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Bars and Restaurants in Seville

 

There is a huge selection of places to eat and drink in Seville. In the Barrio Santa Cruz area you can hardly turn a corner without seeing a tapas bar or restaurant, and Calle Mateus Gago near the cathedral is one of the busiest streets, with a huge selection of places to eat or drink.

The other popular place is across the river where Calle Betis has a lot of bars and a few restaurants. Please note however that Calle Betis does not get going till later in the evening - some of the restaurants and bars don't open till after 9pm. We enjoyed it the first time we were there, but the second time we found it too quiet (possibly because it was Sunday?) and crossed back over the river after just one drink.

 

We had a nice Italian meal at L'Oca Giuliva on Calle Mateos Gago. We tried to get a table earlier in the night but it was full, so they told us to come back at 10.30pm. We decided to wait so we went for a drink nearby, then returned and managed to get a table at about 10.15pm. By then we were starving, so a bit disappointed that the service was so slow, although it was very busy. We wolfed down the bread and breadsticks while we waited for our pizza and pasta! The Pizza Tonno with roasted red peppers and tuna (see left) was very nice, as was the Rigatoni Amatriciana, although it was a bit oily. Both dishes cost €9.50.

 

 




 

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Margaritas at La Cantina MexicanaPanucho at La Cantina Mexicana in Seville

Sometimes you just fancy a change from tapas or standard Spanish fare, and in December 2013 we decided to try out the Mexican restaurant that was No 1 in Trip Advisor at the time, La Cantina Mexicana. It's a bit difficult to find, hidden away up an alley, but it's worth searching it out. We happened to pass by during the day and decided to book a table for the evening, and we'd recommend that you book if you want to eat here as we saw many people being turned away as they just turned up hoping to get a table without a booking. It's nothing fancy inside, but service is friendly and the food very tasty. The margaritas are nice too! . We were given some nice spicy salsa and chips to nibble on as we chose what to eat. We weren't sure what to order so we decided to try their recommended top 5 dishes to share - enchilada verde, tostada de tinga with chicken, huarachea al pastor, panucho (see right) and queca de pollo. It was a nice combination, a bit like having Mexican tapas as there were different things to try, everything was tasty, not overly bland and too cheesy as some Mexican food can be, and our bill for the above food, some guacamole, 3 margaritas, a tinto de verano and a bottle of water came to less than €40 (£33 at current exchange rate) and we were full up, but not uncomfortably so. For more information including directions and their full menu visit their website.

A nice place to have lunch is Taberna El Papelon near the cathedral on Calle Santa Maria La Blanca. When we went it was very busy and the place had a real buzz. You order your food and drink and are given a number and then wait for the food to be delivered to you. They have an incredible selection of cheese, and hams and have nice focaccia sandwiches and different types of spanish tortillas. Their potato salad with prawns was very tasty and filling, and they had lots of different types of olives, seafood salads, etc. They also serve breakfast - perhaps we should have tried them as it took us 3 attempts to get served for breakfast one morning in small cafes across from the cathedral! Visit their website for more information and photos of their food - it's just in spanish but even if you don't speak the language you'll see the sort of thing they do. They also have a branch in Madrid.

We had lunch one day at
Bodega Belmonte on Calle Mateus Gago. We'd had a drink there the night before and it seemed a friendly place, and it was very busy at night and at lunchtime. We just had a selection of tapas and it was OK but nothing to write home about, and though we'd happily go back for a drink we'd try somewhere else for food.

When we were researching Seville before our first trip, we read many glowing reviews of the italian restaurant Pizzeria San Marco with several branches in the city. Meson del Moro, built in an old Arab bathhouse, was close to our hotel so we ate there the first night. What a huge disappointment it proved to be. We just ordered two pasta dishes and some garlic bread. The bread looked disgusting but tasted OK, but the pasta was incredibly tasteless and one dish was luke warm so we had to send it back to be heated up. We usually order a pizza and a pasta - maybe the pizzas were better. The main area of the restaurant looks very nice but if it is full you will be sent to a bright room upstairs which lacks the atmosphere of the downstairs area. That wouldn't have bothered us if the food had been good. Huge letdown.


The scrambled eggs with prawns, mushroom and spring onions at Antigua Taberna, Los Escobas in Centro was delicious and the veal steak tender and served with a nice selection of vegetables and potatoes.

 

A nice bar to have a drink is the popular T de Triana Cafe Bar on Calle Betis 20. You can sit inside or out. Service is friendly, and the tapas was very nice, especially the tender chicken with bacon and cheese ( €3 per portion*) and they have a very good selection.

 

Also on Calle Betis Mama Mia has nice Pizza Diavola (with mozzarella, tomato, garlic & chilli) and reasonable prices.


On Calle Mateus Gago we had a nice glass of Sangria and some tapas at Alcazaba. A great place to people watch too! Patanchon has friendly staff and cold beers! Bodego Santa Cruz, just round the corner on Calle Rodrigo Caro is a very popular place, and always seemed to be busy.


Entertainment - Flamenco Shows in Seville


We would thoroughly recommend the Flamenco show at Casa de la Memoria, Calle Ximenez de EnciscoFlamenco show at Casa de la Memoria, Seville (a narrow pedestrianised street in Barrio Santa Cruz just north east of the Alcazar). The show lasts for an hour and the one we went to started with a guitarist and singer who are joined later in the show by a male and a female dancer. Different artists perform on different days, but we would imagine the standard would be good every night. We went on a Saturday and the performers were Vicente Gelo (a Flamenco singer with a very strong voice and a very emotive style), Juan Campallo (an impressive Flamenco guitarist) and Marta Arias and Juan Carlos Cardoso (excellent Flamenco dancers). It is a very passionate performance and excellent value at just €16*. It is a small, intimate setting so make sure you buy your tickets early in the day or the day before, as they usually sell out. Also, make sure you turn up at least half an hour before the performance starts Spanish band during Semanta Santa to get a good seat. Visit their website for more information

On our second visit we had planned to visit La Carboneria which has flamenco performances every night at around 11pm, on Calle Levies 18 but didn't have a chance - maybe next time! It's seemingly hidden away behind a red door, is nothing fancy, looks like a working bar, but has no cover charge, you can just buy a drink and the drinks are meant to be reasonable. Get more information here.

Another place we haven't tried but is meant to be good for an improvised show is La Taberna on Calle Duarte in Triana. Drinks are all you pay for, after that sit back and enjoy the flamenco - normally singing and guitar.


Some useful sites about Seville:

Explore Seville - Lots of useful information about Seville here

The Guardian - Seville - Some useful articles from The Guardian on Seville
Trip Advisor - Reviews from other travellers and a useful forum

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*Note: Prices quoted above were accurate in 2007/2013