Restaurants in Madrid

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Madrileno cuisine has been strongly influenced by the many foreigners that have settled in this cosmopolitan city over the years.

Today, expats will find local dishes that range from the unusual to the grotesque – everything from pig's ears and bull testicle to the more familiar-tasting cocido (beef, pork, chicken and vegetable stew) is available. And, of course, tapas venues abound.
The most established restaurant areas in Madrid are Plaza Mayor and Sol, and expats should be aware that lunch and dinner are taken much later than in other countries.

Some restaurants in Madrid only open their doors at 8pm, and it’s not unusual for locals to arrive at 10pm for dinner.

Popular restaurants in Madrid


Restaurante Botin
Address: C/Cuchilleros 17, 28005, Madrid
Restaurante Botin has been catering to diners since 1725, and its traditional decor could very well be left over from the time period. The eatery features a classic Spanish menu and the grilled fillet mignon "Botin" comes recommended.

Address: C/Álvarez de Baena 4, 28006, Madrid
For an intimate and luxurious dining experience, try the Zalacain restaurant – its warm gold and red decor and tempting continental cuisine won’t disappoint.

La Bola Taberna
Address: C/Bola 5, 28013, Madrid
La Bola is a local, family-owned restaurant featuring old world decor and affordable, homemade meals – the perfect place for expat families to eat out.

Address: C/Libertad 21, 28004, Madrid
For innovative Mediterranean cuisine in a trendy setting, Bazaar is the place to go. The sliced tuna with mango chutney, and the ox with parmesan and rocket are exceptional.

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