BEST RESTAURANTS in Cadiz, Spain

Where to Eat in Cadiz

If one thing can be said about the food scene in Cadiz, it’s that you get really high quality dishes for a really reasonable price. Considering how small the city is, it’s amazing how many fantastic restaurants there are. Whether you are looking for a traditional local tapa experience or something more avant-garde, Cadiz will surely delight your tastebuds.

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Top Five Bars & Restaurants in Cadiz

1

SONÁMBULO

Lobster and interior of the Sonámbulo restaurant in Cadiz, Spain
Lobster and interior of the Sonámbulo restaurant

Sonámbulo which means “sleepwalker” is a contemporary and eclectic restaurant housed in a former hardware store. It’s located in the relaxing plaza Candelaria where they also have a terrace – a great place to enjoy a meal when weather permits.

The dishes are mostly exotic from around the world but prepared with ingredients from the province of Cadiz. Some of the menu items include Vietnamese shrimp rolls, Kebab with local buttered tenderloin and their ever popular burger that’s made from a special breed of local cattle called La Janda. If you still have space left, the deserts are also very tasty.

We recommend to make a reservation because Sonámbulo gets pretty busy.

Address: Plaza Candelaria 12

2

LA TAPERÍA DE COLUMELA

Salmon tartar with avocado at La Tapería de Columela in Cadiz – Spain
Salmon tartar with avocado at La Tapería de Columela

La Tapería de Columela is, without a doubt, one of the best tapas bars in Cadiz. That would explain why it’s always completely full. In fact, people often line up outside before the place even opens and then rush in like bulls once the gate is unlocked. With such a packed place serving up delicious food, the atmosphere is lively and almost frenzied.

This gem of a bar has a menu full of great dishes: vegetable mousaka, cuttlefish in its ink, venison tataki, and scallops that many swear to be the best they have ever eaten. La Tapería is worthy of a wait and perhaps even multiple visits. As with so many restaurants in Cadiz, the value for the money is hard to beat.

Address: Calle Columela 4

3

LA ISLETA DE LA VIÑA

Vegetables dish at La Isleta de la Viña in Cadiz, Spain
Vegetables dish at La Isleta de la Viña

La Isleta de la Viña is a tapas bar located in the authentic La Viña quarter in Cadiz’s city center. In contrast to the more traditional restaurants and bars in the quarter, La Isleta features innovative contemporary cuisine.

At La Isleta, every single plate is always beautifully presented. One of the star dishes is the pork cheeks au chocolate with sweet potato cream and caramelized onions. If you prefer seafood, then a great option is the octopus with beet carpaccio, fine cheese cream and passion fruit sauce.

This tapas bar also features a nice terrace and a fantastic selection of Cadiz wines. From time to time, there is live music as well.

Address: Calle Corralón de los Carros 54

4

LA MARMITA

Oxtail bao bun at La Marmita in Cadiz, Spain
Oxtail bao bun at La Marmita

La Marmita specializes in serving only local products that change based on the season. The menu offers a lot of tuna and seafood dishes but there are also bao buns, lamb and ravioli. They even have a tapa that consists of chunks of tuna with wasabi and green apple ice cream served in a cone – very interesting!

The bar is clean and modern and there is a separate interior patio for more sit-down eating. Overall, great food and great service for a good price.

Address: Calle Buenos Aires 5

5

CÓDIGO DE BARRA

Chef Leon Griffioen at Código de Barra in Cadiz, Spain
Chef Leon Griffioen at Código de Barra

Código de Barra offers innovative fine dining that has been awarded with one Michelin star. The Dutch chef has done his homework and creates interesting textures and combinations of flavor for classic Andalusian dishes.

Besides ordering a la carte, there are also two tasting menu options for 95€ and 120€. It’s a great culinary experience with flawless service. Even the homemade bread is super tasty, something that is often lacking in many of Cadiz’s restaurants.

The restaurant is fairly small, so a reservation is highly recommended. If you want to do one of the tasting menus then you must reserve it.

Address: Calle San Francisco 7

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TABERNA ALMARCÉN

Taberna Almarcén is made up of a young creative team that as been able to successfully mix traditional recipes with a modern touch.

The menu is large and varied, and there are also daily specials worth trying. Some of their highlights are the grilled bluefin tuna belly, the pork cheeks and the bao bun with cuttlefish. If you are into vermouth, this is also the place to delight the palate with some of the best vermouth from Jerez.

Taberna Almarcén is located right next to the market at the heart of Cadiz’s old town and very close to all sightseeing. It also features a nice outdoor terrace.

Address: Plaza Libertad

SALICORNIA

While Salicornia offers seafood such as butterfish ceviche and soft-shell crab, its real speciality is steak. There is a wide selection of cuts that are dry-aged and melt in your mouth. If you want a steak in Cadiz, this is the place.

It will however cost you as Salicornia is fairly pricey as far as Cadiz goes. But it’s hard to argue with the quality. Also, don’t forget to try the creamy rice with mushrooms!

Address: Calle Plocia 2

CASA MANTECA

Casa Manteca is as traditional as tapas bars come. The walls are covered in bullfighting paraphernalia, it’s busy, it’s loud, the bar is small and there isn’t much seating. There is a huge variety of tasty tapas at a reasonable price. Casa Manteca is full of Andalusian charm and has become somewhat of an institution in Cadiz. It’s worth a visit.

Address: Calle Corralón de los Carros 66

LA TABERNITA

La Tabernita is located in the lively La Viña neighborhood. It has some great traditional tapas for quite cheap and a nice wine selection. The inside is small but there is some seating around barrels on the outside. People are often queuing before it even opens. To say it can get super busy would be an understatement. But even though it gets busy, the service is still on point.

Address: Calle Virgen de la Palma 32

RESTAURANTE CAFÉ ROYALTY

Cafe Royalty first opened in 1912 but later closed in the 1930’s due to the Spanish Civil War. The building was in a state of decay until 2008 when it was painstakingly restored to its previous grandeur. Today, the immaculate interiors feature original plaster covered in gold leaf and rich paintings from local artists. It is the only cafe of its kind in Andalusia.

The cafe is great for breakfast, a cocktail, or a coffee with dessert. They also offer tapas, however, just know that the service tends to be on the slower side. The charm and uniqueness of Cafe Royalty definitely makes it worthy of a stop when in Cadiz.

Address: Plaza Candelaria

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