Small Plates: The Top 5 Tapas Restaurants in Moscow

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Tapas are a part of Spanish cuisine and represent a wide variety of appetizers or snacks. They may be cold or warm. Tapas restaurants and bars are common in United States, Mexico, Canada and the United Kingdom. There are few upscale tapas restaurants in Moscow, too. From the most traditional of mixed olives and cheese to sophisticated Ensaladilla Rusa takes on the classics, these Spanish restaurants are serving up the best tapas in town.

1 Alioli Tapas Bar

The atmosphere in Alioli is lively and friendly. The dining room is spacious and airy, with big windows and lots of natural light. Tapas menu include zucchini rolls, anchovies in marinade, octopus in olive oil, classic paella with mini calamari and prawns fried in olive oil with chili and garlic

Neglinnaya Street, 8/10, Building1, +7 495 621 9080

2 Tapa de Comida Restaurant

This is one of the first tapas bars to open in Moscow. The first floor is a tapas bar; and the second and third are excellent dining rooms. The restaurant has absolutely delicious food.  The menu is distinguished by variety of snacks and rich assortment of wine. A bloody Mary comes with your order. On weekends they have live bands. The decor is great and it has a very tranquil atmosphere.

Ulitsa Trubnaya 20/2, +7 495 6082007,

3 Dolce Uvas Restaurant

Dolce Uvas became the best new restaurant in Moscow in 2009, according to Time Out magazine. It doesn't have a vast selection of wine yet, but have a hefty selection of tapas. Dishes are small, and almost too beautiful to eat.

Prechistenskaya Embankment, 17, +7 495 7880600

4 El Asador Restaurant

El Asador is known for it freshly brewed cider and tapas bar. This season's updated tapas menu  includes pork ears served in a mix of southern herbs and the deliciously rich blood sausage morcilla. It's a place where cider flows like a river, Latino music is playing and the air is filled with aroma of Spanish dishes.

5 Los Banditos Restaurant

Marbella’s twin restaurant in Moscow is famous for authentic Spanish recipes. A good selection of jamon, big pieces of grilled meat, large paella portion and huge selection of tapas. Dark wood, leather sofas, heavy tables, décor is informal and welcoming.

Bolshaya Ordinka Street, 7, +7 495 953 0466

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