La Bola Taberna
Located on a quiet side street just north of the Teatro Real (Royal Theatre), this family-owned tavern is renowned for its signature cocido madrileño (Madrilenian stew), a house specialty since the restaurant opened in 1870. Behind the bright red exterior, the old-fashioned dining room is decorated with tiled floors, red and white tablecloths, and wood-paneled walls hung with framed bullfighting photographs. Cooked in earthenware pots over a wood fire, the traditional cocido is served in two courses: a noodle soup made with broth from the stew, followed by a plate of chickpeas, cabbage, chicken, and pork.
La Bola is a great choice for dinner before a performance at the nearby Café de Chinitas, home to one of Spain's most celebrated flamenco shows.
AmenitiesOpen / Closes
- Accessible by Public Transportation
- Family Style
- Reservations Required
Cash Only: 1
Cuisine Type:: Spanish/Tapas