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Malacatin

#174 of 7,282 Restaurants in Madrid
#186 of 7,496 Places to Eat in Madrid
Certificate of Excellence
Neighborhood:
La Latina
Winery, Mediterranean, Spanish, Tapas
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Calle Ruda, 5 | (junto Plaza de Cascorro), 28005 Madrid, Spain
+34 913655241
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11:00 am - 5:00 pm
8:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu - Fri 8:00 pm - 12:00 am
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Authentic in every sense of the word...

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 16, 2015
RussCityboy
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London
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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76 reviews 76 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 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 

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London
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68 reviews 68 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 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 

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Madrid, Spain
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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

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Beijing, China
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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 

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Madrid, Spain
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82 reviews 82 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 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 

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Madrid, Spain
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 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.

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Madrid
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31 restaurant reviews
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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 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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113 reviews 113 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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 

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Lisbon, Portugal
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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 

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Pleasant Hill, California
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123 reviews 123 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

This is a traditional old Madrid meal of garbanzos, chicken, beef, and sausage (a lot of food). We did not want a big meal so we ordered a small plate at the bar. This is a perfect way for two people to sample the dish and enjoy the the walls filled with bullfighting posters and souvenirs. You need to arrive... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Calle Ruda, 5 | (junto 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

  • Cuisine: Winery, Mediterranean, Spanish, Tapas
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

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  • 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.
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