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Restaurant Botin

#390 of 7,601 Restaurants in Madrid
#421 of 7,831 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, Late Night, 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
Trip down memory lane in worlds oldest restaurant

"With this claim to fame it could ave been a cheesy disaster, we were surprised by the good food, service and cozy atmosphere. We should have ordered the famous pig, but had fish which was good, but not the specialty. It was a nice lunch, not the best or worst food we had in Madrid, but very good.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Suckling pig and babe calamaries in itsels juice were great! We passed throw galley and took seats in separate small hall. Bill was 60 euro (pig+calam.+1/2vine).

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW via mobile

Supposedly the oldest restaurant in the world, Restaurant Botín was very good. After a detour through the kitchen to get to the dining room, we found the service to be friendly and attentive and the food to be excellent. A plate of Iberian ham and local cheeses was terrific.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

The oldest restaurant in the world. Yes, it can be a bit touristy because of this, but what an experience. We had heard that you should sit downstairs in the cellar (which we did) and we absolutely had an awesome meal there. The food was very good. Not the best food I've ever eaten in my life, but very good... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

"With this claim to fame it could ave been a cheesy disaster, we were surprised by the good food, service and cozy atmosphere. We should have ordered the famous pig, but had fish which was good, but not the specialty. It was a nice lunch, not the best or worst food we had in Madrid, but very good.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

The restaurant got amazing recommendations on TripAdvisor and In Lonely Planet so we had to try it. This should be the world's oldest restaurant dating back to 1725. We had made a reservation and got a table en the basement with got a cozy atmosphere with an old style - imagine this place have been used as a restaurant since... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Very nice food-tried the pork the building is very old but it had a very good atmosphere the people were very friendly with good english the prices though were higher than they should be

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

If you want to be part of the hoards of tourists eating nice but very average food for the very expensive price then go,it is the oldest in the world however most restaurants on the same street are as old but much nicer and a whole lot more personality.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW via mobile

Lovely little place. Full of history, I liked that they had all about the history of Botin on the menu. Great atmosphere and in a really nice area. Nice food & good service. Would defiantly recommend.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Generally I try to steer clear of the super touristy places, but this is the oldest restaurant in the world.....The staff was very kind and accommodating. We were seated immediately upon arrival for our reservation in the cellar area upon our request. The food was very good. This place is a tad on the expensive side, but you are paying... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

True to what some of the other reviews said, it does smell musty but it is old world musty and you get used to it, the stairs downstairs are steep so not ideal if you need decent accessibility, unless you are able to get a table upstairs. All that said, we had a great experience here. I was worried after... 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 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

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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