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10 Restaurants in Edinburgh: Spanish

So, what exactly is tapas?

By now it’s very likely you either heard of or indulged in tapas, but in the off chance you haven’t or are a little unsure of what exactly constitutes tapas we are here to help, as well as give you an overview of some of the best Edinburgh tapas dishes. Originating from Spain, tapas is a variety of small savoury plates, often served alongside drinks at the bar or as shared plates with friends which makes up a full meal. Tapas is an essential part of Spanish culture, and Edinburgh’s tapas scene is also going from strength to strength with an increase in the Spanish foodie community taking the city by storm. Usually involving fish, garlic, oil, meat and potatoes, you’ll find some incredible tapas in Edinburgh. And the sangria alongside isn’t bad either.

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El Quijote

Tollcross
Spanish££££
5.3/6168
El Quijote

La Sal

Old Town
Spanish££££
5.7/6120
La Sal

Tapa

Leith
Spanish££££
5.6/6168
Tapa
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Black Pig and Oyster

Leith
European££££
5.8/646
Black Pig and Oyster

Zitto Italian Wine Bar

Town Centre
Italian££££
5.4/6212
Zitto Italian Wine Bar

Tinto Tapas - East Kilbride

East Kilbride
Spanish££££
5.4/6158
Tinto Tapas - East Kilbride

Cubatas Tapas Bar & Restaurant

Finnieston
Spanish££££
5.3/616
Cubatas Tapas Bar & Restaurant

Tinto Tapas - Battlefield

Mount Florida
Spanish££££
5.2/6218
Tinto Tapas - Battlefield

TapaVi

City Centre
Spanish££££
5.3/613
TapaVi

Tinto Tapas - Hamilton

Town Centre
Spanish
5.0/6136
Tinto Tapas - Hamilton
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     Enjoy exciting flavours at Spanish restaurants in Edinburgh

    Where do you even begin with Spanish food?! It is as bright and colourful as it is flavoursome and spicy, with dishes to please even the fussiest of eaters. Key ingredients in Spanish cooking consist of produce that has benefited from the luscious year-round Spanish sunshine, and you can taste that in every mouthful. From the salty, wafer-thin slices of Jamón Iberico to olives like Manzanilla and Arbequina, Spanish food is a firm favourite with foodies all across the globe. Whether it’s meat that has been seasoned with Pimentón de la Vera, a smoked paprika from Extremadura in western Spain or a roasted vegetable dish full of beautiful heart-shaped peppers from Navarra by the name of Pimientos de Piquillo, Spanish food is bursting with flavour and you can witness this first hand at Edinburgh’s many Spanish restaurants. Not sure where to start? Quandoo can help...
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    For the love of tortilla – Edinburgh’s tapas scene is taking off!

    While an omelette consisting of eggs, potatoes and not much else doesn’t necessarily bring to mind anything overly fancy or gourmet, the humble Spanish tortilla, or tortilla de patatas is an essential tapas dish. It’s ideal for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or any snack in between, and is of course found in any Edinburgh tapas hotspot you visit, ready for sampling. Speaking of which, the Edinburgh tapas scene is skyrocketing at the moment, and locals are embracing just how delightful it is to relax at the bar and feast on a variety of small plates while enjoying a beer, wine or sangria.
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    There’s a lot more to Spanish cuisine than just tapas

    First things, first - Spanish restaurants in Edinburgh aren’t solely focused on tapas, and neither is Spanish cuisine as a whole. While those tiny plates are filled with delight, some of the main courses you can get in Spanish restaurants in Edinburgh are extremely enticing too. From fresh paella de marisco full of prawns, mussels and lobster to Filetes Empanados con Ajo very thinly sliced breaded sirloin steaks fried in garlic and served in a thick tomato sauce, served with potatoes or pasta and leafy greens, the dishes are as diverse as they are tasty. Other popular dishes that are available in Edinburgh’s Spanish restaurants are sea bass smothered in paprika and served with a hot, lemony potato salad, Tortilla de Patata with cheese, chorizo and potatoes within, or roast squid stuffed with a spicy tomato, onion bread mix and served with lashing of black pepper. Oh we’re getting hungry just at the thought of them all!
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    The wonderful world of patatas bravas: taking tapas in Edinburgh by storm

    Who knew the humble potato could be such a delight when it comes to tapas in Edinburgh? Hitching a ride over the channel with the rest of the mouthwatering tapas classics, patatas bravas – which literally translates to spicy potatoes – is an essential component to any menu at any of the cosy Edinburgh tapas hotspots in the city. Originating from Madrid, patatas bravas is what you would consider a social dish, because it’s almost guaranteed that when dining in an Edinburgh tapas restaurant, someone in the party is going to order this tasty dish. Consisting of potatoes fried and served with spicy tomato sauce or aioli, the best thing is that you can do pretty much anything with them, making them a creative chef’s delight. Take for example at Edinburgh tapas spot, La Sal, where you can also opt for a Spanish blue cheese sauce or perhaps top them with chorizo, chistorra or some fried fish. The world of patatas bravas is literally your oyster!
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    Sharing is the norm in Edinburgh’s Spanish restaurants

    Two things are certain when it comes to eating out Spanish-style: firstly, there will be mountains of food, and secondly, you must be willing to share with your friends and family! Food always tastes better when it’s shared, and Spanish restaurants in Edinburgh is ideal for picking at over a few hours, accompanied by a few casual jugs of sangria or bottles of wine. Spanish sharing platters will please carnivores and vegetarians alike, stacked high with cured meats like jamón Serrano, botifarra, jamón Serrano, salchichón and cheeses like manchego, valdeon and Torta del Cezar, as well as roasted vegetables, honey, fruit preserves and crusty bread called pan de horno. You can get mountainous platters like this in Edinburgh’s Spanish restaurants, and with Quandoo they are just a few taps away!
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    Gambas al ajillo – a sizzling sensation in Edinburgh’s tapas community

    Another staple that simply must be ordered when dining in a classic Edinburgh tapas restaurant is the sizzling delight, gambas al ajillo. This delicious tapas dish is found principally in the south and centre of Spain and consists of prawns – or shrimp to some folk – garlic and olive oil but can be altered to have many variations. The dish is certainly found throughout Edinburgh tapas hotspots and is a must-try dish, in our opinion.
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    Struggling to decide where to eat?

    If you still feel like you need a guiding light to help you locate the ideal Spanish restaurant in Edinburgh, Quandoo has got your back... All you have to do is scroll through our great list of restaurants and bars and in a few seconds you can book yourself into one of the top Spanish restaurants in Edinburgh. Filter by price, location and cuisine preference and you’re away. Whether you’re browsing on desktop or on mobile, Quandoo’s website and app are the perfect companions for foodies who love discovering new spots. From Malvorosa in Portobello to Serrano & Manchego on Leith Walk, and from El Quijote on Brougham Street to Lasal on Howden Street, the options are endless with it comes to Edinburgh’s Spanish restaurants. Now, are you ready to enjoy all the deliciousness that Spanish restaurants in Edinburgh have to offer?!
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    Whatever you like – tapas restaurants in Edinburgh everyone will love!

    So, whatever your preference, you can be sure that there is something for everyone to enjoy at the many Edinburgh tapas restaurants dotted throughout the city. Two we love are El Quijote, one of Edinburgh’s most popular tapas establishments, that source their meat and cheese directly from Spain. There’s also Edinburgh tapas delight, La Sal, which specialises in huevos rotos con morcilla de burgos that pays homage to both Spain and Scotland with layers of potato, onion and peppers topped with egg and black pudding – a true taste sensation. Edinburgh is a cultural melting pot in terms of restaurants and cuisines and the Edinburgh tapas community is evidence of that, so why not try your luck? We think this vibrant cuisine might just become your favourite!