This is our ranking of the 10 best restaurants in Madrid. All of them have that little more that makes the difference, we do not take account of the price but you will see some good surprises in this selection.
Ayala, 144 Opening hours :
Bar from 10am to 2am - Restaurant from 1:30pm to 4pm and for 9pm to 11:30pm. Closed on sunday, monday night, August. Phone :
+34 914 023 794 Metro/Bus :
Goya, Manuel Becerra
El fogón de Trifón - Madrid
El fogón de Trifón is for us one of the best restaurants of Madrid. J.Trifón Jorge Esteban likes the Spanish cuisine of the market and loves even more to make it largely profit to its customers. You should taste about every specialties like: el rabo estofado, las croquetas de morcillao de jamón ibérico, callos a la madrileña, bacalao al estilo del 'Fogón', los huevos de Trifón …
A delight… It is very small, it is necessary to book or to wait at the bar in front of great tapas..
Lagasca, 60 Opening hours :
From 1:30pm to 4pm and for 8pm to 11:30pm. Closed on sunday Phone :
00 34 91 576 80 35 Metro/Bus :
La Trainera - Madrid
Madrid has the reputation to be The city in Spain for fish and the seafood and in Madrid one of the great references for fish and seafood is La Trainera. Do not trust with misleading appearances of this restaurant: rustic tables without tablecloth, tavern looking… The fish here is delivered by plane and its freshness is never choked by complicated recipes. A la plancha most of the time, all these dishes are wonder of simplicity: gambas with garlic, merluza, turbot, grilled hake, zarzuela, and dozens of different seafood. So perfect that it is for example a kind of HQ of contemporary artists… You can trust them!!
Alcalá, 15 Opening hours :
From 1:30pm to 4pm and for 8pm to 11:30pm.. Closed Saturday noon and Sunday and August Phone :
00 34 915 321 275 - 00 34 915 218 700 Metro/Bus :
La Terraza del Casino de Madrid
It is not a Casino but a Social Club founded in 1836. The Club is always private but its restaurant is freely open for amateurs of high gastronomy. La Terraza del Casino de Madrid obtained its second star by Michelin’s guide without surprised when you will known that the chief is Paco Roncero with a menu imagined by Maestro Ferrán Adriá!!
The idea there is to choose the degustation menu and discover about 20 marvelous gustatory surprises which you can find out on this Pdf. Menu starts with a Cocktail called “Caipirinha Nitro” funny before going towards more traditional savors like: lobster, piglet, gambas, cod…Fabulous!
Splendid new decoration by designer Jaime Hayon...
Zurbano, 31 Opening hours :
from 1.30pm to 3:30pm and from 9pm to 11pm - Closed on sunday Phone :
00 34 91 310 2169 / 00 34 91 310 0394 Metro/Bus :
Sergi Arola Gastro - Madrid
Sergi Arola Gastro is the very new restaurant of Sergi Arola, one of the chefs in vogue in Spain at this moment. Disciple of Ferrán Adriá and Pierre Gagnaire, he belongs to what is regarded as the second generation of Spanish chefs. Arola, which acknowledges being the King of the thermomix, adores to change its menus almost every two months, here as in Barcelona where he obtained a big hit… We thus advise you to follow its discoveries with the degustation menu at 160€ or the degustation menu with a superb wine selection (235€). You can expect: Terrine of foie gras and duck confit, partrigde rillete " tatin" , Monkfish "All cremat"(burnt garlic cream) with endivies and confit… Sergi Arola Gastro is a 2 star Michelinrestaurant.
See also Arola Madrid the other address of Arola in Madrid. Jackets are required for men!
Cava Baja, 35 Opening hours :
From 1:15pm to 4pm and for 9pm to 11:30pm.. Closed on sunday Phone :
00 34 91 3658217 - 00 34 91 3653252 Metro/Bus :
Casa Lucio - Madrid
If you want to come across celebrities like Hillary Clinton, Kate Moss, Joan N Cobo, known bullfighters or His Majesty the king Juan Carlos, an address: Casa Lucio. Opened in 1974 this restaurant held by very famous Lucio, is one of the references for the Castilian cuisine. We enjoyed his specialties of Huevos estrellados, cocido, capon, Merluza de la casa…
Ask a table close to the bar, on the first floor it is disgrace!!
Lagasca, 46 Opening hours :
From 2pm to 4pm and for 9pm to 1am. Closed on sunday Phone :
+ 34 915 76 38 89 Metro/Bus :
Serano - Velazquez
Taberna El Rincón de Goya - Madrid
Great fun in this Taberna El Rincón de Goya! Tasty tapas among the most sophisticated of Madrid. A small tear in the eye while reminding tapas like: foie gras, cheese of Burgos, egg of ruail fried, cod and lot of others surprises. The tapas bar is often crowded. Remain then the restaurant… More chic but also more expensive..
Calle de Cava Alta, 7 Opening hours :
From 1:30pm to 4pm and for 8pm to 11:30pm.. Closed on sunday night, monday and tuesday at lunch Phone :
+34 913 650 503 Metro/Bus :
Cava Blanca - Madrid
A basement of an immaculate white from where its name Cava Blanca. Carried out by hand of Master by the young chef Alejandro de la Torre for a traditional cuisine, modern but not molecular. To discover again a great gaspacho, fritters of crawfish, risotto with mushrooms and foie gras.
See all the menu on this image. Price more than reasonable for such a creativity.
Doctor Castelo, 22 Opening hours :
From 2pm to 4pm and for 9pm to 1am. Closed on sunday Phone :
00 34 91 573 55 90 Metro/Bus :
La Castela - Madrid
If you walk by Retiro park, more precisely at the opposite side of the Prado Museum - we suggest you to try La Castela, a very, very good tapas bar.
Great tapas but with plenty of traditional other dishes like: the delicious croquetas with seafood, but also with chicken. Scrambled eggs with white beans and blood pudding. The list is long.. Try as many you can!!
But you must know that real gourmets come to La Castela only for fish (squids, burbot, sea-bream), rices and seafood, the other specialty of the place. It's a great restaurant... Great wine choice..
Calle Alfonso X, 3 Opening hours :
From 2pm to 4pm and for 9pm to 1am. Closed on Saturday noon and sunday Phone :
+34 913 104 039 Metro/Bus :
Café Tabares - Madrid
A small gold nugget that this Café Tabares, a tiny and chic restaurant held by Isabel Tabares. Only 20 persons by service, that is to say that it is necessary to book to discover this fine Spanish cuisine renewed daily according to the arrivals of the market. The specialties of the house are the puchero canario (ragout of the Canary Islands); the foie a la plancha, gambas Al ajillo and a dessert the tocino of cielo (kind of Andalusian flan).
It is simply perfect from the beginning to the end, although quite known now. Better book days before arrival!