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Restaurant Botin

Cuchilleros st., 17, 28005 Madrid, Spain (Centro)
91 366 4217
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Ranked #228 of 6,490 restaurants in Madrid
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $0 - $100
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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Ellesmere Port, United Kingdom
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89 reviews 89 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

Essential to book online as there's always a queue to get in this old restaurant (allegedly the oldest running one in the world). Opens at 8pm for dinner, the time we booked, and we walked past the crowds and were shown to a table after I asked for a ground floor one. From here, you can step down into the... More

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Denver, Colorado
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32 reviews 32 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

I usually hate eating at restaurants like this because they are tourist traps that rely heavily on their claim to fame (in this case the oldest restaurant in the world) and lack substance but the food was good but it was still touristy. The restaurant is housed in a three story building and we were seated on the top floor... More

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London, United Kingdom
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Good authentic no fuss spanish cuisine doubled with very good service. Came here by accident as wondering around the nearby Piazza.. we came back night after night since during our 6 days stay in Madrid. The restaurant tend to be busy especially on dinner service so i recommend to book in advance. - The lower ground floor table is favorable... More

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Hong Kong, China
13 reviews 13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

Restaurante Botin is reputed to be the earliest restaurant in the world, being founded in 1725. Trading on that it is a very busy place but also very large so even walk-in diners can usually be found a table. The service was very good, polite and friendly and the staff were obviously used to people taking photos of the place.... More

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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

We were there during our honeymoon trip in 1990. It has been almost 25 years. Judging by the reviews posted, the restaurant is still doing well and customers are still loyal to the place. We loved the specialty of the house which is the Suckling Pig. It was very well prepared and will come back to celebrate our Silver..

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Toronto, Canada
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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Great atmosphere and nearly always full. Try some Jamon Serrano, queso manchego and croquetas to start and either the lamb or suckling pig for the main course (both are signature dishes; both are excellent)

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2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Botin was a fantastic experience. We were fortunate enough to get a seat in the basement in an area with only three tables, which was very cosy. We both had the suckling pig which was divine. There's no airs and graces with the food, it's just delicious and simple with HUGE portions! The pig was tastier than any I've had... More

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The Nutmeg State
Top Contributor
73 reviews 73 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

I ate there about 30 years ago and the good food was still in my memory. But this time the lamb and ham were dry not seasoned and I found it OK but nothing to rave about. The service was excellent, the waiter was very attentive and served us very well and quick. I chose the cellar because of the... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

The greatness of a restaurant is measured by the consistency of the quality of food, quality of service and ambience. If someone has done that year after year for almost 3 centuries , yes 300 years, then there must be something great about it. Its truly an institution. It has been listed in Guinness world records for the oldest serving... More

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Little River, South Carolina
14 reviews 14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Botins is not to be missed on a trip to Madrid. Part of the reason is the incredible old world atmosphere and charm. Some of the waiters have been there over 40 years and know how to treat guests. The walls have lovely old tiles and the entire place brings to mind a charming old Spanish style restaurant from years... More

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