From Gaslamp to Spain: Spanish Culture and Cuisine at Café Sevilla

If you love Spanish culture, music and cuisine, look no further. Cafe Sevilla on 5th Avenue in downtown San Diego opened in 1987, bringing the Spanish lifestyle to the Gaslamp Quarter.

The restaurant offers a wide choice of cold and hot tapas, various paellas, grilled skewers and different meats and fish. For undecided guests, the ‘Journey through Spain’ option, a 5-course dinner for two with a small selection of tapas is something to order.

The restaurant includes a bar, where you can enjoy various cocktails as well as a traditional Spanish sangria. Guests dine in a fun, upbeat atmosphere with live music seven days a week.

The dining room is dimly lit, which makes it cozy and intimate, but could be a drawback for some people who prefer more light during dinner.

However, this possible downside is easily outweighed by the delicious food and the live band that makes everyone want to get up and dance, and by all means: there’s room in front of the stage to do so.

For those who prefer to watch others dance, Cafe Sevilla frequently offers flamenco shows for around $90 per person, which includes the show experience, a 3-course Paella dinner and entrance to the disco.

The nightclub is located right next to the restaurant and is 21+. Without a doubt: if you love Spanish cuisine and culture, are looking for a fun atmosphere and are not afraid of loud music, Café Sevilla is the place for you. It’s a bit more expensive, but the food and the experience are worth every dollar.

*Tip: try the bread with the aioli and the papas bravas – a real treat!

The Cougar Chronicle: The independent student news site of California State University, San Marcos

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