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“Bring your own wine” 1 of 5 stars
Review of El Bohio

El Bohio
av. Castilla-La Mancha 81 E - 45200, 45200 Illescas, Spain
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Ranked #1 of 21 Restaurants in Illescas
Cuisines: International
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Description: A roadside restaurant in the prehistoric pueblo of Illescas on the road from Madrid to Toledo, El Bohio doesn���t shout ���Michelin star!���, yet it has one. Behind its old wooden front door lies a magnificently cosy dining room boasting neo-Gothic stained glass, dark mirrors, a library, and sombre cast-iron fixtures. Jos�� Rodr��guez is in charge of this gastronomic goldmine, a star chef celebrated for bold, modern yet down-to-earth cooking that���s both ���pretty simple��� (his words) and surprising. Classic dishes are subverted and reassembled into culinary couture. On the world-classEl Bohio menu he invariably has a version of cocido, one of Spain���s oldest dishes. Its cellar has won El Bohio several top awards including ���best restaurant wine cellar in the world��� by a US wine magazine.
New York City, New York
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Bring your own wine”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013 via mobile

Truly dissapointing to pay 160 euros out of 360 in drinks. We had the tasting menu, great, flawless, incredible! And they asked us for what to drink. Will you dare not to have good wine with such a great menu?
Ok, they begun with an average french champagne. 2 glasses. Followed by a quite good aged oak barrel white from Segovia, and 2 glasses of Oloroso (7.50 euros/each) and 2 and a half glasses of quite good Apricus Ribera del Duero red wine. Therefore the price we payed for the wine was almost double than what we payed for the over the top tasting menu. It was veeery dissapointing. Not to mention my wife is a sommelier so we knew what we were talking about. We will certainly not come back there for the -almost embarrasing- cost of the -almost under the average- drinks. Pepe, you did it great but there is something there that is not working....

  • Visited September 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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33 reviews 33 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Perfecto”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

If you love fine dining and can get a booking then make the trip to Pepe's El Bohio near Toledo. We had the El Menu Degustacion plus wines and its been a long time since my tastebuds have danced.

Visited July 2013
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Rogers, Arkansas
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“This is a 3 Michelin star!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2012

This restaurant is near Toledo in Illescas NOT Madrid. It's is totally worth the trip.
We did the tasting menu it was unbelievable, what an art of cooking!!
This is a restaurant The Bulli type. A Pepe does a GREAT job!! WE went to Diverxo and in my opinion this is better than Diverxo.
Congratulations and best of luck.

  • Visited April 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Madrid, Spain
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“Don't the Michelin inspectors ever go to Spain?”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2012

This wonderful restaurant is in Illescas, Province of Toledo, NOT in Madrid. We lunched yesterday on the Tasting Menú and as always it was sensational. There are very few chefs in EUROPE as imaginative and innovative as Pepe Rodriguez. The wine list is extraordinary in its breadth and quality; the service impeccable; Diego Rodriguez is a charming and knowledgeable host. El Bohio has had one star and the same write-up in the Michelin Guide for years. I have been to 3-star restaurants in France and Germany which pale in comparison. Except of course they are three times the price. Food lovers should make a bee-line to Illescas; ça vaut le voyage!

  • Visited February 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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