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Restuarant Botin

#223 of 8,485 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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Port Hueneme, California
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223 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

For the last twenty years we've always ended our Spanish trip at Botin, it became a custom. Our recent visit nay have ended the streak. It has become overpriced, the cochinillo boring, and the sides uninspired. Sure, the place has ambiance and an amazing history but go elsewhere for quality Spanish food-in fact, abandon the whole Plaza Mayor restaurant scene-there... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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68 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We have heard of this place from many others and were very much intrigued. We intended to dine there when in Madrid. We had our opportunity today and managed to book a table for 5 a few weeks ago. We were seated at a table by the window and we found the restaurant really cosy. The service staff were also... More 

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wirral.uk
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Oldest restaurant in the world, full of character. a must go to when in Madrid. Excellent service, good range on menu and well cooked and wholesome food, good wines and brandies. Well worth booking before you go. We went at lunch time and the place was heaving, didn't retract from the service thou

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Tehran, Iran
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36 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

this restaurant is the oldest restaurant in Europe or maybe in world wide! it is located in city center and they keep their décor and history in there. if you would like to try traditional Spanish recipe then you have to go there. the staff are nice and friendly. design is good .

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Manila, Philippines
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15 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Known for its meat dishes, but since I don't eat meat, I thought I would have a problem. However, the accommodating staff was quick to suggest a gorgeous salad and beautifully-cooked hake. Can be a bit claustrophobic when full -- as in, shoulder to shoulder -- but worth a visit.

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Taipei, Taiwan
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15 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

According to a article who wrote about Mr. Hemingway' early life in Spain . I wanna follow Mr. Hemingway' paths this time . In the beginning I planed to pay a visit to another Hemingway tapas bar . Somehow I lost my way and bumped into the longest historical restaurant in Madrid near plaza Mayer . I told them about... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our first time in Madrid and we made it a "must" to eat at what is considered to be the oldest restaurant in the world. Make reservations! We had a very late reservation (11pm!) but we chanced it and showed up when they opened in hopes of getting a seat. They were able to seat us right away in a... More 

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Oldham, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Definitely a place to visit once, not sure about a second visit. The food is good, but overpriced for what it is and the service is polite but perfunctory. I started with the garlic soup, the taste was good, but the fried egg was undercooked adding an unwelcome slimy texture. The suckling pig was lovely, but compared to the pork... More 

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Pisa, Italy
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46 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Really beautiful old restaurant. The food quality is OK, even tough -perhaps- the menu is a bit "touristic". Prices are in line with the average in Madrid downtown. A good place to visit once.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great night out in Madrid. Surrounded by Spanish history. Food was good and staff was helpful. Enjoyable evening.

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