From sangria to bravas and much more; we’ve found all of the best tapas in Sydney!

Sydney, let us spoil you with choice! If you’re looking for the best tapas restaurants in Sydney, look no more as our guide will transport you to a better place where tables are filled with bite-sized share plates, pintxos. Promising to deliver a flavour-filled journey, these tapas bars in Sydney will ensure that your tastebuds will be mesmerised by a Spanish tradition loved by many around the world.

Perfect for friendly catchups, a weekend date night or an after-work venture, get your fix thanks to the best Spanish tapas restaurants in Sydney of 2024. Salud!

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Hailing from the streets of Rozelle, Alegrias is renowned as being one of the best tapas restaurants in Sydney since their opening in 2013. Featuring a five-paged menu that explores food options from the garden, sea and back to the land. With a fantastic selection of cocktails, Alegrias also has a lengthy selection of Spanish wine to choose from. It comes to no surprise that their vast menu alone will surely excite the tastebuds of any Sydney foodie. Whilst you’re here, don’t miss out on Alegrias Crema Catalina – a Spanish-style cream brûlée.

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124 Terry St, Rozelle, NSW 2039

<strong>Balcón by Tapavino</strong>
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Balcón by Tapavino

Making our list as one of the best tapas bars in Sydney of 2024, Balcón by Tapavino surely knows 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 a doubt a must-visit for any Sydneysider in search of the best tapas in Sydney’s CBD.

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17 Bligh St, Sydney, NSW 2000

<strong>Bar Topa</strong>
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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 ($13) and Patatas Bravas ($14), this is the perfect spot for an aperitivo or a full dinner. A must-visit Spanish tapas bar in 2024.

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4 Palings Lne, Sydney, NSW 2000

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If you’re in search of tapas in Glebe, this gorgeous restaurant is the perfect venue to cure your cravings. Sydney’s 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, most importantly, 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. Be sure to try the Spiced Cauliflower Fritters ($17) with hot smoked paprika!

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101 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe, NSW 2037

<strong>Jah Bar</strong>
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Jah Bar

With locally sourced, seasonal produce at the forefront of their menu, it comes to no surprise why Jah Bar in Dee Why has been named as one of the best Spanish restaurants in Sydney. 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 equally aesthetic as it is tasty. If you’re looking for Sydney’s best tapas bars, this is it.

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1/23 The Strand, Dee Why, NSW 2099

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Nestled in one of Sydney’s most illustrious dining district, Mercado presents a menu designed for sharing, drawing inspiration from Mediterranean flavours, with a spotlight on Spanish gastronomy. True to a real ‘Mercado’ or market, the restaurant’s menu dynamically shifts with the seasons, reflecting the distinctive produce selected from these farmers. With succulent Mediterranean spiced chicken with mojo verde and lemon, or duck liver parfait, or even wagyu beef tarte, Mercado is committed to serving some of the finest Spanish tapas in Sydney!

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4 Ash St, Sydney, NSW 2000

<strong>Mister Percy</strong>
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Mister Percy

Situated in Darling Harbour inside Ovolo Woolloomooloo, one of the Best and Most Unique Boutique Hotels in Sydney, Mister Percy is easily described as a Mediterranean masterpiece. Pairing small dishes with Mediterranean varietals, Mister Percy delivers the perfect tapas experience for Sydneysiders. This stylish and unforgivingly honest Sydney tapas bar prides itself on its historical wool store roots, but it also seamlessly delivers an experience that is contemporary and delicious. If you’re looking at where to find amazing tapas in Sydney, this is it.

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139 Murray St, Pyrmont, NSW 2009

<strong>Sappho Books, Cafe & Bar</strong>
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Sappho Books, Cafe & Bar

Also making our list as one of Australia’s Best Bookstore Cafes, it weirdly makes sense how this Glebe venue has also been named as one of Sydney’s best tapas bars. Transforming to a tapas bar at night, Sappho Books, Cafe & Bar features an extensive menu and an incredibly unique setting – Sappho is a sure shot for all your tapas cravings. Of course, 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

<strong>WyNo x Bodega</strong>
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WyNo x Bodega

This funky tapas wine bar in Surry Hills is a multi award-winning marvel. The chefs at Bodega were crowned by the Sydney Morning Herald as Chef of the Year thanks to their extensive menu and even bigger wine list poured together by WyNo. Visitors can expect everything from Grilled Octopus with Potato Pavé to Jamón Iberico Croquettes, Bodega Fish Fingers and their iconic Basque Cheesecake to finish you off. Famed for being one of the best places for tapas in Sydney, be sure to add WyNo x Bodega to your list as they’ll fill your belly and excite the tastebuds.

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50 Holt St, Surry Hills, NSW 2010

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This article was first published on 08 February 2019. It was updated and edited by Hunter and Bligh on 18 March 2024.
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