Tapas / Small Plates Restaurants in San Diego

Tapas are traditionally smaller versions of a much larger dish, taken originally from southern Spain where bars would top tasty treats onto their beers to keep flies out of their beers. Today, tapas have become the norm when it comes to restaurants these days, especially those in San Diego.

Tapas are no longer just a quick meal to satisfy the taste buds, but have become the chic way to eat. San Diego is all too aware of the hottest trends in food, and several restaurants have begun adding tapas into their opening plates. Like some Spanish restaurants around the city, tapas are the norm - but more and more restaurants of more traditional California cuisines are adding tapas to their menu. While Costa Brava, Cafe Sevilla and Turquoise Cafe are all favorites for their tapas. Great tapas come with great sangria, and at all three places you'll find the authentic cocktail.

On the other side of the spectrum, tapas have become an abridged version of just a small entree. At Californian restaurants, comfort food eateries and even Italian restaurants there are small little bites perfect for sharing. One of the more popular favorites that has garnered national attention for their plate sharing is Spread, a comfort food joint that was once a Superbowl sponsor that caters to the stars.
What's even more exciting about great tapas in San Diego is that more restaurants are offering little bites here and there, and will only keep getting better with time.

Cafe Sevilla - San Diego

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555 Fourth Ave

Live flamenco guitarist!... read more

Tapas Picasso Spanish Restaurante

3923 4th Avenue

Hillcrest's Spanish secret... read more

Costa Brava

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1653 Garnet Ave

Ole Madrid

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751 5th Ave

Ole!... read more

Gran Tapa (La)

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611 B Street

Superior Mexican food... read more


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3926 30th Street

Inexpensive Italian... read more

Turquoise (The)

873 Turquoise Street

A Bit Of Europe In San Diego... read more


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1417 University Ave
at Richmond St

Chef Chris Walsh has created a modern yet slightly industrial lounge... read more


2879 University Ave

Local comfort food with serious fans... read more

Redfish Seafood Kitchen

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731 Fifth Avenue

A little Cajun spice... read more
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