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. Bar Santurce

    $ | Lavapiés | Spanish

    This abuelo bar near the top of the Rastro is famous for grilled sardines, blistered Padrón peppers, and fried calamari. ...Read More

  • 2. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. Casa Gerardo

    $$ | La Latina | Spanish

    Huge tinajas , clay vessels once filled to the brim with bulk wine (yet now defunct), sit behind the bar at this raucous, no-frills bodega...Read More

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. 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

  • 10. 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

  • 11. Sergi Arola

    $$$$ | Chamberí | Eclectic

    Celebrity chef Sergi Arola—Ferran Adrià's most popular disciple—vaulted to the top of the Madrid dining scene at La Broche, then left (in 2007...Read More

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