We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Malacatin

#164 of 7,520 Restaurants in Madrid
#182 of 7,751 Places to Eat in Madrid
Certificate of Excellence
$$$$
Neighborhood:
La Latina
Mediterranean, Spanish, Tapas, Wine Bar
As featured in Living Madrid
Improve this listing
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Neighborhoods
Neighborhoods
Get directions
Calle Ruda, 5 | (next to Plaza de Cascorro), 28005 Madrid, Spain
+34 913655241
Website
Today
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Open now
See all hours
Hours:
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu - Fri 8:00 pm - 12:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
Description: Located in the most typical area of Madrid next to Plaza de Cascorro, this...
Located in the most typical area of Madrid next to Plaza de Cascorro, this tavern founded in 1895 continues the tradition of cuisine in its fourth generation. The “Cocido Madrileno” is the hallmark of our house, for it enjoys an excellent reputation. It's long, rich and generous. Served in three times, we make it with best quality ingredients cooked in traditional style, to extract the best flavors and make a unique dining experience.. For those who prefer to enjoy an aperitif in the bar, we offer a wide variety of tastings - of “Cocido” and other delicacies- rations and even toasts as accompaniment to any snack. And of course, soup, essential. In addition, Thursday and Friday we open for dinner at an exceptional atmosphere. For this we have prepared an special Menu that will delight the most discerning palate. This includes “Cocido”, served with the same care. To achieve an excellent marriage we have prepared a complete wine list, with a wide variety of choices for all tastes. Likewise, for the desktop, we also have gins letter that includes the most recognized brands worldwide. Our history Small, lively and anxious to succeed, Julian Diaz arrives in Madrid in 1893, from Horcajo de Santiago (Cuenca) to stay with some acquaintances who run a small drinks business, to work as a delivery boy. In 1895, after two years, he considers himself ready to be independent and starts a shop in a cul-de-sac in Ruda street number 5, where there is no water or gas light. Oil lamps illuminate the small wine shop which opens its doors at six in the morning, its "customers" being, bakers, drapers, bricklayers... who drink small glasses of herbs and lemon liquor, and the "soft" one. Already married to Maria, the woman who gave him 12 children, only two were male, he continues his small business with success which was already known to "the girls", women who, due to the number, live and run it there. A poor man, whose only obsession was his guitar, used to visit the place almost every day. He was known as Malacatin and the staff and the owner of the premises liked him a lot. The beggar only had in his repertoire one simple melody: "Tin, tin, tin, Malacatin tin,tin,tin" but with which he managed to get his little glasses of wine from Mr Julian who then went to be known as Julian of Malacatin. The years passed, until Mr Julian transferred the business to his youngest daughter, Florita, who after been married to Isidro, decided to give their business a commercial name; and what better name than the one of that beggar and his familiar history: Malacatin. It is the nineteen fifties and this couple from Madrid and Leon decide to improve their business, adding to the wines and glasses of liquor, fried food and later cooked food. With this cooking they took chickpea stew to its highest level, with which now his daughter Conchi and grandson Jose Alberto triumph after 120 years since the tavern of Mr Julian was established, always treating their customers with familiarity and pleasantness in the same way as the beggar Malacatin was treated.
read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 394 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 216
    Excellent
  • 131
    Very good
  • 33
    Average
  • 10
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good tapas

Great location at Plaza Cascorro, near the market and just a 10min walk from the Puerta del Sol and other touristic attractions. For those who want to see other sort of decoration, this place is a must. Nice food and great staff! Good value for money too!

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 13, 2015
Heytraveller
,
Palma de Mallorca, Spain
Add Photo Write a Review

394 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Your overall rating of this restaurant
Roll over, then click to rate
  Click to rate
Date | Rating
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Palma de Mallorca, Spain
Level Contributor
91 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Great location at Plaza Cascorro, near the market and just a 10min walk from the Puerta del Sol and other touristic attractions. For those who want to see other sort of decoration, this place is a must. Nice food and great staff! Good value for money too!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Level Contributor
77 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

I remember having come to this restaurant several times before, as it was considered one of the best places to have an authentic Cocido Madrileño, so having to wait 2.5 hours to get a very uncomfortable table and wooden chair, was no bother. We were nicely greeted by name and shown our table. Mind you, I am only 6 feet... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 3
London
Level Contributor
70 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

As soon as you step in you are thrown back 100 years. This is also the case with the food. Its very traditional Madrid fayre from a bygone age. Service is very good but you will need to have a good grasp of Spanish. Atmosphere is very alive and very welcoming. No menu available, but for 19 EUR each you'll... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Madrid, Spain
Level Contributor
7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

We have been twice there, and we will come back! The cocido menu is the best I have ever tasted. You won't be able to eat everything as the quantity of food is enormous but you will enjoy it

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Beijing, China
Level Contributor
6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

the place has a long history so i was so amazed to see its old style decoration. i went there for the cocido madrileno! Its sooooo much food. basically after you sat down, you would be served breads, pasta soup, chick peas, cabbage, and two big plates of meat including a huge pig suckling, two pieces of chicken breasts, two... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Madrid, Spain
Level Contributor
89 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

This Spanish Tavern founded in 1895 make the best Cocido Madrileño of the world, the Cocido Madrileño is a delicatessen of cuisine of Madrid. Maintains the same recipe and the same way of cooking that over 110 years ago. The Malacatin's Cocido Madrileño it's one of things in life that can not be described in words. Excellent, delicious. We recomend... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Madrid, Spain
Level Contributor
12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

100% loyal to its essence. Don't go if you are not looking for tasting famous "cocido madrileño". The three course meal is excellent. Go for lunch after a very light breakfast. Very kind service. The place it's too small and reservation is a must.

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Madrid
Level Contributor
52 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

The main speciality of this place is the "Cocido Madrileño". Make sure you are very hungry when you arrive because the plates will start arriving in this order: -soup in which they boiled all the meats and vedgetables for the cocido with pasta -portion of mixed vedgetables -massive plate of chickpeas and an plate of boiled ham and spanish sausages... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Saint Louis, Missouri
Level Contributor
125 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

Malacatin is a an experience and a Madrid institution. The cocido madrileño is the real reason to visit, although the wine list and desserts are quite good. Cocido is served in three "vuelos": the broth with fideos, the vegetables and garbanzos and, finally, the meats. The food is super-abundant. There is no way anyone can eat it all--but no one... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 3
Lisbon, Portugal
Level Contributor
17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014 via mobile

We went to Malacatín especially for the cocido madrileño, typical of Madrid and the house specialty. It is served in 3 steps: first a very tasty broth with noodles, then the boiled vegetables (chickpeas, cabbage and turnip), and finally the boiled meats (chicken, beef, pork and several kinds of sausage). Everything was very tasty and the staff were very friendly.... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 4

Travelers who viewed Malacatin also viewed

Madrid, Community of Madrid
Madrid, Community of Madrid
 
Madrid, Community of Madrid
Madrid, Community of Madrid
 

Been to Malacatin? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Malacatin

Address: Calle Ruda, 5 | (next to Plaza de Cascorro), 28005 Madrid, Spain
Phone Number: +34 913655241
Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Community of Madrid  >  Madrid>  > La Latina
Open Hours:
Monday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm  8:00 pm - 12:00 am
Friday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm  8:00 pm - 12:00 am
Saturday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 21 - 1097
Cuisine: Mediterranean, Spanish, Tapas, Wine Bar

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Calle Ruda, 5 | (next to Plaza de Cascorro), 28005 Madrid, Spain
  • Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Community of Madrid  >  Madrid>  > La Latina
  • Neighborhood: La Latina
  • Phone Number: +34 913655241

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 21 - 1097
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Spanish, Tapas, Wine Bar

Description

Located in the most typical area of Madrid next to Plaza de Cascorro, this tavern founded in 1895 continues the tradition of cuisine in its fourth generation. The “Cocido Madrileno” is the hallmark of our house, for it enjoys an excellent reputation. It's long, rich and generous. Served in three times, we make it with best quality ingredients cooked in traditional style, to extract the best flavors and make a unique dining experience.. For those who prefer to enjoy an aperitif in the bar, we offer a wide variety of tastings - of “Cocido” and other delicacies- rations and even toasts as accompaniment to any snack. And of course, soup, essential. In addition, Thursday and Friday we open for dinner at an exceptional atmosphere. For this we have prepared an special Menu that will delight the most discerning palate. This includes “Cocido”, served with the same care. To achieve an excellent marriage we have prepared a complete wine list, with a wide variety of choices for all tastes. Likewise, for the desktop, we also have gins letter that includes the most recognized brands worldwide. Our history Small, lively and anxious to succeed, Julian Diaz arrives in Madrid in 1893, from Horcajo de Santiago (Cuenca) to stay with some acquaintances who run a small drinks business, to work as a delivery boy. In 1895, after two years, he considers himself ready to be independent and starts a shop in a cul-de-sac in Ruda street number 5, where there is no water or gas light. Oil lamps illuminate the small wine shop which opens its doors at six in the morning, its "customers" being, bakers, drapers, bricklayers... who drink small glasses of herbs and lemon liquor, and the "soft" one. Already married to Maria, the woman who gave him 12 children, only two were male, he continues his small business with success which was already known to "the girls", women who, due to the number, live and run it there. A poor man, whose only obsession was his guitar, used to visit the place almost every day. He was known as Malacatin and the staff and the owner of the premises liked him a lot. The beggar only had in his repertoire one simple melody: "Tin, tin, tin, Malacatin tin,tin,tin" but with which he managed to get his little glasses of wine from Mr Julian who then went to be known as Julian of Malacatin. The years passed, until Mr Julian transferred the business to his youngest daughter, Florita, who after been married to Isidro, decided to give their business a commercial name; and what better name than the one of that beggar and his familiar history: Malacatin. It is the nineteen fifties and this couple from Madrid and Leon decide to improve their business, adding to the wines and glasses of liquor, fried food and later cooked food. With this cooking they took chickpea stew to its highest level, with which now his daughter Conchi and grandson Jose Alberto triumph after 120 years since the tavern of Mr Julian was established, always treating their customers with familiarity and pleasantness in the same way as the beggar Malacatin was treated.
Open Hours
Monday
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
8:00 pm - 12:00 am
Friday
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
8:00 pm - 12:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Malacatin staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in La Latina

Neighborhood Profile
La Latina
La Latina is a charming neighborhood with two unique personalities. At first glance, it’s distinctly old-world, with narrow streets weaving a maze among charming stone buildings in sunny, bright colors like yellow and pink. The other side of La Latina is characterized by a young population and a bohemian vibe, as evidenced by a dynamic and evolving selection of new bars, shops, coworking spaces, and other businesses popping up in the area. In the northern part of the neighborhood, the Cava Alta and Cava Baja streets constitute the tapas center of Madrid, where each age-old restaurant serves up distinctive specialties like huevos rotos and patatas bravas. Locals have come here for generations to while away hours over drinks and tapas with friends. On Sundays and public holidays, the streets to the south of La Latina metro station transform into a giant open-air market full of locals sifting through tent after tent of art, apparel, and antiques. Any day of the week, the intriguing blend of the traditional and the hip make the streets of La Latina worth exploring.
Explore this neighborhood