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Restaurant Botin

Cuchilleros st., 17, 28005 Madrid, Spain (Centro)
91 366 4217
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Ranked #221 of 6,464 restaurants in Madrid
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

We usually try and avoid places that are obviously tourist traps, and yes they charge a bit too much and we had had better food on the trip, but overall it is worth doing. The atmosphere is great and the location is right in the middle of everything. It is just one of those places worth saying you have gone... More

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San Antonio, Texas
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164 reviews 164 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

We heard nothing but rave words about this place from our tour guide. what a disappointment. the food was not all that good. the suckling pig was dry and tasteless. ( if you want perfect pig go to granada, at carmen san miguel for the best in spain. this place is an icon but we have had much better experience... More

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Wellington, New Zealand
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

We booked ahead through the hotel for a final night treat in Madrid. Like others we were ushered into the third floor modern area - no atmosphere and certainly no sense of service. We were asked for our order within two minutes and without a menu! After a quick browse, there was more pressure to order and no engagement at... More

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Loved the service, history and setting. Not a fan of suckling pig, which is their specialty dish, but well worth a splurge to be in a place where the likes of both Heminway and Goya hung out (although Goya was reportedly a dishwasher here).

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW via mobile

The atmosphere and history of this place is really breathtaking. The menus carry the history of the place which is worth reading about given the place has been operating since the 1700s. We made same-day reservations late afternoon so we had a late dinner (10pm) which is typical for Spain and we did not mind. We were seated upstairs in... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

We were genuinely looking forward to our meal at Botin and made our reservation several days in advance. The first big issue we faced when we arrived is that we were taken to the decidely modern and unatmospheric third floor with all other English speaking tourists and frankly could have been in any mediocre dining room in the world. When... More

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Houston, Texas
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33 reviews 33 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

We went to the Restaurant Botin on recommendation from a tour guide-and to say that we ate at the oldest restaurant in the world! It's true, there are even Guinness Book of World Record cards at the cash register as you enter/exit. We were seated downstairs where it was a tight fit but the atmosphere was so wonderful. One of... More

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Was a bit dubious of visiting the worlds oldest restaurant as even though the reviews were really good, expectations were therefore high.. We need not have worried. Requested the cellar and was seated within a romantic alcove which was perfect! Especially since the weather outside was hot, the cellar was cool and very welcome. We ordered the speciality of suckling... More

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London, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW via mobile

The 4 of us ordered the speciality, Roast suckling pig with potatoes. The pork was nice, succulent and tender, however the pieces of pork & potatoes were inconsistent. Some of us had 2 pieces, some had 3 pieces of pork. Same with potatoes. disappointed with the inconsistency. we noticed the other 3 tables around us, who had as little as... More

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Yes, this restaurant is expensive, it's also the world's oldest. So what else would you expect? The food is great, had the lamb, it was incredible (not an overly large servicing size). The house wine leaves something to be desired (primarily quality), it was half the price of the other wines, so I guess it's a good deal. I would... More

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