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Algarabia

#36 of 7,209 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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  • 245
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  • 54
    Very good
  • 20
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  • 10
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  • 6
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Feels like home

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 23, 2015
Huy D
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Jubail, Ash Sharqiyah, Saudi Arabia
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Local cuisine
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Late Night
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Jubail, Ash Sharqiyah, Saudi Arabia
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42 reviews 42 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

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
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

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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Bristol, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

we went here after reading reviews on Trip Advisor. It is small and traditional in décor. we were greeted by one of the two sisters that run the restaurant. The service was excellent. The sisters were so friendly and attentive. The menu is small and perfectly formed. we were given a small appetiser of potato soup which was fantastic. We... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

Been in Algarabia cause Tripadvisor reviews and it was a completely disaster. It looks like a old fashion private house that make you feel not very comfortable. Service was rude and food was low quality and overpriced. Kind of restaurant that try to get money from tourists.

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London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

Reading the reviews from other visitors (which we used as a base to book the restaurant) we expected quite a bit more. Pretty much everyone at the restaurant was foreign. No problem there but the lack of locals provided a first indication. The table we were sat was bouncing. The owner's response was: "you can't lean your arms on the... More 

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Exton, Pennsylvania
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

we booked our dinner on line, restaurant is very easy to find. Everything we ordered were delicious, the owners, two sisters, are the cutest people we met in Madrid, they are so kind and so happy, treating the guests like family. My husband wasn't feeling well and the owners were so caring and packed the unfinished dinner for us. I... More 

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Lufkin, Texas
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

we had one night in Madrid and happily I found Algarabia online. This is one of my top dining experiences ever, anywhere! You must eat here. The food is delicious, the setting beautiful and the experience with the two sisters is the pure joy of dining at Algarabia. They have a passion for pleasing their customers and they spent time... More 

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Algarabia M, Propietario at Algarabia, responded to this review

Thanks for choosing us and thanks for the recommendation. Until next time Isabel y Pilar More 

Weiswampach, Luxembourg
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5 reviews 5 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

I came here with my girlfriend for dinner on January 24, 2015. The dinner card, at a first look, seems quite simple and typically spanish (with some specialities from La Rioja Province) However, the food tasted excellent and it could not have been better. We were offered some aperitives along with the food we ordered. The starter I had was... More 

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Algarabia M, Propietario at Algarabia, responded to this review

You were so adorable ... The young couple has visited us! Until next time. Thank you Isabel y Pilar More 

Dublin, Ireland
Top Contributor
109 reviews 109 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

We were a group of 4 in Madrid for new year and 2 of our friends had suggested this lovely restaurant to us. Booking by email was easy and the restaurant easy to find. Whilst it does feel like you are in someone's front room rather than a restaurant, this just adds to the atmosphere and anything else would feel... More 

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Algarabia M, Propietario at Algarabia, responded to this review

Quirky!! What a great definition for our restaurant. Anyone seeking a normal place will be disappointed. A friend says we had to be protected "as endangered species". Many thanks for recommending us. Isabel y Pilar More 

Top Contributor
72 reviews 72 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015 via mobile

This place is unusual and very pleasant. It is run by two sisters with strong links to Rioja-land. One is the chef (who also takes lovely photos when she travels!) and the other is front of house. This is not your mass-market chain and is highly one-of-a-kind. We turned up a touch early at 9:25pm and had to ring the... More 

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Algarabia M, Propietario at Algarabia, responded to this review

Really our restaurant is unusual: family, small, no frills.We try that anyone who visits us feel comfortable and happy. Thank you for understanding us and Happy New Year. Isabel y Pilar 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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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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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