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La Bola

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La Bola Review

First opened as a botellería (wine shop) in 1802, La Bola slowly developed into a tapas bar and then into a full-fledged restaurant. 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. Amazingly, the restaurant belongs to its founding family, with the seventh generation currently in training. Try the house specialty: cocido a la madrileña (a hearty meal of broth, garbanzo beans, vegetables, potatoes, and pork).

    Contact Information

  • Address: Bola 5, Palacio, Madrid, 28013 | Map It
  • Phone: 91/547–6930
  • Website:
  • Metro: Ópera.
  • Location: Sol and Palacio

    Restaurant Details

  • No credit cards.
  • Closed Sun. in Aug. No dinner Sun., and Sat. in Aug.
Updated: 07-10-2013

Fodorite Reviews

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    La Bola, it's bueno.

    We felt that the food and the atmosphere was great. The seating was very tight, but that adds to the experience. The caldo or cocido (soup) was excellent and the house wine was very good also. My daughter had been earlier in the year and she enjoyed the experience too.

    by LaBola, 3/5/08
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    we liked it!

    good location, relaxed atmosphere, very good house red, the service was excellent and attentive.
    The bill was less than we expected. All the restaurants we visited charged for bread ( often the case in Italy too)

    by danon, 10/28/07
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    Highly overrated

    Such good ratings and the restaurant was rather disappointing. The front part of the restaurant with the bar is quite nice, that's why we went in (looks quite cosy when you peek through the window). The part in the back, however, is rather a large hall without much atmosphere.
    Above all, the restaurant was way too touristy. The menu is printed in English, German, French, even Japanese! Prices are no very high, but not cheap eather (between 17 - 21 EUR for the better part of the main courses), but for example the bread that's lying on the table when you arrive has to be paid for (1,60 EUR per roll). Main courses, eg my fish, come mainly without trimmings, there was not even a leaf of salad for decoration. Our food was not bad, but not very good either and the feeling of tourist rip-off didn't make it better.
    The waitress did not know which of the white wines on the menu were dry!
    Hardly anything to recommend, from my point of view.

    by AC_2007, 2/19/07

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