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St. James

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Barrio de Salamanca
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Calle Juan Bravo, 26, 28006 Madrid, Spain
+34 915 756 010
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1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
8:30 pm - 11:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
8:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Romance
Large groups
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 52
    Excellent
  • 64
    Very good
  • 28
    Average
  • 12
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Great rice dishes in trendy Salamanca area of Madrid

If you are looking for rice (paella) in Madrid one of the best places to go is the St. James in the Salamanca district. Oil offers more than 30 versions. My favorite is either the black rice ( squid ink and squid pieces) or the mountain version from Valencia with sausage, rabbit, and chicken and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 14, 2015
Chinapjs
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
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English first
Saint Louis, Missouri
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

I've eaten at some of the best restaurants in every major city in the world and have no problem spending where the food/service is worthy. Overall, the food is good, not great. The service (on the surface) is good. Where we were deceived was by the wait staff - when the waiter came to take our order, he mentioned a... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

If you are looking for rice (paella) in Madrid one of the best places to go is the St. James in the Salamanca district. Oil offers more than 30 versions. My favorite is either the black rice ( squid ink and squid pieces) or the mountain version from Valencia with sausage, rabbit, and chicken and vegetables. For a party of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Had a great calamari, paella marisco and chocolate souffle......! Great taste but little bit expensive if u compare to other restaurants but it deserves... u dont go such a cool restaurant like this everyday so give it a try..! highly recommended for the tourists..

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Dallas, Texas
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

My wife and I went there for lunch recently and it was amazing. I've had paella my fair share of times but this was by far the best I've ever had. The restaurant is very nice and the service was excellent. I definitely recommend this to anyone wanting a nice (and expensive) meal of paella.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

I rated St. James at 5 for the excellent quality of their food, and their service. The atmosphere it not what I would typically like. But this time I just rate food & service quality. It's not cheap, but I guess the pest Paella I ever had in my life.

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Los Angeles, California
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

fantastic restaurant. really enjoyed it. I think it's a deal at 25 euros pp. I had a starter of jamon which was quite lovely. the paella was a tiny bit salty, but the flavor oh so good.

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Guayaquil, Ecuador
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70 restaurant reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

A fine Paella and Arroceria in a very high end área of the city. One of the good Arrocerias in town. I recommend the "Arroz con Bogavante" (Catabric Sea Loaster) St. james has a Beautiful smoking terraza área in which you can also dine or have lunch. Service is great, and the restaurant very well kept.

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St. Helena Island, SC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

It was truly fine dining with lots of linen embroidered with their name & exceptional attention/service. Although their famous paella was supposed to be for minimum of 2 people, we knew from e-mailing with them that the broth had garlic and my husband couldn’t have it due to a severe allergy to garlic - so they graciously offered to make... More 

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31 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

Service was friendly and attentive until it started to get busier around 10pm, at which point we tourists were given a back seat. Seafood paella was good, but not overly generous with actual seafood. Be advised that smoking is permitted in this restaurant, and the resulting smoke / odor is not confined to one area of the restaurant.

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Newtown, Pennsylvania
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

Had very good food, but felt taken advantage of by the waiter. We were sharing appetizers and picked a 19 euro choice. The waiter told us that he didn't think there were any left and suggested we order the langostino instead. He placed an order which came out to 84 euros for just one appetizer. He was not upfront when... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Calle Juan Bravo, 26, 28006 Madrid, Spain
  • Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Community of Madrid  >  Madrid>  > Barrio de Salamanca
  • Neighborhood: Barrio de Salamanca
  • Phone Number: +34 915 756 010

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 59 - 88
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Sunday
1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
8:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Monday
1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
8:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Tuesday
1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
8:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Wednesday
1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
8:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Thursday
1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
8:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Friday
1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
8:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Saturday
1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
8:30 pm - 11:30 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Barrio de Salamanca

Neighborhood Profile
Barrio de Salamanca
Broad, tree-lined avenues with pretty streetlights frame the neighborhood of Barrio Salamanca. With beautiful condominium buildings that make up most blocks in this area, this part of town is refined and quiet. It is also host to a few of the city's large shopping avenues, including Calle Serrano and Calle Jose Ortega y Gasset. A walk down these streets will reveal upscale chains, small boutiques, and plenty of opportunities for shopping or checking out the stylish displays. The locals here are polished and fashionable, the atmosphere is leisurely, and the lush Retiro Park on the southern border is yet another opportunity to enjoy the outdoors. A stroll through Barrio Salamanca is all about admiring the beautiful architecture, window-shopping, and people-watching in this upper-crust corner of Madrid.
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