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Spanish Restaurants in Carlton

While Melbourne is internationally recognized for its metropolitan character, the culinary culture of the city centers around European influences – including English, French, Italian, and Spanish. In fact, Spanish tapas are a local favorite, served all over Spanish restaurants in Carlton.

Quick note – expand your search to include CBD and Fitzroy. Many of the best Spanish restaurants around Carlton can be found literally one street over. While it is technically a new suburb, we would advise you include them in your searches.


spanish__3053_Cinema Nova Bar

Cinema Nova Bar

Spanish, Tapas,

380 Lygon Street, Carlton

  • Cinema Nova Bar Phone number03 9349 5201
  • Cinema Nova Bar Email
spanish__3054_Henry Sugar

Henry Sugar

Spanish, Modern European,

298 Rathdowne Street, Carlton North

  • Henry Sugar Phone number03 9448 8196
  • Henry Sugar Email

QIKI Cuisine Check: How to Pick the Perfect Spanish Restaurant in Carlton for You

The most well-known dish served at Spanish restaurants in Carlton is plated tapas. Served hot or cold, these little guys are the perfect bar food! They come in bite-sized servings with bread and selected meats: ham, mussels and squid are a couple of the most popular choices. Topped with garnish like olives, mushrooms, or aromatics on top, a beer with tapas has become a local Aussie staple.

Many Aussies like to find a favorite local bar that serves tapas so they have the perfect spot for a big game day or a relaxing night out. Tapas are such a nice change from typical bar food like burgers and fries. It has a certain European elegance but maintains a Spanish flair. Check below for some local specialties served at the Spanish restaurants in Carlton!


Tapas on Tap: QIKI Primer on Local Specialties from Spanish Restaurants in Carlton

Green Gazpacho and Salmon Caviar

A delicious appetizer, green gazpacho is made from Greek yogurt, fresh green chilis, green peppers, olive oil, and a hint of zesty lemon. Drizzled all over the salmon caviar, the consistency of the dish has incredible texture and rich flavor. We recommend this for a special night out, where you want to electrify your taste buds. Check local Spanish restaurants in Carlton for availability.

Tortilla Roll

A Spanish-style omelet, this breakfast of champions comes with caramelized onion and cooked potato rolled into a ciabatta bun. Topped with tomato salsa, chopped parsley, and a garlic aioli sauce, this is certainly not your average breakfast burrito. Perfect for Sunday brunch at one of your local Spanish restaurants in Carlton!

Seafood Paella with Octopus, Calamari, Mussels, and Blue Grenadier

This dish is the “special occasion” plate from our recommended local specialties. Perfect for a big day out like a birthday or family celebration, paella is one of the most iconic Spanish cuisines in the world. A Spanish rice dish asre its base, this paella comes packed with different fresh seafood from the Melbourne Seafood Market. Infused with smoked aromatics, this dish is one of the best, most unique seafood plates in the world. Give it a try!

Ice Cream Slider with Churro Fries

For desert, you can wrap up the meal with an Ice Cream Slider and Churro Fries. Delicious as they sound, this sweet concoction brings the brown sugar and fried crispness of the churro with the cold, melty delight of the ice cream. A match made in heaven – available at the Spanish restaurants in Carlton.


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