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Sobrino de Botin

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Address: Cuchilleros, 17, 28005 Madrid, Spain
Phone Number:
+34 913 66 42 17
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
8:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Sun - Sat 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
8:00 pm - 12:00 am

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Good, if you don't mind fattish food

The restaurant has several levels but make sure you as for a basement table as this is where the best atmosphere is. I will not take a great effort of imagination to imagine... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed March 5, 2014
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 30, 2014

This was one of the few tours that we booked on our recent trip to Madrid and we are very glad we chose this one. The resturant just oozes charm and history. Yes there several different floors and a wine cellar which means walking up stairs but they are not unreasonable. The food was very good. There were a total... More 

Edison, New Jersey
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 22, 2014 via mobile

I've had much much better cochinillo! El Botin's will taste great to one who has not eaten this from the Latin countries and the Philippines. Based on an earlier review, we chose to sit downstairs, and indeed the atmosphere is jovial , but if you have asthma, the musty air will not be good fir you. I wouldn't go back.

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 18, 2014

Lovely traditional cooked meals, making a nice change from tapas. We had the almond chicken and the garlic fried prawns which were both delicious, and a lovely cake for dessert. Food and drink were both reasonably priced for the quality. We also received free drinks from the waiter who was very attentive during our visit. Really enjoyable meal. We walked... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 5, 2014

The restaurant has several levels but make sure you as for a basement table as this is where the best atmosphere is. I will not take a great effort of imagination to imagine yourself in a different century. The suckling pig is thesignature dish and they reliably make it quite good, with crunchy skin and moist and tender meat. Be... More 

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Santos, SP
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 2, 2014 via mobile

Forget about the food... Enjoy the atmosphere , by Plaza Mayor , drink your " Sangria" and taste the old dishes such as the roasted pig . Cosy , touristic but worths the visit !

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 1, 2014 via mobile

Our teenage son had heard of this place and we booked an early evening dinner . The ambiance was cozy and decor took us back into time !! Food was tasty and fresh . It's pricy bug the experience was worth every penny !!

Thank Shaziajang
Chicago, Illinois
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65 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 1, 2014

You have to come here. We ate here twice, one with reservation and then we tried our luck just walking in-we got accommodated! Down at the cellar though but still, the same experience. Fascinated that this is the oldest restaurant in the world. Attentive service. Very good cochinillo. Good Sangria. Very good experience. We were even given complimentary glasses of... More 

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Tolmezzo, Italia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 26, 2014 via mobile

I had the pleasure of having dinner here with colleagues. We ate downstairs in the taberna, great atmosphere, professional waiters like it must have been over 100 years ago, and the food...let's just say their specialty (suckling pig) is simply divine! This is a must when in Madrid...

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Kuwait City, Kuwait
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 19, 2014

This is the oldest resturant in the world . founded 1725 registered in Guinness as the oldest Rest in the world, I liked the cusy atmosphere that took me back through time .. the good chicken and wine it is cheap not that expensive with live spanish musicians move round tables. I LIKED IT wawoooooooooooo!

Thank Marah A
Huntersville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2014

This restaurant is certified as the world's oldest restaurant by the Guinness Book of Records. I have ordered the house specialty which is the cochinillo asado (succulent roast suckling pig with crispy skin). The pork is cooked in a "open kitchen" and it is done following old style Castilian recipe. The food is very good, but do not expect this... More 

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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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