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El Buey

#685 of 7,090 Restaurants in Madrid
Certificate of Excellence
$$$$
Neighborhood:
Barrio de Salamanca
Mediterranean, Spanish, Bistro, Grill
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Calle Gral Pardinas 10 28001 | Calle Gral Pardinas 10, 28001 Madrid, Spain
+34 914 31 44 92
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Classic restaurant from 1982. The specialty of this restaurant is the...
Classic restaurant from 1982. The specialty of this restaurant is the grill beef, with a fresh fried potatoes.
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Good for:
Families with children
Local cuisine
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 62
    Excellent
  • 95
    Very good
  • 22
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Fantastic find

El Buey is a great restaurant experience. The main dish is 1Kg meat which comes in strips that you cook on a hot plate in front of you. Highly recommend the restaurant if you are visiting Madrid the staff were really attentive and helpful throughout the evening. The only thing to note is the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 24, 2014
HMKerrigan
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Hassocks, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Hassocks, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
62 reviews 62 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

El Buey is a great restaurant experience. The main dish is 1Kg meat which comes in strips that you cook on a hot plate in front of you. Highly recommend the restaurant if you are visiting Madrid the staff were really attentive and helpful throughout the evening. The only thing to note is the restaurant does not open until 9... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

Note: I went to a different location of the same restaurant at Marina Espanola, Madrid which is not listed separately on Trip Advisor. This is a small charming restaurant with friendly and helpful staff. The theme dish is the sliced beef served with chips. Don't be put off by the mention that it is 1Kg of meat, this is intended... More 

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Halifax, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

This was recommended by a friend who previously lived in Madrid, otherwise we would never have found it. The meat was delicious, really delicious and it was fun to cook it yourself. We also had a salad and chips which were perfect additions. Our 15 year old, a fussy eater, loved it too. We had a bottle of red wine... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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46 reviews 46 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

We eat here whenever we are in Madrid, because it is just round the corner and it always delivers exactly what it says on the tin - thinly sliced steak that you cook at the table with frites. I made the mistake of adding in a house salad this year. Never again. It was a lump of lettuce with a... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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70 reviews 70 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014 via mobile

Not only do you get to eat some of the most tender and delicious ox meat that you'll ever find - you get to cook it to your liking on your own individual fired piece of pottery. Makes eating with friends a delightful experience. As first plate appetizers we chose the house salad which was accompanied with ranch dressing and... More 

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Hod Hasharon, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

it was one of the best steak i have ever eat. there was good atmosphere there and the waiters were good and friendly.

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Berlin, Germany
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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

I've been to El Buey twice, two years apart. The experiences were identical, and without a doubt the ox loin is the best beef I've eaten in Europe. You pay by weight, which means the cost might be less than it says on the menu, but the deal is simple. Order 1kg of ox loin for two people. It is... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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63 reviews 63 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

this is a very well-run business with great attention to detail - staff attire + t/cloths/napkins + decor - radiating their shared admiration for the ox/cow. It is quite unique for all parties to have their own ceramic cooking plate, but it works. Good house red after more excellent chilled lager/beer ensured a pleasant Sunday; all at a cost that... More 

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Orleans, France
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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

Nice little trad restaurant, with a hot plate cook it yourself section of meat - nice if you want MEAT!

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New York City, New York
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37 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

I had heard the stories about the hot plate steak here but I was not expecting the quality of the meat to be as high as it was. We went for lunch on a Friday afternoon. It was empty but the service was still weak except to actively replace our hot plates as they cooled. This is a fun way... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Calle Gral Pardinas 10 28001 | Calle Gral Pardinas 10, 28001 Madrid, Spain
  • Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Community of Madrid  >  Madrid>  > Barrio de Salamanca
  • Neighborhood: Barrio de Salamanca
  • Phone Number: +34 914 31 44 92

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 36 - 58
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Spanish, Bistro, Grill

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients

Description

Classic restaurant from 1982. The specialty of this restaurant is the grill beef, with a fresh fried potatoes.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Neighborhood Profile
Barrio de Salamanca
Broad, tree-lined avenues with pretty streetlights frame the neighborhood of Barrio Salamanca. With beautiful condominium buildings that make up most blocks in this area, this part of town is refined and quiet. It is also host to a few of the city's large shopping avenues, including Calle Serrano and Calle Jose Ortega y Gasset. A walk down these streets will reveal upscale chains, small boutiques, and plenty of opportunities for shopping or checking out the stylish displays. The locals here are polished and fashionable, the atmosphere is leisurely, and the lush Retiro Park on the southern border is yet another opportunity to enjoy the outdoors. A stroll through Barrio Salamanca is all about admiring the beautiful architecture, window-shopping, and people-watching in this upper-crust corner of Madrid.
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