You wouldn’t initially think “tapas” when you think Atlanta, but it seems that the city really has taken to this type of cuisine imported from Spain. It feels like everyday a new spot is opening up where you can sip on sangria and gnosh on some patatas bravas, and we’re here to guide you exactly on where you can find the most tempting tapas around town.
Boasting not just Spanish food, but yummy selections from other Latin American countries, you’ll have a delightful time at this quaint and eclectic Virginia Highlands spot. And true to their name, they serve up some delicious barbacoa and libations, so amble your way up to the bar for a delicious concoction and indulge in their barbacoa nachos for a good time.
The first Barcelona in Atlanta first opened its doors in 2011, and it feels like it’s been packed with happy diners enjoying their sangria and tapas ever since. Whether you’re dining at their happening Inman Park location or grabbing a bite to eat at their West Midtown spot, the atmosphere is always lively and inviting. Something underrated? Their brunch service, which has fun savory brunch dishes with a Spanish flair as well as their regular lunch and dinner menu.
One of the newest places to open up on the Beltline, we love the bright and colorful, Southwestern style interiors and patio. They’ve also added some totally drool worthy additions to the menu, like jamón and eggs, a creamy truffle bomba rice, and beef tartar served over bone marrow. Pose for a picture at their “Te Queiro Mucho” green wall–it really is such a cute spot with tons of photo-worthy moments.
Midtown folks know that for all its amenities, it can sometimes be hard to find a good bite to eat. But Bulla Gastrobar is a pretty solid option right in the neighborhood for a tasty and more fancy feeling, yet still casual meal. Give them a try during their happy hours, with select wines, cocktails, and tapas at a discount during 3 to 6pm. Their brunch is also an unexpectedly good value.
Cooks & Soldiers is a Spanish restaurant serving up “pinxtos,” the Basquian word for a small snack typically found in Northern Spain and served up with small skewers. The White Bikini, a fancy grilled cheese with Iberian ham, black truffle, and white cheddar is a perennial favorite here, as are the gambas with Patagonian red shrimp and choricero (a type of Spanish red pepper) cream.
The bacon wrapped dates are a great mix of savory and sweet, but it’s the lively, party atmosphere that really sets this place apart from the rest. Weekend brunch is also always a happening time. Enjoy the DJ’s tunes or take a salsa dancing lesson at their Dunwoody or Buckhead location.
Gypsy Kitchen is always a vibe! It boasts one of Buckhead’s best patios/rooftops, and their “Basque in the Sun” Sundays with a live flamenco guitarist is the perfect place to chase away the Sunday scaries. Pop in for happy hour from 4-6pm Monday through Friday. They’ve recently revamped their menu, too!
The Iberian Pig has been a Decatur staple for over 10 years, and also opened up a second location in Buckhead just a few years ago. Everything on the menu is delicious–food is really first and foremost a priority at these spots–but you absolutely don’t want to miss out on the pork cheek tacos, an umami explosion in a bite.
It’s all about the party at Loca Luna. The place gets packed and turns into a club certain weekend nights, and they also have one of the best happy hours in town with half-off tapas and cocktails from 4-6pm on most weekdays. It’s a great place for a ladies night or birthday party!
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The service is always fantastic, and the patio is stellar at this unexpectedly awesome Sandy Springs favorite. The menu features Spanish cuisine and some select dishes from other European countries. The brunch is also a great start to the weekend. Try the truffle cacio e pepe and the tremendous seafood paella.