10 Restaurants in Southampton: Spanish

You'll enjoy great tapas in Southampton

Southampton is the cruise capital of Europe and the vibrant, thriving city offers plenty for visitors from across the world. From the city art gallery and Sky museum through to the excellent commercial centre, there is culture, retail, entertainment and plenty of great food to enjoy. If you love tapas, Southampton has excellent Spanish restaurants serving the classics and exciting gastropubs offering fresh new twists on British tapas dishes.

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Mango Thai Tapas - Above Bar

City Centre
Thai££££
5.3/6100
Mango Thai Tapas - Above Bar

Mango Thai Tapas - Portswood

Inner Avenue
Thai££££
5.2/6108
Mango Thai Tapas - Portswood

Mango Thai Tapas - Ocean Village

Ocean Village
Thai££££
4.8/642
Mango Thai Tapas - Ocean Village
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Tapas Barcelona

City Centre
Spanish££££
5.0/692
Tapas Barcelona

Circo

Preston Circus
Spanish££££
5.5/6273
Circo

El Pic Tapas Bar

Town Centre
Spanish££££
5.3/6125
El Pic Tapas Bar

The Pottery Bar

Kingston upon Thames
Spanish££££
5.1/679
The Pottery Bar

La Perla

City Centre
Spanish££££
5.7/615
La Perla

Leo's Tapas

Town Centre
Spanish££££
5.4/611
Leo's Tapas
New

Aguadulce

Central
Spanish££££
Aguadulce
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     The Spanish restaurants in Southampton are a gastronomic delight

    The south coast port city of Southampton is exciting and dynamic with an international and changing population of locals, tourists and students and a vast array of visitor attractions. It's one of the leading cruise ports in the UK and also renowned for its annual boat show, with marine life playing a big part of the city's heritage and culture. You'll enjoy superb shopping, beautiful surrounding green spaces, history and art and easy access to other local points of interest including the New Forest, South Downs, Portsmouth and Winchester. The gastronomic scene here is also very well developed and there are plenty of award-winning eateries including some fine Spanish restaurants in Southampton.
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    Discover enticing flavours at Southampton's Spanish restaurants

    Spanish cuisine is diverse, flavoursome unforgettable, thanks to its fresh, rich flavours and crowd-pleasing favourites, including paella, croquetas, patatas bravas, tortilla Espanola, gazpacho and indulgent chocolate-dipped churros. Authentic Spanish cuisine has vast regional variation with heavy use of olive oil in Andalucia, lamb in Aragon, fish in the Basque country and cold cuts in La Rioja. Whether you're a devoted carnivore or virtuous vegetarian, you'll find mouthwatering dishes to tempt you at the Spanish restaurants in Southampton – and plenty of fine drinks too, including the ever-popular sangria.
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    It's easy to see why Southampton's tapas restaurants are popular

    Tapas originally hails from Spain and it was a simple form of dining that saw bar owners offering small dishes of salty snacks to customers enjoying a drink. Today, the cuisine has evolved so much that Southampton tapas often involves lavish sit-down meals with award-winning chefs, fine wines and all the works. This style of dining is very sociable and allows diners to enjoy a wide range of small dishes, hence its principles have also been applied to other world cuisines. You’ll see signs for Cajun, British and even Thai tapas in Southampton bars and restaurants.
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    Enjoy sociable dining at the Spanish restaurants in Southampton

    Most people automatically think of tapas when they consider Spanish cuisine, and this style of dining is one of Spain's biggest cultural exports – now adopted across the world. You'll find plenty of Spanish restaurants in Southampton that offer these tiny dishes, and they are a wonderful way to experience new foods with your partner or a group of friends. Lunchtime menus often offer around 3-4 tapas dishes with a glass of wine or sangria while you can find entire feasts on offer in the evening, with several courses of tapas dishes and a final dish of paella for those with enough room! The only thing you'll struggle with is the ability to choose from the diverse dishes on the menu with delicacies including marinated anchovies, sweet roasted peppers, chorizo, prawns in garlic, albondigas (Spanish meatballs) and more.
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    Which of Southampton's tapas restaurants are recommended?

    Quandoo diners have really enjoyed eating at Tapas Barcelona in Southampton city centre. This is a traditional Spanish-style restaurant which is very popular with shoppers, the after-work crowd, groups of friends and couples enjoying an intimate meal. The chefs serve up a wide array of dishes, including the speciality dish of chicken thighs with romesco sauce and flaked almonds, the large selection of cured meats and marinated olives and the Catalan custard tart for dessert. It's a popular destination, however, so remember to book your table in advance with Quandoo for a hassle-free dining experience.
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    Book ahead for Southampton's busy Spanish restaurants

    Demand for the finest eateries can be particularly high at weekends and when there are events on in the city, so it's well worth booking ahead if you want to secure a table at the Spanish restaurants in Southampton (especially if you are dining with a group). Some of the venues also have private booths and function rooms perfect for special occasions and celebrations. You'll find the cuisine on offer in appealing venues all across the centre and into the city's suburbs. When you’ve eaten, why not leave a review of your favourite Spanish restaurants in Southampton to help other Quandoo diners make their choice?
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    Enjoy a social occasion at Southampton's tapas venues

    As we said, this style of dining is perfect for groups. You can enjoy experimental British tapas at a Gastropub (think mini scotch eggs with quail's eggs and baked camembert with fresh sourdough), or traditional Spanish tapas such as tortilla Espanola, bocadillos, patatas gambas, croquetas and marinated anchovies. Make an occasion of it with the paired wine menu or enjoy a jug of sangria. Some Southampton tapas venues also put on fixed menus meaning you can try a large selection of delicious tiny dishes with seafood-packed paella to finish. Look out for live music, salsa dancing and other entertainment attractions if you're planning to make a night of it!