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Restaurant Botin

#337 of 7,273 Restaurants 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: 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
Lovely food, lovely vibe.

Visiting the oldest restaurant in the world was a must do for us but we went expecting, at best, average food. We were pleasantly surprised at the delicious food, warm service and general buzzing vibe of the place. We weren't in the mood for pork so we tried the shrimps in white wine and a chicken... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 21, 2015
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Hyderabad, India
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19 reviews 19 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

It's famous, yes, maybe go there, but expect crowds, close tables, not the elegant service of top restaurants, and average food. I felt like it was get them in and push them out, Maybe just for lunch? I have mixed feelings. Make a reservation DAYS IN ADVANCE.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Must visit as someone else put it, it is a museum full of history. The food is pretty average. The suckling pig and lamb is their speciality.

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Hyderabad, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Visiting the oldest restaurant in the world was a must do for us but we went expecting, at best, average food. We were pleasantly surprised at the delicious food, warm service and general buzzing vibe of the place. We weren't in the mood for pork so we tried the shrimps in white wine and a chicken dish as well as... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

Many of other reviewers have and a great experience, I did not. I had to wait, for almost everything because they were just too busy, They make a lot of money, that's for sure, but I did not receive the service level for what I paid for. I am little bit upset despite the good food we ate.

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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

Visiting the oldest restaurant in the world , who is going to argue, was sensational. The decor has not changed much since 1752 when it first started which is older than Australia. Their specialty is sucking pig which is seriously good. If you visit Madrid then make the time to visit. It is not expensive and you will truely be... More 

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59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW via mobile

The food is awesome. Can't tell you how wonderful the suckling pig was and definitely how unique. The atmosphere can't be beat. It's a living antique. The simple fact that it's one of the oldest restaurants in the world makes it worth going. We poked around and saw part of the kitchen with the roast piglets all line up in... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

This is by far the most authentic restaurant in Madrid. It's the oldest continuing restaurant in the country. We have spent many special occasions there, major birthdays and the like. Antonio Gonzalez is a warm welcoming host/ owner who always grants us our wish to eat in the downstairs cave. The Cochinillo is superb as is the Cordero de lechal.... More 

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Paris, France
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8 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

To walk into a restaurant which dates back to 1725 is a humbling experience - if not for the excellence of the food- although it is rather decent- it will certainely be for the building, the decor of the restaurant and the thought that 3 centuries of patrons have walked through that door. A magical experience but would advise against... More 

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Somerset UK
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47 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

Ancient, quirky, stuffed with tourists! The food isn't top notch but the service was amiable and the atmosphere was great! I liked the view of the old kitchen n the way up the stairs and was pleased not to be hurried and rushed by the staff. I would not go again. Once is ' must do' but better food is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

Make sure you get reservations as this place is crowded every night, but worth the effort! Not only is it listed as the

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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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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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