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Restaurant Botin

#293 of 6,928 Restaurants in Madrid
Certificate of Excellence
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Calle de los Cuchilleros 17, 28005 Madrid, Spain
91 366 4217
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1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
8:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
8:00 pm - 12:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Botin is the oldest restaurant in the world according to the Guinness Book...
Botin is the oldest restaurant in the world according to the Guinness Book of Records. Located in the heart of Madrid, at the foot of the Arco de Cuchilleros and next to the Plaza Mayor, it was founded in 1725 and was a meeting place for Madrid's bohemian and literary set. Botin offers Madrid-style hospitality in a convivial and friendly setting, with traditional decor. The restaurant prides itself on using the finest ingredients accredited by the respective quality marks in order to offer guests traditional recipes that have been passed down from father to son over the years, cooked in a natural and artisan way. Its specialties include roast suckling pig and lamb cooked in traditional Castilian style in a wood-fired oven that has been in use since 1725. Botin treats all its diners the same - whether politician, famous artist or its neighbourhood regulars.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Oldest Restaurant in the World

Its like taking a step back in time, this traditional old world restaurant is all about atmosphere and décor. to eat in the oldest restaurant in the world is like being part of history. as for the food its old world to, if you want fine dining this is not for you but if you want a meat feast... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed January 21, 2015
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Kiltimagh, Ireland
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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Kiltimagh, Ireland
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

Its like taking a step back in time, this traditional old world restaurant is all about atmosphere and décor. to eat in the oldest restaurant in the world is like being part of history. as for the food its old world to, if you want fine dining this is not for you but if you want a meat feast traditionally... More 

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Leeds
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 NEW

We had a very average meal. This really is a tourist restaurant. Suckling pig or baby lamb are listed as their specialities. My lamb was dry and tasted the same as the suckling pig. Service was fast and impersonal.Not worth the time or the money.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015 NEW

I was keen to eat here having previously read about the history of the restaurant. Our booking hadn't gone through properly so we almost missed out, but they very kindly made space for us and provided excellent service throughout our dining experience. The food was good, nothing special but the experience of eating in such a historical restaurant was one... More 

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Sao Paulo, SP
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

I went there specifically because of the claim of being the oldest restaurant in the world, Its definitely not a top restaurant, but the food was good, the service was efficient if not attentive and the place does have some sort of charm. I choose a set menu with appetizer, entree and desert plus half a bottle of wine per... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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3 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

The setting in the cellar, the great overall ambience of the restaurant and the history is reason enough to eat here at least once on a trip to Madrid. Our kids loved walking through the wine cellars and looking in the kitchen as the little piglets were being roasted. Unique experience.

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Doha, Qatar
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

Average was good, but it looks to me me they are targeting more the tourists because the notoriety that the restaurant reached, and having the prices a bit high in consequence.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

The TRIP ADVISOR photo in Casa Botin restaurant reminded me of our first outing to a "big experience" outside our Hotel Villarreal hotel in August, 2000. With my bride in tow,Botin is a place to go expecting to pay a premium price, but it is very, very worthwhile. Traditional dishes of Spain are on offer. The best of everything Spain... More 

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Denmark
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015 via mobile

We have been to Botin a couple of times. Every time we promis ourselves not to go back. The restaurant is of course a land mark and the rooms very nice. The food and service, however, seems to get worse and worse. The cochinillo (suckling pig) was tough and the fat "white", i.e. not cooked until it melts. It could... More 

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Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

It was a nice classical restaurant that comes with interesting histories. Was informed that this restaurant was in Guinness Book of World Record as being the oldest. The food was above average but the roasted piglet was a let down but then again coming from a person that does not eat piglets that statement seems a little bias. The service... More 

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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Delicious food, nicely served in a wonderful setting. The first time I dined at Botin, I was on my guard a bit, as it was praised in just about every guide book ... and Hemingway even mentioned it in The Sun Also Rises. It was superb several decades ago, and just as good this trip. I and one other person... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Calle de los Cuchilleros 17, 28005 Madrid, Spain
  • Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Community of Madrid  >  Madrid>  > Centro
  • Neighborhood: Centro
  • Phone Number: 91 366 4217

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 0 - 100
  • Cuisine: Spanish

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine

Description

Botin is the oldest restaurant in the world according to the Guinness Book of Records. Located in the heart of Madrid, at the foot of the Arco de Cuchilleros and next to the Plaza Mayor, it was founded in 1725 and was a meeting place for Madrid's bohemian and literary set. Botin offers Madrid-style hospitality in a convivial and friendly setting, with traditional decor. The restaurant prides itself on using the finest ingredients accredited by the respective quality marks in order to offer guests traditional recipes that have been passed down from father to son over the years, cooked in a natural and artisan way. Its specialties include roast suckling pig and lamb cooked in traditional Castilian style in a wood-fired oven that has been in use since 1725. Botin treats all its diners the same - whether politician, famous artist or its neighbourhood regulars.
Open Hours
Sunday
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
8:00 pm - 12:00 am
Monday
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
8:00 pm - 12:00 am
Tuesday
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
8:00 pm - 12:00 am
Wednesday
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
8:00 pm - 12:00 am
Thursday
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
8:00 pm - 12:00 am
Friday
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
8:00 pm - 12:00 am
Saturday
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
8:00 pm - 12:00 am

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