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Sergi Arola Gastro

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Former pupil of Spanish chef extraordinaire Ferran Adrià, Arola launched this intimate showcase for his innovative cuisine with his wife Sara Fort. — Rough Guide

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

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

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

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

Santceloni

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Chef Óscar Velasco oversees this rising star of the Madrid gourmet scene. Refreshingly natural cooking, superb cheeses and fine wines in a smart hotel dining room. — Insight Guides

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

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

The Michelin-starred Santceloni is one of Madrid’s best restaurants, with luxury decor that’s the work of star interior designer Pascual Ortega. — Lonely Planet

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

La Terraza del Casino de Madrid

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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

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

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

It’s all about culinary experimentation and a menu that changes with each new idea that emerges from the laboratory and into the kitchen. — Lonely Planet

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

Restuarant Botin

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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

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

“Go for” the “succulent” roast pig and other “phenomenal”, “traditional” dishes at this “authentic” Castilian “classic” off Plaza Mayor. — Zagat

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

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

Viridiana

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

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

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

A bizarre temple of Madrid nueva cocina (new cuisine), decorated with photos from Luis Buñuel’s film of the same name and offering mouthwatering creations, plus a superb selection of wines. — Rough Guide

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

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

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

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

Casa Lucio

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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

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

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

The menu represents quinessential Madrid dining, with a few very special touches like angulas: baby eels flash-fried in olive oil and garlic. — Condé Nast Traveler

"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

Zalacain

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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

One of the most prestigious and elegant restaurants in Spain. It has an attractive entrance, private bar and refined dining rooms with a classic air. — Michelin Guide

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

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

Bocaito

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

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

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

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

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

La Tasquita de Enfrente

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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

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

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

Estado Puro

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

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

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

At this hypersleek dining space (with a great summer terrace) cooking wizard Paco Roncero reinvents popular dishes such as patatas bravas... or soldaditos de Pavía. — Fodor's

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

Lhardy

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

La Bola

International 79 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

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

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

This tiny, bright red restaurant on the corner of Calle de la Bola is a Madrid institution for its cocido, cooked in individual earthenware pots (cazuelas). — Insight Guides

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

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

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

A Madrid institution, this café, established in 1894, serves chocolate con churros (thick hot chocolate with deep-fried hoops of batter) to perfection. — Rough Guide

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Restaurante Viavelez

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

The tavern has a short menu of “canapes” (tapas, really) like bonito tuna with sweet red pepper and some simple dishes like steamed mussels, steamed cockles, and pieces of fried cod. — Frommer's

This tavern-restaurant features a select tapas bar at the entrance and a modern and intimate dining room in the basement. — Michelin Guide

Asturian chef Paco Ron's place is a favourite place for fine tapas. — Time Out

Chef Paco Ron's restaurant combines a lively tapas bar with a handsome basement dining room in various shades of gray. — Travel + Leisure

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Al-Mounia

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

Moroccan cooking at its best in the most established Arabic restaurant in town. The couscous, lamb and desserts are a must. Mains cost over €20; lunchtime menus start at €37. — Rough Guide

Gourmet standouts are its delicious ginger and saffron flavored vegetable broth, pastilla (pigeon pie), and metaui (Berber roast lamb). — Frommer's

Al-mounia has been serving authentic Arab cuisine in the capital for over 30 years and has been consistently praised for its quality of menu and service. — DK Eyewitness

“Authentically delicious” cooking including tagines, couscous and other specialties please patrons at this Salamanca Moroccan that presents a “full experience” with its “discreet” service. — Zagat

One of the longest-standing Moroccan restaurants in town, Al-Mounia has a loyal following. — Lonely Planet

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