Restaurants in Madrid
Unsurprisingly, Madrid is one of the tapas capitals of the world, and dozens of Madrid restaurants serve the dishes. If you want some of the best the city has to offer, visit eateries like El Tempranillo, located near the Plaza de los Carros on the lively Calle Cava Baja, or the super romantic Celso y Manolo, which specializes in Madrilenian street food as tapas. If you’d like a side of history with your meal, be sure to make a reservation at Restaurante Sobrino de Botín, a nearly 300-years-old Madrid restaurant and one of the world’s oldest eatery. Try delicious dishes like roasted lamb and suckling pig while marveling at the restaurant’s retro surroundings. And being the international city it is, there are also plenty of restaurants in Madrid that specialize in non-Spanish cuisine. Grab a table at Bangkok Thai for a taste of the Far East or dip into the Paella de la Reina for rich Mediterranean cuisine. And whatever you choose, be sure to eat to your heart’s content in this hotbed of top notch cuisine.
This posh Peruvian import may make ceviche the new sushi. Lima-based celebrity kitchen warrior Gastón Acurio, who already presides over a formidable Latin American restaurant empire, is clearly aiming for maximum exposure.
Family-run spot popular with locals for its classic half-sandwich of grilled sardines topped with guindillo pepper ($2). The tart Bodegas Solagüen Crianza 2003 knifes through the oil and spice ($1.65).
Order featherlight tempura of baby vegetables highlighted with a sweet-tart reduction of sherry vinegar.
Tucked away on a narrow street in the Lavapiés neighborhood, this tiny restaurant serves Mediterranean cuisine inspired by the Spanish coast and countryside.
In 1974, restaurateur Lucio Blásquez opened this eponymous two-story restaurant specializing in Castilian cuisine prepared in a coal-fired oven, and it’s been a Madrid mainstay ever since.
This no-frills taberna in the Chamberí district is the unofficial clubhouse for the capital’s food and art crowds, and chef, journalist, and TV personality Alberto Fernández Bombín is your ultimate hipster host.
All cool brushed steel, slatted wood, and black slate, Sula is such a white-hot celebrity hangout one can forget that the joint is actually owned by Joselito (the brand behind the world’s greatest ibérico ham) and Quique Dacosta, the young molecular-gastronomy genius of Michelin two-starred El Po
The taberna offers a warm salad of partridge and bitter greens scattered with pomegranate seeds.
Located inside the stylish Hotel Urban, the 45-seat dining room at Europa Decó combines Art Deco—style design (including a gilt chimney) with international touches like Papua New Guinean totems, Zimbabwean leather furniture, and Brazilian granite floors.
This self-serve restaurant styles itself after Madrid’s historic central square, with wrought-iron lampposts, marble-topped dining tables, and etched-glass vintagey-looking signs. The fare includes traditional Spanish dishes, such as paella, bean stew, and veal brochette.
Located just off the Gran Via, this casual, inexpensive eatery is set on a busy corner in Chueca, the city’s gay village. The two-story dining room is open and airy, with large street-level windows, whitewashed walls, bare-board floors, and pale gray chairs.
Star chef Andrés Madrigal is at the top of his game creating nouveau-Spanish dishes for his 75-euro tasting menu (about $96; à la carte is also available), which starts with a series of amuse-bouches, such as a Bloody Mary with Parmesan foam served in a shot glass.
This starkly handsome gray-stone–and–dark-wood shrine to raw fish is locted in the plush Hotel Wellington.
This Philippe Starck-designed madrileño favorite serves a delicious Wagyu-beef carpaccio.