La Cata Ciega

Updated September 2017

Since first visiting this unassuming little bar on Calle Zaragoza earlier this year, I have gone back again and again. It is a total gem, with an equally delightful owner, Álvaro Harillo, who mans the bar while his nephew Abraham runs the kitchen. Like one of his various amontillados, this is a bar that has had two lives. It first opened in El Puerto Santa Maria in May 2012, but then closed in January 2016, after which it relocated to Seville, opening again in November 2016 – complete with the original bar. And since that first unexpected visit it’s become a real favourite.

It’s a traditional sit-or-stand at the bar neighbourhood local, with a small but carefully selected traditional tapas menu that includes an unusually good ensaladilla, melt-in-your-mouth carrillada de jabalí (wild boar cheek), marinated tuna, and daily stews. The high point though is an excellent wine list of less commercial brands, and, as you might expect from a bar that started life in El Puerto, an excellent variety of sherries. The most recent addition is a delicious four-course set menu, pairing sherries with three tapas and dessert. Great value at 20.50€.

Bread/Service Charge: 0.50€ PER PERSON

Zaragoza 15
Tel 622 843 374
Open 13.00 – 16.00 Tuesday – Saturday
13.00 – 16.00 Sunday
€ € €

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Food 9 | Wine 10 | Service 8 | Ambiance 8

ensaladilla with tuna

salchichón with black peppercorns

timbal of octopus with lots of smoky pimiento

king prawns and leeks with grain mustard and oloroso

marinated tuna loin with seaweed “spaghetti”

grilled tuna collar (morillo) with teriyaki and wakame

retinto beef carpaccio with mango

grilled pork tenderloin (solomillo) with mojo picón

presa Ibérica de Bellota

wild boar pork cheek

lemon pie

Abraham and owner Álvaro

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the sherry pairing set menu 20.50€

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Updated September 2017

3 thoughts on “La Cata Ciega

  1. I wish we had come across your fantastic website before we left for Seville. it would have been so useful in planning our trip.

    We visited this wonderful place La Cata Ciega a few weeks ago and loved it so much we went back twice (and we were only in Seville 4 days).

    Everything you wrote is totally true. Alvaro is a wonderful host and Abraham prepares amazing food. I also had some sherrys that were totally new to me. Even though we didn’t speak much Spanish and Alvaro has only a little English, communication was not a problem as we were talking food, wine and sherry.

    We have already told two lots of Australians who were going to Seville they have to visit La Cata Ciega and say hi from Fran & Maree. It is a shame they don’t have an email contact so I would very much appreciate it if you say hi from us when you next visit.
    Maree & Fran Australia

    • Hola Maree & Fran

      I’m so happy to hear that you loved La Cata Ciega. I’ve just sent Álvaro a whatsapp message so he can have a look at your lovely comment. If you ever come back to Sevilla get in touch and we will go and have a sherry together with Álvaro and Abraham.

      Un abrazo

      • Hi Shawn

        We certainly will be in contact as we really hope to get to Seville again. It was probably our favourite place in our 4 weeks travelling around Spain. You are living in a wonderful city and I really understood the bit you wrote on your website about the way local people love to have fun and meet up outside.

        Thank you so much for contacting Alvaro for us. If he ever wanted to get in contact with us then I am happy for you to give him my email. While we were there we even managed to connect him up with a events person from a nearby hotel. We were telling this lovely guy we met at Bodeguita Cerrillo (near where we were staying) about our wonderful experience at La Cata Ceiga and Alvaro just happened to walk by! I feel a bit like we are his Australian PR company.

        Keep up the great work you are doing and I certainly hope we get to have that sherry together one day.

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