If you certainly follow “the foodie trends”, you are going to love Madrid. The possibilities of tasting varied dishes are endless, for all taste buds. Some of their typical dishes are “cocido madrileño”, “los callos” or “el besugo”, however you are going to discover recipes from all around the world. In this city there are more than 3,000 restaurants!
Classics among the classics
In Madrid you can always have great dinners. Its restaurants have always been a reference to a traditional and careful cuisine in which the product is the most important. Among all the classics, in this guide we want to highlight some of the restaurants that have survived trends, crises and various storms.
Some suggestions you will love:
This Basque steakhouse has been bringing the Basque cuisine to the tables of Madrid for more than 30 years. The best “txuletones of the north”, lamb chops, “cogollos de Tudela” (romaine lettuce), stuffed peppers… all served with the professionalism of the old restaurants, on large and well-decorated tables.
This nineteenth-century tavern serves typical dishes from the old-fashioned region. The stew is one of the restaurant’s main dishes that it served daily during two meal shifts, at 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
This might be one of the most famous restaurants of Madrid. It is founded in 1839 by a Frenchman, with a little bit the style and refinement of the old Parisian restaurants. Also specialists in stew, they have a small shop at street level where they sell a whole selection of delicacies to take home.
The Guinness Book of Records say that it is the oldest establishment in the world dedicated to the hotel trade. In 1725, it opened as a tavern and wood oven to give shelter to travelers. It still is a tavern and currently also a good restaurant where you can taste the most traditional Castilian dishes: suckling pig, suckling lamb, Castilian soup or desserts such as pestiños, bartolillos or egg custard .
Despite the fact that the nearest beach is 350 km from Madrid, they say that this city has one of the best fish markets in the world. In the Galician seafood restaurant O’Pazo they have brought the best products of the Galician coast to Madrid, all with a know-how that has been in the restaurant for generations.
Do you like tapas?
You do? Great! This means you should visit Bodega la Ardosa and order tapas such as fried ears, potato omelette and seafood. Also you might like Casa del Abuelo, they are specialized in gambas and prawns since 1906. Andy Warhol ate here, so what else can we say?. El Anciano Rey de los Vinos is another place you will love, next to the Royal Palace and the Almudena Cathedral, they serve delicious tapas.
Looking for the best price-quality restaurants?
Clarita, in Malasaña, is your restaurant. Cozy place and very friendly waiters, its clients recommend the scallops with ajada dressing and truffle, the ceviche, the tuna with cherry chutney and the octopus. On the other hand, the restaurant Ay mi madre! has a full lunch menu for 8.90€ and on Wednesdays the pizza pieces only cost 1€. Changing the line a bit, if you like real Mexican food (nothing Tex-Mex), one of the best restaurants is Tacos Chapultepec in the Bilbao district. They serve delicious tacos for 1.50€ each and the best micheladas and margaritas, all in a festive and noisy atmosphere. How it’s supposed to be.
If you like the quality and you want to have a good time, you will like the La Blanca Paloma (Meléndez Valdes and Espíritu Santo) chain, it’s a brewery frequented by students and young people who like to drink a beer. Something similar is El Tigre (Chueca district), popular among tourists and students because you get tapas when ordering a beer.
The most inn in Madrid
Do you want to eat in a trendy place?
Madrid is a city that stands never still, it’s dynamic and creative. It is a constantly moving environment, with more strength every time, resulting in new and innovative restaurants. The Larrumba Group highlights a restaurants that became its flagship recently: Habanera. This local exotic decor is conspicuous by its Latin American-European fusion cuisine, for its cocktails and pre festive weekend. If you are more of “good hamburgers”, you will like Goiko. This burger chain founded by a Basque-Venezuelan family has managed to be a benchmark in Madrid and is in full expansion to other cities. In the Malasaña district we find another of the most fashionable restaurants: 80 grados (degrees). They offer a menu of dishes – almost all to share – inspired by the most avant-garde cuisine but democratising its access to all pockets; a world of sensations that will make your dinner an experience.
Do you want to try a restaurant with Michelin stars?
DiverXO, by chef David Muñoz, has three stars and eating here is literally a unique experience. Santceloni also raises the market to the highest level and has two stars, located in Paseo de la Castellana. The Allard Club, captained by María Marte, has two stars and it is a very careful aesthetic. On the other hand there is Kabuki Wellington, created the union between Ricardo Sanz and Wellington and is one of the best Japanese restaurants in Madrid, with one star.
Other restaurants in and around Madrid crowned with stars are La Terraza del Casino, Ramón Freixa Madrid, DSTAgE and Coque (with two) and Álbora, La Cabra, Punto MX, Lúa, A’Barra and Gaytán, Casa José, Chirón, Montia and El Invernadero (with one). There are so many!
Are you vegetarian?
Then you must try Pizzie & Dixie in Calle San Vicente Ferrer, as well as B13, both located in the vibrant Malasaña district. The first one is specialised in vegetarian and vegan pizzas and the second prepares a potato omelette without egg that is just delicious. In Calle Lope de Vega, in the las Letras area, you will find the Rayén Vegano, where only organic products are used.