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By Lauren Hill | February 16 2018
Renowned for its lively tapas bars, flavorful cuisine and celebration of local ingredients, Seville has long been known for its food scene. To experience this food at its best in some of the city’s most vibrant locations, seek out our pick of the five best restaurants in Seville.
The Michelin restaurant Abantal bases its culinary philosophy on Andalusian cooking tradition and high quality fresh produce. Dishes are then expertly prepared by the chef and co-owner Julio Fernandez Quintero, ranging from appetizers such as Iberian pork and cod paella, and Norway lobster with almond cream and bitter peach, to fish dishes like red tuna cheek with tomato, pepper jelly, roasted garlic and basil, and meat options including boneless suckling pig with endives, roasted vegetables and almond cream. A seven-course tasting menu is also available. The dining room is contemporary in design making use of natural materials such as granite and oak.
You couldn’t hope for a more scenic dining setting than the one Abades Triana provides as it takes in the historic surroundings through floor-to-ceiling windows, out on the terrace or within the VIP space of a glass Cube that’s positioned over the river. The fine dining restaurant specializes in cutting-edge Andalusian cuisine, with the kitchen team led by chef Elias Del Toro creating tapas plates and tasting menus including the ‘world to share’ menu comprising 16 dishes ranging from caviar to shrimp sashimi.
Situated by the Alcázar of Seville, this restaurant is ideally situated for stopping by after exploring the city’s historic sites and Murillo Gardens. Fitting in with these surroundings, the restaurant is housed in a mansion dating back to 1926. Diners have a series of spaces to choose between, depending on whether they’d prefer to be out on the terrace, in the atmospheric tapas bar or in the mansion’s greenhouse dining room. Traditional dishes are made combining premium produce with accomplished cooking techniques, resulting in avante-garde plates that showcase the ingredients at their best.
For the classic Seville tapas experience, there aren’t many places that can rival El Rinconcolli. Having been established in 1670, the tapas bar is the oldest in Seville, ensuring this city’s tradition is celebrated to this day. Typical Andalusian-Mozarabic tapas plates using premium quality fresh produce are the key to this restaurant’s culinary success, along with the atmosphere afforded by its classic décor comprising appealing features like Seville’s typical patterned wall tiles. A variety of wines are available to accompany the food with a number of Andalusian reds featured on the menu.
Located within Seville’s palatial hotel, El Hotel Alfonso XIII, Restaurante San Fernando is an especially appealing space to dine within. In the hotel’s colonnaded Andalusian-style courtyard complete with a fountain, sweeping arches and greenery, guests can dine on modern interpretations of Spanish classics paired with wine. Try the sautéed sea bass with Moroccan lemon sauce and asparagus, or Iberian pork cheek with paprika and garlic. Each Sunday the restaurant hosts a popular Swing Brunch with live music by a local swing band.