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Vinería San Telmo – Sevilla’s top cyber-rated eatery


Consistently rave online reviews place this Vinería as Trip Advisor’s number one eating spot in Seville. Rather than ignore it as a tourist trap, we decided to go and see if it was worth it’s reputation.

The staff and owners work hard to preserve its immaculate status with the internet massive, whilst also catering to a dedicated local Spanish following

San Telmo is neatly placed on a small strip of renowned restaurants just the other side of the tourist riddled barrio Santa Cruz. The staff and owners work hard to preserve its immaculate status with the internet massive, whilst also catering to a dedicated local Spanish following.

Here at SBT we love a surprise. We think ordering tapas should be a little like taking photos on an analogue camera – a mystery until you receive the final product. It was therefore a nice touch to receive Spanish menus even though the waiter had clearly clocked us as foreigners.

We accepted the two reasonably priced wine recommendations, and both hit the mark. The Barbazul vino tinto was full of taste and yet still smooth, whilst the Vega D Castilla blanco was light, elegant and peachy.

To begin, we took the waiter’s advice of the house rascacielos. A neatly mounted tower of tomato, aubergine, and goat’s cheese made for a tasty snack, and provided a much needed vegan appetiser in an otherwise meat carb feast. The cuttlefish ink spaghetti is fast becoming San Telmo’s signature dish, and rightfully so. Intriguing in both appearance and taste, the black pasta is mounted with soft  and succulent scallops, and given a boost with small yet potent chilli peppers.

Not for the first time we were shocked at the exceptional quality of the langostines. A super tasty interior given crunch by a Japanese style panko coating, which was light and beautifully grease free. The matching dipping sauce also on point. The Argentinian Bife de ternera was tasty and tender, if not a little drab, but its accompaniment mustard mayonnaise was absolutely delicious and quickly lathered around the other dishes.

Two bottles of wine, four platos, and two tapas only just ticked over €70. Having feared a tourist haven not dissimilar to a Spanish language school, we were pleasantly surprised by friendly waiters, typically husky locals, and great food.  Definitely worth stopping by.

SBT says dine on:

  • Espaguetis a la Tinta de Sepia con Vierira
  • Atún a la Plancha sobre Compota de Cebolla y Crujiente de Rúcola
  • Langostinos Fritos con Panko sobre base de Calabacín Plancha
  • Rascacielos de Tomate, Berenjenas, Queso de Cábra y Salmón (we couldn’t spot the salmon?!)
  • Crujiente de Cola de Toro

SBT says wine on:

  • Red – Barbazul
  • White – Vega D Castilla
Come here if: you are usually found singing: food, wonderful food  
Don’t come here if: you’re looking for gruff waiters that only speak Spanish
When? Every day, 1030 – 1700 and 2000 – 0000 Where? Paseo de Catalina de Ribera 4,  Sevilla

Website: Phone: 954 41 06 00 


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