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The 9 Best Spanish Tapas Bars and Restaurants in Sydney

The Best Tapas Restaurants and Bars. Photographed by Goskova Tatiana. Image via Shutterstock

Are you looking for the best Spanish restaurant or tapas bar in Sydney? Let us spoil you with choice.

Sydney foodies, you are about to embark on one of the most flavour-filled journeys your taste buds may ever endure. Tapas, a Spanish tradition loved by many around the world – and we share that same feeling too. So, to get your fix for the week, we’ve found nine of the best Spanish tapas bars and restaurants around Sydney for you to enjoy. Salud!

Bodega

This funky tapas and wine bar in Surry Hills is a multi award-winning marvel. The chef’s at Bodega were crowned the Sydney Morning Herald Chef’s of the Year thanks to their extensive menu and even bigger wine list brought to Sydneysiders by WyNo – just some of the reasons why Bodega is the perfect spot for your tapas fix. From Grilled Octopus with pork crackling ($18), to Ricotta Dumplings ($22), Grilled Lamb Cutlets with smoked eggplant ($28) and Basque Cheesecake ($14) to finish you off – Bodega is without doubt going to fill your belly and excite the taste buds.

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50 Holt St, Surry Hills, NSW 2010

Balcón by Tapavino

There’s no denying that the winners of the 2017 Best Spanish Restaurant of the Year surely know how to whip up some brilliant tapas. Balcón by Tapavino is the Sydney CBD’s ultimate tapas destination, with wine selections to match its extraordinary dishes. Run by the Tapavino group with a number of popular destination across Sydney including Boque, Barrica Wines and Born by Tapavino; Balcón by Tapavino is without doubt a must-visit for any Sydneysider in search of the best tapas bar in Sydney’s CBD.

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17 Bligh St, Sydney, NSW 2000

Bar Topa

The Merivale group has delivered the best of the best with this Spanish experience. Bar Topa is a part of the ivy dining precinct, and with sangria on tap, you’ll be questioning yourself on why you haven’t been here already. Serving an array of plancha dishes of the highest quality including Cuttlefish ($10) and Patatas Bravas ($10); this is the perfect spot for an aperitivo or a full dinner. Get down to Bar Topa ASAP.

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4 Palings Lne, Sydney, NSW 2000

Can Cava Pintxos & Wine

Based in Bondi, Can Cava Pintxos & Wine is a slice of the Mediterranean in our home town. Serving authentic Basque-inspired dishes that are presented in an artisan style; Can Cava not only provides a relaxed atmosphere for their tapas dining experience, but they also are renowned for their dynamic menu paying tribute to seasonal produce. Don’t forget to try the homemade sangria whilst you’re here!

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101 Hall St, Bondi Beach, NSW 2026

Despaña

The Glebe-based tapas bar is a gorgeous venue for some of the best tapas around Sydney. Despaña nails all the things a good tapas restaurant needs – it’s cozy and welcoming, the wine menu is extensive, the tapas are exceptional and the sangria is tasty. With value for money at their forefront and a wide variety of Spanish inspired dishes, Despaña gets our tick of approval.

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101 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe, NSW 2037

Mister Percy

Situated on Darling Harbour in the gorgeous Ovolo building, Mister Percy is easily described as a mediterranean masterpiece, pairing small dishes with mediterranean varietals to deliver the perfect tapas experience. This stylish and unforgivingly honest tapas bar prides itself on its historical wool store roots but it also seamlessly delivers an experience that is contemporary and delicious.

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139 Murray St, Pyrmont, NSW 2009

Jah Bar

Jah Bar in Dee Why focuses on locally sourced, seasonal produce as their forefront of their menu. On top of their ethical farming practices for future sustainability, Jah Bar also has a no wastage policy in place at the restaurant. With all these practices, comes beautiful fresh tapas that is as pretty as it is tasty. If you’re looking for one of the best tapas restaurants in Sydney, this is it.

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1/23 The Strand, Dee Why, NSW 2099

Alegrias

Hailing from the streets of Rozelle, Alegrias is renowned as being one of the best tapas bars in Sydney since their opening in 2013. Featuring a five-paged menu that explores everything from the garden, to the sea and back to the land; there’s no denying that Alegrias vast menu will surely excite the tastebuds of all Sydney foodies. Whilst you’re here, don’t miss out on the Crema Catalina ($12.50) – a Spanish-style cream brûlée.

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124 Terry St, Rozelle, NSW 2039

Sappho Books, Cafe & Bar

For something different, Sappho Books, Cafe & Bar is not only one of Sydney’s best bookstores, but it also transforms into one of Sydney’d best tapas bar at night. With an extensive menu and an incredibly unique setting, Sappho is without a doubt worth a shot for all your tapas cravings. The cocktail menu is of note at Sappho, with some interesting named mixes including Oliver Twist, Clockwork Orange and Tequila Mockingbird ($19). Try out something different and get down to Sappho.

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51 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe, NSW 2037

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This article was first published on 08 February 2019. It was updated and edited by Hunter and Bligh on 31 August 2020.
Feature image: Photographed by Goskova Tatiana. Image via Shutterstock
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