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Fine dining in Madrid - please help me choose

Fine dining in Madrid - please help me choose

Jul 25th, 2012, 09:52 AM
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Ps. On the 11870 site, you need to get past the paid adverts on the first page....best to do a search but again, it is in Spanish.
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Jul 25th, 2012, 10:11 AM
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So in US I trust Yelp in general. What is a good site for spain's restaurants?
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Jul 25th, 2012, 10:30 AM
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11870 is quite good when looking at restaurants in Madrid. Maybe you could look into it and try to translate with any online tool.
One of the contributors that I specially like is Jesus Encinar
http://11870.com/jesusencinar
Check his opinions.

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Jul 25th, 2012, 11:19 AM
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There is also Yelp for Madrid, but I rather wonder how trustworthy it might be - all the restaurants have at least 4 stars !
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Jul 25th, 2012, 06:55 PM
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Fine diners, get out there and spend your euros!


http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/25/di...r=1&ref=dining
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Jul 25th, 2012, 07:34 PM
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Here is El Pais in English to keep abreast of the latest events in Spain.

http://elpais.com/elpais/inenglish.html
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Jul 26th, 2012, 07:22 PM
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Maribel has a list of restaurants that most would include in list of "fine dining in Madrid" (www.maribelsguides.com/mg_repolsun.html and maribelsguides.com/mg_michelin.html), and as great as cuisine can be in the Basque country and Navarra (my second home), we have found a number of restaurants in Madrid (most from the País Vasco and Navarra) that are a close match.
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Jul 27th, 2012, 06:07 AM
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Someone on Fodors told me that men were wearing "jackets" at La Terraza del Casino. Does anyone have first hand knowledge if jackets are "required" or just the norm. We spend 2 months vacationing in Europe every year (mainly France) and I never take a jacket and I am usually the best dressed person in the restaurants (many Michelin 1 stars & an occasional 2 star).

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Jul 27th, 2012, 06:31 AM
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Absoutely Stu. I just called them to be sure. Sport/suit jacket but no tie necessary. No dress code for women.
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Jul 27th, 2012, 07:15 AM
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Thanks lincasanova.

Several years ago we were staying 2 nights at the "nice" hotel in Bellagio Italy - for my wife's birthday. We called from home & they said that jackets were preferred - but not required. When we got there (last stop on a 3 week trip) & dressed with a business shirt & tie (no jacket), they refused to seat us. It was a hot evening and most everyone else at the restaurant had taken off their jackets and put them on the chair they were sitting in. We told the maitre d' that we were dressed just like everyone else, but he said that we had to walk in with jackets. I told him that it was my wife's birthday and that we were staying at the hotel for 2 nights - didn't work. The maitre d' told us to get a jacket from the hotel clerk - but the "male" of the couple we were traveling with is 6'8" and nothing fit. We ate elsewhere for my wife's birthday dinner.

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Jul 27th, 2012, 07:48 AM
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Correct if I am wrong Linca, while the Spanish do not dress up when in public, they always dress well.
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Jul 27th, 2012, 07:59 AM
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I think they had relaxed that rule one summer but have gone back to the jacket rule.

Yes, Adu.. most Spaniards have a good sense of style.. no matter what age.
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Jul 27th, 2012, 07:59 AM
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Would you dare to enter a top restaurant in NY without a jacket ? Why would you think Europe would be any different no matter the temperature ?
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Jul 27th, 2012, 08:24 AM
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I have dined at approx 350 different restaurants in France over the last 15 years - and I have never worn a jacket. These are almost always Michelin XX to XXXX (knife & forks) restaurants. We just returned from 6 weeks in the Pays Basque & Pyrenees regions in France and dined at 9 Michelin 1 star & a 2 star restaurant in both France & around San Sebastian in the Pays Basque. As I stated earlier, I am usually the best dressed at the restaurant. There were certainly a lot more jeans that jackets at all of these 350 restaurants in France. I can only think of about 3 restaurants where I live (San Francisco) where I've worn a jacket - and that is not to please the restaurant - but to please my wife on a special occasion like a birthday or anniversary. I don't want to haul a jacket to Europe & have it sit in a suitcase for multi weeks so I can year it once.

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Jul 27th, 2012, 04:01 PM
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I don't blame you. However, I think a windbreaker will do. I'll ask them, but I do think as long as something is covering up the shirt when you walk in.. you're fine.
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Jul 27th, 2012, 04:02 PM
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Oh.. and they had told me jeans were OK. Just no shorts or flip flops. ( I guess they get all types in the summer).
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Jul 27th, 2012, 06:20 PM
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I have dined at approx 350 different restaurants in France over the last 15 years - and I have never worn a jacket. These are almost always Michelin XX to XXXX (knife & forks) restaurants. We just returned from 6 weeks in the Pays Basque & Pyrenees regions in France and dined at 9 Michelin 1 star & a 2 star restaurant in both France & around San Sebastian in the Pays Basque.
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Jul 27th, 2012, 07:23 PM
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I didn't know there where 350 Michelin XX to XXXX (with our without a knife or fork) restaurants in France. I much be missing something. I'll have to discuss this we Andoni the next time I see him.

Restaurants that require jackets, and there are a number of them in both France and Spain, are your traditional restaurants, a bit old fashion, but still keeping to their principals. If you dine at Canlis in Seattle, you'll need a jacket.

Since 1950, Canlis has lived up to its reputation as the swankest, dressiest restaurant in Seattle. Today, we maintain that tradition by requesting that men wear a suit or sport coat (though we don't require it in many areas of the dining room). Casual attire? Not appropriate. The bottom line: Everyone likes to look good. In 1950, people knew fashion and loved to show it. We ask our guests to help us keep that tradition alive
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Jul 27th, 2012, 08:20 PM
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In 1950, people knew fashion and loved to show it. We ask our guests to help us keep that tradition alive
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