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El Mollete

#135 of 7,362 Restaurants in Madrid
#152 of 7,592 Places to Eat in Madrid
Certificate of Excellence
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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, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 119
    Excellent
  • 58
    Very good
  • 10
    Average
  • 3
    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
Excellent restaurant

Great food! Beautiful interior. Go for lunch after 1 PM. Dinner requires reservations which are hard to get.

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 22, 2015
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Providence, RI
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Romantic
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Providence, RI
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23 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Great food! Beautiful interior. Go for lunch after 1 PM. Dinner requires reservations which are hard to get.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

I went to this place on my short holiday to Madrid on March 2015. The restaurant is located on a quiet street, basically you don't pass by it while doing normal "tourist routines" but you need to know where to go. It was just before lunch time so even if there's very limited number of seats (approx 10 in downstairs... More 

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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66 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 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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136 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 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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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
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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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
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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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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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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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Additional Information about El Mollete

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