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Oct 19, 2006 03:29 PM

Seville and Granada, Recommendations please

I would appreciate recommendations for restaurant and tapas bars for an upcoming trip to Seville and Granada. Upscale or downscale, doesn't matter, so long as the food is fresh and prepared in a way that makes for memorable dining. I've searched the boards, and know this has been discussed before; but usually without addresses or an indication of an area of town where the restaurant or bar is located. Seeing the best recommendations again, preferably with an indication of the area of town, or an address, would be helpful. Many thanks.

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  1. Hi,

    When I was in Granada, everybody told me to go to calle Elvira (it's a street) near of this streets there are a lot of tea shop (with a lot of influence from Morocco) and they're really lovely. I love tea with mint and their sweets!

    Sorry but I don't know a lot of Seville.

    1. Just got back from both places. But the news isn't good. Was disappointed overall in both places. However, I didn't search out the tapas places, so you may do better there.

      In Granada found only one good place - Cunini (Pescaderia, 14) a couple of streets just behind the cathedral. Both the fish and meat dishes were good. But you have to ask for the 'Menu del Dia' (which is the best value) as they don't routinely offer it to tourists! And had by far the worst meal of my trip at Bodegas Castaneda (Plaza Nueva end of Elvira) - yet this is recommended in almost every guidebook. Surly servers, terrible food (including the worst jamon iberico I had - didn't taste anything like iberico), and they allow vendors in to bug you while you're eating - common in centre of Granada). Rest were forgettable.

      One great meal near Seville - about 18 km outside at La Alqueria (at Hacienda Benazuza, in Sanlucar la Mayor) - that was my favourite meal of the trip. But not cheap. But worth it (22 course tasting menu @ €125). Tried Taberna del Alabardero (On Zaragoza - a little difficult to find) and found it 'overproduced' - too fussy and not worth it.
      I was in Seville at the weekend, so many renowned places were closed Sunday and Monday (Saturday was La Alqueria). One place we had planned to go was bar Europa (which was open - Siete Revueltas, just off plaza del Salvador) and it looked good, but as we'd been walking all day we settled for the more formal Alabardero.

      1. If you make it down to Cadiz--90 minutes out of Seville--I'd make the trip just to eat at El Faro--"the lighthouse" --best hot and cold tapas we had in 10 days in Spain--and entrees off the chart as well. FRESH FRESH food and great execution--top 10 restaurant experience

        1. This was my favorite place in Sevilla for tapas..lots of great seafood and jamon Iberico. A few tables, too, which fill up fast.

          Bodega Paco Gongorra (especialidad en pscados, mariscos y vinos del aljarafe)
          Calle Padre Marchena, 1

          It is a few steps away from Enrique Becerra.

          Also some good tapas at Casablanca, Calle Zaragoza, 50..get the potatos there.

          I should add that I was last there is late 2003 but I imagine those places are still there and still fine.

          1. I lived in Cadiz for a while, about 90 minutes south of Sevilla. Sevilla is a great food town. One classic tapas bar is in down from the Plaza of the cathedral, itself a wonderful sight. Follow the main street out from the plaza. On the right you will see a huge crowd tumbling out into the street eating from small plates and drinking Sherry (called jerez, try the dry fino everywhere). This is not the place to wait your turn. Elbow your way up to the bar and place your order. Rabo de toro (ox tail) is a sure thing as is the arroz (rice that is really a type of paella). They scribble your order on the bar in chalk. All trash ends up on the floor of the bar.

            In fact that is the way to tell a great tapas bar anywhere in spain. Chance are the more trash on the flooor of the bar, the better it is.

            Granada is also well known for tapas. At nearly every bar they give you a free tapa with your drink. I think it is because this is such a student oriented town. You can easily go bar to bar and have a fully satisfying meal by sampling the different tapas. The bars compete to give you the best food free. What a city! Have fun!