Fodor's Expert Review La Bola

$$ Palacio Spanish

La Bola is renowned for its cocido madrileño, a soul-satisfying chickpea and meat stew, and for its decor, which has hardly changed a lick since 1868, when the restaurant was founded. Originally, La Bola served three types of cocido: a simple rendition at noon for blue-collar workers and employees, a chicken-only version at 1 for students, and a multimeat extravaganza at 2 for politicians and journalists. The latter, still finished in cazuelas (earthenware pots) on a charcoal stove, is what's on the menu today.

Spanish Lively Lunch Dinner $$

Quick Facts

Calle La Bola 5
Madrid, Madrid  28013, Spain


Known For:
  • Cocido madrileño
  • 19th-century decor
  • Palace-side dining
Restaurant Details:
Rate Includes: No dinner Sun.

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