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Cafe Varela

Preciados 37, 28013 Madrid, Spain (Centro)
+34 914544406
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Ranked #662 of 6,417 restaurants in Madrid
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Centro
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Centro
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saudi arabia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

Food was acceptable for a 2 star. Most everything was lacking in any sort creativity to differentiate it from the Tapas bars, or maybe just the opposite where the tapas places offered original and fresh little eats. It seems at Varela they decide what you want. Scallops turn into miniature prawns. The tenderloin steak ordered medium rare turns out to... More

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Derby in the UK
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87 reviews 87 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

We dined here twice during our stay in Madrid. Great location, outdoor seating, good quality and value for money menu, and great service too.

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

Frankly, after three days in Madrid with 'authentic' tabernas and terrace dining, incomprehensible menus and communication problems, this place was a relief to find. Outdoor terrace nicely sheltered from passing pedestrians with glass panels. White tablecloths, nice cutlery & glasses, wait staff properly dressed and welcoming. We enjoyed a generous and beautifully presented Salade Verela, complementry olive plate and bread,... More

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portland oregon
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72 reviews 72 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013

We weren't looking for a gourmet meal but had outstanding food at the restaurant. The staff was friendly and helpful. Even though there was a language barrier we still got the order done and it was very good.

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Vernon Hills, Illinois
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17 reviews 17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2013

We contemplated about eating dinner here. It was getting late and decided to try this place out, since it was right in the hotel we were staying at. Not exactly what we were expecting...the fresh fish was good, although a bit over salted for our taste. We had the hake and cod for dinner. Kids enjoyed the Fettuccine/meat sauce. In... More

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Dorset
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46 reviews 46 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013

On our last night in Madrid we came across this restaurant and decided to give it a go. We were in a large party of 14 and this didn't phase the staff at all, in fact they went out of their way to put together table to seat everyone together, so thank you for that. However at the end of... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013

We stayed at Hotel Preciados, and the highlight of our stay were the meals we had at Cafe Varela. We went our first night for tapas and drinks, which were a good value for the price and tasted wonderful. We shared croquettas - which were the best we had in Spain - as well as the morcilla (black pudding), which... More

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Laguna Hills, California
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67 reviews 67 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012

We stayed at Hotel Preciados 6 nights. It's fabulous, but their partner restaurant (Varela) is not. On a busy, touristy corner, it's usually pretty packed - at least outside. We had a glass of wine there our first night - it was not very good wine, our only such experience in Spain. My wife was sick one night, so my... More

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Zurich, Switzerland
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

Friendly, knowledgeable staff, excellent food (not cheap) and good choice of wines and brilliant range of Spanish Brandy - in fact I was given a large glass of one I didn't know to try - great customer service. We had a few people in our group who were vegetarian but the staff coped brilliantly and offered some lovely veg dishes... More

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Melbourne
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2012

We settled on eating at Cafe Varela however the experience was a significant disappointment. We ordered some tapas and a salad to share. The salad arrived, along with some croquettes which were both reasonable, although certainly nothing special. The asparagus on the salad was tinned, the tuna was quite good. After finishing those dishes, we waited over half an hour... More

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