As you meander the streets of Almuñécar old town or stroll along the beach or paseo, eventually you will likely stop for some at a tapas restaurant. It may just seem like any regular restaurant from the outside, or it may feel more like a beach-side cafe, but either way they are going to have some Spanish tapas for you! Just sit down and order a drink to let the magic happen of the Spanish lifestyle happen.
Okay, we must admit there isn’t about just one tapas restaurant in Almuñécar. In fact, there were so many to choose from we had to take a poll, just to narrow it down to 10 tapas bars. Even then, we haven’t yet visited every single one. Keep in mind, our recommendations are always a personal opinion and not meant to be a full restaurant review or all inclusive of every location. That’s what Tripadvisor and the like are meant to accomplish. We are just trying to help you out and get you started with a few yummy tapas!
What is a tapas bar?
A place that serves tapas! There are various names for eating establishments from a meson, cafe, chiringuito, restaurant, bar and so on. So, I m not going to get into the details between a tapas restaurant and tapas bar. I will likely just use both terms to mean the same thing, a place to get some great tapas! If you were to search in Spanish, you would likely look for bare de tapas or bares de tapas.
What are tapas in Spain?
Tapas or a tapa is an appetizer or snack in Spanish cuisine and translates to a small portion of any kind of Spanish food. Often it is just a smaller portion of a regular main dish or meal. A tapa may be cold or hot and can vary from chips to a mini entrée. We have received small burgers, fried fish, mini grilled ham and cheese sandwiches, olives, paella, Russian salad, grilled pork, gambas pil-pil, a portion of a Spanish tortilla and more. You may even make special requests for vegetarian tapas or other special requests.
Did you know you get Free Tapas in Granada?
We aren’t just speaking of the city of Granada, no we are talking the entire province of Granada. Guess what? That include Costa Tropical, so you are in for a treat with free tapas in Almuñécar. You should receive tapas with each drink ordered and then even more with the next round of drinks. Not all drinks qualify, but in general you can expect the free tapas with alcohol, soft drinks or sparkling water.
‘Free’ tapas are a gift of the house or a sample of their cuisine to tempt you to order more! This isn’t only in Granada, but other parts of Spain, like Extremadura and León. This has been around for a long time and since alcohol is cheap and there drink prices may compensate for the tapas.
11 Tapas Restaurants in Almuñécar
First of all each of these offers amazing tapas, but they also offer a full menu too. These are in no particular ranking order, so try them all! So let’s bite into the list for tapas Almuñécar style! Some tapas restaurants have a regular free tapas and others vary daily. Usually you receive a different tapas with each round of drinks. Okay, now let’s dig into the Almuñécar Tapas!
Meson La Cabaña
A little local secret find packed with the locals. An added bonus, you get to select what you want from their tapas menu, with 40 different tapas! Our favorite tapas were the shrimp skewers, boquerones, and more. It’s located just next to Majuelo Park across from the tourist office and summer movie theater.
Pub El Faro
If you are looking for a place to have some good food, watch some sports and speak a little English, then stop by El Faro Pub. Oh we received a mouth-watering chorizo and garbanzo bean tapas, with bread slices. So delicious. They are located off of Avenida Andalucia in Plaza Magnolios.
You will find this place packed with locals and tourists, as it is in a location you can’t miss. Just around the corner from the P4 Mercadona, you will find Al-Bar and it is well worth a stop for tapas, breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Bar er Tapeillo
Here you will find traditional Spanish cooking with very generous sized tapas. The fried eggplant with honey (berenjenas con miel) is amazing! It’s a great place to escape the crowds and just slow down to enjoy the Spanish life. They are located near the post office in the P4 area of town.
Cafe Bar La Jarana
Right in the heart of all the action. This is a great social spot to see and be seen by passers-by. They have great food and service with mini burgers, fish, shrimp with a great variety of choices.
The ambiance of this restaurant doesn’t really dazzle you, but their tapas are usually pretty good. They have a nice outdoor covered terrace and it is also a great place to watch sports and enjoy some drinks and tapas. Located at the west end of San Cristobal Beach, with sea views.
Restaurante Lute y Jesús
It is sometimes difficult to find an open seat on a Saturday afternoon, which usually means the food is good! It’s the perfect place to stop while you are our touring the sites around town. There are several locations in town and different atmosphere. The one we are highlighting is on Avenida Europa, though their other locations are on San Cristobal Beach, La Herradura Beach, and Velilla Beach.
A charming local restaurant, tucked away in a quaint little plaza. The ambiance is nice and the service is good. Not only do they serve delicious tapas, they also have great meals from the menu. Located in Plaza Damasco off of Avenida Andalucia.
Restaurante Antonia Andalusi
Antonia Andalusi hands down has some of the best tapas in town, with delicious, quality tapas, and generous portions. They often serve a meatball, a mini slider burger, or a small portion of a main entré for tapas. You really can’t go wrong with the food and drinks here. That’s why it is packed year-round! They always offer friendly, attentive service, even when they’re hopping. Oh and the added bonus is the amazing sea view looking down the full length of San Cristobal Beach. Andalusi is located at the west end of San Cristobal beach, so you get nice sea views as well. Look at our directory info and click on the details tab for hours and contact info.
Chiringuito El Tesorillo
There is always something great going on at chiringuito Tesorillo! From live music to flamenco shows, paired with great drinks and tapas. The service is really good and the owner is so nice. There are just to restaurants on this beach and this is the first one which will get you some shade from that hot afternoon sun. Located on Tesorillo Beach, which is at the far end of Velilla Beach.
The perfect “beach bar vibe” chiringuito, with good drinks, good food, music, exceptional service, and sun beds on the beach, it is in an idyllic setting. Rave reviews by so many people we’ve asked. Located on Tesorillo Beach, which is at the far end of Velilla Beach.
This is the perfect spot to stop for tapas just before or after your shopping. It is located directly across from the San Cristobal Mercadona. This is a frequent stop for us and they always offer great food and service.
Tapas in La Herradura
We didn’t forget about La Herradura! We have so many favorites, we decided to dedicate an entire post to Tapas in La Herradura, coming soon!
Some Favorite Almuñécar Restaurants & La Herradura Restaurants
We provide you with several lists of some favorite Almuñécar Restaurants & La Herradura restaurants too. From tapas to fine dining & churros to flamenco. Read more about the restaurants here.
- Vegetarian Friendly Restaurants Almuñécar
- 8 Vegetarian Friendly La Herradura Restaurants
- 11 Amazing & Affordable Almuñécar Restaurants
- 11 Yummy & Nice Almuñécar Restaurants In The Spotlight
- Almuñécar Tempting Tapas Restaurants
- Scrumptious Tapas in La Herradura
- The Best Place To Get Churros In Almuñécar!
- Restaurants with Authentic Spanish Flamenco Almuñécar & La Herradura
- If you would like a listing of the Almuñécar & La Herradura Restaurants, please look in our Almuñécar Info business directory.
Want to contribute?
Of course there are many more to choose from, so feel free to leave your comments below about your favorite tapas restaurant and why they are your favorite. Maybe we can make another post based on location in town (Velilla Beach, Old Town, P4, San Cristobal, La Herradura). Feel free to contact us with your feedback and suggestions, please include a photo of the place of the tapas.
We will see if it will make it on to the blog sometime .
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