Fodor's Expert Review Casa Botín

$$$ La Latina Spanish
According to Guinness World Records, Madrid is home to the world’s oldest restaurant, Botín, established in 1725 and a favorite of Ernest Hemingway (the final scene of The Sun Also Rises is set in this very place). A menu must, by all accounts, is the cochinillo asado, which is stuffed with aromatics, doused with wine, and crisped in the original wood-burning oven. There are four floors of tile and wood-beam dining rooms, and, if you're seated upstairs, you'll pass the centuries-old ovens. Musical groups called tunas (mostly made up of students dressed in medieval costume) rove between tables. It's rumored Goya washed dishes here before he struck out as a painter.
Spanish Historical Lively Lunch Dinner $$$

Quick Facts

Calle Cuchilleros 17
Madrid, Madrid  28005, Spain


Known For:
  • World's oldest restaurant
  • Roast lamb and suckling pig
  • Roving traditional musical groups
  • Being the world's oldest restaurant

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