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Restaurant Botin

#146 of 8,242 Restaurants in Madrid
Certificate of Excellence
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Neighborhood:
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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: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children
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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
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Well it's the oldest restaurant in the world, so we just had to go while in Madrid. We are glad that we did. We had made reservations, but I am not sure that was necessary. My husband and I sat in the room when you first enter, which was very small but cozy. I did not see the rooms downstairs... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Robyn C
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London, United Kingdom
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Singapore
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44 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Food was good but rather pricey. I wouldn't say that it was exactly value for money for the quality and quantity. We had the suckling pig (good) and roasted chicken, which was slightly too dry for our liking. What made the meal memorable was the look that we received when we told the waiter that we will not be ordering... More 

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Thank cryolite
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The steak is perhaps the best I have eaten in my life. The baby lamb is also very good. I was only interested in the food but the building itself has a lot of character and history to it, so those interested in that stuff can probably appreciate it on that level. The staff was polite and spoke English. There... More 

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Alloa
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33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If you ever find yourself in Madrid a visit to Botin is an absolute must. It's a piece of Madrid history given that it is the oldest restaurant in the world. (official Guinness World Record holder) The interior of the building is incredible spread over many levels. The white jacketed waiters are smart and attentive and more than happy to... More 

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Aventura, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

It is said to be the oldest restaurant in the world and all the hipe did not let us down. The food and the atmosphere was great. Reservations are a must.

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London, United Kingdom
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105 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Well it's the oldest restaurant in the world, so we just had to go while in Madrid. We are glad that we did. We had made reservations, but I am not sure that was necessary. My husband and I sat in the room when you first enter, which was very small but cozy. I did not see the rooms downstairs... More 

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Thank Robyn C
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78 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

When we visit Madrid, this restaurant is always on our list of must visit places. It has a distinct character, without being overbearing. Yes, there are many tourists, but the service is good and the food is very good. Combined with the history, location and ambiance, it is always a winner. Try the cuchillo peppers--dynamite.

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Greenville, South Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Our lunch in the world's oldest restaurant was outstanding. We had the grilled sole and the suckling pig. Both were exceptional. The fish was de-boned at a nearby station and was interesting to watch. It seemed more personalized that way. We ate in the upstairs room which is very impressive with tiled walls and interesting wall hangings. Although it may... More 

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Saint Augustine, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Went for dinner and were very well impressed. Had seen online that it was recognized as the oldest restaurant in the world by Guiness, and expected it to be very pricey - it was not. We both ordered the suckling pig, and it was undoubtedly the best we had every had (better than Los Caracoles in Barcelona). The outside was... More 

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Il Gzira, Malta
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Garlic shrimp is so oily and the shrimp is not tasty. Chicken soup tastes like salted soup. It's unacceptable with the price. And you must order at least one plate per one person. I'm Asian. I normally share with my fiancé first because with one plate of the western people, we can be full. Although they don't serve in the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had lunch in this restaurant, fantastic place for having meal in Madrid. The oldest restaurant in the world. Great food and great service staff. Love the crispy baby pork. Recomended restaurant in Madrid.

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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
  • Cuisine: Spanish, Soups, Pizza, Mediterranean

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children

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

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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