Tapas are an institution in Seville. Sitting down for a big meal at lunch or dinnertime is foregone for the chance to hop from bar to bar, sampling different dishes and drinks. It's an informal affair -- you’ll most likely eat standing up or perched at a small table in a noisy bar -- but that's all part of the experience. Here, a roundup of the best places with Sevillian atmosphere and Andalusian flavors.
Sol y Sombra
The instant you walk into Sol y Sombra, you feel the pulse of Seville. The walls are plastered with vintage bullfight advertisements and the menus are handwritten and informal. Don’t forget to look up, too -- huge legs of jamon Iberico hang from the ceiling like chandeliers. In addition to plates of salty pimientos de padron and the aforementioned jamon, we recommend trying one of the house specialties: cola de toro (bull tail’s stew). It sounds like a brave order, but, similar to oxtail stew, it's hearty, satisfying, and delicious.
Bodega Santa Cruz
This popular bar in the tourist center always seems to make its way on everyone’s round-ups of the best tapas in Seville. Why? It’s that good. If you can get through the thick crowds of both locals and tourists, you'll enjoy a few beers and a wide selection of montaditos for only a couple of Euro. Montaditos, a local favorite, are small sandwiches stuffed with a choice of meats, cheeses, and fish.
Located on a quiet street amongst Triana’s artisan ceramics shops, you’ll find a classic Sevillian-style bar that offers some of the best food on this side of the Guadalquivir River. We recommend ordering a portion of the grilled mushrooms stuffed with fragrant garlic sauce. If you can’t get enough at this location, only two minutes away is another Las Golodrinas (Number II). It’s decorated in more modern style but serves the same delicious dishes.
Rio Grande Ristorante
This restaurant and tapas bar may be a bit on the pricey side, but once seated on the terrace, you’ll understand why. Rio Grande is located on the bank of the Guadalquivir River in Triana and offers stunning views of the old city -- especially the Torre del Oro tower. Albeit a tad touristy, the house wines are tasty, as are the patatas bravas. Both perfectly accompany a Sevillian sunset.