This blog post was originally posted on June 5, 2017, and was updated on April 17, 2019.
Tapas are one of the best-known examples of Spanish cuisine, and there’s no better place to enjoy them than Granada.
The tapas scene in Granada is one of the best in Spain. Served free with your drink more often than not, these bite-sized delights allow you to sample a variety of Spanish flavors without hurting your wallet. It’s the perfect way to spend an evening out! Here are our top picks for tapas bars in Granada. Try one (or all 10!) and you’ll see why we’re obsessed.
1. La Bodeguita
You’ll have to leave Granada proper for this one, but it’s well worth the 10-minute bus ride to the suburb of La Chana. Out of all the tapas joints in La Chana’s Las Torres dining district, La Bodeguita is the biggest and most popular among locals.
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 has delighted customers in Granada’s historic center since 1917. Their selection of tapas include 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. It’s 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!
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, and it’s quickly becoming 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! 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! This is also one of the best seafood places in town, with fresh fish brought from the coast of Granada province every day.
8. Vinny Copas
As popular for food as it is for late-night cocktails, Vinny Copas has been one of Granada’s most thriving bars for a while now, and it shows. The popular hotspot is always crowded, so you may need to either show up early or be prepared to elbow your way through the fray for a table, but that just adds to the fun and rowdy atmosphere.
This newly opened favorite 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.
10. Casa Fuensanta/La Bodeguilla de al Lado
You won’t find anywhere that has quite the same genuine charm of Casa Fuensanta. This 25-year-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.