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Restaurant Botin

#371 of 7,283 Restaurants in Madrid
#395 of 7,500 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: Dinner, Breakfast, Dessert, Lunch, 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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
For a tourist restaurant - it turned out ok

Accommodated 13 of us, who were on my stag weekend and we had a truly great experience of pork and lamb Lots of meat.....but not much in the manner of veg unfortunately It's a pokey little place (as you would expect when it's proclaiming to be the earliest founded restaurant in the world - 1725... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 1, 2015
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Fleet, United Kingdom
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  • Local cuisine
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Fleet, United Kingdom
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248 reviews 248 reviews
175 restaurant reviews
119 helpful votes 119 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

Accommodated 13 of us, who were on my stag weekend and we had a truly great experience of pork and lamb Lots of meat.....but not much in the manner of veg unfortunately It's a pokey little place (as you would expect when it's proclaiming to be the earliest founded restaurant in the world - 1725 doesn't sound that old though,... More 

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Community of Madrid, Spain
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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

The restaurant is well recommended in all kind of trip advisors, but be aware, they just use this to run their business. I took the wrong decision to try, but it was the wrong one... They handle you like a number, in and out, the food is not good, waiters just over stressed.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

We went very late around 11pm without a reservation and were seated immediately. I ordered the roast pork which was good, still on the bone. It was moist and slow cooked for a long time. My friend ordered a salad which was a bit strange and not good at all. The sangria was the best we've had on our 11... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

I was recommended to visit this well regarded restaurant, but was a little disappointed win the quality of the food. The atmosphere was wonderful and the staff reasonably attentive. However the food was certainly overrated and overpriced. There are many fabulous restaurants in Madrid with better food at a more reasonable price, but the experience was great to visit such... More 

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12 reviews 12 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

Whilst not the greatest menu list, it was an enjoyable evening with some good specialities that weren't tapas.

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Huntington Beach, California
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38 reviews 38 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

This is one of those places in Europe where they put all the Americans in one room, off to the side. Like we would contaminate the joint. That said, we had a lovely meal with good wine. The thing to order is the pork or lamb, and well worth it. Cool, really old restaurant.

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Madrid, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Well situated in the Madrid centre and correct prices, transport not needed to acces to restaurant, very central in town

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London, United Kingdom
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44 reviews 44 reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

http://wp.me/p5Lw9a-bK A great culinary experience in the Spanish Market and dining in the Guinness oldest restaurant in the world!

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Kiev, Ukraine
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65 reviews 65 reviews
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW via mobile

We went to this place because we wanted to eat in the world's oldest restaurant. Well, we received what we wanted, but it was not the best restaurant experience I had. That is a very touristic place with crowds of people and menu of the day. The authenticity of the place fades because of that. The main course was good,... More 

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Memphis, Tennessee
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17 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

We did the tour of Botin with Insider Madrid. We enjoyed getting a tour of the restaurant before it opened to the public. It was great seeing all parts of the restaurant and hearing the history. As part of the tour we got the package dinner. There was a lot of food. I thought most of it was ok. The... 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
  • 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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