10 Restaurants in Oxford: Spanish

Oxford's tapas restaurants are worth a visit

As the original city of 'dreaming spires', Oxford's thriving visitor economy revolves heavily around the world-famous University, which dates back over 800 years. There are 38 ancient colleges dotted around the cobbled streets, with a splendid botanic garden to explore alongside the River Cherwell and plenty of excellent shopping to enjoy in the centre. The foodie scene is also thriving and you'll find plenty of first-class eateries and food festivals. When you visit Oxford, the tapas venues are certainly well worth experiencing, with options ranging from traditional Spanish through to modern British and fusion tapas.

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Kazbar

Cowley
Spanish££££
Kazbar

La Tasca (HQ)

Kidlington
Spanish
La Tasca (HQ)

Cigala

Bloomsbury
Spanish££££
5.1/6412
Cigala
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Jamon Jamon Soho

Soho
Spanish££££
5.0/6492
Jamon Jamon Soho

De Nada - Guildford

Town Centre
Spanish££££
5.2/6406
De Nada - Guildford

Amantia

City Centre
Spanish££££
5.4/6548
Amantia

Mar I Terra

Southwark
Spanish££££
5.4/6300
Mar I Terra

Byzantium Tapas

Kings Heath
Spanish££££
5.2/6306
Byzantium Tapas

The Cuban

Canons Marsh
Latin American££££
4.4/6203
The Cuban

Metro Garden

Clapham
British££££
4.8/6111
Metro Garden
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     Discover enticing Spanish restaurants in Oxford today

    Oxford is the original city of 'dreaming spires' and known globally for its prestigious university, which was built in the twelfth century. There are 38 colleges with fine architecture, atmospheric courtyards and winding cobbled streets to explore, city views from the Carfax Tower and a splendid botanical garden. Walk along the River Cherwell, enjoy the excellent retail offer and treat yourself to a fine feast at one of the popular Spanish restaurants in Oxford. Whether you dine out at lunch or for dinner, you'll find plenty of entertainment to enjoy afterwards, from theatre at the city Playhouse through to live music at the O2 Academy.
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    More than just a Spanish style of dining

    When you go to eat tapas in Oxford, you'll notice that the choice extends beyond classic Spanish. Although the style of cuisine originated in the Mediterranean in the thirteenth-century, it has become so popular across the world that you'll see 'tapas' being used to describe tiny dishes of Greek, British, Cajun and even Indian food. The dishes on offer will vary, but the portions will tend to be of appetizer size, with customers usually selecting between 4-5 options to create an informal, sociable meal that is perfect for sharing.
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    Ready for a feast at Oxford's Spanish restaurants?

    You'll find plenty of diversity across Oxford's Spanish restaurants, with some venues offering tapas in bar-like environments, through to larger venues which offer traditional Spanish cooking such as paella, Valencian fideuà, which is made with fish, noodles and aioli garlic sauce and ropa vieja, which comes from the Canary Islands and is a casserole of shredded beef in a rich tomato sauce. You can expect to enjoy delicious wine menus too. Accompany your meal with fruity sangria (or non-alcoholic punch), or try an Agua de Valencia, which combines champagne, orange juice, gin and vodka with plenty of fresh lemon slices and sugar. You'll find that some of the Spanish restaurants in Oxford have their own bar, so you can enjoy the services of your own mixologist!
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    Which Oxford tapas dishes will you enjoy?

    If you choose a traditional Spanish restaurant serving tapas in Oxford, you can expect to enjoy a mouth-watering selection of dishes such as marinated anchovies, patatas bravas , prawns cooked in garlic, chorizo and fresh olives, croquetas and even tiny bowls of paella. British gastropubs may serve their own form of tapas, such as miniature scotch eggs, sticky pork ribs, potted shrimp and deep fried Somerset brie with onion marmalade. The great thing about this style of dining is that it allows you to taste a wide array of dishes and broaden your gastronomic experience, perhaps with a leisurely glass of sangria or wine on the side. Some of the Oxford tapas venues will also serve set menus which can be excellent value, especially compared to a la carte dining.
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    Get the most from Oxford's Spanish restaurants

    The Spanish restaurants in Oxford tend to be well priced, but you can enjoy special deals such as set lunch menus and early bird offers (including pre-theatre set menus). These can represent excellent value for money and give you up to three courses to enjoy from an array of restaurant favourites. Look out too for happy hour deals in the Oxford Spanish restaurants with their own bars, or the option to bring your own bottles in some venues. Lunch menus can also give you the chance to experience the fine quality of food at a more high-end restaurant, but without the same cost as dining a la carte in the evening.
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    The Spanish restaurants in Oxford are well worth a visit

    Kazbar is a real discovery and it combines Spanish and Moroccan themed tapas in a souk-like cavern. The staff are friendly, the atmosphere is warm and the interior is colourful and romantic. Enjoy authentic and delicious dishes such as mejillones (mussels in a herb and coconut sauce), prawns and chorizo cooked in tomato and paprika and abondigas de pavo (herbed turkey meatballs, served in cranberry sauce.) This intimate venue books up fast though, so be sure to reserve your table to avoid any disappointment.
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    Which of Oxford's tapas restaurants are always popular?

    Quandoo diners have tried a number of the tapas restaurants in Oxford and the surrounding areas and rated them highly. Kazbar in Cowley is always a hot favourite and a beautiful little eatery designed in the style of a souk. It serves a fusion of Spanish and Moroccan styled tapas, served with excellent wine. Enjoy the intimate lamp lit atmosphere as you dine on specials that include a chestnut and warm butternut squash salad, mussels in chermoula and coconut reduction and chorizo baked in smoked tomato and paprika sauce. Just remember to book in advance with Quandoo, as the Oxford tapas venues can get busy in the evenings and on weekends, and no one wants to queue!