Restaurants

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 (the Guinness Book of Records has recognised it as the oldest – established in 1725). The secret of its staying power is fine cochinillo asad…
Top Choice Spanish in Salamanca

Platea

Platea is one of the most exciting things to happen in Madrid's eating scene in years. The ornate Carlos III cinema opposite the Plaza de Colón has been artfully transformed into a dynamic culinary scene with more t…
Top Choice Tapas in Plaza Mayor & Royal Madrid

Mercado de San Miguel

This is one of Madrid’s oldest and most beautiful markets, within the early 20th-century glass walls, the market is an inviting space strewn with tables. You can order tapas and sometimes more substantial plates at …
Top Choice Modern Spanish in Parque del Oeste & Northern Madrid

DiverXo

Madrid's only three-Michelin-starred restaurant, DiverXo in northern Madrid is one of Spain's most unusual culinary experiences. Chef David Muñoz is something of the enfant terrible of Spain's cooking scene. Still i…
Top Choice Tapas in El Retiro & the Art Museums

Estado Puro

A slick but casual tapas bar, Estado Puro serves up fantastic tapas, such as the tortilla española siglo XXI (21st-century Spanish omelette, served in a glass…), lobster gazpacho and parmesan ice cream. The kitchen …
Top Choice Spanish in La Latina & Lavapiés

Casa Lucio

Lucio has been wowing madrileños with his light touch, quality ingredients and home-style local cooking since 1974 – think eggs (a Lucio speciality) and roasted meats in abundance. There’s also rabo de toro (bull’s …
Top Choice Japanese in Malasaña & Chueca

Yakitoro by Chicote

Based around the idea of a Japanese tavern, driven by a spirit of innovation and a desire to combine the best in Spanish and Japanese flavours, Yakitoro is a hit. Apart from salads, it's all built around brochettes …
Top Choice Spanish in Parque del Oeste & Northern Madrid

Mama Campo

There's a certain sameness to the bars that surround the Plaza de Olavide, but this place changes everything. Positioning itself as an ecofriendly take on the Spanish taberna (tavern), it's gone for a winning white …
Top Choice Spanish in Malasaña & Chueca

Casa Julio

A citywide poll for the best croquetas (croquettes) in Madrid would see half of those polled voting for Casa Julio and the remainder not doing so only because they haven’t been yet. They’re that good that celebritie…
Top Choice Spanish in Sol, Santa Ana & Huertas

Lhardy

This Madrid landmark (since 1839) is an elegant treasure trove of takeaway gourmet tapas downstairs, while the six upstairs dining areas are the upmarket preserve of traditional Madrid dishes with an occasional hint…