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Zalacain

#116 of 7,272 Restaurants in Madrid
Certificate of Excellence
International, Spanish
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C/ Alvarez de Baena, 4, 28006 Madrid, Spain
34-915614840
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 1:15 pm - 4:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 pm - 12:00 am

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  • 164
    Excellent
  • 63
    Very good
  • 16
    Average
  • 11
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
First Class in Every Way

A visit to aristocratic Spain. Old school here means male patrons must wear a jacket and tie and the restaurant has only male wait staff. We had three dishes you won't find just anywhere: eel & leek cakes; black pudding topped with fresh orange colored egg yolks and a trotter and lamb combination... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 18, 2015
Michael S
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Seattle, Washington
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Seattle, Washington
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

A visit to aristocratic Spain. Old school here means male patrons must wear a jacket and tie and the restaurant has only male wait staff. We had three dishes you won't find just anywhere: eel & leek cakes; black pudding topped with fresh orange colored egg yolks and a trotter and lamb combination. The duck sausage and cheese plate were... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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865 reviews 865 reviews
504 restaurant reviews
432 helpful votes 432 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 via mobile

Read the reviews here and was prepared with suit and tie, as I made an online reservation and there wasn't anything written about dress code. From the reviews I was also expecting a stodgy and cold environment but this was not the case. There were smiles all round and everyone was friendly There was the 100euro set menu and I... More 

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Vienna, Austria
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45 reviews 45 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

This is a very formal restaurant with an excellent service and very good food. The Serano ham was first class, the foie gras as well.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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201 reviews 201 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

We arrived at 8.50 for our 9pm booking but they do not open the doors until 9pm! So this is good to know because it was a chilly evening to hang around. The staff could not be more friendly, smiling and helpful. They gave us a warm welcome. We had the private dining room which was quiet and stylish. We... More 

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Omaha Ne
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53 reviews 53 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

We read and were told that this was one of the best in Madrid. We found it to be stodgy, unfriendly, and pretentious. Their attitude and service diminished the quality of food. We arrived 10 minutes before our reservation to find the doors locked and several people waiting to get in. Men must wear a jacket and tie. From the... More 

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Hampshire, UK
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114 reviews 114 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

It's been a while since I've eaten at this sort of old-fashioned high-end restaurant, where there is an enforced dress code for men and where the waiters still help prepare the food. Having read some previous reviews, I was rather dreading it since we usually go to Michelin-starred restaurants in whatever gear we have on and the whole place sounded... More 

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Istanbul, Turkey
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

We have been to Zalacain twice, once in 2013 and once in 2014. A very fine institution, we loved the food, everything was done properly as they should be, the wine list was impressive, the service was impeccable, a text book example of finest dining. One reason i don't go there all the time is that, for me it is... More 

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Norfolk, Virginia
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38 reviews 38 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Zalacain is a restaurant for those who appreciate a very high level of service and dining. All details are dedicated to making your stay a memorable one. Since it was our first visit, we chose the fixed price menu to give an overview. The dishes were varied and delicious. The portions were perfect in size. The service is warm and... More 

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Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

It should have the second Michelin Star! Everything has been perfect, i would recommend it To all of my friends. If it's the first Time, try the menù "To know" and you will be very happy of your choice. Ask for the pork because it's special.

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Merto Ny
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149 restaurant reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

This was for years considered the finest restaurant in Madrid if not the country. It is very formal with jacket and tie required. This is a HUGE plus, because there are few places in Madrid to dress up to celebrate in. We had been here a few years ago and wanted to return, I am glad we did. The food... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: C/ Alvarez de Baena, 4, 28006 Madrid, Spain
  • Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Community of Madrid  >  Madrid
  • Phone Number: 34-915614840

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: International, Spanish
Open Hours
Monday
1:15 pm - 4:00 pm
9:00 pm - 12:00 am
Tuesday
1:15 pm - 4:00 pm
9:00 pm - 12:00 am
Wednesday
1:15 pm - 4:00 pm
9:00 pm - 12:00 am
Thursday
1:15 pm - 4:00 pm
9:00 pm - 12:00 am
Friday
1:15 pm - 4:00 pm
9:00 pm - 12:00 am
Saturday
9:00 pm - 12:00 am

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