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Taberna del Alabardero, Seville

20 Calle Zaragoza
Tel: 34 954 502 721's insider take:

The stomping ground of politicos and visiting diplomats, Alabardero is one of Seville's most upscale restaurants, furnished with European antiques and oil paintings. Other branches in Madrid and Washington, D.C., have helped to establish the reputation of this one (the outposts were founded by priest Fray Luis de Lezama as a training ground for young unemployed people). Alabardero serves classic Spanish food, such as Cordoban soup with quail eggs and Jabugo ham, and sirloin of beef with red wine and truffle sauce. If you overdo it at dinner, there's also a small, seven-room hotel on the upper floors of this 19th-century town house.

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