Madrid Restaurants

Spain is an essential foodie pilgrimage, and no city holds a candle to Madrid when it comes to variety of national and international cuisines. Its cutting-edge restaurants helmed by celebrated chefs make the city one of Europe's most renowned dining capitals.

When it comes to dining, younger madrileños gravitate toward trendy neighborhoods like bearded-and-bunned Malasaña, gay-friendly Chueca, rootsy La Latina, and multicultural Lavapiés for their boisterous and affordable restaurants and bars. Dressier travelers, and those visiting with kids, will feel more at home in the quieter, more buttoned-up restaurants of Salamanca, Chamartín, and Retiro. Of course, these are broad-brush generalizations, and there are plenty of exceptions.

The house wine in old-timey Madrid restaurants is often a sturdy, uncomplicated Valdepeñas from La Mancha. A plummy Rioja or a gutsy Ribera del Duero—the latter from northern Castile—are the usual choices for reds by the glass in chicer establishments, while popular whites include fruity Verdejo varietals from Rueda and slatey albariños from Galicia After dinner, try the anise-flavored liqueur (anís), produced outside the nearby village of Chinchón, or a fruitier patxaran, a digestif made with sloe berries.

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  • 1. Bodega de la Ardosa

    $ | Malasaña | Spanish

    A 19th-century bodega, with barrel tables and dusty gewgaws hanging from the walls, Bodega de la Ardosa is an anachronism in Malasaña, an...Read More

  • 2. Casa Alberto

    $$ | Barrio de las Letras | Spanish

    Enter through the firetruck-red facade of this 193-year-old bar and restaurant and be blown away by impeccably executed fried bacalao (cod...Read More

  • 3. Casa Benigna

    $$$ | Chamartín | Spanish

    Owner Don Norberto, a quirky, jolly gent, offers a health-conscious menu with painstakingly selected wines to match at this snug, book-lined...Read More

  • 4. Casa Salvador

    $$ | Chueca | Spanish

    Whether you approve of bullfighting or not, the culinary excellence of Casa Salvador—a checkered-tablecloth, taurine-themed restaurant that...Read More

  • 5. DiverXO

    $$$$ | Chamartín | Eclectic

    When you ask a madrileño about a remarkable food experience—something that stirs the senses beyond feeding one's appetite—David Muñoz's bombastic...Read More

  • 6. La Castela

    $$ | Retiro | Spanish

    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...Read More

  • 7. Ten Con Ten

    $$$ | Salamanca | Spanish

    This is one of the "gin bars" that started the Spanish gin-tónic craze of the late aughts, and though perhaps not as avant-garde as it once...Read More

  • 8. Tripea

    $$$$ | Chamberí | Fusion

    Young-gun chef Roberto Martínez Foronda is turning food critics' heads with his newcomer Spanish-fusion restaurant hidden inside the Mercado...Read More

  • 9. Álbora

    $$$ | Salamanca | Spanish

    The owners of this sleek award-winning restaurant also produce cured hams and top-notch canned foods, and these quality ingredients are included...Read More

  • 10. AskuaBarra

    $$$ | Barrio de las Letras | Spanish

    This austere yet polished restaurant, with about 10 tables, has a meat-focused menu with highlights like roasted bone marrow with cilantro salad...Read More

  • 11. 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...Read More

  • 12. Casa Ciriaco

    $$$ | Palacio | Spanish

    Casa Ciriaco rang in its 90th anniversary in 2019, and its wine cellar is even older, dating to 1897. The Madrid institution is as famous for...Read More

  • 13. Casa Paco

    $$$ | La Latina | Steakhouse

    Packed with madrileños downing Valdepeñas wine, this Castilian tavern, with its zinc-top bar and tiled walls, wouldn't have looked out of place...Read More

  • 14. Celso y Manolo

    $ | Chueca | Spanish

    Named after the brothers who founded the restaurant (though under new ownership), this place has around a dozen tables and an extensive, eclectic...Read More

  • 15. Cervecería Cervantes

    $ | Barrio de las Letras | Spanish

    Cervecería Cervantes is an improbably down-to-earth neighborhood bar—the type where you throw your olive pits and napkins right onto the floor...Read More

  • 16. Charolés

    $$$ | Spanish

    Some go to El Escorial for the monastery; others go for Charolés. It's a landmark that attracts a crowd of its own for its noble bearing, with...Read More

  • 17. El Landó

    $$$ | La Latina | Spanish

    This castizo ("rootsy") restaurant, with dark wood-paneled walls lined with bottles of wine, serves classic Spanish food like huevos estrellados...Read More

  • 18. El Pescador

    $$$ | Salamanca | Seafood

    Owned by the proprietors of the best fish market in town, this seafood restaurant with a warm modern interior welcomes guests with an impressive...Read More

  • 19. El Rincón de Marco

    $ | Lavapiés | Cuban

    Step straight into Havana at this hidden Cuban bar and restaurant where rumbas and sones flow from the speakers and regulars burst into...Read More

  • 20. Estay

    $$ | Salamanca | Spanish

    A spacious, tranquil place presided over by white-jacketed waitstaff that makes fine breakfasts (choose from pan con tomate, toast with jam...Read More

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