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“Outstanding Culinary Experience in a Gorgeous Classical Environment” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Zalacain

Zalacain
C/ Alvarez de Baena, 4, 28006 Madrid, Spain
34-915614840
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Ranked #72 of 6,858 Restaurants in Madrid
Cuisines: Spanish, International
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
virginia
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68 reviews 68 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
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“Outstanding Culinary Experience in a Gorgeous Classical Environment”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2012

Jacket and tie required for men, rich dark colors, classical décor and settings, yet the formal but friendly staff welcome and put at ease any guest on their special night. Pricey but at about $180 euro for two, without drinks, not as unreachable as some of the reviews might suggest. Classic Spanish cuisine, perfectly enhanced and presented as artwork. True to surrounding custom, it opens at 9pm. Reservations suggested.

  • Visited October 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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Long Island, NY
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61 reviews 61 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“Great Restaurant and great wine selection!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

We loved the food. My husband was very happy with the wine list. The somelier suggested some great wines for me that I only like rieslings and they are non existent in Spain!. The food was delicious, except for the beef tartar, which is grounded beef marinated with various oils. I personally did not like it, but everything else and moreso the Chocolate desert was out of this world. I will definitely return when I return to Madrid.
Men must wear suit and tie.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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France
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3 restaurant reviews
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“A "cocido madrilène" not to be missed!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2012

Visited this restaurant in july, so not maybe the best season to truck in à very hearthy traditional dish, but what à nice surprise! Little typical décorated tasca not far from plaza mayor. The waiters were attentive and did explain to us the local way of eating thé cocido. They have other dishes on the menu that i will definitively try next time.
Better come to thé restaurant with the appetite of a wolf as the portions are good and the cocido very tasty. Make sûre you try all, so pace yourself or ask for all parts to be delivered at thé same time, you Will not be deceived. The cocido was considered the dish of the working classes in Spain, it has become the symbol of the town. Enjoy it!

  • Visited June 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“It's the best place to dine in Madrid ”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2012 via mobile

Just truly amazing! Everything is incredible including deserts!

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Longboat Key, Florida
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74 reviews 74 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“Superb food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2012

We have eaten at this restaurant several times over the years. They still have the same sommelier who will guide you through their huge wine list. The food, however, is the star. Impeccably served and beautifully prepared.

Visited July 2012
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