Madrid isn’t renowned for its cuisine, with many favouring the likes of Basque Country, Catalunya or Galicia for a foodie getaway. Nevertheless, the city is home to delicious Spanish food and you’ll find plenty of authentic choices if you look in the right places. Sample a true taste of Madrid and don’t miss out on our pick of the top restaurants in the Spanish capital.
La Corral de la Morería
La Corral de la Morería is one of the city’s most booked restaurants, and there’s definitely a reason for that! Not content with serving up quality Spanish food, it’s also the oldest flamenco show restaurant in Madrid! Located in the heart of Madrid next to the Royal Palace, the restaurant hires only the most distinguished chefs and artists, and customer service is top of the agenda. It’s the perfect place to come to enjoy mouth-watering food and a great night out.
Restaurante La Barraca
La Barraca is possibly the most famous restaurant in the city and has been a local favourite 1935. This classic and traditional restaurant just off Gran Via specialises in just about every Spanish rice dish you could imagine as well as delicious cuisine from other Spanish regions. All tastes are catered for at La Barraca, whether you prefer strong or mild flavours, seafood or vegetables, dry or liquid consistency. The wine here is also exceptional.
La Capilla de La Bolsa
The grandiose La Capilla de La Bolsa is a beautifully unique restaurant, with a Baroque vaulted ceiling decorated with stucco work and gold leaf. Previously a hermitage linked to the Knights Templar before becoming the Madrid Stock Exchange, La Capilla de La Bolsa now offers gourmet Mediterranean food served up in a unique and beautiful setting. Favourites at this city centre restaurant include seafood and vegetable dishes such as sword fish and avocado carpaccio served with a prawn vinaigrette, and gratinée sea urchins.
Housed inside a beautiful 19th century building and boasting a naturally lit terrace, El Invernadero is a must for anyone who has been stocking up on designer wares from the likes of Gucci, Dior, Versace, Cartier and Loewe in the exclusive nearby Serrano area. The décor here is wonderful, with plenty of glass and modern paintings that really help the restaurant stand out as one of Madrid’s finest.
After shopping until you drop, tuck in to a plate of the restaurants many specialities which include Iberian cured ham and chorizos, smoked fish, mi-cuit duck, salads and grilled vegetables on the Hors d’oeuvres as well as baby squid with rice, chops, sirloin steak, and a variety of fish dishes making up the main menu.
According to the Guinness Book of Records, Botín is the oldest restaurant in the world and serves up traditional Spanish food in a warm and friendly environment. Opinion is divided over whether the restaurant is too touristy or THE place to go for authentic Spanish delights. We fall into the latter train of thought, but why not make up your own mind?