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Calle de la Bola, 4, 28013 Madrid, Spain
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Ranked #238 of 6,820 Restaurants in Madrid
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Hours:
Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
8:00 pm - 12:00 am
Good for: Romance, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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  • Spanish first
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English first
Sydney, Australia
1 review
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
Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 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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Shetland Islands, United Kingdom
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

It says it all that we only stayed in Madrid for 3 nights, but visited this restaurant twice. The owner of the apartment we stayed in recommended El Mollete, and being in the area after touring the Royal Palace we decided to have a look. It is very cute and rustic. The food was up there with the best we've... More 

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Pennsylvania
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152 reviews 152 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

We found this restaurant very close to our hotel near the Opera station and the Royal Palace. Very small tapas bar with about 6 tables upstairs. Excellent food, very reasonable. Waiter did not speak English very well, but we did not have a problem ordering and had a delicious meal. Would recommend!

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Newtown, Connecticut
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Wow! What a wonderful meal.... We dined on out of this world goat cheese covered in phyllo- we ordered it twice-, squid that was so delicately cooked it almost melted in your mouth and the not to be missed- Broken eggs. Each dish was lovingly prepared by the owner and brought out and presented as the work of art that... More 

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Astoria, New York
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

It is off the beaten path, and patronized by many locals. The people who work there are so kind and helpful. They are well loved by the folks in the neighborhood. We went here every night for a drink after a long day of sight seeing. They were always friendly and made great recommendations on wine and food. Check out... More 

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Groton, Massachusetts
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42 reviews 42 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

We were very excited to go to this little restaurant but were disappointed by our experience. We order a plate of croquettes, a tuna dish, and wine. The wine tasted old, the croquettes were fine, but the tuna was awful..we couldn't even eat it. The place is very small, some would say cozy or quaint, I would say tight and... More 

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Tarragona, Spain
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34 reviews 34 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

Small and not with too much confort, supply this with the oustanding food and service. Due mandatory reservation if you want to ensure to have room there. Try the classic, but also follow waiter reccomendations

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London, United Kingdom
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33 reviews 33 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

Made a reservation at El Mollete after hearing good reviews on TripAdvisor and my husband and I were glad we did it! The portions are bigger than your typical Spanish tapas which I think is value for money for a lovely night out. For 2 people we shared 3 tapas between us (as recommended by the waiter) and enjoyed the... More 

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Cary, North Carolina
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68 reviews 68 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

You can eat vegetables and fish (tuna!) here if you want a healthier option than the usual meat and cheese. Intimate with tables for 12 people upstairs and a 4- top table plus bar with mostly standing room downstairs. It was relaxing dining with nice lighting unlike some tapas places. Large portions; two tapas was plenty for the two of... More 

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Additional Information about El Mollete

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