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Algarabia

#32 of 7,607 Restaurants in Madrid
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Calle Union, 8, 28013 Madrid, Spain
+34 915424131
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Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations
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
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Having been rather disappointed with the restaurant recommendations of the Lonely Planet and TimeOut, I turned to TripAdvisor for inspiration and found this special place. Run by two sisters, the combined experience of the duo is nearly half a century. Home cooking has never been such an accurate... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2015
Tom N
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London, England, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Local cuisine
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London, England, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Having been rather disappointed with the restaurant recommendations of the Lonely Planet and TimeOut, I turned to TripAdvisor for inspiration and found this special place. Run by two sisters, the combined experience of the duo is nearly half a century. Home cooking has never been such an accurate description, both in terms of the food and the atmosphere. Following dinner... More 

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Algarabia M, Propietario at Algarabia, responded to this review

Thank you for review and thank you for your conversation and curiosity , have the evening very special. See you soon. Isabel y Pilar More 

Mykonos, Greece
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

We dined at this restaurant in late June and were delighted to have the opportunity to eat in a quaint, family run establishment in the center of the city. The two sisters who own the restaurant have left and indelible mark on the food, inculcating both a genuine interest and passion for the delicacies of the Rioja region. Their benevolence... More 

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We hope your trip to Spain were great and we are happy to have contributed with our recommendations. Many thanks. Next stop La Rioja! Isabel y Pilar More 

Hong Kong, China
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

This is truly a fantastic restaurant run by two sisters. Extremely friendly with greater service and most important of all, amazing food. Truly lucky to discover this place. My family is very picky at food but we are all extremely satisfied with the quality of the food and the amount served was just right. Recommendations were great and I could... More 

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Algarabia M, Propietario at Algarabia, responded to this review

We know that cultural difference (salt, no salt!) makes idifficult the western food like you so We consider an honor that you family will enjoy in our restaurant. Thank you very much for your review. Isabel y Pilar More 

Detroit, Michigan
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

I came here to celebrate my birthday with my family on our recent vacation to Spain. The two sisters who run the restaurant are very welcoming and warm. We had a reservation at 9:30 and wanted to come a little earlier because of a flight the next morning and they kindly accommodated me on the phone. Upon arriving I realized... More 

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We just love it you chose us for such a special day See you the next birthday? Many thanks Isabel y Pilar More 

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

We dined here in early July and had a wonderful evening. The food is excellent and well presented. The place is run by by two sisters: one cooks and one waits the table. Very friendly. The place has its own wine--a Rioja, which apparently is where the owners come from. It's in a small alley of a street, has no... More 

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We are always a lot happy when, on returning home, and remind us and write the advise us. thousand thanks. Isabel y Pilar More 

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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

We visited the restaurant on our first night in Madrid and what a way to start our holiday! Isabel and Pilar were the most fantastic of hosts and the food was absolutely divine! We were recommended a beautiful Rioja to compliment our food and given lots of great tips on places to visit whilst in the city. The sisters were... More 

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Algarabia M, Propietario at Algarabia, responded to this review

Many thanks for recommending us. Algarabía we consider should be more than a restaurant: a different experience, a meeting with travelers that contribute their experiences and We suggest you things that do not come in the guides. thanks, again. Isabel y Pilar More 

Milton, Wisconsin
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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

We had the privilege of having dinner in this wonderful restaurant while we were in Madrid 2 weeks ago. We were looking forward to having excellent authentic Spanish cuisine while we were in Madrid and we were not disappointed. We ate in a lot of amazing restaurants in Madrid but our dinner in Algarabia was particularly special and memorable. We... More 

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Many thanks. We tried exactly that: to eat in Algarabía is a life experience beyond good food, sharing gladness and enjoy with our customers. Farewell Isabel y Pilar More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

I wanted to take a visiting American family for a "local" dining experience and tried Algarabia (based on Tripadvisor reviews). Pilar and Isabel, the two charming sisters behind the place, treated us like family and we had a memorable evening. This is a quiet small restaurant with a very homelike feeling. The food is northern Spanish and a goes a... More 

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Algarabia M, Propietario at Algarabia, responded to this review

As he come to see us with his wife (that is already looking forward to good) hope to thank you in person. And yes, talk, laughter and Rioja are part of the "Algarabía experience" Isabel y Pilar More 

Switzerland
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

Went off Trip Advisor recommendations myself and was not disappointed. Local food, lovely ambiance, felt right at home. The women that ran the Restaurant were friendly and very helpful and the food was both hearty and delicious. Would recommend and hopefully will go back again the next time in Madrid.

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We hope that your experience a pleasant one subway u opted for the taxi? Thanks for recommending us. Isabel y Pilar More 

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25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

We were there with my wife for a romantic dinner. It is not easy to find, but inside you feel welcome and at home, two sisters are just great and friendly, the best sparagus ever, fantastic cod, good wine. Highly recommended

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The title of the review were surprised: slaves does a movie? Then we understood. Many thanks. Unfortunately asparagus season is over. We wait again. 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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