Fodor's Expert Review La Castela

$$ Retiro Spanish Fodor's Choice

Traditional taverns with tin-top bars, vermouth on tap, and no-nonsense waiters are a dying breed in Madrid, but this one, just a couple of blocks from the Parque del Buen Retiro, has stood the test of time. It's always busy with locals clamoring over plates of sautéed wild mushrooms, anchovies served with a pipirrana (cucumber and tomato salad), and clams in white wine. Stop in for a quick bite at the bar—they'll serve you a free tapa with every drink—or enjoy heartier choices, such as the chickpea and king prawn stew, in the homey dining room at the back.

Spanish Tapas Lively Lunch Dinner $$ Fodor's Choice

Quick Facts

Calle Doctor Castelo 22
Madrid, Madrid  28009, Spain


Known For:
  • Fresh seafood and fish
  • Vintage bar
  • Local crowd
Restaurant Details:
Rate Includes: No dinner Sun.

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