The Guinness Book of Records calls this the world's oldest restaurant (est. 1725), and Hemingway called it the best. The latter claim may be a bit over the top, but the restaurant is excellent and extremely charming (and so successful that the owners opened a "branch" in Miami, Florida). There are four floors of tile and wood-beam dining rooms, and, if you're seated upstairs, you'll pass centuries-old ovens. Musical groups called tunas (mostly made up of students dressed in medieval costume) often come by to perform. The specialties are cochinillo (roast pig) and cordero (roast lamb). It's rumored Goya washed dishes here before he made it as a painter.
Sep 15, 2014
The suckling pig was nicely roasted with potatoes, but the surprise was the pretty tasty vegetarian Rioja salad with a mixture of vegetables and also the assorted vegetables without ham. The house red wine was classy but I wouldn't order that rather acidic House Rosé again! The desserts were extensive and the creme Catalan and mascarpone with cream and mango were delicious. The lively atmosphere and service in an iconic location with its rabbit
warren passages and cave-like basement are the real attraction however and after seeing the great interior with its early 20th century style and Hemingway's table on the 1st floor.... You won't regret the experience!