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La Paella Real

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Calle Arrieta No. 2, Madrid, Spain
91 542 09 42
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Good paella, but we wanted "amazing."

We were tired from a long sightseeing day and wanted to eat near our hotel; the hotel staff suggested this restaurant. Once you are seated the bread and olives appear; we passed on the hard rolls but were happy to pay the "bread charge" for the olives. Our entree was the Mixed Paella (Chicken... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
TAMember22
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Vienna, Austria
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Vienna, Austria
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126 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were tired from a long sightseeing day and wanted to eat near our hotel; the hotel staff suggested this restaurant. Once you are seated the bread and olives appear; we passed on the hard rolls but were happy to pay the "bread charge" for the olives. Our entree was the Mixed Paella (Chicken and Seafood) for 2 that could... More 

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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

No way, here you will find the best paella in Madrid. The atmosphere is simply perfect: classic music is so relaxing. The location is in the centre of Madrid, just next to the Opera Theatre. What else? I really recommend this place to everybody

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Long Island, New York
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

I came to this restaurant, because it was recommended by my hotel. While I was there, I was literally the only table. When I arrived, the host told me it was only a two person menu. I was solo traveler, so I was ready to walk out, but the host rushed over to walk me in. He told me he... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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40 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

So this place was a tad disappointing. We paid 56.21 euro for a paella (the dishes are intended to be for 2 people), a bottle of wine, a bottle of water, and service. Beware, they bring out bread immediately and place it on your plate but you will be paying for it as a 'service'- same goes for the olives.... More 

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New York City, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2015 via mobile

For 30 euros per person you got delicious seafood paella, a bottle of wine , 3-4 tapas and dessert in a very attractive setting. We thought it was well worth it.

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Mexico
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015

This restaurant excels at every aspect of making paella. The paella was juicy, the seafood in it was incredible, and the whole dish was an adventure for your tasting buds. The service was excellent and we were treated with the uttermost respect from all of the servers. Unlike manyt restaurants in Madrid, this restaurant is open during the month of... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015 via mobile

Considering that you can find a decent paella at every corner in Madrid if you are looking at this place to eat THE paella then look elsewhere. It is extremely high priced for what you get and it is not family friendly: we asked for a simple white rice for our little one and they said it was not possible... More 

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Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv, Israel
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

This was a poor hotel recommendation when we asked for a place to have Paella on our first night in Madrird.This is a centrally located restaurant and it is the typical tourist trap. Service was very impatient, they got our order wrong several times and the waiter was annoyed as if we were responsible for their mistakes. The paella was... More 

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Heilbronn, Germany
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

The food is terrible. They could not even cook a simple chicken soup. When i drank the soup, i was shock with the taste, it tasted like sewage water. Besides that, we ordered a terrible Paella. The rice is too dry, with a weird taste and it cost as much as 35 euro which i think is way too expensive... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 via mobile

Went by myself and noted that paella orders starts from 2 person...but the waiter managed to make it for one, and it was great! 3 shrimp and 2 mussels and chopped squids - wonder if that really was for one person. A set menu of 3 antipasto, paella and desert, and ordered 3 glass of cava and wine with total... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Calle Arrieta No. 2, Madrid, Spain
  • Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Community of Madrid  >  Madrid>  > Centro
  • Neighborhood: Centro
  • Phone Number: 91 542 09 42

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Spanish

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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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