The Best Spanish Restaurants in Sydney

Updated 1 month ago


Sydney’s Spanish restaurants take a loose approach to the cuisine, combining techniques and ingredients from all around the Iberian peninsula. Often from beyond it, too. As long as the results are delicious, we're not fussed. This list includes spots serving the classics faithfully, and others which only use Spanish ingredients as a creative springboard. The combination of good wine, sherry and vermouth is a common thread that ties them all together.

  • Sumptuous takes on north-eastern Spanish flavours are at the heart of this warm and intimate fine diner. The tapas-inspired menu features Australian produce prepared with a Catalonian twist, with plenty of seafood cooked over a charcoal Josper grill.

  • This plush, heritage-listed basement butchers its own meat for charcuterie. That says plenty about the kitchen's dedication to quality, but you should also know there are a rotisserie and wood-fired oven on site, cooking whole spit-roasted lambs and incredible Wagyu.

  • The sister venue to Lennox Hastie’s Firedoor is a celebration of the vibrant pintxos bars of northern Spain. The menu offers Australian ingredients with Basque-inspired touches, a taste of Spain via imported jamon iberico, and a drinks list that’ll change the way you feel about sherry.

  • This tiny cocktail bar in Chippendale’s Kensington Lane precinct delivers a true Spanish tapas experience – complete with tinned seafood, Basque-style sausage from the grill, and a strictly Spanish drinks list.

  • Inside the Norfolk Hotel’s former sports bar is a vibrant wine nook inspired by the Barcelona suburb it’s named after. Expect a range of vermouths, plus mussels and chips, crackers topped with Cantabrian anchovies, and skewers cooked over a flat grill. From the team behind Love, Tilly Devine.

  • Housed behind one of Enmore Road’s most iconic facades, the Porteno Group’s beautiful tapas and wine bar draws inspiration from all over Europe, most notably Spain. Take a seat in the stunning mid-century space for house-cured snacks, charcoal-grilled meat and seafood, and plenty of Sangria.

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  • At this late-night tapas joint inside Coogee Pavilion, you can walk in off the beach for seafood cooked on the plancha, buffalo mozzarella on lemon leaves, and cured meats paired with vermouth cocktails. One more of everything, please.

  • This lively bar is one of the best places in Sydney to drink sherry – there are more than 80 in stock. Between sips, there's a huge range of tapas, charcuterie and substantial mains such as braised beef cheek.

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  • And this, Tapavino's sister restaurant, is undoubtedly the best place in town to explore Spanish wine. The cellar list runs into the thousands, much of it on display in floor-to-ceiling cages. It's a memorable backdrop for enjoying the restaurant's similarly sprawling food menu.

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  • The team behind some of Sydney’s best Mexican restaurants have swapped their usual schtick for Spain at this sumptuous wine and tapas bar. Flit around a menu that includes roasted scallops in saffron butter, and cheesy croquetas, and dip into a wine list championing NSW growers and women producers.

  • This tiny 19-seat tapas bar from Merivale is mostly faithful to what you'd find in San Sebastian. Cocktails such as Negronis can be ordered by the half-pour, and there's a range of hot and cold snacks such as morcilla (blood sausage) with white beans; and seared cuttlefish with lemon, chilli and garlic. Topa is a great start to any night.

  • Albondigas. Patatas bravas. Churros. If you're looking for a reliable, familiar take on Spanish cuisine, this laneway diner is a good contender for your dollar. Case in point: the kitchen offers seven renditions of paella, including the classic Valencian with rabbit, chicken, white beans and snails.

  • The team here freely makes use of ingredients from around the world. Spanish? Only just. Delicious? Entirely. Porteño's sister restaurant makes a compelling argument for foregoing tradition.

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  • Much like Alegrias, this is an excellent place to get your fix of staples such as manchengo and chorizo croquettes; patatas bravas and paella. Bonus: if you like it enough, the team will send its food truck out to cater your next party.

  • Cured meats, Spanish wine and tapas – you'll find all three at this spin-off to the long-standing Pitt Street restaurant of the same name.