Seville is an ancient city of winding streets that over the years have become home to an array of cafes, bars, restaurants, markets and Abacerías (small food shops with informal seating), serving a vast range of regional tapas dishes and Sherry.
The dishes and ingredients of Seville are hugely influenced by their rich history - from the bitter Seville oranges introduced by the Moors, the almonds and saffron popularised by the Sephardi Jewish population to sweets and pastries made by nuns in the city's convents.
Be prepared to eat late in Seville, and to slowly graze over a few drinks and good conversation - although there are definitely some fantastic, and slightly more formal restaurants for those who are after 3 courses.
Take a look at our best places below.
Slow Cooked Egg on Mushroom Cake © Espacio Eslava
Modern tapas bar serving local classics alongside award winning, unique and playful tapas dishes. The building also houses a more formal, pricier restaurant by the same name.
Slow cooked egg on mushroom cake (Huevo a baja temperatura), Cuttlefish "cigar" (Cigarro para Bécquer)
Lays claim to being the oldest bar in Seville - established in 1670. Offers a classic tapas menu of simple plates and sherries, served by doting staff in black waistcoats and ties.
Any of the simple traditional dishes
Well established, high-ceilinged space with simple and modern decor. Offers an exceptional menu of tapas as well as daily specials from their blackboard. Gets very busy during the peak season.
Mushroom and idiazabal cheese rissotto, Salt cod fritters (Buneulos de Bacalao), Mini Burger (hamburguesa de ternera)
Fried Aubergines in Honey © Los Coloniales
Los Coloniales serves traditional hot and cold dishes, using local ingredients and recipes, in a beautifully tiled bar. Friendly staff, a great atmosphere, and outdoor seating.
Aubergines in honey, iberico secreto, almond chicken
Pringa Montadito Sandwich © Gastronimo
Popular tapas bar that is almost always packed during the evening. See if you can get a high tables outside, or squeeze in along the bar, to try some of their delicious slow cooked meat sandwiches.
Slow cooked meat sandwich (Pringa Montadito) are the best in town, Sardine with alioli, bacalao carpachio, house potatoes (papas aliña)
Las Teresas is a Seville institution. Founded in 1870, the interior is tiled and adorned with legs of jamon and photos of bullfighters. Come for the great service, and the delicious aged morcilla.
Jamon, solomillo con whiskey, aged morcilla (morcilla del años), grilled tuna (morillo)
Fresh Lobster © La Azotea
Wildly popular tapas bar with four locations across the city. Really fresh fish cooked to a high standard, a great wine list and creative cocktail menu. No booking, so arrive early to avoid a wait.
Daily fresh seafood specials, Iberico pork cheek with goat's cheese gratin, Cod conﬁt served over garlic soup
Self proclaimed slow food restaurant, focusing on small plates and raciones rather than tapas. Eclectic decor, great local wine selection and a frequently changing menu. Worth it for the duck rice alone.
Duck rice (arroz con pato)
Duck with Spicy Coconut Cream © Ovejas Negras
Translates as "black sheep", so expect tapas with a difference. Mixes asian and American influences in a stylish, lively setting. Get a seat at the bar if you can!
Risottazzo, Medium burger with curry mayonnaise, fish and chips with tartar sauce
Clams in garlic and oil © La Moneda
Seafood specialists La Moneda offer a fantastic selection of local produce, with a bar to perch at and sample tapas or a small seated area for longer affairs. Don't miss the coquinas: tiny clams sautéed in garlic and oil.
Clams in garlic (Coquinas), Shrimp soup (Sopa de Galeras), seafood specials
Pork Cheeks Stewed in Red Wine © Enrique Becerra
Well established tapas bar in El Arenal, run by father and son. The kitchen keeps things fresh, so the menu changes frequently. If they're on the menu, be sure to try the lamb skewers with dates.
Lamb skewers with dates (Pincho de cordero con dátiles), meatballs (albóndingas), bacon wrapped langoustine in sherry sauce
Octopus and Egg Yolk © Petit Comité
One of the more modern spots in Seville, and a great place to book a table (a must, as the tables don't hang around!). The style is classics with a twist, all served in a beautiful, informal space with impressive bar.
Octopus with truffle and egg yolk, croquetas (fillings change regularly)
Iberico Tataki © Az-Zait
The name and the decor of this restaurant reflect Seville's Arabic past, however the dishes reflect a more creative edge to Andalusian cuisine for those looking for something a bit different.
Offers reasonably priced set menus, with the foie gras terrine, and slow cooked egg being highlights
Scallop Pasta © Oriza
Nestled next to the Alcazar, Oriza can lay claim to being one of the city's best (and most beautiful) restaurants. Be sure to book in the evenings, and wear something nice - it's among the city's smarter places!
Lamb sweetbreads with wild mushrooms and broad beans, spider crab San Sebastián style, pigeon breast with lentils
Abantal is (currently) Seville's only Michelin starred restaurant, and boy has Chef Julio Fernandez Quintero earned it. Go for the 7 course tasting menu, and let the sommelier do his thing. Reservations a must.
Daily changing tasting menu - and check out the list of olive oils!
Chocolate Cigar © Abades Triana
Arguably the best looking table in the city, with breathtaking views. Chef Elias Del Toro has created a truly special experience, whether you go a la carte or for the full tasting menu. A more formal affair.
"World to Share" menu, suckling lamb shoulder, salmorejo
© Taberna Del Alabardero
Taberna Del Alabardero
Last night of a special trip? Go here. Situated in a 19th century town house, you can choose from the bistro area (more relaxed), or dine in the smart upstairs dining room. Dishes make the most of local ingredients.
5 course tasting menu (great value), Huelva prawns, Great vintage wine selection
Heladeria La Fiorentina
One of the best ice cream parlours in the city. Specialising in flavours inspired by the region's proud culinary history, with traditional local products and ingredients.
One of the unusual ice-cream flavours: Olive oil biscuit (Torta de aceite), Sherry (Manzanilla de Sanlúcar), Orange Blossom (Crema de flor de azahar)
Confitería La Campana
Traditional pastry shop in business since 1885, and a great breakfast spot! Serves cakes, tarts and pastries, as well as a good coffee. Open from 8am - 10pm.
Egg Yolk Pastry (yemas), Cream Pastry (Coco de Nata)
Mercado de Feria
Seville's oldest market. A great place for fresh produce as well as simple, tasty local dishes. La Cantina, situated in the centre of the market, serves fresh fish & seafood tapas in a lively, casual atmosphere.
Any fried fish or seafood tapas
Mercado de Triana
Small but busy market, built on the former HQ of the Spanish inquisition. The market offers an array of fresh produce, as well as several tapas bars if you don't fancy cooking it yourself.
Take your pick from the tapas bars throughout the market, or get something to take home
Churros con Chocolate © Gastronimo
Bar El Comercio
The kind of place that feels like it's been there forever. Serves the best churros in town alongside chocolate or coffee. Open from early morning until 9pm.
Churros con chocolate