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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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    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Great food and service

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 27, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

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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Falls Church, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

Set in a small restaurant across from the Opera House, La Paella Real offered delicious Paella at a reasonable price. We had the seafood paella (mussels, shrimp and red prawns) .. like most restaurants, two people must order the paella but the portions were large and enough for four people.

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Chester, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

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

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  • 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

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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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