There’s a ledge to enter inside the bar, although the ledge is smaller if you enter through the side door.
3. Bodeguita Fabiola
Just up the road from the Cathedral, Bodeguita Fabiola is a great option if you’re looking for a slightly more modern look than some of the other tapas bars mentioned here.
Don’t let its sleeker style fool you, though; you’ll find all your traditional Spanish tapas at Bodeguita Fabiola.
Despite its location in the heart of Seville’s tourist area, locals frequent this tapas bar. You know it’s good when that’s the case!
Due to its location on an ultra-narrow street with a tiny sidewalk, Bodeguita Fabiola isn’t a good wheelchair accessible tapas bar option.
4. La Fresquita
You know the tapas bars that have people turning the nearby street into an extension of the restaurant?
La Fresquita is that kind of place.
Located just around the corner from Bodeguita Fabiola, La Fresquita is a tapas bar that tends to draw in a youthful, local crowd. It’s a lively, loud, and clean-fun type of place.
Push and shove your way inside not only to order your tapas but to admire the decor.
Framed images of Jesus and the Virgin Mary plaster every inch of the walls with the theme of Holy Week. It’s got its own style, so don’t pass up this tapas bar if you’ve already been to Las Teresas.
You won’t find any chairs at La Fresquita but if you’re lucky, you’ll be able to snag a standing table either inside or outside.
Must try tapas at La Fresquita include garlic prawn sandwiches and spinach with chickpeas.
La Fresquita isn’t a good option for wheelchair users. There isn’t any accessible seating and the bar and sidewalks near the restaurant are narrow.
La Fresquita Hours: Monday – Saturday 12:00pm – 4:00pm & 8:00pm – 12:00am; Sunday 12:00pm – 4:00pm.
5. Bodeguita Romero
Bodeguita Romero is one of the most popular tapas bars in Seville. It’s located in the heart of Seville, on a scenic cobblestone side street between the cathedral and bullring.
There’s no shortage of tapas options at Bodeguita Romero, but there is a shortage of seating. There’s typically a line before the doors open and the tiny tapas bar only gets more crowded as the evening wears on.
Almost all food at Bodeguita Romero comes with a tapas option, but in some cases, you’ll need to order a 1/2 ración or ración.
Bodeguita Romero Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 1:00pm – 5:00pm & 8:30pm – 12:00am; Sundays 1:00pm – 5:00pm; Closed on Mondays.
There are a handful of wheelchair accessible tables inside Bodeguita Romero. Arrive early and expect to have to push your way through crowds.
6. Bar Alfalfa
Don’t let the name fool you; there isn’t any alfalfa to be found in Bar Alfalfa’s dishes. Located in the Alfalfa district of Seville’s historical center, Alfalfa is a cozy tapas bar.
Bar Alfalfa serves up traditional Spanish tapas but it’s also known for going out on a limb to offer more international tapas with a modern flare.
However, since this post is all about the best tapas in Seville, my recommendation is to keep it local and try the salmorejo. This is a traditional soup dish in the Andalucia region made from tomatoes and bread.
Bar Alfalfa has a small ledge at the entrance. Inside, quarters are tight so it’s difficult for wheelchair users to get around.
7. La Azotea
La Azotea doesn’t look like much from the outside, but it’s undoubtedly a more upscale tapas bar. I felt out of place in the everyday clothes I had on, especially after having four hours of walking around Seville under my belt.
Long story short, La Azotea is a great place for people looking to get dressed up.
If you’re going to La Azotea for tapas, you’ll be seated at the bar, as the tables are used only for people ordering full meals.
Even at the bar, you’ll be treated with the utmost level of customer service, starting with the bowl of olives they’ll automatically bring to you.
Prices at La Azotea match its classiness and unlike so many tapas bars on this list, it doesn’t offer a wide variety of tapas. However, it would be unjust to leave La Azotea out of the list of the best tapas bars in Seville since the tapas they do offer and the presentation they come with are absolutely to die for.
Everyone has their own dining style, so I highly recommend La Azotea for a nice evening tapas experience. It’s also a good option if you’re looking to avoid the extra packed scene at so many of the tapas bars listed here since the staff appeared to control the number of people entering the restaurant.
La Azotea offers excellent accessibility with a ramp at the entrance and accessible indoor seating.
8. Bar Las Golondrinas
Located in the Triana district, Las Golondrinas enjoys a location close to the main touristy hub of San Jacinto Street.
Las Golondrinas offers a large selection of tapas ranging from pork to stews to salads to duck. And, of course, Iberian ham.
I personally recommend the squid with green sauce and cod stew (which also comes as a vegetarian version). Regardless of what you order, you can be sure that you’ll be receiving high-quality ingredients and tastes that will leave you reminiscing for years.
The prices at Las Golondrinas are reasonable. So, make sure to arrive hungry since you can eat your way through the tapas menu without having to worry about it eating away at your wallet.
If you’re looking to settle in for a long meal, try snagging a table on the second-floor balcony that overlooks the bar. Aside from the views, you’ll be removed from the extra crowded downstairs area.
The first floor of Bar Las Golondrinas is wheelchair accessible. There are some accessible tables towards the back of the restaurant.
Bar Las Golondrinas Hours: Monday – Sunday 12:00pm – 4:00pm & 8:00pm – 12:00am.
You won’t find Levies on the average list of the best tapas bars in Seville. However, for me, it deserves a spot.
Located at the east end of the historical center, Levies is far enough off the beaten path so there aren’t as many tourists there. It also offers far more seating- both indoor and outdoor- than the average tapas bar.
It’ll be hard to choose from the extensive list of tapas that Levies offers, but I’ll get you going in the right direction- order the eggplant with salmorejo and honey.
This dish is a two for one, as fried eggplant with honey and salmorejo are two traditional dishes in Andalucia.
Levies doesn’t offer a barrier-free entrance for wheelchair users. There’s about a 3 – 4 inch ledge for indoor and outdoor seating.
10. El Rinconcillo
If you’re looking to claim bragging rights for eating tapas at the oldest bar in Seville, make a beeline to El Rinconcillo. Built in 1670, El Rinconcillo turned a whopping 350 years old in 2020.
Unlike most of the other tapas bars listed here, El Rinconcillo doesn’t offer outdoor seating, nor is anyone allowed to overflow the streets with a glass of wine or beer in hand.
This is a blessing in disguise, as the decor and ambiance inside the bar are what makes El Rinconcillo so special. That, and the food, of course!
From Iberian pork cheeks to sheep cheese to spinach with chickpeas, El Rinconcillo offers classic Sevillian dishes prepared with the highest level of care and presentation.
El Rinconcillo is on the fancier side for tapas bars, so it’s best to get a little dressed up.
Quarters are tight, but El Rinconcillo is wheelchair accessible. Make sure to secure a reservation in advance.
El Rinconcillo Hours: Monday – Sunday 1:00pm – 1:00am.
11. Freiduría La Isla
Freiduría La Isla is a heart attack waiting to happen, but a delicious one.
Founded in 1938, this hole-in-the-wall tapas bar specializes in fried food, most of which is fish and seafood. You can be pretty much guaranteed to wait in line to order your food, regardless of the time of day you visit.
While fried fish and seafood is the star of the food show at Freiduría La Isla, there are a few items on the menu that don’t swim, such as fried ham croquetas, fried almonds, and potato chips.
In fact, if you’re short on time, you can pick up a bag of fried almonds or chips from the streetside stand, where the line tends to move more quickly.
Freiduría La Isla Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 1:00pm – 3:45pm & 8:00pm – 11:00pm; Sundays 1:00pm – 4:00pm. Closed on Mondays.
Wheelchair users will need to pass over a 3 – 4 inch ledge to get inside Freiduría La Isla. The countertop to order outside is out of reach for wheelchair users, so assistance will be needed.
12. Bodega Siglo XVIII
Located just a couple of blocks back from the river on the Triana side of Seville, Bodega Siglo XVIII offers one of the best ambiances for a tapas experience.
The interior of the bar has arched beams, Moorish tile, and old photos hanging on the wall.
Bodega Siglo XVIII offers mostly traditional style Spanish tapas, so it’s a great place to get a feel for Spain’s most popular dishes.
As a bonus, wine lovers should try Bodega Siglo XVIII’s house red wine.
There’s about a two-inch ledge that wheelchair users will need to pass over get inside Bodega Siglo XVIII. Some of the tables are accessible.
Bodega Siglo XVIII hours: Tuesday – Sunday 12:00pm – 4:00pm & 7:30pm – 12:00am; Mondays 7:30pm – 12:00am.
13. Bar Santa Marta
If you’re looking for a no-frills local tapas bar, Santa Marta is your place.
What Santa Marta lacks with its interior decor, it more than makes up for with its delicious tapas and prime location in Plaza de San Andrés, lined with orange trees. Make sure to try their tortilla; it’ll leave you wanting to come back for more!
Santa Marta offers indoor seating with high top tables as well as outdoor seating in the plaza.
Wheelchair users will need to pass over a small ledge to get inside Bar Santa Marta. Only outdoor seating is accessible.
Ready for dessert? (…or breakfast)
Churros (especially accompanied with thick hot chocolate) are an iconic dish in Seville. What many foreigners consider to be dessert, Spaniards consider churros to be breakfast or a mid-morning snack.
We’ve rounded up the best churros in Seville for you, so make sure to check out our post for mouthwatering churros!
Best vegetarian tapas dishes in Seville
We’ve talked about the best tapas bars in Seville and some of the dishes the region is known for. However, vegetarians are surely wondering if there are enough tapas options for them in Seville.
It depends on your definition of “enough”.
Spinach with garbanzos is by far the best go-to vegetarian tapas dish in Seville. You can be guaranteed to find it on just about any menu. It’s filling and so very delicious.
Below is a list of some of the vegetarian tapas in Seville, along with their Spanish translation.
- Spinach with garbanzos (espinacas con garbanzos)
- Eggplant (berenjena)
- Salmorejo (a Spanish soup made from tomato and bread)
- Spicy potatoes (papas bravas)
- Salad (ensalada)
Pescetarians will have even more options, as most restaurants offer dishes with cod, squid, and/or shrimp.
Best tapas in Seville: Conclusion
I don’t know about you, but this post has got me craving tapas! You could spend weeks exploring the best tapas in Seville and only scratch the surface of all the ones that the city has to offer. What are your favorite tapas bars in Seville? Leave a comment and let’s start a tapas conversation!
P.S.- Make sure to check out our guide on 15 free things to do in Seville in between your tapas visits.
P.P.S.- Looking to take a day trip from Seville? Consider a visit to the stunning town of Ronda! Our Seville to Ronda day trip post will show you how to make the best of your time there.