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Algarabia

#30 of 7,287 Restaurants in Madrid
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Calle Union, 8, 28013 Madrid, Spain
+34 915424131
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Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, 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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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
The Best Meal of Our Vacation

My best friend and I toured Rome, Seville, Madrid, and Barcelona, and this meal was, by far, the best meal we ate in our three week European vacation. The restaurant is run by two adorable sisters, and when you enter, it feels like you are dining in the sunroom of their home. One sister runs the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 2, 2015
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Atlanta, Georgia
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Local cuisine
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Atlanta, Georgia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015 NEW

My best friend and I toured Rome, Seville, Madrid, and Barcelona, and this meal was, by far, the best meal we ate in our three week European vacation. The restaurant is run by two adorable sisters, and when you enter, it feels like you are dining in the sunroom of their home. One sister runs the front of the house... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

A highly recommended restaurant. It is homely in style, run by two sisters from the Basque country. The service is very warm and welcoming and the food is fantastic. If you are a visitor looking for an alternative to tapas for your 'Spanish experience', this is highly recommended.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 via mobile

This place is a must for everyone who wants something little bit different than a regular restaurant Although the restaurant was a little hard to find ,I am glad we didnt give up! It had a lovely atmosphere and the two sisters working there did everything they could to make our dinner to one of the best experience we have... More 

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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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73 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Wow! This is Spanish comfort food! Like having 2 grandmothers from Basque Country cooking for you at home. They are extremely warm, the service is outstanding and the food just faultless. This restaurant although conveniently located in Central Madrid, just minutes from Puerta del Sol, is not at all touristy. If you want ultra high quality Northern Spanish home cooking,... More 

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Algarabia M, Propietario at Algarabia, responded to this review

And we thought that had you forgotten us! We have so happy your review and forgive you call us Basque grandmothers (we were curious to if you were shopping or Prado museum). Muchísimas gracias. Isabel y Pilar More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

Great family run restaurant. Food and service was excellent. Wish we tried this place sooner, would have gone back multiple times.

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Algarabia M, Propietario at Algarabia, responded to this review

To us we would also wish you had known before us and speak increasingly of your country, Canada, that we die of desire to visit. thank you very much Isabel y Pilar More 

Surbiton, United Kingdom
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240 reviews 240 reviews
226 restaurant reviews
122 helpful votes 122 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

A rarity. A restaurant that exudes soul. And cooking with passion. It's small, quirky and indy - and all the better for it. Home cooking at its best. Complimentary pate as an amuse bouche (the most delicious pate de foie I have ever tasted). I had white asparagus with iberica ham to start followed by melt-in-the-mouth oxtail. The pudding of... More 

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Oh my God! We can not to find sufficient words to thank his. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Isabel y Pilar More 

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

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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Algarabia M, Propietario at Algarabia, responded to this review

Dear, for us is a great honor to be able to meet you. See you tomorrow ?? Isabel y Pilar More 

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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Algarabia M, Propietario at Algarabia, responded to this review

We wait for enchanted !!! A million thanks Isabel y Pilar More 

London, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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You really are the best lightbulbs changer we ever had. Thank you very much and goodbye Isabel y Pilar More 

Senior Contributor
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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When we founded Algarabía, we think of the restaurant we would like to find on our travels. Thanks 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: Romantic, 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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