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Restuarant Botin

#243 of 8,827 Restaurants in Madrid
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Neighborhood:
Centro
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Calle de los Cuchilleros 17, 28005 Madrid, Spain
+34 913 66 42 17
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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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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Nicely accompanied with a muga crianza. The croquetas were good = caseras. I was happy to see that prices were not unfair.

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Thank Derrin K
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I booked online about 10 days ago for Botin as I learnt that it is always full. They serve the best Spanish foods I ever had. Also, the staffs are super nice since I wrongly booked a day before we going but they still gave us a table. We ordered roast suckling pig, clams, squid rice and garlic shrimp. I... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I did some research online because I wanted to eat lechon before leaving Madrid. I was able to get seated without a reservation around 11:00 on a Saturday night. Waiter was attentive but not overbearing. The lechon was amazing and is highly recommended.

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Thank ribeye2017
Warwick, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Stunning restaurant. Had a great table and service v quick. Very plain traditional food but done with xveptionally well. A well oiled machine and all staff knowledgeable in all that is on the menu. No wonder people queue. Well worth it and a wonderful experience to visit the worlds oldest restaurant. Thank you

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We went as guests of friends who are regulars at Botin. This resulted in a higher level of service than we saw other diners (mostly tourists) were receiving. We were allowed to linger while other tables seemed to to turn quickly. Food...excellent...best fish we had in 2 months in Madrid. Appetizers were super. Service was 1st class. This is an... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to this restaurant in early February attracted by its claim to be the oldest restaurant in the world. Forget it. The queues of tourists are met by the most basic mass produced food. Locals wouldn't touch it. Madrid is full of really great restaurants. Absolutely no reason to go to this one.

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Houston, Texas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

They have resisted for a long time but have become terribly perfunctory. The chicken was tasteless, the service almost non-existent. The Sangria was okay. Only value left is the history of the place. Off the list from now own mainly due to pitiful service.

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Friend strongly recommended this restaurant. Curious to check this out being the oldest restaurant in the world. Reservation is strongly recommended due to it's popularity. We were brought to our table by walking thru the kitchen. Overall place seem small. Our table was in a room behind the kitchen. The room is more spacious than those seated near the entrance.... More 

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Madrid, Spain
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Botin is the oldest restaurant in the world, so if you are in Madrid for any length of time, you are going to go there. Their specialty is suckling pig, so you are going to order that. Might as well get it over with! This is a large, loud restaurant, filled people who are there so that they can say... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The restaurant looks ancient, which seems fitting for being the oldest restaurant recorded by Guinness world record. A lot of tourists are here for the sake of the oldest restaurant and so are we... we had lunch here with roasted suckling pig and artichoke with bacon. We also ordered 1/2 pitcher of sangaria which is quite tasty. The 1/2 pitcher... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$100
Cuisine
Mediterranean, European, Spanish, Soups
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children, Romantic, Special occasions
Open Hours
Sunday
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
8:00 pm - 12:00 am
Monday
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
8:00 pm - 12:00 am
Tuesday
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
8:00 pm - 12:00 am
Wednesday
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
8:00 pm - 12:00 am
Thursday
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
8:00 pm - 12:00 am
Friday
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
8:00 pm - 12:00 am
Saturday
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
8:00 pm - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle de los Cuchilleros 17, 28005 Madrid, Spain
  • Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Community of Madrid  >  Madrid>  > Centro
  • Neighborhood: Centro
  • Phone Number: +34 913 66 42 17
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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Staying in Centro

Neighborhood Profile
Centro
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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