Andalusia Restaurants

Eating out is an intrinsic part of the Andalusian lifestyle. Whether it’s sharing some tapas with friends over a prelunch drink or a three-course à la carte meal, many Andalusians eat out at some point during the day. Unsurprisingly, there are literally thousands of bars and restaurants throughout the region catering to all budgets and tastes.

At lunchtime, check out the daily menus (menús del día) offered by many restaurants, usually three courses and excellent value (expect to pay €8–€15, depending on the type of restaurant and location). Roadside restaurants, known as ventas, usually provide good food in generous portions and at reasonable prices. Be aware that many restaurants add a service charge (cubierto), which can be as much as €3 per person, and some restaurant prices don’t include value-added tax (impuesto sobre el valor añadido/I.V.A.) at 10%.

Andalusians tend to eat later than their fellow Spaniards—lunch is 2–4 pm, and dinner starts at 9 pm (10 pm in the summer). In cities, many restaurants are closed Sunday night (fish restaurants tend to close on Monday) and in inland towns and cities, some close for all of August.

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  • 1. Albores

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    Opposite the city hall, this busy restaurant with swift service has pleasant outdoor seating under orange trees and a modern interior with low lighting. Albores...

    Opposite the city hall, this busy restaurant with swift service has pleasant outdoor seating under orange trees and a modern interior with low lighting. Albores serves innovative, modern dishes with a traditional base. The menu is extensive and changes often, although must-try staples include barriga de atún con salsa de soja y mermelada de tomate (tuna belly with soy sauce and tomato jam) and Retinta beef. Don't miss the crême brûlée with white chocolate and paired sweet wine.

    Calle Consistorio 12, Jerez de la Frontera, Andalusia, 11408, Spain
    956-320266

    Known For

    • Tuna cooked any which way
    • Generous portions (sharing is encouraged; half portions also available)
    • Desserts
  • 2. Aponiente

    $$$$

    The recipient of a Michelin star annually since 2013 and maintaining the prized triple star since 2018, Ángel León showcases his creative seafood dishes in...

    The recipient of a Michelin star annually since 2013 and maintaining the prized triple star since 2018, Ángel León showcases his creative seafood dishes in this unusual restaurant housed in an 18th-century tidal mill whose decor takes you under the sea with fishtail-back chairs and mermaids. Aponiente serves one tasting menu (€215 , wine pairing €100 extra), and you can expect plenty of gastronomic inventions such as pumpkin tacos with anchovy, cuttlefish with potatoes, and rice with plankton and sea cucumber. Tables can be reserved only 1–2:15 for lunch and 8–9:15 for dinner, and only via the online booking form.

    Calle Puerto Escondido 6, El Puerto de Santa María, Andalusia, 11500, Spain

    Known For

    • Seafood (particularly sardines, shrimp, and cuttlefish)
    • Creative use of everyday ingredients
    • Tasting menus

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Mon., Credit cards accepted, Reservations essential
  • 3. Bodegas Campos

    $$ | San Pedro

    A block east of the Plaza del Potro, this traditional old bodega with high-quality service is the epitome of all that's great about Andalusian cuisine....

    A block east of the Plaza del Potro, this traditional old bodega with high-quality service is the epitome of all that's great about Andalusian cuisine. The dining rooms are in barrel-heavy rustic rooms and leafy traditional patios (take a look at some of the signed barrels—you may recognize a name or two, such as the former U.K. prime minister Tony Blair). Magnificent vintage flamenco posters decorate the walls. Regional dishes include solomillo del Valle de los Pedroches dos salsas y patatas a lo pobre (local pork with two sauces—green and sherry—and creamy potatoes) and pâté de perdiz (partridge pâté) with Pedro Ximénez wine. Vegetables come from the restaurant's own market garden, and it makes its own Montilla. There's also an excellent tapas bar (from €3.50).

    Calle Lineros 32, Córdoba, Andalusia, 14002, Spain
    957-497500

    Known For

    • Bodega setting
    • Regional dishes
    • Excellent tapas bar
  • 4. Café Botánico

    $$ | Centro

    Located southeast of Granada's cathedral, this modern hot spot is a world apart from Granada's usual traditional tapas bar. It attracts an eclectic crowd of...

    Located southeast of Granada's cathedral, this modern hot spot is a world apart from Granada's usual traditional tapas bar. It attracts an eclectic crowd of students, families, and businesspeople with a diverse international menu, including Mexican fajitas, poke bowls, and Thai cod. The good-value lunch menu offers three courses plus a drink for €14. Seating is outside on the pleasant sidewalk overlooking the Botanical Garden or inside in two sizeable dining areas.

    Calle Málaga 3, Granada, Andalusia, 18002, Spain
    958-271598

    Known For

    • International menu
    • Good-value lunch deal
    • Homemade desserts
  • 5. Casa Manteca

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    Cádiz's most quintessentially Andalusian tavern is in the neighborhood of La Viña, named for the vineyard that once grew here. Chacina (Iberian ham or sausage)...

    Cádiz's most quintessentially Andalusian tavern is in the neighborhood of La Viña, named for the vineyard that once grew here. Chacina (Iberian ham or sausage) and chicharrones de Cádiz (cold pork) served on waxed paper and washed down with manzanilla (sherry from Sanlúcar de Barrameda) are standard fare at the low wooden counter that has served bullfighters and flamenco singers, as well as dignitaries from around the world, since 1953. The walls are covered with colorful posters and other memorabilia from the annual Carnival, flamenco shows, and ferias. A few hot dishes are available such as albóndigas (meatballs).

    Calle Corralón de los Carros 66, Cádiz, Andalusia, 11002, Spain
    956-213603

    Known For

    • Atmospheric interior
    • Delicious cold cuts
    • Manzanilla sherry
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  • 6. Damasqueros

    $$$$ | Realejo-San Matías

    The modern wood-paneled dining room and warm lighting form the perfect setting for the creative Andalusian cuisine cooked here by local chef Lola Marín, who...

    The modern wood-paneled dining room and warm lighting form the perfect setting for the creative Andalusian cuisine cooked here by local chef Lola Marín, who learned her trade with some of Spain's top chefs, such as Martín Berasategui. The tasting menu changes weekly and always includes in-season produce in its six courses (cold and hot starters, fish, meat, and dessert). For another €20, each can be paired with wine from the list that runs to more than 120 choices, including several Granada wines. Thanks to its slightly hidden location in the Realejo, Damasqueros is not highly frequented by tourists.

    Calle Damasqueros 3, Granada, Andalusia, 18009, Spain
    958-210550

    Known For

    • Fresh local produce
    • Wine pairing
    • Service

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Mon. No dinner Sun.
  • 7. El Choco

    $$$$ | Centro

    The city's most exciting restaurant, which has renewed its Michelin star annually since 2012, El Choco has renowned chef Kisko Garcia at the helm whipping...

    The city's most exciting restaurant, which has renewed its Michelin star annually since 2012, El Choco has renowned chef Kisko Garcia at the helm whipping up innovative dishes based on his 10 Commandments to preserve good cooking. One of them is that taste always comes first, and that plays out well during a meal at this minimalist restaurant with charcoal-colored walls, glossy parquet floors, and dishes offering new sensations and amazing presentations. You start dinner in the entrance lounge and then move into the kitchen to watch a dish being prepared before you go to your table. Two tasting menus are available (from €110), with plenty of tasty creative surprises. Allow three hours for your meal. Take a cab; El Choco is outside the city center to the east and not easy to find.

    Calle del Compositor Serrano Lucena 14, Córdoba, Andalusia, 14003, Spain
    957-264863

    Known For

    • Creative Andalusian cooking
    • Good-value Michelin-star tasting menu
    • Innovative presentation

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Mon.–Wed. and Aug. No dinner Sun.
  • 8. El Trillo

    $$ | Albaicín

    Tucked away in the warren of alleyways in a restored Albayzín villa, this lovely restaurant offers what may be the best food in the area....

    Tucked away in the warren of alleyways in a restored Albayzín villa, this lovely restaurant offers what may be the best food in the area. There's a formal dining room, an outside garden with pear and quince trees, and a roof terrace with Alhambra views. House specialties include arroz con jabalí y setas silvestres (rice with wild boar and mushrooms) and arroz negro con habas y chipirones con alioli de genjibre (black rice with broad beans, baby squid, and ginger aioli). Try the tasting menu that has a wine-pairing option. The owner welcomes diners personally and keeps a very close eye on the kitchen.

    Callejón del Aljibe del Trillo 3, Granada, Andalusia, Spain
    958-225182

    Known For

    • Fine dining
    • Views of the Alhambra
    • Rice with wild boar

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Tues., Reservations via the website only
  • 9. Enrique Becerra

    $$$ | El Arenal

    Excellent tapas (try the lamb kebab with dates and couscous), a lively bar, and an extensive wine list await at this restaurant run by the...

    Excellent tapas (try the lamb kebab with dates and couscous), a lively bar, and an extensive wine list await at this restaurant run by the fifth generation of a family of celebrated restaurateurs. The menu focuses on traditional, home-cooked Andalusian dishes, such as cod in a green sauce, pork fillet in whiskey, and cola de toro guisado con salsa de vino tinto (stewed oxtail in red wine sauce). Don't miss the fried eggplant stuffed with prawns or the lamb meatballs. If you want a quiet meal, call to reserve a table in one of the small upstairs rooms.

    Calle Gamazo 2, Seville, Andalusia, 41001, Spain
    954-213049

    Known For

    • Traditional Andalusian dishes
    • Fried eggplant stuffed with prawns
    • Stewed oxtail

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Credit cards accepted
  • 10. Entre Vinos

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    Just off the main road opposite the Hotel Colón, this small and cozy bar has established itself as one of Ronda's best for tapas, wine,...

    Just off the main road opposite the Hotel Colón, this small and cozy bar has established itself as one of Ronda's best for tapas, wine, and artisan beer. Local Ronda wines are a specialty here—in fact, they're the only ones available, although with more than 100 on the wine list, you'll be spoiled for choice; ask the waiter for recommendations and which tapas to pair them with. Tapas (from €2) include fideos negros con chipirones y alioli (black noodles with baby squid and garlic sauce) and a mini beef burger with foie gras. This atmospheric place with wood-paneled barrel ceiling and wine bottles lining the walls is popular and fills up quickly, so arrive early (1:30 pm or 8 pm) to get a seat.

    Calle Pozo 2, Ronda, Andalusia, 29400, Spain
    672-284146

    Known For

    • Ronda wines
    • Gourmet tapas
    • Bodega (winery) atmosphere

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Mon.
  • 11. Espacio Eslava

    $ | Centro

    The crowds gathered outside this local favorite off the Alameda de Hercules may be off-putting at first, but the creative inexpensive tapas (from €4) are...

    The crowds gathered outside this local favorite off the Alameda de Hercules may be off-putting at first, but the creative inexpensive tapas (from €4) are well worth the wait—and so is the house specialty, the Basque dessert sokoa. Try delicacies like the cigarro para Bécquer (cuttlefish in a filo pastry cigar) and yema sobre bizcocho de boletus (egg atop a mushroom sponge). Tables at the tapas bar can't be booked (a call will get you a reservation at the next-door Eslava restaurant); to help avoid a wait, visit between 12:30 and 1:30 pm or between 5 and 8 pm.

    Calle Eslava 3, Seville, Andalusia, 41002, Spain
    954-906568

    Known For

    • Creative tapas
    • Sokoa, a Basque dessert
    • Vegetable strudel

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Mon., Reservations not accepted
  • 12. La Brujidera

    $ | Centro

    Also known simply as Casa de Vinos (Wine House), this place, up a pedestrian street just behind Plaza Nueva, is a must for Spanish wine...

    Also known simply as Casa de Vinos (Wine House), this place, up a pedestrian street just behind Plaza Nueva, is a must for Spanish wine lovers. The cozy interior is reminiscent of a ship's cabin, with wood paneling lining the walls along with more than 150 bottles of Spanish wines. A different wine is featured each week, and vermouth and sherries are on tap in barrels behind the counter. Choose from tapas (€3.50–€6.50) or cold meats, cheeses, and pâtés, served on 11 different types and sizes of boards (€10–€25). The house board includes three cold meats, goat cheese, and two pâtés.

    Calle Monjas del Carmen 2, Granada, Andalusia, 18005, Spain
    687-851507

    Known For

    • Long wine list
    • Meat and cheese boards
    • Vermouth and sherries on tap
  • 13. La Campana

    $ | Centro

    Under the gilt-edged ceiling at Seville's most celebrated pastry outlet (founded in 1885), you can enjoy the flan-like tocino de cielo, or "heavenly bacon." For...

    Under the gilt-edged ceiling at Seville's most celebrated pastry outlet (founded in 1885), you can enjoy the flan-like tocino de cielo, or "heavenly bacon." For breakfast, enjoy a traditional feed of toasted bread with tomato and a strong coffee, served at a standing bar. Prices are reasonable despite its popularity.

    Calle Sierpes 1, Seville, Andalusia, 41004, Spain
    954-223570

    Known For

    • Traditional atmosphere
    • Tempting window displays
    • Variety of pastries and desserts
  • 14. La Carboná

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    This eatery has a rustic atmosphere with arches, wooden beams, and a fireplace for winter nights. In summer you can often enjoy live music and...

    This eatery has a rustic atmosphere with arches, wooden beams, and a fireplace for winter nights. In summer you can often enjoy live music and sometimes flamenco dancing while you dine. The chef has worked at several top restaurants, and his menu includes traditional grilled meats as well as innovative twists on classic dishes, such as Iberian ham croquettes with curry and Amontillado mayo or rodaballo con velouté de palo cortado (skate with sherry velouté). Try the sherry menú de degustación (€67): five courses, each accompanied by a different type of sherry. Both the tapas menu and the wine list are excellent.

    Calle San Francisco de Paula 2, Jerez de la Frontera, Andalusia, 11401, Spain
    956-347475

    Known For

    • Multiple-course sherry-tasting menu
    • Bodega setting
    • Innovative dishes

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: No dinner Mon. Closed Tues. and July.
  • 15. noor

    $$$$ | Centro

    One of the few two Michelin-starred venues in Andalusia, noor offers Andalusí cuisine in three tasting menus that explore the ingredients used before the discovery...

    One of the few two Michelin-starred venues in Andalusia, noor offers Andalusí cuisine in three tasting menus that explore the ingredients used before the discovery of the New World as well as the fusion of the New World ingredients into Spanish cooking. Local chef Paco Morales and team create in the open kitchen while diners sit at very modern tables under a dramatic Arabian nights' ceiling. On arrival, guests wash their hands in orange water and sit for a tasting menu (from €95; wine pairing available). If you go for the full tasting menu, allow 3½ hours for your meal!

    Calle Pablo Ruiz Picasso 8, Córdoba, Andalusia, Spain
    957-964055

    Known For

    • Creative authentic cuisine
    • Destination dining
    • Arabian nights ambience

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Sun.–Tues. and Jul. and Aug.
  • 16. Vineria San Telmo

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    Offering dining in a dimly lit dining room or on the street-level terrace, this popular Argentinean-owned restaurant near the touristy alcázar has a menu full...

    Offering dining in a dimly lit dining room or on the street-level terrace, this popular Argentinean-owned restaurant near the touristy alcázar has a menu full of surprises. All dishes—which come as tapas, half portions, or full portions (ideal for sharing)—are superb and sophisticated, especially the eggplant stew with tomato, goat cheese, and smoked salmon; and the curried pumpkin and rocket croquettes. It can get very crowded and noisy, so it's not always an ideal place for a romantic meal for two.

    Paseo de Catalina de Ribera 4, 41004, Spain
    954-410600

    Known For

    • Creative tapas
    • Extensive choice of Spanish vinos
    • Good choice of vegetarian options
  • 17. Abantal

    $$$$

    Slightly off the beaten path but worth seeking, chef Julio Fernández's tasting menu takes you on a journey of the senses featuring seemingly ordinary local...

    Slightly off the beaten path but worth seeking, chef Julio Fernández's tasting menu takes you on a journey of the senses featuring seemingly ordinary local produce and traditional recipes elevated with unusual textures and preparations. The menu changes with the seasons, but always has nine dishes (€95) or 12 (€115) as well as extra-virgin-olive-oil menus. The long wine list includes local, Spanish, and international labels, and there are wine-pairing options. The place is relaxed and spacious, with fine crystal and freshly ironed linen on the tables. Booking is essential.

    Calle Alcalde José de la Bandera 7, Spain
    954-540000

    Known For

    • Long wine list
    • Innovative take on dishes
    • Excellent service

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Sat., Sun., Wed., and Aug.
  • 18. Amaltea

    $ | Centro

    Satisfying vegetarians, vegans, and their meat-eating friends, this organic restaurant includes some meat and fish on the menu. There's a healthy mix of Mexican, Asian,...

    Satisfying vegetarians, vegans, and their meat-eating friends, this organic restaurant includes some meat and fish on the menu. There's a healthy mix of Mexican, Asian, Spanish, and Italian-influenced dishes, including salmon steamed in banana leaves, ras el hanout lamb wok, and couscous. The interior is warm and inviting, and diners are treated to a soothing musical backdrop of jazz, blues, and chill-out music.

    Calle Ronda de Isasa 10, Córdoba, Andalusia, 14001, Spain
    657-757598

    Known For

    • Vegetarian food
    • Inviting interior with relaxed vibe
    • Organic options

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: No dinner Sun. Closed Sun. in summer
  • 19. Asador de Santiago

    $$$

    At this adventurous restaurant just off the main street, the chef prepares both Spanish classics, like white shrimp from Huelva and slow-roasted local lamb and...

    At this adventurous restaurant just off the main street, the chef prepares both Spanish classics, like white shrimp from Huelva and slow-roasted local lamb and goat, as well as innovative dishes like sashimi de atún rojo con ajo blanco de piñones (red tuna with pine nut garlic soup) and lomo de ciervo en escabeche (venison steak in pickled sauce). The candle-filled interior is more traditional than the bar and has terra-cotta tiles, dark wood furnishings, and crisp white linens. There are also plenty of roast meats. Vegetarian choices such as risotto can be prepared on request.

    Av. Cristo Rey 2, Úbeda, Andalusia, 23400, Spain
    953-750463

    Known For

    • Fine dining
    • Spanish classics
    • Roast meats

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: No dinner Sun., Reservations essential
  • 20. Atuvera

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    Some of the most colorful meals in Andalusia are served inside what were once the stables of a 16th-century palace. Fresh local produce is used...

    Some of the most colorful meals in Andalusia are served inside what were once the stables of a 16th-century palace. Fresh local produce is used to fuse Asian and Mexican flavors in what locals describe as a vibrant explosion of taste. Popular dishes include the peach couscous, the pork brioche with hoisin aioli, and the Pekinese chicharron (pork pieces). It’s barstool-seating-only inside, where an eclectic mix of old and new objects sit under the high ceilings, or outside at tables on the airy terrace under the watchful eye of the statue of flamenco icon Lola Flores.

    Calle Ramón de Cala 13, Jerez de la Frontera, Andalusia, Spain
    675-548584

    Known For

    • Fusion cooking
    • Nice terrace
    • Friendly service

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: No dinner Sun. Closed Mon.–Wed.

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