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Taberna Gastromaquia

Pelayo 8 | chueca, Madrid, Spain (Salamanca)
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Ranked #24 of 6,489 restaurants in Madrid
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Salamanca
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415 reviews from our community

91% Recommend
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English first
Shanghai, China
Top Contributor
98 reviews 98 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

We went there without reservation, and fortunately there's an available table. Chosen their daily menu, our food, prawn, asparagus, entrecôte, all are very nice; and pls don't miss their homemade cheese cake, which is AMAZING!!!!! The EUR 19 daily menu including 1 antipasto, 1 main course, 1 dessert, 1 house wine and 1 coffee, it's of great value that I... More

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Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Visited due to reading reviews on here, a little hard to find but unique and quirky with amazing food. A small restaurant but several different nationalities in there I think because of Tripadvisor, the Americans on the next table told us they were, the size of the restaurant lending itself to sociability. As mentioned the owner goes through the menu... More

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Seattle, Washington
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

When you walk in you're likely to find Hugo welcoming you from the bar. After a few minutes with him you'd probably stay if he were serving cheese whiz on ritz crackers. Instead, the culinary creations you're about to be presented with are likely to be your tastebud's highlight of your time in Madrid. We arrived with no reservation, but... More

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Top Contributor
149 reviews 149 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

We had a reservation here on our first night in Madrid. Needless to say, it was our best meal of our 5 days here. Menu was in Spanish, but the owner, Hugo could not have been nice. He translated the entire menu, talked about his family, where he is from, others he has worked with, etc. he made recommendations and... More

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Odiham, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Not a lot I can add to all of the other excellent reviews - except to say, don't go if you are looking for a sumptuous setting, subdued lighting and lots of personal space. Do go, if you are prepared to be culinarily delighted, are happy to chat to your fellow diners (tables are a little squeezed) mostly about how... More

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Madrid, Spain
Top Contributor
136 reviews 136 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
128 helpful votes 128 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 via mobile

A very average restaurant, trading on the indeed remarkable fact that staff and owner speak excellent English and make you feel comfortable choosing from a limited list of dishes to share. There is much better food in Madrid at these prices. The many links on the net claiming this as a tapas bar are wrong.

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

An excellent restaurant whose staff share a real passion for food. This results in a great menu which is cooked to perfection. The atmosphere and decor is lacking but is more than compensated by the food. Highly recommended.

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London, United Kingdom
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435 reviews 435 reviews
224 restaurant reviews
162 helpful votes 162 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

The dishes here are utterly delicious. Don't miss this place if you are in town - the staff are superb - friendly, helpful and fun. We asked for recommendations and were blown away by each dish that came. And - at EUR 116 for 4 people with gin and tonics and sangrias it was excellent value. Highly recommended.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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31 reviews 31 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

This hidden taberna is a true gem of culinary genius - Chef Hugo - who has cooked alongside chefs Ferran Adria and Jose Andres and on his television show as well- takes great pride in helping serve and visit with every customer. Even better, his warm personality will make you want to visit again and again and his pride in... More

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Auckland, New Zealand
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Fourth visit and looking forward to my next one. Hugo is chef and host and performs both tasks to perfection. His enthusiasm is infectious and he is very good at moderating your order as there is the temptation to try almost everything on the menu. When the food arrives, it is difficult to pick out your favourite as every dish... More

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