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Restaurant Botin

Cuchilleros st., 17, 28005 Madrid, Spain (Centro)
91 366 4217
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Ranked #229 of 6,511 Restaurants in Madrid
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $0 - $100
Sun - Sat 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
8:00 pm - 12:00 am
Cuisines: Spanish
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Neighborhood: Centro
Description: Bot��n 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. Bot��n 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 specialities include roast suckling pig and lamb cooked in traditional Castilian style in a wood-fired oven that has been in use since 1725. Bot��n treats all its diners the same - whether politician, famous artist or its neighbourhood regulars.
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Miami, Florida
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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

For those who have an apprehension on the generosity of the Spanish, should just go to El Botin. They are the proudest employees I have ever met. They offered us a tour of the restaurant, and knew the history to a "T". I was so impressed as to El Botin's history, and nothing's changed, there is history in my taste... More

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Guangzhou, China
13 reviews 13 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

The food is nice, the service is good, it's in a nice location to walk around after your meal and it's very cool to eat at what's meant to be the oldest restaurant in the world. I'm glad we went there. It's not a place I would visit over and over again if I was in Madrid often, but I... More

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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45 reviews 45 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

well by now you know it's the oldest working restaurant in the world and a landmark for tourists. you shouldn't hold it against them, since they make traditional food honor and service is delightful without being too formal or too friendly. the best dishes really are the suckling pig, the lamb and the fillet mignion. the desserts are also good.... More

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Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

This is my favorite dining experience in Madrid. It's not just the oldest restaurant in Madrid, (founded in 1725) it may well be the oldest continuously operating restaurant in the world. And the building (dating back to the early 1500s) may have originally been an Inn. So it's possible they may have been serving meals at this location for over... More

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New York City, New York
18 reviews 18 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

I concur with the recent reviews on this historic restaurant! Our first experience was 10 years ago, a thoroughly enjoyable and memorable occasion. When we returned earlier this spring, things had changed and NOT for the better. When the doors opened, we were 'herded' in (along with many other tourists who were told there was no later seating available.) We... More

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London, United Kingdom
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37 reviews 37 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

This is an experience and not only a restaurant. It was especially an experience for us as we received a private tour of the premises before it opened for the evening. Botin is set out beautifully on each floor matching traditional style and feel. Everywhere you look in the building you find an element of history of the family or... More

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East Yorkshire
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW via mobile

Booked the table before we left the uk for the first sitting of the evening. Very friendly and welcoming staff. Something for everyone on the menu but we both had roast suckling pig. You can't beat the beautiful thin crispy skin with no fatty bits. In typical Spanish style it just comes with potatoes, side orders of veg are extra.... More

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Fountain Valley, California
17 reviews 17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

I have eaten here 3 times and the first 2 were fantastic, but during my most recent trip the food was only OK, not great. It is very difficult to get a reservation here and is worth visiting due to the location and history surrounding it, but be prepared to pay a lot for the experience.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

very expensive food trading on being the oldest restaurant we had lovely starters artichokes and mushrooms and bread nice my main course the lamb was not edbile my husbands suckling pig was also disappointing not slow cooked we have better pork from a well khown uk surpermarket which i am a chef for i had a nice dessert the madrid... More

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Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
14 reviews 14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Excellent spread and choice of menu. The cooking style is still ancient. We were fortunate to be the first ones to enter and were able to secure a table on the 1st floor. The service was great. So was the ambience.

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