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Oct 19, 2010 12:13 PM

Good Eats in Seville?

Hi Chowhounders,

I've searched throughout the board and through as many guidebooks as I can find, but I'm coming up with few recommendations for food in Seville, much less consistency in recommendations. Are there any good places to go to around the Barrio Santa Cruz area?

Thanks so much!!

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    1. Here is an excerpt from a recent post of mine about Andalucia:

      In Sevilla, don't miss Zelai for spectacular tapas. Abantal was amazing. We had a 7-course tasting with wine pairings for 70 euros per person that was magnificent. Taberna del Alabardero is more traditional and the food is very good but not exceptional, but the old-world elegance makes it worth a visit.

      1. The Barrio Santa Cruz is lively and fun but not known for great food. Bar Las Teresas is one of the better place for tapas. And Bar Modesto can be good. There is an excellent fried seafood place across from Modesto. Buy by weight and eat at the outside tables. The centro is very compact and full of excellent tapas places, therefore, don't get stuck in the Barrio Santa Cruz. I second Abantal; probably the best restaurant in Seville. Also good is the traditional Enrique Beccara, sit down as well as their tapas bar. Search this board as there have been many earlier posts on tapas eating in Seville. Even if the posts are couple years old, it is still relevant as not much changes.

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        1. re: PBSF

          great. thanks for all of your help! abantal sounds delicious, but it's a out of our price range.

          our short list is now:
          Enrique Beccara
          Bar Las Teresas
          El Rinconcillo
          Sol y Sombra

          1. re: katewh

            The best way to eat tapas in Seville is to pick an area and do a crawl by hitting 3 or 4 bars. In centro, hit the tapas bar in Arenal, around the Pl Alfalfa, off the pedestrian C/Siepes. If you have extra timeand you don't mind a nice stroll in the evening, go to Eslava near the Alameda de Hercules. The tapas are inexpensive and terrific; another plus is the great staff. Bar Europa just east of c/Sierpes and near Pl del Pan is one of our favorites. Enrique Beccara is not inexpensive as their main plates are around 25E but they are huge. Their tapas bar is excellent and offer half portions (racions) as well as tapas of some their signature dishes. Triana is worth a stroll across the river as Sol y Sombra is good, so is Poncio. Seville is wonderful city.

            1. re: PBSF

              We have settled on Sol y Sombra for our saturday lunch when we arrive as it is close to our accommodation - thanks to azahar's map for that one. Being Spain, our apartment man doesn't become available until 1700. I'm sure we can fill the time with eating, I just hope we don't overbalance coming back over the bridge.

            2. re: katewh

              We were in Seville this summer and had the pleasure of dining with Azahar, the lady blogger of Seville Tapas (link provided above). One of our favourite places was Vineria San Telmo in Santa Cruz.

            3. re: PBSF

              We really enjoyed Enrique Becerra when we were in Sevilla, although that was 8 years ago. A friend who went recently also enjoyed it...

              1. re: aching

                We were in Sevilla in May and we loved Enrique Becerra - the tapas bar. We didn't eat in the restaurant.

            4. In Seville right now for the last night. We had an OK meal at Modesto in Santa Cruz. Otherwise we got stuck at Becerrito (about 5-10min walk from Santa Cruz) and at his big brother Enrique Becerra (near the Cathedral). The tapas at both places were so good that we returned there for lunch AND dinner. The atmosphere was also good at both places. We had tapas only, did not eat at the restaurant. These two places have been consistently recommended on chowhound.

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              1. re: sasicka

                That's funny. When we were in Seville, we ended up going back to Enrique Becerra a second time also!

                1. re: tlubow

                  We loved Enrique Beccera as well - was just there a few weeks ago (their lamb meatballs with mint - amazing!). We wanted to go back but it was shut for Saturday lunch. We also loved Bar Las Teresas in Barrio Santa Cruz. Bar Europa was also good - at both locations. The best jamon iberico we had was at Bar Alfalfa.

              2. We loved Bar Estrella so much I think we went three times.