Cafe Sevilla - San Diego
Cafe Sevilla - San Diego
  • Address:
    353 Fifth Avenue
    Cross Street Between J and K Street
    San Diego, CA 92101
    Neighborhood:
    Downtown / Gaslamp
  • Cuisine:
    Spanish
    Price: $30 and under

Cafe Sevilla - San Diego

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cafesevilla.com/
  • Phone: 6192335979
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday: 4:00pm - 12:00am, Saturday: 4:00pm - 1:00am; Brunch: Sunday: 10:30am - 2:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Paul Bauer
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Flamenco Dinner Show: Saturday: 7:30pm - 9:30pm $47.50p/p; Spanish Rock: Monday 9:30pm - 1:30am $8. co/p Salsa: Tuesday: 8:30pm - 1:30am $8. co/p Thursday: 8:30pm - 1:30am $10.co/p Sunday: 6:30pm - 1:30am $8. co/p DJ Night: Friday: 10:00pm - 1:30am $15.co/p Saturday: 10:00pm - 1:30am $15.co/p

Getting there

  • Cross Street: J and K Street
  • Parking: No
A word from Cafe Sevilla - San Diego
Authentic Spanish Cuisine and Tapas Bar with dinner shows on weekends and a Spanish Flamenco Guitarist at the Tapas Bar 7 days a week.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerLate Night Find
Cafe Sevilla - San Diego reviews from OpenTable diners
87 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (42)vibrant bar scene (31)hot spot (30)neighborhood gem (29)good for groups (27)romantic (25)special occasion (24)late-night find (22)great for outdoor dining (8)great for lunch (8)notable wine list (8)scenic view (3)kid-friendly (3)great for brunch (3)Show More
  • Keep going back
    Stationc24
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    This place is on my list to eat at every time I'm in San Diego!!! I never miss the opportunity to eat the tuna tartare. I currently live in Va..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This place rocks.
    WesP
    Dined on 1/19/2014
    The flat iron steak with the port wine honey sauce was money
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Energetic, vibrant, and delectable!
    love2dine
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    This restaurant is a great pick for date-night, happy hour, or for a large group party! The food is delicious and the happy hour prices cannot be beat! The lively bar scene and dancing complement the restaurant's upbeat tone. The outdoor dining is equally as special with plenty of room for people watching along the Historic Gaslamp Quarter. A perfect gem that provides satisfyingly tasty cuisine in a fantastic atmosphere!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • More than expected
    Dani
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    We were very happily pleased with the accommodations made for my friend and I as we celebrated our birthdays. The manager went out of his way. He allowed us to sit closer to the stage when he realized the guests who they expected wouldn't be there. I am telling you, I can't thank Cafe Sevilla enough, because I couldn't have dreamed up a better scenario for our birthday celebrations! Absolutely perfect! Love, love, love this place for authentic Flamenco guitar music, singing and dance performances. OUTSTANDING talent! The tapas were also great! Highly recommend it. Reasonable price for what you get. What a gift this place is to San Diego. Great use of space, as the Flamenco shows are broken down making space for a night club afterward.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Great Experience
    ckv9
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    We started off with a pitcher of the house recipe sangria while we waited for out table and it was delicious. The ambiance of the restaurant was cozy, cultured and kept your eyes busy with unique artwork and fixtures. The wait staff were very attentitive and helpful with the menu. The tapas set up was just how it should be with a great selection of food, prepared and served in an enjoyable manner. The dishes were amazing and I wish I came with a larger appetite! We would absolutely come back and bring friends. A very enjoyable experience all around!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always delicious
    JG22
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    Second visit and we were just as happy with the food as our first visit. Had a bunch of tapas plus the traditional paella which was delicious. The owner came over to say hello and we ate early (5:30pm) for a Friday night so there was no wait at all.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bety dissappointed that It
    Disappointedcouple
    Dined on 1/1/2014
    Bety dissappointed that It was close for New Year's Day. Not only that but the fact that I was able to make a reservation through your system and ever got a confirmation got it. Although I dud cdll and received no answer the fact that I did get the confirmation made me go to find out it was close!
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  • Great Spanish tapas
    Sandiegodave
    Dined on 12/30/2013
    Really enjoyed Sevilla. Great live music! The short rib was quite tasty, as were the empanadas . I recommend their sangrias!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sumptuous Sevilla
    fallcolor
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    We enjoyed a wonderful Christmas early evening feast at Cafe Sevilla...Excellent tapas and a good selection of happy hour drinks and tapas at great prices too! The wait staff were a little disorganized at first but once they settled into place we were well taken care of...All 4 of us love the ambience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Find, Delicious Tapas
    Coppertop
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    We loved our experience at Cafe Sevilla. We had a lovely server that was very knowledgeable of the menu and was able to direct us towards things we would like, and oh boy she did a fantastic job. We had a variety of tapas. meats and olives, potatoes, crusty bread with a delicious spread. I had the red sangria, so lovely! we also had the chicken, chorizo and apple skewer. This is a wonderful place for a lovely dinner. So much fun. Also they have salsa lessons and dancing down stairs in the evenings. Looked like a fun time and we would have joined in if we had more of it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Pallea in town
    Flowers
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    Great place to eat and the people are friendly. It's a nice place to enjoy a romantic dinner, but be specific when making reservations because they sat us at a shared table. The food was very good and brought to the table at just the right time. Everything was hot and delicious! The flan was tasty!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, unique flavors
    JC5280VIP
    Dined on 11/29/2013
    Great place! It was our second time here. The variety on the menu allows everyone to find something they like. And then the style of service is designed for sharing, so you get to explore even further. The flavors are amazing, the presentation is great, and the service/delivery was timed well. Although this place is in a somewhat touristy area of the GasLamp district, as a local, I will continue to come back here. Only complaint: Towards the end of our meal, five different things were brought to our table, of which we didn't order. Completely understandable the first time, but after the third time, it just got annoying. Despite that, we chalked it up to another server entering the orders wrong. No harm done, just odd.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant. Will return.
    brazil81
    Dined on 11/28/2013
    I went there with my parents on thanksgiving. Dishes are very well made, delicious and eye candy, the environment gorgeous, good artists playing spanish songs (most only with instruments). The only penalty I would give is that our order took almost half an hour to arrive. Could be faster...
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    David
    Dined on 11/26/2013
    Had a wonderful time. Excellent food, tasty and would love to spend some time trying some of your other dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food - Horrid Service
    FoodieLVVIP
    Dined on 11/17/2013
    The food is was excellent, however, the service was horrible. From the hostess to the waiter. The hostess was rude and told us there wasn't any other table we could sit outside if we wanted, but if not, just wait for an hour or so. We were stuck at a small table that you could not fit between and the food had to be passed over the shoulder of my companion. The waiter, slow forgot things, forgot us, almost dropped the wine bottle and overall seemed to bothered to even check back on us. The food, was excellent, but I would not return here ever to eat.
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  • Spanish authentic
    john
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    Every tapas we tried was delicious. The gazpacho was very flavorful and just like I've had in southern Spain in four trips over the years. The atmosphere was lively, consisting mainly of 20- and 30-somethings dressed respectably, instead of looking sloppy and disheveled. Not a baseball cap in the house, thank goodness. A great spot for a date. A good selection of riojas, as one might expect. The service was very attentive and knowing. Just a great night out..
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    MAR74
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    We had trouble getting there and they made it possible for us to come in later than expected, the service was outstanding, GREAT food, loved it, thanks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Real Spain!
    davidVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2013
    Took us back to our visits to cities in Spain. Great food and drink and lots of fun. Thanks for a great evening and the special treat in our envelope.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Gail
    Dined on 10/30/2013
    We enjoyed the variance of the menu. Atmosphere was great!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was pretty good. Great
    ropoVIP
    Dined on 10/27/2013
    Food was pretty good. Great place for groups, nice vibrant atmosphere, but difficult to converse with the band playing. Drinks, particularly the white sangria was the worst I have ever had. Service was spotty.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love, Love Love
    LoveCafeS
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    One of my favorites. You can not go wrong dining here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent tapas and entree
    BobfromBigBear
    Dined on 10/25/2013
    Excellent tapas and entree of seafood paella. Well worth the trip and will be added as a place to go to in San Diego.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food slow service
    DaisyVIP
    Dined on 10/13/2013
    Our waitress suggested a sequence of dishes that would be a good combination. the food came out randomly and she would keep asking us if we had enjoyed on of the dishes that still had not been delivered. Good basic Tapas aand good music
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Have had better tapas though
    PreemiedocfromNY
    Dined on 10/13/2013
    Have had better tapas though the food was tasty overall. Waiter knowingly served cold coffee and then feigned surprise when we complained about it. Disappointing end to an otherwise enjoyable meal.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!
    RCisepic
    Dined on 10/3/2013
    I have been to Cafe Sevilla several times before and have never been let down. Great ambiance and the food is amazing. Great for a date night, special occasion or just a night on the town.
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Paella Palace
    Aloha4269
    Dined on 9/30/2013
    The tapas here were artistic and tastey, without being overly intense. A great balance of originality in presentation and flavor on classics like Paella and oxtail.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Tapas!!
    hottopics
    Dined on 9/29/2013
    The decor was bright and cheerful, our waiter was very attentive. We all enjoyed the Tapas we ordered, scallops, garlic shrimp but the family style Paella was bit on the dry side.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall, the food and service
    LisaVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2013
    Overall, the food and service were great. The octopus seviche was incredible--the best octopus I've ever had. Likewise the bleu cheese stuffed dates were excellent. My only complaint was the flight of sangria. I didn't like three out of the four choices--they are so different from classic sangria, it's a stretch to call them sangria. But other than that little glitch, it was a great experience. We ate outside so it was quite noisy but that was to be expected.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for Date night, Little loud
    TommyD
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    The food and service were amazing. Stephanie our server was awesome. The only downside I had is that my wife and I struggled to talk at times when the music was too loud. tables are a little close, so we didn't want to scream to communicate. Had a great time overall though!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • EXCELLENT!!!
    Gitana
    Dined on 9/14/2013
    I forgot the waitresses name she was new and we were here first table.. SHE WAS AMAZINGLY AWESOME!!! Thanks
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GREAT SANGRIA & TAPAS
    REDDEVA
    Dined on 9/11/2013
    You can't go wrong with any of their tapas! the Happy Hour menu is incredible!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing food
    Rosamond
    Dined on 9/6/2013
    Looked like an interesting place online and was that and more. Cannot say enough about the food, beautiful presentation, every bite was perfect, waiter was helpful and nice; decor is fun; had live music. I had the apple, vanilla infused white wine for my sangria choice and it was like sipping an apple pie, yummy. I went with a friend and we could not finish all of our items. The tapas are generously portioned. I would make a recommendation (like the meat lovers tapas combo) but would have to try many more things, which I shall next time in San Diego.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, late-night find, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/31/2013
    I went here with my wife for dinner. The food was pretty good, not the best thing I've ever had, but quality. The classic paella was delicious. Service was pretty good, with good recommendations. Pricey, but to be expected downtown. All in all the night was good, will come back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • For the love of tapas
    New2NC
    Dined on 8/25/2013
    My son found this gem of a restaurant while browsing our San Francisco guide book. As we drove by on our first night in SF, we quickly realized that we would need a reservation or we would never have a chance to experience this place. It was so worth it! The three of us shared 9 different tapas for dinner, chosen based on our taste preferences and our server's suggestions. All were excellent. She even suggested wines by the glass to accompany them. We had a great time! Great food, and wine, great service, and fun people watching on one of the busiest street in the Gaslamp district of San Fran. Thanks for the overall fantastic experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It need a better customer
    negro
    Dined on 8/21/2013
    It need a better customer service. I'm a director of food and beverage.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cafe Sevilla -- always a good night
    MJSanDiego
    Dined on 8/15/2013
    We reserved for 9:30 on open table and arrived 30 minutes early. They were very nice and food / service was excellent as always.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Came for my birthday, with
    foodtaster1
    Dined on 8/7/2013
    Came for my birthday, with my mother and 13yr old daughter. Reservations are highly recommended. We got seated with no problem. Food was delicious. Ordered meat tapas platter and paella, paired with a royal sangria. Waiter recommended desserts since they rsn out of dessert menus. Chocolate espresso creme brulee and flourless chocolate cake, one word YUM!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and atmosphere
    JG22
    Dined on 8/3/2013
    We ordered several different tapas as a late night (post-game) snack and everything was delicious! Atmosphere was upbeat and energetic and always great people watching when you eat outside in the Gaslamp. Waitress made great recommendations and the whole staff was friendly and helpful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Simply Outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/1/2013
    A great experience. Outstanding food with well informed service. Our server Sarah added to the evening by assisting in the pairing of food and drinks. She was also very knowledgable about how the food is prepared and the ingredients used. We had a wonderful 3 1/2 hour experience and can't wait to go back. It's a little pricey but worth every penny.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Spanish Food
    Foodlover
    Dined on 7/21/2013
    Very good tapas and paella; the wine selection is excellent
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, late-night find, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic