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El Buey

Calle Gral Pardinas 10 28001 | Calle Gral Pardinas 10, 28001 Madrid, Spain
+34 914 31 44 92
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Ranked #188 of 6,461 restaurants in Madrid
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $36 - $58
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Spanish, Bistro, Grill
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Classic restaurant from 1982. The specialty of this restaurant is the grill beef, with a fresh fried potatoes.
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London, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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30 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

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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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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47 reviews 47 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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49 reviews 49 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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Fairfax, Virginia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

After great first courses, we had the sliced filet, served raw and you cook it on red-hot platters that they put in front of each person.

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New York City, New York
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104 restaurant reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

We went on a Friday night -- surprisingly, the place was dead. Good salad, the steak was quite good and plentiful (we didn't realize you pay by the weight -- we actually ordered considerably less than we thought we'd be paying for). The waiter worked well with us considering we didn't speak Spanish (he found English menus).

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Bristol, United Kingdom
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

Great service fantastic meat, friendly and very helpful staff, went twice during my stay it was so good.

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