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Restaurant Botin

#379 of 7,389 Restaurants in Madrid
#414 of 7,622 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, Dinner, Breakfast, Dessert, Delivery, Late Night, 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
Old restaurant in the world

Great place to experience due to the history. IMHO there are probably better places you can have roast suckling pig. But still a great place, would go back if I were ever in Madrid again.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 5, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

Great place to experience due to the history. IMHO there are probably better places you can have roast suckling pig. But still a great place, would go back if I were ever in Madrid again.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW via mobile

It was enough to savor the atmosphere of the oldest restaurant in Madrid. The restaurant is very crowded with tables to accommodate the great numbers of tourists who wish to dine there. The service is fast and furious and the food suitable for a tourist restaurant.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

Restaurant says it is the oldest in the world. maybe yes , maybe no but the service and cocchinillo ( roast suckling pig ) are superb. Hotel recommended them and we were very happy. Prompt and proper service, great suckling pig and Teri thoroughly enjoyed her shrimp. While we were dining a family came in , sat down and ordered... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

The oldest restaurant in the world and still serves the best pork I ever tasted. The decor is traditional, the service is quick and efficient and the price is reasonable. Reservation required.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

We went here because of its history but weren't thrilled. The service was good (apparently others have had a different experience), and we loved the sense of history, but the food was only average. We didn't have the roast pig (apparently a special), but I had the lamb and we had aapetizers and dessert. There were definitely non-tourists there, but... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

I remember ordering a pig and it came to the table head and all with eyeballs and an apple in it's mouth, and the waiters cut meat off the pig just by pressing against it with plates the meat was that soft and thoroughly crisped. It was very delicious and interesting. I was advised it was the oldest restaurant in... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

This is the oldest restaurant in the world and looks brilliant. HOWEVER. Food:- As a vegetarian I had 2 choices one of which did not contain meat, only jamon????? As a lactose intolerant vegatarian there were no choices nor any assistance in altering anything to help me. My hubby and sister in law enjoyed the meat dishes although you only... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

It was great fun eating at the "oldest restaurant in the world". The atmosphere was fantastic and the food was delicious! I especially liked the sangria.......we even bought a pitcher as a souvenir.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

The oldest (?) restaurant in the world and serve one of the oldest and simplest food: eggs which is a-ma-zing! One of the reasons why I love Madrid!

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

I booked for lunch for my sons 21st birthday meal to celebrate his trip to Madrid. On arrival we were shown upstairs to a dreary room which quite frankly could have been anywhere. The waiter was a best surly ....at worst down right rude. He delivered menus with a cursory glance and then brought cutlery and just plonked it on... More 

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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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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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