Espinaler - one of Maresme's strongest brands

Espinaler – tapas & wines

Vilassar de Mar

Espinaler was founded in 1896, when Miquel Riera i Prat settled in Vilassar de Mar from a country house near the Espinal bridge in Argentona. He opened the Tavern Espinaler, a small, cosy establishment and with a rustic family air, which has been maintained over the years from generation to generation, specialising in local seafood such as sardines.

During the Spanish Civil War in the 1930s, Francisca Riera i Fornells, the founder’s daughter, took over the business. These were very tough years for the business, as Francisca was a widow and had four children when the Civil War broke out.

The founder’s grandson, Joan Tapias i Riera, started to change how the business was run.  He brought in a high-quality vermouth, something very new at the time, but has since become one of the best-known products of Espinaler. Little by little the range of products for hors d’oeuvres broadened and Joan Tapias introduced top-quality Galician preserves such as white clams, cockles, mussels, and tuna.

In 1952, Ventureta Roldós (Joan Tapias’s wife) created Salsa Espinaler, a combination of top-quality vinegar, red pepper, black pepper and carefully selected spices.

Miquel Tapias Roldós, the founder’s great-grandson, took over the reins of the business in the 1970s and started to travel to Galicia to choose the best shellfish in person at auctions. This was the start of the marketing of Espinaler canned food. In 2000, Espinaler started to expand its canned food products around Spain.

In 2000, the Warehouse-Tavern-Store opened in Vilassar de Mar, a 1,300m² space where you can find both the whole range of Espinaler products and a selection of the best gourmet products. The brand is so established you can even find it in Borough Market in London.

Both establishments get extremely crowded at the weekends and you can’t book, so get there latest 12:30 to guarantee a place to sit.



Camí Ral 1
08340 Vilassar de Mar

Avda. Progrés 47
08340 Vilassar de Mar

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 What people are saying about Espinaler
Incredible tapas and great quality. The 'bravas' and their Vermouth are particularly good. Lovely buzzing atmosphere both inside and out. The service was great and the waiters were very friendly. I will definitely be returning.
Florence Wedge
A nice and spacious place. In the Store you can buy a wide variety of fresh and packaged products; You will find homemade sauces, olive oils, vinegars, wines, Vermouth, liqueurs, cavas, sweet and savory cookies, local sweets, and self-produced potato chips. Everything very well prepared. The tapas are very good...!!! The staff is very attentive in the restaurant, the bar and the terrace, they serve you very well, they help you find what you need and more. There is plenty of space for cars in the parking lot. A place to visit...Highly recommended.
It's the second time I've gone and I would return a thousand times more. Everything is great, the tapas are cheap and incredible. Very fast although it is always packed with people. I have no complaints!