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Restaurant Botin

#380 of 7,513 Restaurants in Madrid
#411 of 7,744 Places to Eat in Madrid
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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: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Delivery, Reservations
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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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
World's Oldest Restaurant

You must visit this historic restaurant when in Madrid. The staff was welcoming, friendly and attentive. And their menu goes over the historic significance of this restaurant. And bonus....the food is delicious. We went for a late lunch because we could not go for dinner. Definitely recommend... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 24, 2015
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Bel Air, Maryland
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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Wonderful meal! Suckling pig was good but their steak was even better! Don't let them rush you through your meal, relax and enjoy!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW via mobile

This restaurant is the oldest restaurant in the world. No wonder they are in business. They know what they doing. The food is always great. They specialized in lechón ( baby pork ) and roasted Lamb . Order one each. The House wine is excelent. Very fair prices.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Over rated. I had better food and more fun at local places through out plaza mayor. The food was OK and the staff was nice. The best part of this restaurant is the history behind it.

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Woodhaven, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

If you'd like to experience history while eating a delicious meal, this is the place for you (make a reservation if you want to make sure you eat in their basement which brings you closer to that experience). There's a reason why this restaurant is still open after so long. The white glove service was fantastic, we waited maybe 30... More 

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Berlin, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

I was sceptical at first, but thought we would give Botin a try. It was a big suprise! The place was packed with tourists (just as we thought. Don't forget to reserve your table a few days ahead, and make your reservation preferably for 8pm, when the restaurant opens, you don't have to wait too much, and the food is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Restaurant Botin is located off of Plaza Mayor, and is considered to be the world's oldest restaurant! This was the second time eating here, and it remains exceptional. The suckling pig is one dish that they are famous for, also save room for their meringue cake! Needless, to say reservations are almost a must! The food, atmosphere, and service is... More 

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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

At first I thought this was just a tourist trap but decided as it was reputedly the oldest restaurant in the world we'd give it a try as part of our Madrid experience. We were glad that we did as we enjoyed our evening from start to finish. We were told there would be a wait of approximately 20 minutes... More 

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Davenport, Iowa
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

My wife and I ate dinner here during our stay in Madrid partly to satisfy our inner Hemingway and partly to eat baby pig. The service was impeccable and the suckling pig was perfect (we ordered the pig for 2)!!! We had a great bottle of wine and due to my wife's Spanish speaking capability we got a great tour... More 

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Bel Air, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

You must visit this historic restaurant when in Madrid. The staff was welcoming, friendly and attentive. And their menu goes over the historic significance of this restaurant. And bonus....the food is delicious. We went for a late lunch because we could not go for dinner. Definitely recommend making reservations.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

It was fun to eat in the cellar and imagine the history of the place. I had the lamb, which was OK. The entree was just a plate of meat, nothing much else on the plate.

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Additional Information about Restaurant Botin

Address: Calle de los Cuchilleros 17, 28005 Madrid, Spain
Phone Number: 91 366 4217
Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Community of Madrid  >  Madrid>  > Centro
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
Average Prices: USD 100
Cuisine: Pizza, Spanish, Asian

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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 100
  • Price Range: $ $ $ $
  • Cuisine: Pizza, Spanish, Asian

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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Staying in Centro

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Centro
Expansive plazas, local and foreign crowds, street performers, colorful lights, window shopping, restaurant signs promising the best paella, ham, and churros con chocolate- this is downtown Madrid, a collection of plazas interconnected by a network of side streets. Some of these side streets are wide pedestrian shopping routes, and some are hidden, so it's possible to duck in and out of the bustle as desired. The iconic Puerta del Sol is the giant crossroads of the city and a must-see attraction at any time of the day. The nearby Plaza Mayor, completely enclosed by historic red buildings, is an ideal place to grab a bite to eat outside, amidst scores of tables and people out for a stroll. Plaza Isabel II (also known as “Opera”) is smaller and a good meeting spot, and the stately Plaza del Oriente is the front yard of the Royal Palace. Centro can be touristy (pickpockets are unfortuately not unheard-of here), crowded, and sometimes gimmicky, but it is also the place to experience classic Madrid.
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