Where to Eat in Granada

This blog post was originally posted on November 10, 2013 and was updated on March 16, 2017.

For the best bites in Granada, join us on a food tour! You’ll immerse yourself in Moorish Granada at a hidden, tucked-away tea shop and taste a local dish with a fascinating past. We’ll visit off-the-beaten-path tapas bars, a family-run delicatessen and more. Come with us to learn how the locals live in Granada—and feel more like a local yourself!

Granada is by far one of the most interesting places to eat in Spain. Tapas come with every drink, kebab shops line the corners and even the most casual restaurants offer spectacular views of the Alhambra. The mix of Spanish and Moorish cuisine is evident in some of the city’s most popular dishes and pastries, and going for a tea is nearly as popular as going for a beer.

But, just like anywhere in Spain, leaving eating out up to chance is never a good idea. We’re here to help you avoid disaster with some tried and true tips for eating in Granada.

Delicious food abounds in Granada—but you have to know where to look to find it! Join us on this gastronomic tour through Granada and try these places next time you're eating in Granada!

Photo Credit: Heribert Bechen, Text Overlay: Devour Madrid Food Tour

Where to Eat in Granada

Mirador de Morayma A restaurant housed inside a gorgeous home in the Albaicín, Mirador de Morayma is one of Granada’s most beautiful settings for a meal. The menu is a perfect mix of local cuisine and Moorish influence, and the views of the Alhambra can’t be beat. Our tips are to order a la carte and reserve a table with a view in advance.

Address: Calle del Pianista Garcia Carrillo, 2

Taberna Más Que Vinos: This lovely little bar/restaurant is a short walk from Granada’s main streets and really worth a visit. Their wine list is great and reasonably priced, and their tapas are made using the best ingredients. When our last visit started with a slice of cheese on bread as our first tapa, we were a bit disappointed at first—but it turned out to be the most delicious bite of cheese we’d had in a long time! They also do a delightful (and cheap) menu of the day.

Address: Calle Tundidores, 10

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A lovely tapa served at Taberna Más Que Vinos.

Tajine Elvira: Tajine Elvira serves Granada’s best Moroccan food at good prices. We recommend taking a seat next to the other locals (many of them Moroccan) and ordering their flavorful tagine, cous cous, and pastel (a flaky pastry stuffed with chicken and almond). But save room for tea and dessert also; their Moroccan pastries can’t be beat. If you’re looking for something different from the typical Spanish experience, this is the place to try while eating in Granada.

Address: Calle Elvira, 46

Taberna la Tana: A fantastic wine and tapas bar (the bartender is a sommelier) with prices to match. Stop at Taberna la Tana early (around 9:00 p.m.) before it gets too crowded!

Address: Calle Rosario, 11

Bodegas Castañeda: Cheap, crowded and a bit chaotic, Bodegas Castañeda is the type of bar you go to for an aperitif and a tapa. As one of the oldest and most established tapas bars in the city, it won’t disappoint anyone looking for authenticity. So order a crisp glass of manzanilla, and see what happens!

Address: Calle Almireceros, 1-3

Los Diamantes: Also a must for tapas in Granada, if you like fried seafood. It is the type of place that is crowded with tourists and locals alike, and you’ll have to elbow your way up to the bar to order. Don’t ask questions, drink your beer, eat your fish and then repeat. However, you should try elsewhere for a sit down lunch, as we’ve found table service to be quite unorganized.

Address: Calle Navas, 26

A plate of freshly fried seafood is ready to be eaten at Los Diamantes, one of our choices for eating in Granada
The fried seafood is delicious at Los Diamantes. Photo Credit: Los Diamantes

Pakistani Shawarma: Granada is known for its kebab shops, and Calle Elvira is home to at least ten! But look for this tiny, nondescript location and you’ll be surprised by the quality. Perfect for a late night snack, make sure to ask for the salsa picante (hot sauce) for an extra punch. Give it a try for another different take on eating in Granada.

Address: Calle Elvira

La Oliva: A unique way to dine in Granada if you want something a bit different from the tapas bars and restaurant scene. Call ahead to reserve a spot at one of Francisco’s tasting dinners. He will guide you through three different olive oils, followed by five different wines. In addition, each wine is paired with three small plates, making the meal a fun way to taste a lot of the local gastronomy. Furthermore, 38.50€ a head, we consider it a very good deal. If you are eating in Granada, give Francisco a call.

 Address: Calle Virgen del Rosario, 9

Francisco from La Olivia gets ready to prepare one of the courses at a tasting. This unique experience is something we really recommend when eating in Granada.
Make a reservation with Francisco for a tasting at La Olivia. You won’t regret it! Photo Credit: Never Ending Voyage

Breakfast

Cafe 4 Gatos: This small breakfast café located in the Albaicín is home to some of the city’s biggest breakfast tostadas (toasted bread with toppings). Our advice is to order a media (half toast) as they truly are enormous! Their coffee is also fantastic, so take your time with a hot café con leche.

Address: Placeta Cruz Verde, 6 

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The enormous media tostada at Cafe 4 Gatos.

Something Sweet

Helados San Nicolas: Located steps away from the incredible Mirador de San Nicolás, this ice cream shop sells homemade ice creams to those who have completed the trek up the windy streets of the Albaicín. Offering cheap and flavorful varieties, it doesn’t get much better than eating ice cream while admiring the Alhambra.

Address: Camino Nuevo de San Nicolas, 28

Pastelería López-Mezquita: Known for their flaky empanadillas, a stop at Pastelería López-Mezquita completes any trip to Granada. Their coffee and pastries are also worth a try.

Address: Calle Reyes Católicos, 39

Heladería Los Italianos: They may serve Italian-style gelato, but this is as local as you can get. Definitely considered the best ice cream in Granada by residents (as evident by the long lines in the afternoon), we consider it a must while walking the streets of Granada.

Address: Gran Via de Colon, 4

When eating in Granada, you have to try an Italian-style gelato from Los Italianos. You may think that gelato is not a typical food in Granada, but just wait until you see how packed full of locals this place is!
You definitely do not want to miss out on an ice cream from Los Italianos. Photo Credit: In Search of the Next Meal

Let us take you to our favorite spots in Granada on a food tour! Not only will you get to enjoy the best of Granada’s gastronomy, you’ll also learn about its history and culture while meeting the people behind the bar whose stories tell the tale of this city.

5 Comment

  1. I am late to the party, but yes yes yes to La Oliva! I had a fantastic experience there, and Francisco just might be the nicest man ever. He also speaks perfect English 🙂

    And Pakistani Shwarma…fortunately (or unfortunately, depending how you look at it), this spot was a mere three minute walk from my piso. I am not sure how many of their shwarmas I ate during my 8 months in Granada but it is a lot more than I would like to admit….

  2. randy neuringer says: Reply

    we will be in spain from dec 26-jan 8. right now searching for nice dinner for 10pm dec 31. we are travelling with our 2 children in their 20s so we are hoping to have a nice meal and then they will go out and party for new years. we are not interested in a new years type of event, just a nice meal and were wondering if you could recommend which place is great food and authentic, not touristy.

    1. Lauren Aloise says: Reply

      It’s tricky to find places open on the 31st but we came across this list earlier today: http://tenemosqueir.com/2014/11/20-restaurantes-para-celebrar-la-cena-de-navidad/ Although it’s talking about Christmas dinners, many of those places will also be open on NYE. Hope it helps!

  3. Lisa Buck says: Reply

    We will be in Granada for 3 nights – family of six with 4 older teens. It has been suggested to me that we do a tapas tour. The price is 65 euros per person. The tour is 3 hours. This seems expensive to me in general, but also I thought most tapas in Granada were free with a drink. Maybe I am incorrect on this information.

    I am just wondering if this is a typical price for a tapas tour and if this type of tour is worth taking in Granada. We will be doing a guided tapas tour in Seville and San Sebastian.

    1. Lauren Aloise says: Reply

      Hi Lisa! As we also offer a tapas tour here in Madrid, I’d absolutely say that 65€ is well worth it (of course it depends on the tour and guide in the end). The price of our tours include all food and drink, 4.5 hours with a local guide, and 21% sales tax (the tour you are looking at likely already includes sales tax in the price, as is typical here in Spain). While it’s true that some food comes with your drink in Granada, the quality really ranges, and I would be willing to bet that the tour also includes many dishes that are actually larger than tapas and therefore not free. While I can’t speak for any tours except our own, I think that 65€ sounds like a very reasonable price (remember, you are probably getting much more than food and drink, it is a tour too!). Hope this helps!

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