Siesta Tapas Bar and Bistro is a Spanish Tapas restaurant with an African twist, located in the Hartbeespoortdam area in North West. The word “Tapas” is derived from the Spanish word “tapa” which means to “cover”.
The history behind tapas is as unique and interesting as our famous dishes itself:
A concept, believed to have originated more than a century ago in Andalusia Spain, where bartenders placed a slice of bread on top of their customer’s glasses in order to prevent fruit flies from drowning in their drink. This soon became customary to spice up this bread with interesting toppings such as cheese and ham – creating a snack. Soon the diners started to come back for these “covering snacks” and the rest is history.
Legend also has it that the tapas tradition was introduced when King Alfonso X of Castile recovered from an illness by drinking wine together with small dishes between meals. After regaining his health, the king ordered that no drink will ever be served in a taverna unless the beverages were accompanied by a small “snack” or “tapa”.
Here at Siesta the concept is for our guests to gather around as friends and family, enjoying one another's company, while snacking away on our tapas range of dishes. Our tranquil atmosphere is known for its intimacy, cosiness and rustic ambiance.
Guests can enjoy the fresh mountain air outside in the garden or on the deck during warm summer days drinking Sangria. Alternatively guests can snuggle up next to the old grapevine and warm coal stove inside the old house during those chilly winter evenings with a warm mug of Gluhwein. Whatever your preference, we have something to tangle your taste buds!