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 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. Chocolatería Valor

    $ | Palacio | Café

    Despite what the ads say, Madrid is not always sunny. If you hit a rainy or chilly day, walk along the western side of the Monasterio de las...Read More

  • 10. Cisne Azul

    $$ | Chueca | Spanish

    You may wonder why bland-looking Cisne Azul is crowded with locals in this style-obsessed neighborhood. The reason is simple: wild mushrooms...Read More

  • 11. 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

  • 12. Gourmet Experience Callao

    $ | Sol | International

    On the rooftop of El Corte Inglés, Spain’s largest department store, there's a gourmet food court with some of the best views in the city. Grab...Read More

  • 13. La Casa del Abuelo

    $$ | Sol | Spanish

    This rustically decorated place is the oldest of three branches in a local chain. This one has barely changed since it was founded at the beginning...Read More

  • 14. La Pulpería de Victoria

    $$ | Sol | Spanish

    A modern, urban interpretation of a traditional Galician pulpería (octopus restaurant), this casual restaurant specializes in polbo à feira...Read More

  • 15. La Tita Rivera

    $ | Chueca | Spanish

    This budget-friendly place—specializing in hot stuffed bread rolls (called casis ) and flavored hard cider—has an industrial vibe, thanks to...Read More

  • 16. Lambuzo

    $$ | Sol | Spanish

    This laid-back Andalusian tavern, one of three locations in the city, embodies the soul and joyful spirit of that sunny region. Let cheerful...Read More

  • 17. Mercado de San Antón

    $$ | Chueca | International

    Following the successful transformation of the Mercado de San Miguel, near the Plaza Mayor, the city completely refurbished this old neighborhood...Read More

  • 18. Mercado de San Miguel

    $$ | Sol | International

    Adjacent to the Plaza Mayor, this "gastronomic market" is a feast for the senses. Its bustling interior—a mixture of tapas spots and immaculately...Read More

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  • 19. Taberna Almendro 13

    $ | La Latina | Spanish

    Getting a weekend seat in this rustic old favorite is a feat, but drop by any other time and you'll be served ample, stick-to-your-ribs raciones...Read More

  • 20. Taberna de la Dolores

    $ | Barrio de las Letras | Spanish

    A lively corner bar with a colorful tiled facade, this is a solid spot for a cold beer and a quick bite after visiting the nearby museums. Try...Read More

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