Seville

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Seville is especially well-known for its tapas, which incorporate fresh ingredients from the surrounding regions. Just be aware that most Sevillians don’t turn up for dinner until around 9:30pm and most restaurants don’t even open until 9pm.

Top Restaurants in Seville

ay Maricrú

This unique tapas bar pays homage to the great ladies of Hollywood with photos of Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe. Their menu encompasses items like vegetarian and meat lasagna, empanadas, tortillas topped with spinach and goat cheese, and an extensive wine list.

Pasaje de Vila, 6, 011-954-56-48-24
Tags: moderate

Corral del Agua

Candlelit tables and a marble fountain set a romantic tone at this former stable. Go daring with toro al estilo de Sevilla (Sevillian-style bull's tail), or play it safe with sea bass in dry sherry sauce.

Callejón del Agua 6, 011-34-954-220-714, www.andalunet.com/corral-agua/index.htm
Tags: romance | expensive | spanish

Egana Oriza

The chef at Seville’s most stylish restaurant combines his love for hunting and cooking with specialties ranging from ostrich carpaccio to casserole of wild boar – a hearty wine list completes the offerings. Closed during the month of August.

San Fernando 41, 011-34-954-22-72-11, www.restauranteoriza.com
Tags: expensive | smart splurge | spanish

El Gallinero de Sandra Restaurante

If you’re looking to escape traditional tapas for an evening, find this restaurant, which is tucked away on a quiet street near Plaza Alameda. Small plates like homemade gnocchi in white cream sauce and mixed grilled vegetables are served at candlelit tables in an intimate, outdoor space (inside seating available).

Esperanza Elena Caro, 2, 011-954-90-99-31
Tags: budget

La Alquería at Hacienda Benazuza

Since opening at the Hacienda Benazuza (a 10th-century estate hotel) near Seville, in 1998, 55-seat La Alquería, helmed by seven-year El Bulli veteran Rafael Morales, has featured an ever-changing array of the best recipes from Ferran Adrià's original restaurant, complete with trademark laboratory-concocted foams and infusions. If El Bulli is Adrià's workshop, La Alquería is his museum. While the former has a year-long waiting list and completely overhauls its menu each season (even the dinnerware is scrapped for a new design), at La Alquería you may still experience 1994's hot and cold clam chop suey or 1987's rabbit shoulder stuffed with baby octopus and mushrooms. Best season for value: late summer. 2008 Smart Luxury Award winner

Great Value Alternative: La Madraza in Seville serves outstanding tapas in a space that doubles as an art gallery. 011-34-954-908-18

Hacienda Benazuza, 011-34-955-703-344
Tags: expensive | notable chef | smart splurge | smart luxury winner | unusual

La Madraza

Fans rave about the hamburger-like keftas, buey a la mostaza (ox filets), and truffle risotto at this Moroccan tapas joint. Portions are very generous, and dishes are fashioned out of original Arab recipes and fresh ingredients. People start lining up for tables just before 9pm.

c/ Peris Mencheta 21, 011-34-954-908-188
Tags: moderate | great value

Las Piletas

Inspired by La Corrida, you'll find tons of bullfighting relics on the walls (bull heads, capes, and posters), along with plenty of tapas and traditional Andalusian plates like puntillitas (little fried squid), paella, and, for the strong, bull's tail stew.

c/ Marques de Paradas 28, 011-34-954-220-404, www.andalunet.com/piletas
Tags: moderate | spanish

Restaurant Jano

Mediterranean-inspired dishes like roasted lamb over creamed spinach draw nightly crowds to this tiny modern eatery. Don’t be turned away from the Spanish-only menu, the headwaiter (and owner) is also a professor of English. Closed Sunday and Monday.

Doña Maria Coronel 17, 011-34-954-214-804, www.janorestaurante.com
Tags: expensive

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