restaurants / European

Zalacaín information

Madrid , Spain
Calle de Álvarez de Baena 4
+34 91 561 48 40
Getting there
Metro: Gregorio Marañón
More information
mains €30-50, set menu €106
Opening hours
1.15-4pm & 9pm-midnight Mon-Fri, 9pm-midnight Sat, closed Aug & Easter
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Where most other fine-dining experiences centre on innovation, Zalacaín is a bastion of tradition, with a refined air and a loyal following. The pig’s trotters filled with mushrooms and lamb is a house speciality, as is the lobster salad. The wine list is purported to be one of the city's best (with an estimated 35,000 bottles and 1200 different varieties).

Everyone who’s anyone in Madrid, from the king down, has eaten here since the doors opened in 1973; it was the first restaurant in Spain to receive three Michelin stars – it now has one. You should certainly dress to impress (men will need a tie and a jacket).