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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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  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Good paella and service

European decorated restaurant with a good service. They have about 8 types of paella. We tried the mixed one and it was good. As a restaurant specialized in paella we expected more. The bread and olives are very good. We also tried the pescadittos and it was very good.

3 of 5 starsReviewed May 13, 2015
JBM1978
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Recife, PE
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Chester, United Kingdom
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113 reviews 113 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Olives and bread good, but the fish / squid / prawn paella very disappointing. Salty and greasy. The house white wine was a supermarket cheapy. Pity. Service indifferent.

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Recife, PE
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41 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

European decorated restaurant with a good service. They have about 8 types of paella. We tried the mixed one and it was good. As a restaurant specialized in paella we expected more. The bread and olives are very good. We also tried the pescadittos and it was very good.

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calgary
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288 reviews 288 reviews
171 restaurant reviews
123 helpful votes 123 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Our guide recommended this place as one of the two truly authentic paella restaurants in Madrid so we decided to go....should have checked the ratings first. As a previous review mentioned, it is quite European and formal with efficient but reserved service. Paella was fine but just okay, not over the top. Good selection of breads and olives to start.... More 

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Blairsville, Georgia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

This is a very European restaurant with sober decor rich in stained woods and oil paintings in the walls with good efficient service. Their specialty is Paella (or rices as the Spanish refer to dishes made in the round pan which is called Paella and from where the dish derives its popular name.) The menu offers a selection of 8... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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59 reviews 59 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

We came here because the restaurant had been recommended to us, and since we wanted to eat an authentic paella we gave it a try. The restaurant was empty when we got there, and throuout the evening only four more couples came in. It is interesting to note that everyone in the restaurant was a foreigner/tourist. We ordered the White... More 

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Murray, Utah
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93 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

We finished our day of sightseeing and on the way back to the hotel decided to eat at Paella Real in the heart of the plaza. The service was impeccable, the staff accommodating and the food was mixed. The paella was very tasty and authentic. I suspect would have been the same if prepared in the kitchen without the theatrics.... More 

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Burgos, Spain
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

This restaurant had been recommended but when we got there and read the menu, we did not see that the price for a single paella is double what it says on the menu, because the price is based on 2 people.(So why don't they just give the full price?) Even the bread and olives were charged. When we complained to... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014 via mobile

My husband and I really wanted to try authentic paella we were recommended by the hotel we were staying with, (although they were going on a recommendation by a previous guest) I booked a table for 21.30 as most of madrid eats quite later so thought there would be a good mix of customers we arrived a little early and... More 

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Seoul, South Korea
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41 reviews 41 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

Four of us went to La Paella Real, which is hidden in the recesses of a building among other Spanish restaurants. We ordered a jar of sangria, gambas al ajillo, a salad, and two servings of the seafood paella. First of all, we really, REALLY recommend the sangria, which was, according to two natives, the best they had ever tasted.... More 

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california
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69 reviews 69 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

Paella is great, better than the other ones we tried in Spain. A friend has recommended the place. It's a bit pricey though, nice ambiance. Ana, our server spoke English and was helpful with our orders. Location is easily accessible.

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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: 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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