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Restuarant Botin

#224 of 8,735 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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Westhampton Beach, New York
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43 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We went here when we came to visit my son who is studying abroad in Madrid. All he had heard about was this restaurant. We had some amazing meals while we were in Madrid in November. This was not one of them. It is as though it was something that everybody just had to check the box that they visited.... More 

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51 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Booking is a must for this restaurant. This is the oldest restaurant in the world. The restaurant has three floors and the staff are very attentive and helpful. They have English and Spanish menu and some waiters speaks English. We ordered the famous "cuchinillo". The skin is so thin and crispy. It has a different taste and so yummy served... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Botin is a classic in Madrid with 3 levels of dining each with beautiful tile and woodwork it's historical beauty was as good as the food. Their original wood fired oven let's you see the piglet roasting process and the meal was delicious. I went with a very large group so we had booked our reservation well in advance but... More 

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Greater Melbourne, Australia
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The worlds oldest restaurant needed a visit if only for history's sake. Thanks to the restaurant manager asking us if we'd like to wait a few minutes then get us seated. A wide choice on the menu , loved the potatoes! Great old world atmosphere. Service a little stiff but effective. Liked the experience .

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Los Cristianos, Spain
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17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We pre booked before our trip to Madrid. We entered a fabulous building, where the waiters are well dressed and very attentive. We had the scrambled eggs with salmon for starter. Delicious. Then we all had the lamb. One of two house specialities. It's was a tad tough and didn't fall off the bone as we expected it took. A... More 

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Democratic Republic of the Congo
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62 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Botin is a very old and authentic place to eat. Some of the restaurant is actually in the cellar. If you are a meat eater Its great to look into the kitchens and see the racks of piglets and lambs ready to be put into the huge ovens to roast. The service was good although maybe rather formal and unfriendly.... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Not recommend this place. Never. Their service was the WORST I've ever experienced. It was the only restaurant we went to in Spain where the service wasn't good. When we ordered, we wanted to have one main course to share for two people, but the server said that each person had to order each plate. So we couldn't help adding... More 

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Neustadt an der Weinstrasse, Germany
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144 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The restaurant is living from and on its name. So be prepared for a good bill and still wonder whether it was worth it. Look for alternatives and ask yourself: Can I live without saying, "The oldest restaurant in the world, and I or we dined there"?

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Redlands, California
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9 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Made it a point to eat here on our last night, and what a meal! The food was excellent, the service was superb, and the ambiance was just beautiful. We had the roasted chicken and potato's, the jamon and melon appetizer, and the cochinillio as the main course, all were excellently prepared. If you're there make it a point to... More 

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Riverside, California
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Try to lamb or pork... MUST try the cheesecake.. watch the waiters run up and down narrow stairs, drink a bottle of delicious red wine, and of course, try to Garlic soup!!! Staff spoke English and Spanish, and their were also menus in both languages.

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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
Romantic, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Families with children
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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