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Restaurant Botin

#330 of 7,227 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
Lamb and suckling pig in one of the oldest restaurants in Madrid.

Worth a visit to one of the oldest restaurants in Madrid. Located in an old underground cellar and smell of wet earth, the decor is traditional too, and waiters classical education and manners, so a kindness and great service. They know better than anyone what you will eat, so they will suggest... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 30, 2015
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Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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Monza, Italy
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412 reviews 412 reviews
232 restaurant reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 NEW

It is worth the visit as it is the oldest restaurant in the world. The food is nothing special. ..paying over 100 euros for some special fish is a rip off.

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Istanbul, Turkey
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

End of March we have been there as 3 mature couples. The only availability was for the night after the day of reservation request and for 22h30 only. When we reached to the hotel, it was full and we waited 15 mn. for the preparation of our table. The main dish was roasted lamb.. Fantastic !!! The rest was regular... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

I visited them on 30 March 2015 for a lunch and ordered a fish soup. After the dish came out, I found a unexpected part of a plastic bag in this soup, which cooked from white into red (because the soup is red). In the end, they served me a new one and don't charge that soup. Hope I will... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

The kitchen will let you look in (while maintaining cleanliness) at the suckling pigs waiting to go into the oven. They're so delicious. They do offer foods not including pork. We said near the wine cellar and were able to visit. Found it fascinating to see the dust on the old wine bottles. Even with the tourists, there were many... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

Worth a visit to one of the oldest restaurants in Madrid. Located in an old underground cellar and smell of wet earth, the decor is traditional too, and waiters classical education and manners, so a kindness and great service. They know better than anyone what you will eat, so they will suggest. They even show the corridors of the cellar.... More 

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Boston, MA
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81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

i was here five years ago by myself and loved it, so was very happy to be able to return now, with my daughter and two of her friends. this made it an even better experience, because what is better than having a portion of the outstanding suckling pig (and don't forget to have jamon iberico beforehand and, if the... More 

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Harrison City, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

We were only in Madrid for 3 days, however this was the absolute best restaurant we ate at! The filet, was cooked perfectly without even asking how I would like it cooked. The only downfall is it was HUGE, it could have fed 3 people easily. We were so full by the time we were done with dinner we could... More 

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Timisoara, Romania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

We had the pleasure to dine in this wonderful restaurant! The place is simply amazing! So beautiful, so full with history... The thought that Goya worked there, the fact that is mentioned by so many great novelists is just overwhelming. The place is wonderfully decorated, you can see the year when it was built engraved in the wall. And the... More 

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Miami, Florida
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

Went there with my family, what an amazing night, the place is pure history (Goya, the painter, worked there while he was waiting to be accepted in the Royal Academy of Arts) the oldest restaurant still running in the world. We order the famous cochinillo asado (roast suckling pig) paired with a great Muga Crianza, red wine it was the... More 

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

Very busy and people waiting glad we booked. Had a table in the cellar great atmosphere very relaxed service one lamb one suckling pig both very good. Should you eat here because of the history? Perhsps but more importantly the food is good

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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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