Fodor's Expert Review Casa Botín

$$$ La Latina Spanish

Botín, established in 1725, is the world's oldest restaurant (according to Guinness World Records) and was a favorite of Ernest Hemingway—the final scene of The Sun Also Rises is set in this very place. The cochinillo asado (roast suckling pig), stuffed with aromatics, doused with wine, and crisped in the original wood-burning oven, is a must. 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 starting out as a painter.

Spanish Lunch Dinner $$$

Quick Facts

Calle de Cuchilleros 17
Madrid  28005, Spain


Known For:
  • World's oldest restaurant
  • Roast lamb and suckling pig
  • Roving music ensembles

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