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Sergi Arola Gastro

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Madrid’s gastronomic god Sergi Arola opened this low-key long, earth-toned space that seems oddly sedate for a rocker turned chef. — Travel + Leisure

Stunning cuisine built on traditional Mediterranean produce but with new textures added. — Insight Guides

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

Sergi Arola trained in the kitchen of Ferran Adrià, and is a proponent of traditional Catalonian and Mediterranean cuisine. — Condé Nast Traveler

Santceloni

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Santi Santamaría is justly ranked among the top three chefs of Spain, along with his chief rivals, Juan Mark Arzak and Ferran Adrià. — Frommer's

In a sophisticated environment, where the service is as impeccable as the food, Velasco makes exquisite combinations of Mediterranean ingredients accompanied by a comprehensive and unusual wine list. — Fodor's

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

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

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

Restuarant Botin

International 90 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

It’s not every day that you can eat in the oldest restaurant in the world... that has also appeared in many novels about Madrid, most notably Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises. — Lonely Planet

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

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

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 90 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

Try any of the light and tasty mousses, foams, and liquid jellies, or indulge in the unique tapas. — Fodor's

The very staid environs of this gentlemen's club dining room (wear a tie) provide the unlikely setting for a restaurant inspired and originally overseen by iconic chef Ferran Adrià. — Time Out

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

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

Ramon Freixa Madrid

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The experience in the baroque-inspired setting is best enjoyed by true connoisseurs. — Fodor's

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

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

“Muy bien” exclaim fans of the “creative, modern” dishes at this “pitch-perfect”, high-end Salamanca Catalan holding just a handful of tables. — Zagat

Casa Lucio

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Lucio has been wowing madrileños (people from Madrid) with his light touch, quality ingredients and home-style local cooking for ages. — Lonely Planet

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

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

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

Set on a narrow historic street whose edges once marked the perimeter of Old Madrid, this is a venerable tasca with all the requisite antique accessories. — Frommer's

Viridiana

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

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

The wine choices can be overwhelming, so ask for help, and save room for one of the creative desserts such as the sheep's milk pannacota with berry sauce. — Fodor's

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

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

Zalacain

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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

With three Michelin stars, Zalacaín is arguably Madrid’s finest restaurant. — DK Eyewitness

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

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

"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

La Tasquita de Enfrente

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

“Local ingredients” “fresh from the market” drive the menu at this Centro Spanish that earns praise for its “exquisite”, “simple preparations” complemented by “outstanding” wines. — Zagat

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

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

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

Estado Puro

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

Here’s the chance for budget diners to sample the food of a top chef. — Frommer's

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

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

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

Bocaito

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

Perhaps a bit too rustic looking—complete with decorative tiles of matadors and flamenco dancers on the walls—for the hipster neighborhood where it's located. — Fodor's

Film-maker Pedro Almodóvar once described this traditional bar and restaurant as ‘the best antidepressant’. — Lonely Planet

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

Four dining rooms in total, each furnished in rustic Castilian style with a few bullfighting mementoes as part of the decor. — Michelin Guide

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

Lhardy

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

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

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

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Bazaar

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

La Finca de Susana expanded their repertoire by opening this spot serving low-priced, creative Mediterranean food of reasonable quality in a trendy environment. — Fodor's

Located right in the heart of throbbing, trendy Chueca is this excellent value eating spot, frequented in the main by an attractive set of Madrileño youth. — Frommer's

Fusion-style Mediterranean and Asian cuisine. — Rough Guide

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

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

Casa Alberto

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

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

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

Traditional tasca that has resisted the passage of time since it was founded back in 1827. — Rough Guide

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

La Bola

International 80 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This is the taberna where you can still savor something of the atmosphere of 19th-century Madrid. — Frommer's

Holding court on a quiet backstreet, this dignified, classic Madrid restaurant is considered by many to be the home of 'cocido.'. — Time Out

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

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

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

Chocolateria San Gines

Dessert 79 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

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

Serving chocolate and churros (deep-fried batter sticks) to the city night and day since 1894. — Time Out

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

Cafe de Oriente

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

Elegant, Parisian-style café with a popular terraza looking across the plaza to the palace. — Rough Guide

Directly opposite the Royal Palace and next to the Opera House, there are few more historically situated places to eat in Madrid. — DK Eyewitness

This famous address opposite the royal palace offers its guests several different atmospheres including a luxurious cafeteria. — Michelin Guide

Despite its location, with tables outside on the stunning Plaza de Oriente, the café seems to be as popular with locals as tourists, who are perhaps put off by its air of grandeur. — Time Out

A "breathtaking" location "in front of the Royal Palace" distinguishes this Basque cafe where you can "sit outside on a sunny day", dine on "delicious" tapas and "watch Madrid pass by". — Zagat

Taberna Antonio Sanchez

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

Little changes at this historic spot, from the zinc bar to the bull's head on the wall. — Time Out

Named in 1830 after the founder's son, who was killed in the bullring, this charismatic tasca -- rated the oldest in central Madrid -- is full of bullfighting memorabilia. — Frommer's

Said to be Madrid's oldest taberna, this seventeenth- century bar has a stuffed bull’s head (in honour of Antonio Sánchez, the founder's son, who was killed by one) and a wooden interior. — Rough Guide

Founded in 1830 by legendary bullfighter Antonio Sanchez, this taberna is as traditional as it gets. — Let's Go

Behind one of the best-preserved old taberna façades in Madrid hides this gem of a traditional tapas bar famous for its Madrid specialities. — Lonely Planet

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Julian de Tolosa

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

This famous carvery restaurant serves some of the best T-bone steaks in the city. — Michelin Guide

Set in a 19th-century building in the center of Cava Baja, this popular eating spot is renowned for its generous-size quality steaks. — Zagat

Probably the most modern in the barrio, this upscale Basque restaurant is all smooth wood, glass and brick, housed in a 19th-century building. — Time Out

Navarran cuisine is treated with respect at this classy place that's popular with celebrities and well-regarded by food critics. — Lonely Planet

Set in a 19th-century building in the center of Cava Baja, this popular eating spot is renowned for its generous-size quality steaks. — Frommer's

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Malacatin

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

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

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 tiny century-old slice of old Castizo Madrid. — Frommer's

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

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