Where to Eat in Granada

This blog post was originally posted on November 10, 2013 and was updated on September 29, 2022

The Best Places to Eat in Granada

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.

Pairing local beer and cheese in Granada is a match made in heaven.

Best Restaurants and Tabernas

Mirador de Morayma

A restaurant is 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

One of the top historic sites in Spain is easily Granada's Alhambra.
Enjoy Granada’s magnificent Alhambra while dining at Mirador de Morayma.

Taberna Más Que Vinos

This lovely little bar/restaurant is a short walk from Granada’s main streets and really worth a visit. Thee wine list at Taberna Más que Vinos 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 affordable) menu of the day.

Address: Calle Tundidores, 10

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A lovely tapa served at Taberna Más Que Vinos.
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

If you like fried seafood, Los Diamantes is also a must when eating in Granada. 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.

Insider’s tip: While this bar is great for tapas, you should try elsewhere for a sit-down lunch (we’ve found table service to be quite unorganized).

Address: Varias locations

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

Jersualem Restaurant

Granada is known for its kebab shops, and Calle Elvira is home to at least ten! But look for this tiny, nondescript location off of Calle Elvira, 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 a different take on eating in Granada.

Address: Calle Aguirre, 3

Taberna la Tana 

This is a fantastic wine and tapas bar with prices to match. The bartender is a sommelier, so his parings and picks are spot-on. Stop at Taberna la Tana early (around 9:00 p.m.) before it gets too crowded!

Address: Calle Rosario, 11

Close up of two glasses of white wine
If you want to ensure fantastic wine with your meal, head to La Tana. Photo credit: Valeria Boltneva

Where to Eat Breakfast in Granada

Cafe 4 Gatos

Located in the Albaicín, this small breakfast café is home to some of the city’s biggest breakfast tostadas (toasted bread with toppings). At Cafe 4 Gatos, 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.

Where to Find Something Sweet

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 the city by residents (as evident by the long lines in the afternoon), we consider Heladería Los Italianos 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

7 Comment

  1. Shannon says
    December 16, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    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
    December 2, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    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
      December 2, 2014 at 6:07 pm

      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
    March 3, 2015 at 5:46 pm

    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
      March 10, 2015 at 1:16 pm

      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!

  4. Ehran Holm says
    February 28, 2019 at 7:19 pm

    don’t eat at Tajin Elvira. It cannot possibly be the old mom and pop shop. Worst rice (previously frozen) heated up in the microwave (heard the door open and close) and moroccan bread i’ve ever had. The veal tajin was good, not great, not moist like a tajin should be, and definitely not great for the price.

    1. Devour Tours says
      March 5, 2019 at 11:29 am

      Thanks for letting us know, Ehran! Sorry to hear that it’s no longer as good as when we last visited.

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