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El Mollete

#147 of 7,623 Restaurants in Madrid
#162 of 7,853 Places to Eat in Madrid
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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: Lunch, Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 124
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  • 59
    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
Family restaurant

Delicious home made Spanish food. Fish, beef, seafood. Cosy family restaurant run by a friendly couple.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
Blanka K
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Romantic
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3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

Delicious home made Spanish food. Fish, beef, seafood. Cosy family restaurant run by a friendly couple.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Small place, so you better reserve. Menu available but the best way to eat/dine here is to order a few portions (ask which ones they have at that moment, even when they aren´t indicated on the menu), and enjoy. Down to earth service...we can appreciate.

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Wellington, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Since I came to this restaurant 4 years ago, it has become one of the spots for tourists in Madrid. As such, prices have gone up and there are very few Spaniards around. Food is still well made, although the huevos rotos were disappointing. I doubt I will be coming back to Mollete as I have tried all their tapas... More 

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Felton, Delaware
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Was on my first trip to Spain in 2013, and dying for some local cuisine. On the flight over was reading the in-flight magazine and ran across the family run El Mollette highlighting Pulpo, (octopus). As well as a squid dish sautéed with carmelized onions. When we landed, made a reservation and it was a go. Got there and there's... More 

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Providence, RI
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23 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
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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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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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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 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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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 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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