Tapas Thursday: Sampling La Brunilda

I have visited so many places whose names ring famous, and usually have felt like something was missing.

When it comes to food, I’m beginning to have high expectations.

In Seville, a city that’s home to seemingly hundreds of tapas bars, it’s hard to not fall victim to the newest or the trendiest. New bars and eateries pop up so often, and even a week’s absence from traversing the center means I’m bound to come across a new bar.

When La Brunilda opened (I think) earlier this year, my friends raved about the food. Websites raved about the food. I went earlier this month, a bit skeptical but looking forward to a new place.

Like many trendy new bars, the space – which looked like a converted coach house, thanks to a large door and exposed brick – was airy and not busy  early on a Tuesday. Having to work two hours later, I chose to not even read and weep the wine list and opted for a beer.

My friends suggested asking the wait staff for daily specials, but we were clear: D chose papas bravas and a magret de pato with a carrot cream, G and I both got an oversized tapa of dorada with pisto and cream of Idizbial cheese, and I couldn’t resist risotto with crunchy onions and asparagus. 

Believe it or not, I liked each dish more than the last.

I hope you haven’t taken a bit out of your computer.

While the food was spectacular, I didn’t feel that the service was. Our dishes came out quickly, but it took ages to refill beers and get the bill – I couldn’t even imagine how long it would take on a busy weekend night.

If you go: La Brunilda is extremely popular, so it’s best to go early or during the week. Located on Calle Galera, 5, near Reyes Católicos, the bar opens at 1p.m. for lunch and 8:30 for dinner. Closed Sunday night and all day Monday.

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About Cat Gaa

As a beef-loving Chicago girl living amongst pigs, bullfighters, and a whole lotta canis, Cat Gaa writes about expat life in Seville, Spain. When not cavorting with adorable Spanish grandpas or struggling with Spanish prepositions, she works in higher education at an American university in Madrid and freelances with other publications, like Rough Guides and The Spain Scoop.


  1. We liked it quite a bit. It wasn’t our favorite spot when we were there, but thought it was quite good. And I do agree about the service. The people were nice enough but they weren’t very attentive and they got a few things wrong. “Another beer? Coke it is!”

    But whaddyagonnado. Definitely not the most overrated place in Seville.
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    • I wouldn’t say it was my favorite either, but it was tasty!! I need to try that other place you guys liked, Cuna 2. Any recs?

  2. We agree. Spanish service can be lackadaisical. However, it’s definitely improved on Gran Canaria since we moved here.
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  3. This post made my mouth water and my heart ache for Sevilla.

  4. Great post ! The dishes are looking yummy and delicious. Thanks for sharing your experience and letting us know.

  5. The food looks great. We visited Seville in January and absolutely adored it. We had great tapas and climbed to the top of the Giralda which afforded some fantastic views of the city.
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