Small Plates: The Top 5 Tapas Restaurants in San Diego

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Mmmm tapas!  Sometime in the last five years, tapas became such a popular food fetish, and restaurants are following the Latin trend in many ways!  Let’s check out the Top 5 tapas spots in San Diego!

1 Costa Brava

Traditional Spanish tapas, paella, tortilla espanola, and the incredibly delicious Jamon Iberico, Costa Brava is the real deal in every way. If what you're aiming for with your tapas date is authentic cuisine that is both amazing to the tastes, and a world away from the US, then you're looking to dine at Costa Brava. Don't come here unless you're looking for a legitimate tapas experience, it's the best in town. Live music and a fantastic staff top off this amazing spot, making it a truly great night out.

1653 Garnet Ave.

San Diego, CA 92109

2 Tapas Picasso

Serving up some of the absolute best Spanish food in all of San Diego, Tapas Picasso is a venue everyone should visit, not just people looking for tapas. Priding themselves on using the very best ingredients to create their incredible dishes, Tapas Picasso is taking great care, for the last decade, to turn out delicious fare. Try the octopus in spicy tomato, or the fried potatoes with chipotle ailioli.  You'll thank us later for the recommendation.

3923 4th Ave.

San Diego, CA 92103

3 Lila's Tapas and Urban Bar

Lila's Tapas and Urban Bar is a totally hipster twist with Asian influences on a tapas bar. Located in the gorgeous La Jolla area, this spot features a jazz trio and excellent food. They also boast a pretty thorough wine list and a group of people that you'd want to be seen hanging with. Lila's is not peddling the uber-traditional tapas menu, they are making some creations all on their own, and it's working!  Check out this spot for tapas on your quest to finding your favorite.

1250 Prospect St

La Jolla, CA 92037


4 Cafe Sevilla

Cafe Sevilla promises you'll think you're in Spain once you enter their doors and we're prone to agree. With live entertainment every night of the week, including Flamenco and salsa performers, along with their extensive tapas menu and Spanish seafood dishes, this place is incredible! Such a fun atmosphere and a staff committed to the experience, Cafe Sevilla is a definite venue on our Top 5 list for San Diego!

5554th Ave

San Diego, CA 92101

5 Confidential

Do you want to eat your tapas in a trendy urban loft in the middle of the Gaslamp?  Us too, so we come to Confidential, the super cool tapas restaurant that's popping up on everyone's hipster list. With a really popular happy hour and packed house on Saturday nights, this isn't just the place to eat a great tapa, it's the place to be seen doing so. Two stories, dancing, and sexy red lamps shining down onto the good-looking patrons, this place is Haute.  Go eat tapas there in your cutest dress and heels.

901 4th Ave
San Diego, CA 92101

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