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Sergi Arola Gastro

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Sergi Arola... is a proponent of traditional Catalonian and Mediterranean cuisine. Nothing is superfluous, flavors are authentic, and the raw material is seasonal and nearly always locally sourced. — Concierge

Sergi Arola, a stellar Catalan acolyte of the world-renowned chef Ferran Adrià, runs this highly personalised temple to all that’s innovative in Spanish gastronomy. — Lonely Planet

The choices include some of the chef's classic surf-and-turf dishes (such as rabbit filled with giant scarlet shrimp) and nods to his Catalonian roots. — Fodor's

Just about the most discreetly located major restaurant in the country, it nestles unobtrusively in a quiet Chamberí street just a two-minute stroll away from his former locale. — Frommer's

The impressive set-up includes a cocktail bar, a modern dining room and an impressive private room next to the kitchen. — Michelin Guide

Santceloni

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Set within the five-star Hesperia hotel, Santceloni offers an unforgettable three Michelin-starred gastronomic experience. — DK Eyewitness

A great gastronomic experience. This elegant restaurant boasts a superbly arranged classic-contemporary dining room split between two floors. — Michelin Guide

Oscar Velasco’s Santceloni has grown steadily, marked by the sure touch, drive for excellence and personality of a great chef, bringing creativity to tradition and putting the product before artifice. — Time Out

Located inside the Hesperia Madrid hotel, this Michelin two-starred restaurant was opened in 2001 by acclaimed Spanish chef Santi Santamaría. — Travel + Leisure

Head chef Oscar Velasco prepares rich, intensely flavored regional specialties with an emphasis on using seasonal ingredients. — Gayot

Restuarant Botin

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This is a meat eater's paradise, and you'll be greeted at the door by shelves of piglets in clay dishes awaiting their fate in the oven. — Concierge

Restaurante Botín is the oldest restaurant in the world, dating back to 1725. The excellent traditional Castilian food promises that it will continue its long run. — Gayot

From the a la carte menu, you might try the fish-based "quarter-of-an-hour" soup. Good main dishes include baked Cantabrian hake and filet mignon with potatoes. — Frommer's

Botín claims to be world’s oldest continuously running restaurant, having opened in 1725 – the date their magnificence wood-fired oven was built. — Insight Guides

The world's oldest restaurant (with a signed Norris McWhirter certificate to prove it) is still coming up with the goods after nearly 300 years. — Time Out

La Terraza del Casino de Madrid

International 89 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A palatial 19C setting for this restaurant that nowadays has a more contemporary look. — Michelin Guide

The mold-breaking Catalan chef Ferran Adrià created all the dishes on the menu here and flies in regularly to see that his cooks are following his orders. — Frommer's

Now that El Bulli has closed, this "outstanding" Spaniard "atop the classical Casino de Madrid" social club is the place to go for "extraordinary", "lighthearted" cuisine. — Zagat

"Tapiplatos" feature nine dishes that could include Milk Skin Cannelloni followed by the more traditional flavors of veal cheek with vegetables. — Concierge

I just love going to The Casino, every time I walk through the doors, I can’t help but feel that I am a character in Alice in Wonderland’s tea party, except I’m not. I am in a private... — Afar Magazine

Ramon Freixa Madrid

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Catalan chef Ramón Freixa’s flagship Michelin-starred restaurant in Madrid situated in the luxury surroundings of the Hotel Único in the heart of Salamanca. — Rough Guide

Located in Hotel Único Madrid, this elegant restaurant is headed by a Michelin-starred Catalan chef. Its many virtues ensure satisfaction for all diners. — Time Out

Fronted by a pleasant terrace, this restaurant has a thoroughly modern look and a limited number of tables. — Michelin Guide

Ramón Freixa does not know the meaning of "less is more". — Concierge

When the Salamanca district's Hotel Selenza opened in 2009, it also heralded the birth of one of Madrid's most elegant new eating spots. — Frommer's

Casa Lucio

International 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

In 1974, restaurateur Lucio Blásquez opened this eponymous two-story restaurant specializing in Castilian cuisine prepared in a coal-fired oven, and it’s been a Madrid mainstay ever since. — Travel + Leisure

A restaurant unsurpassed by any other in Madrid for its famous patrons: King Juan Carlos, Bill Clinton and Penélope Cruz among them. — Time Out

"You may encounter a famous matador" or even a "film star" at this "see-and-be-seen" "landmark" (voted Most Popular in Madrid) serving "legendary" huevos rotos. — Zagat

When you want to eat nothing that's been deconstructed or otherwise engineered, when you yearn for honest Castilian food in a simple setting, there's nowhere better than Lucio BlÌÁsquez's restaurant near Plaza Mayor. — Concierge

Casa Lucio has garnered a reputation for outstanding Spanish cuisine. House specialities include callos (tripe), its famous egg dishes and a creamy rice pudding. — DK Eyewitness

Zalacain

International 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

One of the most traditional restaurants in Madrid with lovely, attentive waitstaff, and ambiance that is reminiscent of old Madrid. Heavy curtains pulled to the side reveal massive oil... — Afar Magazine

"Tradition and quality" are "well guarded" at this gastronomic "gold standard" in Salamanca that "lives up to its reputation" with "the best" International fare. — Zagat

This restaurant, decorated in dramatic dark wood, gleaming silver, and apricot hues, introduced nouvelle Basque cuisine to Spain in the 1970s and has since become a Madrid classic. — Fodor's

Where most other fine-dining experiences centre on innovation, Zalacaín is a bastion of tradition, with a refined air and a loyal following among Spain’s great and good. — Lonely Planet

Named after the intrepid hero of Basque author Pío Baroja's 1909 novel, Zalacaín El Aventurer, Zalacaín is small, exclusive, and very classy. — Frommer's

Viridiana

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A quirky top-class restaurant where Abraham García serves experimental cuisine and offers arguably the city’s best Spanish wine list. Dress as you like. Closed Sun. — Insight Guides

Viridiana -- named after the 1961 Luis Buñuel film classic -- is widely regarded as one of the finest restaurants of Madrid. — Frommer's

Chef-owner Abraham García, the “dean” of “inspired” International cooking for over 20 years, is “still going strong” with his “ingenious, original” cuisine. — Zagat

Viridiana is synonymous with Abraham García and 30 years of excellence and good food. — Time Out

Owned by self-taught chef and film historian Abraham García, this small Mediterranean restaurant is named after a 1961 Luis Buñuel movie. — Travel + Leisure

Estado Puro

International 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The high-tech chef of Madrid's Terraza del Casino has opened a down-home tapas bar. — Concierge

Estado Puro serves up fantastic tapas, such as the tortilla española siglo XXI (21st-century Spanish omelette, served in a glass…), lobster gazpacho and parmesan ice cream. — Lonely Planet

What Roncero is up to with his tapas are things like octopus in a mango and wild mushroom vinaigrette; a Spanish omlette in a glass; and a lamb skewer with olives and a pumpkin foam. — Condé Nast Traveler

The mini-hamburguesas with caramelized onions are some of the best burgers in the world. — Travel + Leisure

This gastro-bar with a modern design is in a high-end location between the city's museums and art galleries. The menu covers tapas, tostas and raciones, all adapted from dishes of the... — Michelin Guide

Bocaito

International 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Watch the busy staff preparing the food in the kitchen as you munch on delicious tapas. — Rough Guide

Eaters tout the “true tapas experience” at this Centro Andalusian-Castilian whose “gypsylike” tavern setting, decorated with Moresque arches and tiled walls, has a “great bar.” — Zagat

Founded in 1966, El Bocaito is as traditional as tapas bars get, from the matador paraphernalia on the walls to the platters of pinchos. El Bocaito sticks to tradition and does it well. — Let's Go

If you're hungry, try the plato combinado (a combination platter of practically all the tapas) together with a glass of their very palatable Rioja house wine. — Frommer's

Film-set traditional, from the bullfight posters and Andalucían ceramics to the old-school tapas and unsmiling, white-jacketed waiters. — Time Out

Lhardy

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Once the haunt of royalty, this is one of Madrid’s most beautiful and famous restaurants. — Rough Guide

Lhardy has been a Madrileño legend ever since it opened in 1839 as a gathering place for the city's literati and political leaders. — Frommer's

This Madrid landmark... is an elegant treasure trove of takeaway gourmet tapas downstairs, while the six upstairs dining areas are the upmarket preserve of traditional Madrid dishes. — Lonely Planet

Lhardy is a grand 19th-century museum piece famous for its burnished interiors and cocido (boiled dinner). — Travel + Leisure

This landmark restaurant, which opened in 1839, is credited with having introduced French haute cuisine into the culinary wilderness of Madrid. — Time Out

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Bazaar

International 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Located just off the Gran Via, this casual, inexpensive eatery is set on a busy corner in Chueca, the city’s gay village. — Travel + Leisure

Luckily, Bazaar offers an impressive, classy dining experience at a shockingly reasonable price. — Let's Go

Fusion-style Mediterranean and Asian cuisine. — Rough Guide

Bazaar’s popularity among the well heeled and famous shows no sign of abating. — Lonely Planet

Right in the heart of the lively, busy Chueca district is an oasis of contemporary creative cooking. — DK Eyewitness

La Tasquita de Enfrente

International 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This small family-run restaurant continues to attract a loyal clientele. Enjoy the good, seasonal cuisine produced with simplicity, great care and intelligence. — Michelin Guide

Located on a side street off the Gran Via, this small, intimate restaurant serves creative Spanish cuisine from chef-owner Juanjo López. — Travel + Leisure

The quality of the basic ingredients is non-negotiable at this restaurant with just eight tables, where Juanjo López deploys all his culinary talents. — Time Out

Spain’s celebrity chefs have to take experimentation to new levels, but to succeed at home they usually have to maintain a greater fidelity to traditional bases before heading off in new directions. — Lonely Planet

It’s definitely the kind of place where it’s worth splurging on the chef’s tasting menu, and the wine to go with it. — goop

Casa Alberto

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Order the saucy albóndigas with a glass of vermú de (vermouth on tap) slid across the antique onyx counter at Casa Alberto, in a building where Cervantes once wrote. — Travel + Leisure

The secret to its staying power is vermouth on tap, excellent tapas at the bar and fine sit-down meals; Casa Alberto’s rabo de toro (bull's tail) is famous among aficionados. — Lonely Planet

One of the city's most evocative old tabernas, hung with oil paintings and presided over since its opening by Segovians. — Time Out

Feeling even more daring? Eat a pig’s ear. Damn, still hungry? How about snails and lamb hands? Your insatiable hunger howls for more. Have some beef cheek. Congratulations, you are a winner. — Let's Go

One of the oldest tascas in the neighborhood, Casa Alberto first opened its doors in 1827 and has thrived ever since. — Frommer's

Kabuki Wellington

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This restaurant enjoys great success in the capital. There is a large, contemporary-style dining room on two floors that features designer detail and a sushi bar. — Michelin Guide

A five-star hotel in the heart of Madrid, with the world's largest rooftop urban garden, plus fine dining and a high-end spa - includes breakfast. — Jetsetter

This starkly handsome gray-stone–and–dark-wood shrine to raw fish is locted in the plush Hotel Wellington. — Travel + Leisure

This elegant Japanese dining spot serves the kind of superbly fresh sushi and sashimi you'll find in other parts of the world. — Fodor's

Diners encounter Tokyo themes through a “tapas prism” at this “superb” Kabuki cousin in the Wellington Hotel. — Zagat

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La Bola

International 79 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Opened back in 1870, this is the place to go for cocido madrileño (soup followed by chickpeas and a selection of meats) cooked in the traditional way over a wood fire. — Rough Guide

It’s busy and noisy and very Madrid. It also serves other Madrid specialities, such as callos (tripe) and sopa castellana (garlic soup). — Lonely Planet

This family-run restaurant maintains the typical culinary traditions of old Madrid. — Michelin Guide

Located on a quiet side street just north of the Teatro Real (Royal Theatre), this family-owned tavern is renowned for its signature cocido madrileño (Madrilenian stew). — Travel + Leisure

The traditional setting is the draw: the bar is original, and the dining nooks, decorated with polished wood, Spanish tile, and lace curtains, are charming. — Fodor's

Malacatin

International 79 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This modest eating house is a legend for its cocido (stew). — Insight Guides

Tucked away in a narrow street off the Plaza Cascorro, a stone's throw from the Rastro market, is this tiny century-old slice of old Castizo Madrid. — Frommer's

If you want to see madrileños enjoying their favourite local food, this is one of the best places to do so. — Lonely Planet

Tucked away in a narrow street off the Plaza Cascorro, a stone's throw from the Rastro market, is this century-old slice of old Castizo Madrid. — Zagat

Established in 1895 to serve wine to local workmen, this authentic castizo restaurant serves generous helpings of arguably the best cocido in the city. — Rough Guide

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El Club Allard

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The only bad thing about Club Allard is that you could walk right by it without noticing. This clandestine restaurant is not one of the flashiest from the outside, but prepare to be... — Afar Magazine

A restaurant housed in a listed modernist building, hence the lack of signage outside — Michelin Guide

With “perfect lighting” and “excellent” service complementing the “gastronomic experience”, it’s “ideal for celebrating” and “worth the price.” — Zagat

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Asiana Nextdoor

International 78 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

As many as 20 of young chef Jaime Renedo's small courses await, and they are exercises for the intellect just as they are for the palate. — Concierge

Tucked away down a narrow lane in the earthy but chic bohemian zone of Chueca, it's a labor of love that's been created by gourmet chef Jaime Renedo. — Frommer's

Young chef Jaime Renedo surprises even the most jaded palates in this unique setting—his mother's Asian antiques furniture store. — Fodor's

Asiana is one of Madrid's most exciting discoveries. — Travel + Leisure

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Chocolateria San Gines

Dessert 78 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

San Gines in the happening Sol area of Madrid, Spain is a must-stop for dessert or late night snack. This long standing establishment serves only “churros and chocolate.” The churros are... — Afar Magazine

The closest thing to a twenty-four hour restaurant in Madrid is tucked, almost hidden, off Calle Arenal, and all it serves is warm mouthwatering chocolate with churros. — BlackBook

First opened in 1894, Chocolatería San Ginés is renowned for its churros con chocolate — deep fried pastries served with a cup of thick dipping chocolate. — Travel + Leisure

Popular among locals and tourists alike, the famous Chocolatería San Ginés has been serving the world’s must gluttonous treat, churros con chocolate...since it was founded in 1894. — Let's Go

At some point, all of Madrid comes into Chocolatería San Ginés for a cup of the almost fudgy hot chocolate and the fried dough sticks known as churros. — Frommer's

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