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Algarabia

#40 of 7,320 Restaurants in Madrid
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Calle Union, 8, 28013 Madrid, Spain
+34 915424131
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Late Night
Description: Pequeno y familiar restaurante de cocina tradicional (riojana) en el...
Pequeno y familiar restaurante de cocina tradicional (riojana) en el centro de Madrid.
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Good for:
Romance
Local cuisine

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  • 259
    Excellent
  • 58
    Very good
  • 22
    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
Probably the highlight of our trip

I found this restaurant on Tripadvisor and want to thank everyone who recommended this fantastic find. The two sisters that run this lovely restaurant were so welcoming and very helpful. They tell you at the beginning that their English is terrible - don't be fooled by this! They speak very good... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 22, 2015
Victoria M
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Farnham, Surrey
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Local cuisine
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Farnham, Surrey
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

I found this restaurant on Tripadvisor and want to thank everyone who recommended this fantastic find. The two sisters that run this lovely restaurant were so welcoming and very helpful. They tell you at the beginning that their English is terrible - don't be fooled by this! They speak very good English indeed. The asparagus starter was delicious and I... More 

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Stockholm, Sweden
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

This has to be one of the best food experiences I have had. Both the food and service were incredible. Two sisters offer a taste of Rioja in the middle of Madrid. Both wine and food was excellent. Will definitely come back to this restaurant whenever in Madrid.

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London, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

The chef at Algarabia (one half of a sister duo who run the place) told us that they get a lot of custom from internet recommendations so I'm very happy to push the cause. From the outside it looks quite quiet but don't let that fool you - eating here is like being welcomed into someone's home and treated like... More 

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31 reviews 31 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Our evening at Algarabía was very memorable. The two ladies are so welcoming and warm and friendly, they could have served us anything and we'd have loved it. It just so happened that we got amazing, rustic food with a real home-cooked feel about it. We could've sat and chatted to the ladies all night, in fact we pretty much... More 

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Lillestrom, Norway
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82 reviews 82 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

This is a small restaurant that is run by two old ladies (and they have done it the last 20 years). The menu and wine list is limited, and the comfort is basic. It was like having dinner in a private home (without knowing the others). The food was ok but not a gourmet dinner. Perhaps a good option if... More 

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Frinton-On-Sea, United Kingdom
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72 reviews 72 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015 via mobile

Loved it from start to finish. It is like dining in someone's house. The two ladies running the place were delightful from start to finish. The menu was inventive and tasty. Wine was superb. We weren't rushed. Atmosphere was great. If you like chain restaurants or to be an anonymous customer, this is not for you. If you like personal... More 

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Melton Mowbray, United Kingdom
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140 reviews 140 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

We were recommended this restaurant by a local on a TA forum. We booked in for lunch and happened to be the only people dining, this was a shame, it lacked the atmosphere and ambiance from having other diners around you, though they were good enough to take our booking based on us being their only booking that day, apparently... More 

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londonengland
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

We dined here during a conference and we were not an easy group as our numbers kept changing and there were 2 vegetarians in our party. We went from a table of ten to a group of 20 which is the maximum the restaurant can take at one time and we all arrived at once which was a challenge for... More 

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Jubail, Ash Sharqiyah, Saudi Arabia
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42 reviews 42 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

So I can't say that I know authentic Spanish food to challenge it. What I do know is delicious food. We had homemade pate, crisps, and my meal, the ox-tail was spot on. The most amazing part of this was the personal touch. This is not a restaurant you want to go to, if you want to be left alone.... More 

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Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

We visited Spain early September of last year and after 10 days we finalize our journey at Algarabia. What a place to enjoy one last dinner with family. This is a very special place since you arrive, the ambiance, the decoration, the atmoshphere, everything is kind of perfect. This is an unique place, small but a lot of details, and... More 

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Ha pasado el tiempo pero todavía recordamos la visita de los congresistas. Muchísimas gracias por su recuerdo y recomendación. Isabel... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Calle Union, 8, 28013 Madrid, Spain
  • Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Community of Madrid  >  Madrid>  > Centro
  • Neighborhood: Centro
  • Phone Number: +34 915424131

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Spanish

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Local cuisine

Description

Pequeno y familiar restaurante de cocina tradicional (riojana) en el centro de Madrid.

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Staying in Centro

Neighborhood Profile
Centro
Expansive plazas, local and foreign crowds, street performers, colorful lights, window shopping, restaurant signs promising the best paella, ham, and churros con chocolate- this is downtown Madrid, a collection of plazas interconnected by a network of side streets. Some of these side streets are wide pedestrian shopping routes, and some are hidden, so it's possible to duck in and out of the bustle as desired. The iconic Puerta del Sol is the giant crossroads of the city and a must-see attraction at any time of the day. The nearby Plaza Mayor, completely enclosed by historic red buildings, is an ideal place to grab a bite to eat outside, amidst scores of tables and people out for a stroll. Plaza Isabel II (also known as “Opera”) is smaller and a good meeting spot, and the stately Plaza del Oriente is the front yard of the Royal Palace. Centro can be touristy (pickpockets are unfortuately not unheard-of here), crowded, and sometimes gimmicky, but it is also the place to experience classic Madrid.
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