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Restaurant Botin

Cuchilleros st., 17, 28005 Madrid, Spain (Centro)
91 366 4217
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Ranked #230 of 6,456 restaurants in Madrid
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $100
Cuisines: Spanish
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Neighborhood: Centro
Description: Bot��n 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. Bot��n 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 specialities include roast suckling pig and lamb cooked in traditional Castilian style in a wood-fired oven that has been in use since 1725. Bot��n treats all its diners the same - whether politician, famous artist or its neighbourhood regulars.
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Houston, Texas
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33 reviews 33 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

We went to the Restaurant Botin on recommendation from a tour guide-and to say that we ate at the oldest restaurant in the world! It's true, there are even Guinness Book of World Record cards at the cash register as you enter/exit. We were seated downstairs where it was a tight fit but the atmosphere was so wonderful. One of... More

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Was a bit dubious of visiting the worlds oldest restaurant as even though the reviews were really good, expectations were therefore high.. We need not have worried. Requested the cellar and was seated within a romantic alcove which was perfect! Especially since the weather outside was hot, the cellar was cool and very welcome. We ordered the speciality of suckling... More

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London, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW via mobile

The 4 of us ordered the speciality, Roast suckling pig with potatoes. The pork was nice, succulent and tender, however the pieces of pork & potatoes were inconsistent. Some of us had 2 pieces, some had 3 pieces of pork. Same with potatoes. disappointed with the inconsistency. we noticed the other 3 tables around us, who had as little as... More

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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13 reviews 13 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Yes, this restaurant is expensive, it's also the world's oldest. So what else would you expect? The food is great, had the lamb, it was incredible (not an overly large servicing size). The house wine leaves something to be desired (primarily quality), it was half the price of the other wines, so I guess it's a good deal. I would... More

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Dubai
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37 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

The fact that you are in the oldest restaurant in the world is very cool and the atmosphere and decor in the restaurant is great. When it comes to the food we heard that their suckling pig is a house speciality so ordered it. It was a solid meal but nothing to write home about at all. This is a... More

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Sarasota, Florida
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8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

We went there for the history, the pig and for my children to enjoy a traditional "tuna". Excellent service! However, disappointed with the suckling pig, was not tender, lack of flavor… too expensive to be disappointed. Also, I was disappointed we left before the "tuna" showed up, since it turned out they only come at midnight. BTW, the "tuna" is... More

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Copenhagen, Denmark
2 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

Very much enjoyed our visit here. This was a wonderful time spend with friends in an amazing setting with truly delicious food. The service was second to non, the appetizers....wow, fust just for those, I would come back again. Highly recommanded, if in need of something this special.

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Top Contributor
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41 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

We were suggested the house specialties of pork and lamb. Had the fish soup which tasted great. We had some of the local ham which was also good (but the same as everywhere else). Overall the specialties were disappointing. Somehow it looked like they'd been carved with an axe with lots of splintered bones and really not a lot of... More

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FLORIDA
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

this was really worth the $$ for this dinner. The oldest restaurant in Madrid. We ate in the main room but the upstairs and the cellar are also a real treat to dine in. The food was excellent and so was our service.

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Shanghai, China
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58 reviews 58 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

It's the oldest restaurant on the world and the best known dishes are all about suckling pig and iberian pork loin. hmmm... it's good, but as u know, hemingway was never a food writer. The restaurant does the food seriously, serves the wine serioulsy, but the kind of food has determined how it is going to be long ago. But... More

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