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10 Restaurants in Liverpool: Spanish

Liverpool’s tapas restaurants are every foodie’s dream

Throughout the past decade, Liverpool has seen a mushrooming of tapas joints opening up all over the city, adding many colours, textures and flavours to its already diverse culinary scene. Whether you’re in the centre or in the trendy Baltic Triangle and Ropewalks districts of Liverpool, tapas bars and restaurants are ready to tempt you with an exciting selection of small plates – perfect for nibblers as well as for those who like variety. Tapas may have originated from Spain but it’s celebrated all over the world today as a cuisine of its own. Tapear, the Spanish word that describes bar-hopping for tapas and drinks is very much a thing in Madrid as it is in Barcelona, so why not follow in the Spaniards’ lead by doing the same across Liverpool? Tapas is certainly one of the best ways to experience the life of the city, as you will soon discover, and we’re here to get you started by introducing you to the best tapas spots in Liverpool.

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Neon Jamon - Berry Street

Ropewalks
Spanish££££
5.3/6676
Neon Jamon - Berry Street

Neon Jamon - Smithdown Place

Wavertree
Spanish££££
5.7/6355
Neon Jamon - Smithdown Place

Monkey Grinder

Sefton Park
Spanish££££
5.5/694
Monkey Grinder
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The Corridor Bar & Eatery

Centre
Spanish££££
5.5/617
The Corridor Bar & Eatery

Something Else - Childwall

Childwall
Cake & Coffee££££
6.0/61
Something Else - Childwall

Something Else - Picton

Wavertree
Cake & Coffee££££
Something Else - Picton

Para Ti

City Centre
Spanish££££
4.0/61
Para Ti

La Salsa Tapas - Wigan

Town Centre
Spanish££££
5.6/65
La Salsa Tapas - Wigan

Epicured

Ropewalks
Spanish££££
Epicured

La Casita - Skipton

Town Centre
Spanish££££
5.3/650
La Casita - Skipton
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     Book a table at Liverpool's best Spanish restaurants

    Merseyside has long had a soft spot for all things Iberian. Whether Liverpudlians were cheering on Liverpool's team under Rafa Benitez, or listening to the Beatles Strawberry Fields Forever (which was written in Almeria), the city's connections to Spain are surprisingly numerous. Nowadays, they also extend to Liverpool's excellent collection of Spanish restaurants. With city centre and suburban options to pick from, if you adore tapas, Liverpool has plenty of Spanish restaurants to book on the Quandoo website.
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    Tapas in Liverpool: The origins

    You might have heard of a few different theories about how tapas came into existence, and we’re here to share our favourite ones. The most well-known legend dates all the way back to the 13th century when Castilian king Alfonso the 10th ruled. Word has it that he became ill and kept up his energy levels between meals with small portions of snacks and wine, which led to him passing a most unique law after his recovery – he decreed that all taverns had to serve small snacks along with alcohol, setting the foundation for how tapas is consumed in Spain today. Others believe that the origins of tapas didn’t date so far back, but only before the 18th century, when innkeepers used to offer samples of dishes to their mostly illiterate guests atop a tapa (the Spanish word for ‘pot cover’). These small plates of ham or olives often doubled up as a lid, or tapa, which effectively kept dust or bugs away from drinks, giving rise to the birth of tapas culture. Find your nearest tapas restaurant in Liverpool and book a table now with Quandoo to savour the best of this amazing cuisine.
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    Tuck into a tapas platter at Spanish restaurants in Liverpool

    Tapas has something for everyone - that's the brilliant thing about it. When you head to Spanish restaurants in Liverpool, you'll find some of the most diverse menus around. At eateries in areas like Ropewalks and Wavertree you'll find dishes as diverse as wild mushrooms sauteed in cream and garlic, albondigas (meat balls) cooked in home-made tomato sauces, or ox cheek and chorizo cooked in traditional Basque style. It's a great option for larger dining parties. Just order a table full of tapas delights, and let everyone pick and choose. They're sure to find delicacies to enjoy.
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    Enjoy high-quality meat dishes at Liverpool's finest Spanish restaurants

    Meat is serious business at Liverpool's Spanish restaurants, as it is across Spain itself. When you settle down for dinner at a local tapas place, you'll find a huge array of pork dishes, with jamon serrano, chorizo cooked in red wine sauce and spicy pinchos morunos (pork skewers). There are beef, chicken and lamb recipes as well - all cooked in distinctive spicy sauces with authentic Iberian ingredients and rich, irresistible aromas. From Bilbao to Seville, all of Spain's many culinary traditions are represented, so take your pick and enjoy a satisfying meat feast.
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    The best places for tapas in Liverpool

    Among the most popular spots for tapas in Liverpool, Neon Jamon comes away as the winner with two convenient locations at Smithdown Place and on Berry Street. Known for its delectable Catalan-inspired dishes in a combination of small plates tapas and charcuterie, Neon Jamon was born out of a genuine passion for Spanish tapas and wines – and it ups the ante on this classic cuisine by oozing slick appeal through its edgy interiors and groovy soundtrack. Just when you think you’ve seen all the tapas restaurants in Liverpool, Roja Pinchos surprises you with its array of pintxos (Spanish for ‘spike’) typical of the Basque region in northern Spain. Different to tapas, pintxos often comprise a small piece of vegetable, seafood or meat held together with a small piece of bread by a toothpick. With the wide assortment of tapas in Liverpool on offer, why not treat yourself to something new tonight? ¡Buen provecho!
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    Tapas in Liverpool: All the small things

    First time having tapas and need advice on what to order? We generally suggest getting three to four small plates, although you may like to order more to try out different types if you’re coming with a group. Together with aceitunas (‘olives’), the tortilla española (Spanish egg and potato omelette) makes for a great starter, after which we highly recommend the chorizo al vino, or classic chorizo sausages cooked in wine, as well as the gambas al ajillo (garlic-sauteed prawns). Wash them all down with a jug of sangria and you’re set for a wonderful night out of delightful bites and merry conversation. Sounds like a plan? Look up a tapas restaurant in Liverpool now with Quandoo and get your reservation in – we promise you won’t regret it!
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    Devour some perfect paella at Spanish restaurants in Liverpool

    Seafood is another great reason to head to one of Liverpool's gourmet Spanish restaurants. If you want to enjoy a true taste of the Mediterranean, paella is definitely the way to go. From Horwich to the Albert Docks, Spanish chefs at Liverpool restaurants will prepare divine paella bowls, adding just the right mix of ingredients. Choose paellas with rabbit, chorizo, octopus, prawns, pick more exotic variants with squid ink or just opt for a veggie recipe. In any case, it's bound to be delicious.