The top places to eat in Córdoba

Cordoba at night

Córdoba, with its thousand-year history, whitewashed courtyards and the breathtaking Mezquita, charms tourists that come from both near and far and although it is home to one of the most impressive Islamic buildings in the world, the city has a plethora of other reasons as to why people should visit. It’s easy to see why people fall in love with Córdoba, too. Navigating the winding paved streets reveals a host of incredible restaurants waiting for you to try. With a mix of cuisine on offer, you can sample Mediterranean recipes at one establishment before sitting down to enjoy fusion cuisine at another – the possibilities here are endless. However, Córdoba’s speciality is traditional Andalusian dishes.

Córdoba, with its thousand-year history, whitewashed courtyards and the breathtaking Mezquita, charms tourists that come from both near and far and although it is home to one of the most impressive Islamic buildings in the world, the city has a plethora of other reasons as to why people should visit. It’s easy to see why people fall in love with Córdoba, too. Navigating the winding paved streets reveals a host of incredible restaurants waiting for you to try. With a mix of cuisine on offer, you can sample Mediterranean recipes at one establishment before sitting down to enjoy fusion cuisine at another – the possibilities here are endless. However, Córdoba’s speciality is traditional Andalusian dishes.

Synonymous with tapas, Andalusian cuisine uses a variety of fresh ingredients to create mouth-watering flavour combinations. Aside from tapas, rich paellas, chilled gazpacho and delicious churros can be found on menus, all of which have been influenced by Arabic cuisine. So, organise a car hire from Malaga airport and have a road trip up to what was once the capital of Islamic Spain to enjoy a bite to eat at one of these incredible restaurants.

Bodegas Mezquita

Bodegas Mezquita meal

The towering arches of Córdoba’s majestic mosque should not be missed when visiting the city. So, after marvelling at the fantastic Islamic architecture, it makes sense that the meal you sit down to afterwards is equally as impressive. Bodegas Mezquita is popular for its tapas, however, the menu offers so much more. Situated mere metres away from the Mezquita, the informal tavern has over 40 dishes on offer, with an extensive wine list to match.

“Our menu consists of tapas and dishes to share, which are served in the restaurants. Our traditional Cordovan cuisine represents a fusion of the three cultures that settled in the city (Christian, Jewish and Islamic). All the dishes are prepared with local products: extra virgin olive oil, Montilla-Moriles wine and Iberian cold meats from Valle de los Pedroches, to name a few,” Bodegas Mezquita tells us.

The quality of produce used at Bodegas Mezquita is exceptional and is reflected in the dishes produced. From salmorejo Cordobés (cold cream of tomato soup, garnished with olive oil, serrano ham and chopped hard-boiled egg) and caliphate eggplants (beer aubergines battered with wine reduction and sesame seeds Pedro Ximénez) to oxtail Cordovan style simmered with local wine and vegetables you’ll be sure to find something on the menu to tantalise your taste buds.

Noor

Noor restaurant

Despite having a varied career that saw him overseeing restaurants in Madrid, Rio de Janeiro and Menorca, there is no mistaking that the food served at Noor is Andalusian. With its heritage, culture and history central to the dishes, the three menus on offer have been “designed according to the Almoravides and Almohades empires, which was in the Iberian Peninsula in XXII century”, the restaurant tells us.

Described by themselves as “a different restaurant that makes historic dishes in modern key”, your whole night has been carefully orchestrated, from the attentive waiters to the presentation. Noor has been awarded a Michelin Star, which their dining experience reflects. Here, you can choose from one of the three set menus, either the Reino Bereber, Reino Tuareg or the Reino Almoravide and can expect to enjoy between 10 and 22 dishes, with a wine pairing menu also on offer.

Caballo Rojo

Caballo Rojo buffet

Michelle from Andalucia.com has a favourite restaurant that she would recommend visitors to Córdoba to visit. She loves Caballo Rojo “because it serves Cordobese cuisine and has a traditional Andalusian Patio”. The heritage of Córdoba is integral to the menu, which draws inspiration from its history involving Romans, Arabs, Jews and Christians. Although the dishes on the menu are not prepared to the exact standard that they may have been historically, the ingredients used to replicate the dishes as closely as possible, giving those who visit an unforgettable gastronomical experience.

After undertaking thorough research, reading old manuscripts and historical documentation, Caballo Rojo begins to create the recipes, sourcing local ingredients that make each dish as fresh as possible. Quality is of paramount importance at this restaurant, and it is evident through the meat and fish that is used to produce each dish. With a wine menu that perfectly complements the menu, you’ll be able to acknowledge the care that has been put into every inch of this restaurant.

Maridame

Maridame restaurant

With a gorgeous rooftop providing sweeping views out over the Mezquita, Maridame is a fabulous spot to sit down to enjoy a meal. Using exclusively local ingredients, each dish has been crafted using traditional recipes from Córdoba, as well as in a style as close to how it would’ve originally been made.

“Our most note-worthy specialities include Mazamorra (chilled almond and bread purée) with orange marmalade and smoked cod, Patatas Bravas (potatoes in Cayenne sauce) Marídame-style and the mushroom risotto with seasonal vegetables and frozen cheese and quince pearls. In the meats section, we recommend the oxtail meat on marrow bone and confited artichokes and the lamb terrine with quinoa, dates and orange blossom water. Some of the must-try fish dishes include ‘Charred’ cod with aioli and Montilla-Moriles dry sherry, and the Atlantic Bluefin tuna with white sesame seeds, shrimp bread and beetroot sauce,” the restaurant says.

Where to eat in Córdoba

Córdoba has some incredible eateries waiting to be explored. From Michelin Star delights to traditional Andalusian restaurants, you’ll be sure to find something to take your fancy whilst visiting. We hope that our list will have provided you with some inspiration for your next trip, covering just a few of the establishments that you’re like to come across when in the city.

Here’s the full list of the best restaurants to visit in Córdoba:

  • Bodegas Mezquita
  • Noor
  • Caballo Rojo
  • Maridame

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