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Restaurant Botin

#302 of 7,092 Restaurants in Madrid
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Calle de los Cuchilleros 17, 28005 Madrid, Spain
91 366 4217
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Today
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
8:00 pm - 12:00 am
Closed now
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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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Good for:
Local cuisine

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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
Unique but not special

Go to this restaurant only for the sake of saying that you ate at the 'oldest' restaurant in the world. The food was ok and service was fast, but it felt more like a Disney attraction then fine dinning. There is better food to be had in Madrid.

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 5, 2015
john s
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Seattle, Washington
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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Seattle, Washington
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 NEW

Go to this restaurant only for the sake of saying that you ate at the 'oldest' restaurant in the world. The food was ok and service was fast, but it felt more like a Disney attraction then fine dinning. There is better food to be had in Madrid.

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Toronto, Canada
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36 reviews 36 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 NEW

This was our first trip to Madrid, and we reserved online a table at Botin several weeks before our trip. It is on one of the streets that lead off Plaza Mayor, and perhaps 100 feet beyond the Plaza. We were attracted by the claim it is the "earliest" restaurant in the world, the fact it is mentioned in Hemingway's... More 

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12 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW via mobile

We pre booked for the restaurant in advance & were rewarded with the table next to Hemmingway's favourite table. The whole atmosphere is different here & whilst the food is not necessarily the best compared to the local competition, it's still good and a favourite with tourists & locals alike. We had shared half portions of the suckling pig &... More 

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Belo Horizonte, Brazil
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

It's my 4th time in Madrid, and the 4th time I go to Botin to eat the cochinillo. The food is always excellent, although the service sometimes lack quality. This time, since we were in a group of 8, we made a reservation for a table, but unfortunately they gave us a table at the top floor (not their fault,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

Managed to secure a table underground which added to experience. Atmosphere great, food and wine really good, service equally good. Loved it and would recommend. Book in advance, really popular.

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Trondheim, Norway
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

This is not a cheap place (and they charge for everything), but it is definitely worth to spend some time and money and enjoy a crusty house menu at Botin. Aside from a tasty treat we had an opportunity to experience a live music from what looked like street musicians who performed a repertoire of internationally well-known Spanish songs so... More 

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

We first heard of this restaurant from our walking tour guide and decided to go have dinner later that day. we had no idea it was going to be soooo good. Best way to end the trip. To get to our table we had to go through the kitchen, which we thought was actually "interesting".

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Tampere, Finland
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

Althoug its obviously a tourist place, there were also locals eating there so its not only an attraction. We had cochinillo, which was tasty, however, a bit like 'joulukinkku' we eat here at christmas :) The service was very good and polite. I wouldn't complain about the prices either since I come from a country where you easilly pay 10... More 

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Budapest, Hungary
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26 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

I popped by one Tuesday afternoon and was pleasantly surprised and grateful that I could get a dinner reservation that night, especially since I was only in town for a few days. I ate downstairs, which is a warm and cozy exposed brick room with the wine cellar just off the room. All the servers were attentive and gracious. I... More 

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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

This is the oldest restaurant in the world, so just that alone is worth a visit. Reservations are a plus, but I'm not sure you really need them for lunch. The service is quick and attentive enough. The food is affordable, not as outrageously expensive as we expected. We shared a dish of white asparagus (too soft), a salad (okay),... 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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Neighborhood Profile
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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