Restaurant Brighton's guide to

Spanish and Tapas

Our top picks


Amarillo is brought to us by Michelin starred Chef Ian Swainson who is well known on the Brighton food scene. Expect a high-end fine dining experience in a sophisticated environment while enjoying some delicious dishes that have been executed at the highest level. The menu at Amarillo is divided into equal parts fish, meat and plant served as sharing plates, since the opening of Amarillo, Ian has been wowing Brighton’s food lovers with his love of bold Spanish flavours. Amarillo has recently changed venues and is now at the lovely boutique Drakes Hotel, take a visit on Tuesday to Saturday evenings.

Brighton Cookery School is a creative cookery school located right in the very heart of Brighton. Brighton Cookery School offer a wide range of classes to the public throughout the year, each class lasts a minimum of two hours, is professionally taught and ingredients and equipment are all included. One of their classes includes a Spanish tapas cookery class where you will learn to cook your very own Spanish inspired dinner including dishes such as Patatas Bravas, Albondigas and Calamares with garlic and saffron mayonnaise. Check out all their upcoming classes here.

Tapas Revolution on North Street is a large restaurant with additional alfresco seating that looks onto the Pavillion Gardens. The man behind the menu is Chef Omar Alliboh who took to cooking as a child and is the author of two cookery books Tapas Revolution and Spanish Made Simple. Expect authentic Spanish tapas, paella and slow-cooked meat dishes in an atmosphere full of Spanish spirit (and quite a lot of sangria)

This unique Spanish restaurant not only dishes up tasty Spanish cuisine and Tapas, but it also throws in an authentic Spanish Flamenco show while they’re at it! Don’t be under the illusion that these passionate shows are just meant for watching. You’ll be up on the dancefloor with them by the end of the evening! 

Casa Don Carlos in Brighton’s Lanes could not be more authentic even if it was in the heart of Barcelona. Intimate and cosy, it has the classic red and white checked table clothes, bread and olives on the table and a Spanish owner to greet you. With a lively and buzzing atmosphere, sitting shoulder to shoulder with your fellow diners, you feel like you’re on holiday here. Top Tip: Book in advance!

Owned by Spanish wine producers, this lovely little tapas bar and deli shop is hailed by some as ‘the best Tapas in Brighton’. Conveniently located opposite the Corn Exchange at the Brighton Dome and less than a stones thrown to the Theatre Royal it’s a great choice for a pre-theatre meal. Authentic and sweet, it comes with the obligatory red and white checked table cloths which make you forget you’re at home.

Another brainchild of Bodega D Tapa’s owners, Solera D Tapa down the North Laines, describes itself as traditional Spanish cuisine with a contemporary twist. Ideal for large parties who are celebrating it offers an extensive a la carte menu focusing on tapas and platters as well as a simple but thoughtful set menu. Visit their shop too for the finest cheeses, meats and olives the south of Spain has to offer


The bill of fare at Market Restaurant and Kitchen Bar is a mixture of supplier driven and inspired tapas and small plates ideal for sharing, aptly presented on the menu under headings  ‘Fishmonger’, ‘Butcher’, ‘Greengrocer’ and so on. Their new menu includes delights such as; Scallop Carpaccio, Citrus, Rapeseed & Winkle from the Fishmonger, then from the Butcher there’s Beef Cheek, Red Cabbage, Celeriac & Truffle, or from the Greengrocer the Wild Mushroom, Lord of the Hundreds and Hazelnut which sounds tempting!

Café Malbec is an Argentinian wine bar in Hove on the busy Church Road, next door to Latinoamerica grill. This wine bar and ‘Empanada House’ serve the very best wines including a cracking range of Malbecs, and South American cuisine offering a range of different tapas dishes. With their extensive knowledge of both food and wine you’re in for a treat!