Restaurants

Top Choice Tapas in Plaza Mayor & Royal Madrid

Mercado de San Miguel

This is one of Madrid’s oldest and most beautiful markets, within early-20th-century glass walls and an inviting space strewn with tables. You can order tapas and sometimes more substantial plates at most of the cou…
Top Choice Castilian in Plaza Mayor & Royal Madrid

Restaurante Sobrino de Botín

It’s not every day that you can eat in the oldest restaurant in the world (as recognised by the Guinness Book of Records – established in 1725). The secret of its staying power is fine cochinillo asado (roast suckli…
Top Choice Tapas in Plaza Mayor & Royal Madrid

Casa Revuelta

Casa Revuelta puts out some of Madrid’s finest tapas of bacalao (cod) bar none – unlike elsewhere, tajadas de bacalao don't have bones in them and slide down the throat with the greatest of ease. Early on a Sunday a…
Top Choice Food Hall in Plaza Mayor & Royal Madrid

Gourmet Experience

Ride the elevator up to the 9th floor of the El Corte Inglés department store for one of downtown Madrid's best eating experiences. The food is excellent, with everything from top-notch tapas or sushi to gourmet ham…
Spanish in Plaza Mayor & Royal Madrid

Taberna del Alabardero

This fine old Madrid taberna (tavern) is famous for its croquettes, fine jamón, montaditos de jamón (small rolls of cured ham) and montaditos de bonito (small rolls of cured tuna) in the bar, while out the back the …
Spanish in Plaza Mayor & Royal Madrid

El Pato Mudo

El Pato Mudo isn’t the most famous paella restaurant in Madrid, but it’s known to locals for its variety of outstanding rice dishes at reasonable prices. Specialities include black rice with squid ink, soupy rice, a…
Contemporary Spanish in Plaza Mayor & Royal Madrid

Restaurante Sandó

Juan Mari Arzak, one of Spain's most famous chefs, has finally set up shop in Madrid just off Plaza de Santo Domingo. Bringing Basque innovation to bear upon local tradition, its cooking is assured with dishes like …
Spanish in Plaza Mayor & Royal Madrid

Taberna La Bola

Going strong since 1870 and run by the sixth generation of the Verdasco family, Taberna La Bola is a much-loved bastion of traditional Madrid cuisine. If you’re going to try cocido a la madrileña (meat-and-chickpea …
Spanish in Plaza Mayor & Royal Madrid

Restaurante Los Galayos

Most of the restaurants surrounding Plaza Mayor are tourist traps, but Los Galayos, a few steps off the plaza’s southeastern corner and open for a mere 120 years, is an exception. Renowned for its cocido (€18.75; lu…
Spanish in Plaza Mayor & Royal Madrid

Casa Ciriaco

One of the grande dames of the Madrid restaurant scene, Casa Ciriaco has witnessed attempted assassinations (of King Alfonso XIII in 1906) and was immortalised by the Spanish writer Valle-Inclán who set part of his …