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El Mollete

#148 of 7,262 Restaurants in Madrid
#159 of 7,474 Places to Eat in Madrid
Certificate of Excellence
Neighborhood:
Centro
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Calle de la Bola, 4, 28013 Madrid, Spain
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9:00 am - 5:30 pm
8:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
8:00 pm - 12:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 112
    Excellent
  • 55
    Very good
  • 10
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 9
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Fantastic typical Madrid

Loved it here. Communication was a little tricky as our Spanish was not the best...but this added to the great night we had. Not sure if the waiter and chef were the owners, but both spent a lot of time with us to make sure we enjoyed our evening. The place is tiny. Think there were only 4... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 17, 2015
skybluerob
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Coventry, United Kingdom
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Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Romantic
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English first
Coventry, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
66 reviews 66 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW via mobile

Loved it here. Communication was a little tricky as our Spanish was not the best...but this added to the great night we had. Not sure if the waiter and chef were the owners, but both spent a lot of time with us to make sure we enjoyed our evening. The place is tiny. Think there were only 4 or 5... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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162 reviews 162 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

A very small restaurant with seating for 20, but if every seat was filled it would be gridlock. This owner-run establishment is near the Royal Palace, has been open since 1883, and run by the current owner for 43 years. Some reviewers have called the owner rude, but I would say brusque. He warmed up a great deal when we... More 

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Madrid, Spain
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19 reviews 19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

A small Restaurant with an excellent and traditional cuisine. Worth passing ny if you are around The Royal Palace or puerta del sol

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New York City, New York
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23 reviews 23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

Had dinner here on a Friday night. We did make reservations beforehand, and the place did get filled up very quickly. The food was absolutely delicious. Loved the filet and the crepes with cheese (don't remember the name), as well as the cheesecake for dessert. They don't speak a word of English, so be prepared. This was the best food... More 

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Small and crowded place. The owner is rude and nasty person. In contrast, the older waiter was very nice person I ordered Madrid's well known a dish of poached egg with potatoes. Simple dish and they were able to destroy it. They served, French fries that was heated in a microwave with egg. Tasteless, and in my opinion, inedible. Since... More 

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Boston
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74 reviews 74 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

We ate twice there for the 10 Euro menu del dia. The first time was ok. We both had excellent cod as a main course. The owner, however, was bordering on rude. The second time we went the food was worse and the owner was downright nasty. It was not a problem with language since my wife is completely fluent... More 

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Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

I believe this restaurant is one of the best restaurant in Madrid. food was perfect and price is very good. The only problem is the place is quite small, so you might wait for the table. However, if you don't mind standing around with bear, it is "must-visit" place.

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Hannover, Germany
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38 reviews 38 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

We went after getting the tip from a cousin of my wife. My expectations were not very high, but decided to give it a try. After looking for the place it is really small but really worth it! We arrived about 1 pm really early for spanish standards and only the cooking (and owner) lady was there, she was extremelly... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

We found this restaurant by chance, just around the corner from our apartment. It was a delight, small cosy with a great atmosphere. The menu was small with great specials, of which we chose 3 sharing plates the owner assured us was plenty for two. The artichoke with cheese just melted in your mouth. Asparagus and mushroom risotto was one... More 

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New Jersey
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56 reviews 56 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

This is not a touristy joint, but a truly family run restaurant on one of the side streets near the Opera. We were referred to this place by the reception desk at the hotel we were staying in. We had asked them for an authentic small scale Spanish restaurant, away from any of the touristy joints. We were really glad... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Calle de la Bola, 4, 28013 Madrid, Spain
  • Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Community of Madrid  >  Madrid>  > Centro
  • Neighborhood: Centro

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
Monday
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
8:00 pm - 12:00 am
Tuesday
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
8:00 pm - 12:00 am
Wednesday
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
8:00 pm - 12:00 am
Thursday
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
8:00 pm - 12:00 am
Friday
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
8:00 pm - 12:00 am

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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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