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“Touristy place, tasty meal, historic setting” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Restaurant Botin

Restaurant Botin
Calle de los Cuchilleros 17, 28005 Madrid, Spain (Centro)
91 366 4217
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Ranked #268 of 6,815 Restaurants in Madrid
Price range: $0 - $100
Cuisines: Spanish
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Neighborhood: Centro
Description: Botin is the oldest restaurant in the world according to the Guinness Book of Records. Located in the heart of Madrid, at the foot of the Arco de Cuchilleros and next to the Plaza Mayor, it was founded in 1725 and was a meeting place for Madrid's bohemian and literary set. Botin offers Madrid-style hospitality in a convivial and friendly setting, with traditional decor. The restaurant prides itself on using the finest ingredients accredited by the respective quality marks in order to offer guests traditional recipes that have been passed down from father to son over the years, cooked in a natural and artisan way. Its specialties include roast suckling pig and lamb cooked in traditional Castilian style in a wood-fired oven that has been in use since 1725. Botin treats all its diners the same - whether politician, famous artist or its neighbourhood regulars.
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“Touristy place, tasty meal, historic setting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2013

Went here on a weeknight. It was packed, but we got a table right away. This place is a tourist mecca so it's super crowded and noisy.

That being said, Goya ate here. It may be the oldest continually operating restaurant in the world. It's pretty gorgeous.

The service was fine. We went for the house specialties, the roasted pork and the roasted lamb. They arrive at your table in sizzling terracotta dishes (maybe also from the 18th century) and the waiter serves you from them. They were both exquisite. Real fatty, comfort food, bursting with flavor. Tender, juicy meat. If I had to pick one I would definitely go with the pork. If you go here don't waste your time getting dishes you can get in any other places, just go for the roast!!

  • Visited January 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Delicious meal”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2013

My husband and I had dinner here last weekend. The restaurant itself is charming and the staff was very welcoming and attentive. We ordered cheese as an appetizer and it was fantastic. I got the filet of beef and my husband got the roasted pig, the house specialty. We were both very happy with our meals and with the perfect lemon sorbet at the end. Highly recommend as the food and ambiance are great and the prices surprisingly reasonable.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Oldest restaurant in the world!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2013

Impeccable service,great food. Not cheap but certainly worth every cent.
Go hungry as the portions are large! The set house menu represents the best value.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Forget the cost, somethings remain worth it!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013

Forget the hype and be prepared for a big bill - but just enjoy the tremendous food and environment.

It’s on the tourist map for sure; but you are made to feel individual and valued and it retains that ‘done it’ moment. Close to all sorts of other eating houses but it retains quality and continues to give that extra value.

Signature dish of suckling pig (cochinillo) is beyond reproach and has to be savoured, despite the obvious cost element. Enjoy!

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Food terribly undercooked”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013

Too many tables and my husband ordered steak and it was incredibly undercooked. Sent it back and still too rare. My lamb was okay but not exceptional at all.

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