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Cafe de Oriente

#531 of 7,159 Restaurants in Madrid
#561 of 7,359 Places to Eat in Madrid
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Neighborhood:
Centro
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Avenida de Juan de Herrera, 2, 28040 Madrid, Spain
34-915502055
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8:30 am - 1:30 am
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Hours:
Sun 9:00 am - 1:30 am
Mon - Thu 8:30 am - 1:30 am
Fri - Sat 8:30 am - 2:30 am
Dining options: Breakfast, Dessert, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 66
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Nice food and Good location

We had about 60 people downstairs in the cellar which is built above some old wells. Food and wine was very good considering the size of the group. Interesting being above some old wells.

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 8, 2015
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London, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Entertaining clients
  • Local cuisine
  • Doing business
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
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London, United Kingdom
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109 reviews 109 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

We had about 60 people downstairs in the cellar which is built above some old wells. Food and wine was very good considering the size of the group. Interesting being above some old wells.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

The hot chocolate is wonderful not the same can be said about their idea of churros. The food was good but nothing out of the ordinary

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Essex, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

Only initially stopped here for a coffee break (& unresistible treat) near the Royal Palace, and found it a delightful place of calm and old-world charm. Service, food and drinks (incl bar service) all of a quality I thought had now disappeared. Will return to sample from full menu. Good free wi-fi an added attraction.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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274 restaurant reviews
1,317 helpful votes 1,317 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Also known as the Taberna Del Alabardero the Café De Oriente is located close to the Royal Palace and it is not a tourist trap. The restaurant first opened it's doors over one hundred years ago and is steeped in history and is classy. The service was attentive and excellent, as was the heating, I had to take my sweater... More 

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Lausanne, Switzerland
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213 reviews 213 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
152 helpful votes 152 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

If you reserve the giant basement - then this place is cool. Food is very average, prices a bit high. location by the royal palace is very cool! Not a must-dine

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Boston, Massachusetts
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153 reviews 153 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Stopped here for the 3-course lunch special (served after 1 pm). Had a generous-sized tasty appetizer, so-so entree, nice dessert, and complimentary drink for a very affordable ~14 euros. Service was a bit spotty but it was a surprisingly hearty meal at a very reasonable price. Would go again if in the palace area around lunch time (for the 3-course... More 

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14 reviews 14 reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

After visiting the Palace (a must), we sat at Café del Oriente for a snack, beer, and hot chocolate with cream (nata). The terrace of the café faces the beautiful gardens of the Palace which are a peaceful, green spot in the busy city. Food and service were good and we enjoyed very much this break in the stylish traditional... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Negative Bustling with people Slow service Positive Wonderful tapas Great decor - original period fittings

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York, England, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Stopped here for a coffee while walking around Madrid on a very busy bank holiday. Lovely old cafe with views of the Palace. The terrace outside would have been lovely if the weather had been warmer but we sat inside as it was so cold. Excellent service and lovely coffee in wonderful surroundings. A little more expensive than usual but... More 

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Riga, Latvia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

Don't know anything abiut the cafe upstairs but, the restaurant in the basement is nice. Had jamon and risotto as starters, venison as a main course, everything was good and tasty! And the wine suggestion worked as well.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Avenida de Juan de Herrera, 2, 28040 Madrid, Spain
  • Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Community of Madrid  >  Madrid>  > Centro
  • Neighborhood: Centro
  • Phone Number: 34-915502055

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 43 - 65
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Spanish

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Entertaining clients, Local cuisine, Doing business, Romantic, Special occasions
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 1:30 am
Monday
8:30 am - 1:30 am
Tuesday
8:30 am - 1:30 am
Wednesday
8:30 am - 1:30 am
Thursday
8:30 am - 1:30 am
Friday
8:30 am - 2:30 am
Saturday
8:30 am - 2:30 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • 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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