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El Mollete

#219 of 7,325 Restaurants in Madrid
Certificate of Excellence
Neighborhood:
Centro
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Calle de la Bola, 4, 28013 Madrid, Spain
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
8:00 pm - 12:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Romance
Local cuisine

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  • 106
    Excellent
  • 53
    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
Excelent food and service in a small tradicional restaurant

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

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 10, 2015
Antonioggm
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Madrid, Spain
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Local cuisine
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Madrid, Spain
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19 reviews 19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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
9 helpful votes 9 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
44 helpful votes 44 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
26 reviews 26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 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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54 reviews 54 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 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
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3 reviews 3 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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158 reviews 158 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
121 helpful votes 121 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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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: Romance, Local cuisine
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 have gluten-free options?
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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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