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Madrid Dining

Madrid is a melting pot when it comes to food from all around the Iberian Peninsula. Spain boasts some of the best cooking in the world so be adventurous and try something new.

Tapas are small size dishes ranging from cheeses to seafood. Most Dining in Madrid is experienced through hopping from tapas bar to tapas bar. For the best in town, be sure to include “El Bocaito” in your itinerary; locals are always recommending it, and with good reason.

Tip: Try the red mullets; they are always fresh and the sangria is purely Spanish, not the watered down version.

A Picky Eater
Hemingway was known for his writing but not for the fact that he was a picky eater. However, this famous author enjoyed roast suckling pig, an important part of dining in Madrid, at a restaurant called “Sobrino Del Botin”. In existence since 1725, it’s known for having the most amazing aromatic ambiences in all of Madrid.


On those cold winter days in Madrid, you can’t go wrong at “Malacatin”, where you will savor the “Cocido Madrileno”, (stew from Madrid). More than a stew, it is an amazing dish composed of chickpeas, cabbage, salt pork, beef and chicken. It is truly the way to combat the winter blues. Meals include wine and desserts and it is a great value. Reservations are recommended as the place is small and always busy.

Best Seafood

“Cabo Mayor” at the edge of the city, on the Northeast side, offers the finest and freshest seafood in the country. It is so good that the Royal family usually comes to enjoy a kettle of fish soup from the Cantabria region or for its renowned stewed sea bream flavored with thyme. It’s truly fine dining in Madrid.

Elegant and Chic
Truthfully, this is the way in which to describe many of the restaurants that add to the dining in Madrid experience. “Sula” for example, a relatively new restaurant in the city, has already become famous for its elegant yet unpretentious décor, as well as its Mediterranean and Spanish cuisine. It has even been said that this is where famous chefs come to dine. Choose a great bottle of wine from more than 4,000 available. It is best known for its Iberian hams’ selection.

To add romance to your dining in Madrid, include “El Amparo” on your list. It happens to be located in one of the most elegant spots of the city and serves some of the finest food in the city. The price is well worth it. In the daytime, you’ll enjoy dining under amazing skylights that bathe the room with sunlight while at night you’ll enjoy a soft glow from lanterns. Service is excellent and the wine list will not disappoint you.

Asadores, or grill houses are popular throughout Spain, especially in Madrid where locals and tourists run to Asador Fronton, for their suckling pig, Basque hake, grilled sardines and cod. This place is frequented by sports celebrities and politicians.

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