Recommended Restaurants and Tapas Bars in Madrid
Below we give an overview of some of the best restaurants and tapas bars in Madrid - selected either for their food or their fun factor. It is estimated there are some 3,200 eateries in the capital so there's plenty of choice! Within that number there are 9 restaurants with one Michelin star and two with 2 stars - La Broche and Santceloni - (as of writing - Summer 2009).
The restaurants, cafes, bars and tapas joints listed below represent those places that I've enjoyed whilst living in the city or that have been recommended to me.
If the place is underlined then it's either a link to the eatery's web page or I've written a few words about it. Click on the name to read a mini review!
However, my number one recommendation is to just try any place you like the look of. If you have a bad meal you will have been extremely unlucky because the vast majority of eating spots in Madrid, from the scruffy cafe to the ultra-modern fusion food boutique, offer exemplary fair at often reasonable prices. If you love meat you're in for an extra special time, if you're a vegetarian you're going to be eating a lot of tortillas - unless you head to Calle Mayor just off Sol, where the ever popular Maoz healthy fast food chain have an outlet.
I also include in the list some of our favourite "bars de copas" for early evening drinks and aperitivos. In many, but not all, you will be served snacks with your drinks, be it olives, savouries or dips etc. It's considered important to balance the drink with food and is a most delightful custom.
Comer,Tapas y Ocio Madrid
|Arepas con Todo||Cheap and cheerful Colombian cafe - over 50 dishes on menu.|
|Bo Finn's||Irish pub popular with under 30's. Shows all important sports matches.|
|El Buey||Meat. Lovely, lovely meat. And hand-made desserts.|
|Casa De Abuela||Old-school tapas restaurant on C/. Goya. Always popular.|
|Cazorla||Authentic Andalucian tapas bar. Try the fritura de pescado.|
|El Torreon||An elegant yet homely restaurant in the countryside. High quality dining.|
|Esfahan||Top class Persian restaurant on C/. San Bernadino street.|
|The Grill Club||Minimilast New York style decor, international cuisine.|
|Larios Cafe||Glamorous spot for the funky designer crowd.|
|La Corolla||The best 'Tostas' in La Latina.|
|La Terraza del Casino||Creative avant-garde gastronomy from Ferran Adria (El Bulli).|
|La Trini||Galician dishes, welcoming bar staff and friendly clientele.|
|Laydown||They serve your food and drinks while you lie in bed! + live music|
|Memento||Exclusive. Cosmopolitan crowd. Californian food.|
|Negro de Anglona||Grand setting - Minimilast decor - Italian-Spanish fusion food.|
|Polenta||Home of world famous chef Jesús Núñez.|
|Sabor||Modern restaurant offering traditional food.|
|Sabrino de Botín||The oldest restaurant in the world, or, at least in Madrid.|
|Tepic||Authentic Mexican food with English-speaking waiters.|
|Vinitis||The tapas bar offshoot of 'La Creazione' restaurant.|
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