Top 8 Must-Try Dishes in Seville

This blog post was originally posted on January 26, 2015, and was updated on March 25, 2019.

Planning a trip to Seville, but not sure which tapas to dive into first? Try these eight standout dishes to kick start your culinary adventure!

People in Spain like to say they “live in the streets” in reference to their tendency to spend a lot of time outside of the home. The cafés, bars, and promenades of Seville are no exception to this Spanish rule. The fact that small tapas portions are served in nearly every restaurant in the city (which isn’t the case in most of the country!) means that it’s easy to eat out more often than in!

There are many typical foods in Seville, and narrowing them down to eight dishes is nearly impossible. But after putting our favorites to a vote here’s what we’ve come up with. If you try these Seville specialties on your next visit, we guarantee you’ll fall in love with the food in our beloved city.

There are so many typical foods in Seville that are worth trying, and the best bit is that they all come in small "tapa" size portions. Here are our top 8 must try dishes that you can't miss!

1. Secreto Iberico

Let’s start with the creme de la creme, and the warning that our selections are a meat-heavy bunch—see here for our favorite veggie places in Seville! Secreto Ibérico is probably the most melt-in-your-mouth cut of pork that exists, only rivaled by the nearly as delicious presa ibérica. If you look for these two cuts while out, you won’t go wrong.

2. Carrillada de Cerdo

Pork cheek is one of Seville’s most traditional stewed meats, and that means it’s pretty easy to find in tapas bars around town. Usually cooked in a simple wine reduction, some add carrots, cloves, and garlic to the mix. A good carrillada should be extremely tender and full of flavor, and it’s best accompanied by a big glass of red wine.

There are so many typical foods in Seville that are worth trying, and the best bit is that they all come in small "tapa" size portions. These are carrilladas, (pork cheeks) and can be found in many bars across the city.
Carrillada de cerdo

3. Espinacas con Garbanzos

There may not be many veggie friendly tapas on this list, but the traditional combination of spinach and chickpeas had to make the cut. The recipe has roots in Seville’s Moorish and Jewish history and is especially popular in today’s tapas bars served with a picatoste (a large homemade crouton).

There are so many typical foods in Seville that are worth trying, and the best bit is that they all come in small "tapa" size portions. This is a very typical tapa that has influence from the Moors, espinacas con garbanzos.
Spinach and chickpeas

4. Serranito de Lomo

Back to the pork, we couldn’t talk about typical foods in Seville without mentioning the serranito, the city’s signature sandwich. Seared pork loin is topped with salty Serrano ham and a grilled green pepper. If you don’t eat pork don’t worry—there’s a chicken version available too!

There are so many typical foods in Seville that are worth trying, and the best bit is that they all come in small "tapa" size portions. These little sandwiches are called serranito de cerdo.
Serranito de cerdo

5. Solomillo al Whiskey

The origins of Seville’s popular whiskey sauce are a bit confusing, but regardless the story the sauce has evolved to one of the city’s most famous. Whiskey, garlic, and olive oil combine to create one of the best glazes for grilled pork loin ever invented.

There are so many typical foods in Seville that are worth trying, and the best bit is that they all come in small "tapa" size portions. This is solomillo al whiskey, pork loin with a whiskey sauce, and is found in many places in Seville.
Solomillo al whiskey

6. Montadito de Pringa

Another of Seville’s best sandwiches, this time including the glorious pringá stuffing—the leftovers of Seville’s delicious puchero stew, all mashed up and perfectly combined. The versions vary but generally include chicken, blood sausage, and chorizo. Just order it!

There are so many typical foods in Seville that are worth trying, and the best bit is that they all come in small "tapa" size portions. This sandwich is called montadito de pringa and is a local speciality.
Montadito de pringá

7. Cazón en adobo

Seville sits just an hour away from the Atlantic ocean, so it’s no surprise that locals love seafood, too. Our top pick for a tasty treat: school shark in an a Moorish marinade made of cumin, oregano, vinegar and lemon. Lightly fried and served to order, cazón en adobo is not to be missed.

Cazon en adobo is a typical food in Seville
Cazón en adobo is Seville’s best fried fish dish!

8. Torrijas

Something sweet had to make the list! Torrijas are generally made with stale bread that is soaked in beaten eggs before being deep fried. Later they are covered in sugar syrup, honey or sweetened milk. In Seville, they are eaten in pastry shops mainly around Semana Santa (Holy Week). However, many restaurants realize they make a fantastic dessert all year long—especially topped with ice cream!

There are so many typical foods in Seville that are worth trying, and the best bit is that they all come in small "tapa" size portions. These are torrijas.
A more modern take on torrijas.

Hungry yet? Try some of Seville’s most typical bites on our Tastes, Tapas & Traditions of Seville Tour!

3 Comment

  1. Peter Obstler says
    March 15, 2017 at 6:19 pm

    Has anyone tried the micro brew pub in Seville called Cervezas Taifa in Barrio Triana?

    Reply
  2. PAULIE ROOTLES says
    July 31, 2018 at 10:15 pm

    Yes

    Reply
  3. Fran says
    January 26, 2019 at 3:51 pm

    Hi! When i visit sevilla i always look @tizaybarra on instagram to know where to eat

    Reply

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