Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland and is located in the Midlothian Hills. The city is a fascinating mixture of the Georgian New Town, with beautiful neoclassical buildings, and in contrast, its Old Town which dates back to medieval times. The city is crowned by Edinburgh Castle, which hosts the crown jewels of Scotland and the Stone of Destiny. Here, the Highland Games are held each year. Arthur’s Seat stands tall in Holyrood Park, offering panoramic views over the city and its surroundings, while a visit to Calton Hill reveals a number of memorials and monuments. The city also offers a wide range of restaurants, serving international cuisine. Here’s a rundown of the top Spanish restaurants in Edinburgh, UK. Scroll below to view our top picks.
Tapa is an award-winning restaurant serving innovative tapas dishes (small plates) crafted from the best quality imported Spanish ingredients. It is a converted warehouse, steps from the Shore and Ocean Terminal Shopping Center. The restaurant’s decor has the air of a Spanish bodega, with two dining rooms. The restaurant serves a selection of Iberian meat products, including the famous “Pata Negra” jamon (ham). Among the restaurant’s specialties are Morcilla de Burgos (Spanish black pudding served with a fried quail’s egg) and other tapas, including meat, fish, cheese and other ingredients. Tapa also has an extensive list of Spanish wines and sweet Manzanilla sherry.
Lasal is a Spanish restaurant and wine bar in Edinburgh, serving Spanish and Basque cuisine, paella and tapas. Conveniently located across from the Playhouse, the restaurant has won the ‘Best Mediterranean Establishment in Scotland’ award in 2014. Diners can enjoy lunch or dinner here, or relax with coffee or a drink. The head chef hails from Seville and specializes in traditional tapas. Specialties include Iberico cured ham, mushroom croquetas, spicy king prawns, squid rings with battered cod and tortilla (Spanish omelet). The restaurant also features an extensive wine list. Each weekend the restaurant hosts live flamenco performances.
3. Cafe Andaluz
Joe Conetta decided to bring a taste of Spain to Glasgow, Scotland. The restaurant became so popular that they opened other branches in Edinburgh and Aberdeen. This Edinburgh restaurant is located on George Street, Edinburgh’s main restaurant and shopping street. The restaurant has a décor reminiscent of Andalucia in Southern Spain. Diners can choose from an a la carte menu or can opt for a sharing set menu. Sharing plates include the famous Serrano or Iberico ham and Spanish cheese. A selection of meat and vegetable tapas is available, along with a variety of seafood and fish dishes and delicious paellas.
Previously known as El Bar, Tapas3 is an intimate and relaxed restaurant and tapas bar, where guests can enjoy traditional Spanish cuisine backed by live music. Each weekend, diners are treated to live flamenco performances by Alba Flamenco. All tapas are made from authentic ingredients and are affordably priced. Meals can be enjoyed with Spanish wines, craft drinks and ciders. One of the craft beers is a lager made with sea water, while another is ham-infused amber ale. Among the Spanish spirits on offer are Patxaran and Orochata liqueurs.
Malvarosa is an authentic Spanish restaurant serving light lunches in the form of traditional tapas, and full evening meals. The restaurant has a large selection of typical Spanish tapas, as well as delicious, freshly made meat, fish and vegetarian paellas. Sharing plates include a selection of bread, manchego cheese and olives, boquerones en vinagre (marinated anchovies), table de embutidos – a sharing board of Serrano cured meats with bread and table del campo, with meatballs, chicken, ham croquetas, roasted vegetables and manchego cheese.
6. La Casa Tapas & Mezze
La Casa Tapas & Mezze is located in the popular Dalry neighborhood of Edinburgh and offers a touch of the Mediterranean in Scotland. The cozy restaurant serves authentic Spanish tapas and wines, as well as Greek mezze. A live band and Flamenco dancer perform regularly here. Check their website to find out dates. Diners can choose from a range of cold tapas, including delicious olives, hummus and Tzatziki, or from the hot tapas menu, including a soup of the day, traditional Spanish tortilla and croquettes. A lunch menu offers a range of main course meals, including pan-fried chicken with Serrano ham and manchego cheese, or the classic Greek dish called Kokkinisto.
Cadiz is a Spanish seafood and fish restaurant, inspired by the Andalucian city of the same name. Ironically, Scotland imports prime fish and shellfish to Spain, and Cadiz has access to that same excellent seafood on the spot. All meals are served with the best Spanish produce, along with Spanish wines and sherries. For those who prefer meat or vegetarian dishes, Cadiz also has a selection to choose from, made in true Spanish style. Choose from a selection of shared plates, tapas and seafood plates, or big plates with roasted chicken, a grilled steak, and more.
8. The Black Hoof Edinburgh
The Black Hoof Edinburgh is an authentic tapas and Spanish Restaurant. It also sells traditional jamon (ham) and other Spanish food products on their website. The restaurant boasts the biggest range of Iberico ham in Edinburgh and also serves a range of typical Spanish gastronomy. This includes a variety of tapas dishes, a selection of Spanish cured meats and delicious Spanish desserts. Tapas is the Spanish version of snacks or appetizers, and are served hot and cold, including ingredients such as cheese, olives, jamon and seafood. While they are ideal as a snack, diners are known for ordering a variety of tapas as a full and varied meal.