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“Returning customer” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Meson O'Luar

Meson O'Luar
San Bernardo 17, Madrid, Spain
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Ranked #533 of 6,854 Restaurants in Madrid
Cuisines: Spanish
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swansea
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
“Returning customer”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

We visited this restaurant in 2007 and on our return this year we were happy to discover that its standard was still high. Enjoyed a very good paella & mixed fish dish. House wine was of a good standard, and although English was not spoken this was not a problem. Convenient to Gran Via but not in the bustle. Not over-expensive with plenty of variation in the menu.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Warsaw, Poland
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“Great food!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2012

We wanted to try something Spanish and we came across Meson O'Luar. It's located one one of the side roads near Gran Via and looks quite inviting. We ordered paella mixta for 4 people + some red wine branded by O'Luar, which was absolutely fantastic. The price of dinner per person wasn't high - 17 euros.
Restaurant's kitchen is open throughout the day so you won't hear that it's too early to have dinner (it happens in some places). We were served by 2 waiters - one was fast and really nice, the other one seemed to be unhappy with his job.
Food was served rather quickly and tasted absolutely delicious. The seafood was fresh and well spiced.
I strongly recommend this place if you want to have a Spanish dinner and don't want to go broke at the same time;)

  • Visited April 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Singapore, Singapore
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“Great food in Madrid that won't break the bank.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2009

I have been to Meson O'Luar a few times, both in 2009 and 2008. The restaurant is situated on San Bernardo - a large road that runs off Gran Via in the middle of town. It is about 10min. walk from Plaza Espana, and about 5-7min walk from Hotel Atlantico in the other direction. It doesn't look very special from the outside with pics of the dishes, but the food is great.

The front of the restaurant is typically Spanish - bar counter where you can order tapas. There is a little TV in one corner and on the nights when the football is on, the bar is crammed with people eating, smoking, drinking and watching the game. Towards the back is a restaurant area, seating maybe about 10-15 tables. The tables are well-spaced.

Over 2 years, I have had dinner here about 4 times - and it has been great everytime. Their boquerones fritos (fried anchovies) are some of the best we ate in Spain - so fresh and not greasy at all. They also do setas (big flat mushrooms) on the grill, grilled champinones (button mushrooms) with garlic oil and a wonderful paella de mariscos (seafood paella). If you like calamari, order the grilled baby calamari, which is incredibly tender.

Service is quite friendly by Spanish standards, and the guys were very patient with us getting through our traveller's spanish. If you are lucky, you'll get one of the guys who speaks a little English. Otherwise, the menu also contains English translations.

Price-wise it's incredibly good value - particularly within this touristy end of town. We always ate fit to burst here and the bill was rarely more than 15e a person. Obviously this depends on what you order, but servings are quite generous.

The other great thing about Meson O'Luar is that the kitchen is open right throughout the day - no shutting between lunch and dinner service. This makes it great for an early dinner or late lunch if you've had a full day of sightseeing. Also great for families with kids that need to eat a little earlier.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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