This blog post was originally posted on June 5, 2017, and was updated on September 23, 2020.
When it comes to tapas, Granada offers one of the best scenes in Spain.
Almost always served free with your drink and often much more generously sized than in other parts of the country, these delightful bites allow you to sample a variety of Spanish flavors without hurting your wallet. In other words, it’s the perfect way to spend an evening out!
The best part: It’s easy to get to Granada from Seville, so if you’re based in the Andalusian capital, a trip to tapas heaven is within your reach.
Here are our top picks for the best tapas bars in Granada. Try one (or all nine of them!) and you’ll see why we’re obsessed.
The best tapas bars in Granada
1. La Bodeguita
You’ll have to leave the city center of Granada for this one, but it’s well worth the 10-minute bus ride to the suburban neighborhood of La Chana. Out of all the tapas joints in La Chana’s Las Torres dining district, La Bodeguita (Calle Raya, 3) is the biggest and most popular among locals.
With a lively terrace and fast and friendly service, La Bodeguita provides the quintessential Granada tapas experience in a more off-the-beaten-path setting. You can’t really go wrong with anything on the menu, but our personal favorite is the lomo stroganoff, a pork loin sandwich with a delicious pickle sauce.
Vegetarians needn’t worry: among their huge variety of tapas are many plant-based options.
2. Los Manueles
The iconic Los Manueles bar has delighted customers in Granada’s historic center since 1917, with a selection of tapas that includes the best (and biggest!) croquettes in town. The tapas menu varies based on the time of day, but nothing at this local favorite disappoints.
Los Manueles is also one of the classiest tapas bars in Granada. Locals love this classic establishment as a place to celebrate birthdays and other special occasions.
3. La Sitarilla
This family-run restaurant is truly a hidden gem, and one of the best-quality tapas bars in Granada. We can’t get enough of their fantastic carne en salsa and delightful meatballs—even the french fries are enough to make any diner fall in love!
Don’t be put off by La Sitarilla‘s seemingly small size, either. There’s a second dining room inside, providing plenty of space to enjoy tapas and drinks in lots of good company.
4. La Botillería
Traditional cuisine meets modern cooking methods at La Botillería. The Spanish recipes reinvented in pleasantly surprising ways are delicious and priced fairly. We recommend the carrillada tapa: pork cheeks with plum and Pedro Ximenez sauce. Yum!
Local tip: Whether you’re not yet used to Spanish mealtimes or need to eat on a different schedule due to your travel plans, there’s no need to sacrifice convenience for taste. La Botillería is one of the few authentic restaurants in central Granada with an all-day kitchen (weekends only).
5. La Picatería
One of the top tapas bars in Granada is also one of the simplest.
Located right within the bustling San Agustín Market, La Picatería specializes in Granada’s famous olives, often served skewered with other tasty ingredients and best washed down with a glass of vermouth.
That’s right—vermouth isn’t just for old men anymore. (Not in Spain, at least!) Over the past few years, a sort of vermouth renaissance has quickly made it into Granada’s trendiest drink.
Try it here as a quick aperitif before heading out to discover the rest of Granada’s thriving tapas scene.
6. Los Pensadores
Los Pensadores is a lovely and modern restaurant with innovative cuisine. It’s a great place to enjoy casual tapas as well as an elegant dinner. You can’t go wrong with the homemade albóndigas (meatballs) and Russian salad!
Los Pensadores also has their own winery in the nearby village of Santa Fe, so give one of their local wines a try! And if you’re more of a beer person, this is one of the best places to enjoy an ice-cold glass of local Alhambra beer with your meal.
7. Rincón de Rodri
Get out of Granada’s busy touristic center and enjoy a gigantic tapa at Rincón de Rodri. The tapas are so big, in fact, that they could easily be confused for full meals. You might find that one or two is plenty!
This is also one of the best seafood places in town, with fresh fish brought from the coast of Granada province every day.
This relative newcomer on the Granada tapas scene has a lovely ambiance, making it a great place to relax and sip wine while talking with friends. The expert sommeliers at Malvasía can give personalized recommendations based on your taste in wine.
The made-to-order tapas (we recommend the secreto ibérico!) are easily adaptable for vegetarians and other diners with dietary restrictions.
9. Casa Fuensanta/La Bodeguilla de al Lado
You won’t find anywhere that has quite the same genuine charm of Casa Fuensanta. This decades-old tavern is home to a delicious lomo de orzo tapa—pork loin so richly cooked that it almost looks like cheese! Try it with a full-bodied red wine—owner Fuensanta will be happy to give you her recommendations.
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Life is too short to speak one language and stay in one place. In 2015, this philosophy took her from familiar Ohio to sunny southern Spain. Usually drinking tinto de verano, reading Lorca, or attempting to dance flamenco (not all at once). Follow her blog, Viatic Couture, for more.