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Restuarant Botin

#212 of 8,253 Restaurants in Madrid
Certificate of Excellence
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Calle de los Cuchilleros 17, 28005 Madrid, Spain
91 366 4217
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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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Forres, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I booked a table well in advance for me, my friend and our mothers, for dinner at 8pm. Looking at the reviews I thought it might be hit or miss but we had a fantastic meal - albeit quite expensive. The tables are quite close together and we were on the first floor next to a Japanese family with a... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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40 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The food is definitely very good and served quickly for several seatings. We had suckling pig which was delicious, the baby lambs were average, have tasted better garlic soup and the sauteed mushroom was nicely done. Overall a good experience.

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Shropshire
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91 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The place has charm, it certainly feels like it should be the oldest restaurant in the world. The specials are what you go for on the menu, suckling pig or lamb both cooked in a wood oven, both good if you are a meat eater, there are no trimmings. Staff freak and wine reasonable.

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North Westchester, Connecticut
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73 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We visited 5 years ago and skipped it this trip. As most people say, how was the food? In truth, its an experience in a place that claims to be the oldest continuously open restaurant in the world. Lots of charm and the food is good.

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Clifton Park, New York
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19 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I spose everyone should go to Botin as the "oldest" restaurant in the world. We were 4 people - 3 had the suckling pig which they sort of enjoyed, though not overwhelmed. My steak was very bad - thin, tough, covered with a lot of heavy gravy. I could barely eat it. The staff were attentive - one got the... More 

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Sweden
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69 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

If you are one who falls for tradition and history, this is the place to be. If you are looking for good food - go elsewhere. The recommended roast pork was just average, with two potatoes served on the side. Sangria was much worse than in the small bars on Madrid squares. The place is touristy, noisy, with average service.... More 

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Beirut, Lebanon
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21 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The staff is amazing the place is awesome... better to reserve we went there and as soon as we came in u can see the charm of the restaurant while waiting for ur table they will give u a tour of the kitchen and u may as well visit the wine cellar after having ur meal... u must eat there... More 

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Thank Hala E
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

No wonder why this restaurant stayed in business for almost 300 years. The food was delicious! Loved the suckling pig, their specialty. Very tasty and the skin was crunchy. Be sure to visit this place when you are hungry, it will be worth every bite. And don't forget to make reservations because the place is always full.

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Miami, Florida
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4 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We were excited and looking forward to being a part of history by dining in the "Oldest Restaurant in the World", only to realize it DOES NOT live up to its fame. The food was terrible, meat was tough and insipid, the service was mediocre. We were sitting on the 3rd level in a corner of the room, the room... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Biotin is the oldest restaurant in the world. The staff does a great job caring for patrons. The sucking pig and lamb were excellent. Tip there are two seating 8:00pm and 10:30pm - first is usually taken by tourists and the second seating taken by locals. So you can pick who you want to be there with.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$100
Cuisine
Mediterranean, European, Spanish, Soups
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Families with children, Business meetings, Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine
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: 91 366 4217
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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