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Restuarant Botin

Calle de los Cuchilleros, 17, 28005 Madrid, Spain
+34 913 66 42 17
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  • Excellent44%
  • Very good34%
  • Average15%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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Mediterranean, European, Spanish, Soups
$$ - $$$
Calle de los Cuchilleros, 17, 28005 Madrid, Spain
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Reviewed October 18, 2013 via mobile

no doubt, it is a very special experience to have dinner in the oldest restaurant of the world. i think this is why so many people visit this place! therefore it is quite touristic and prices very high (e.g. 25? for a part of a...More

Thank Bruce D
Reviewed October 18, 2013 via mobile

Stepped in for lunch, ordered the famous suckling pig and garlic prawn, along with a bottle of water and half pitcher sangria. Ambience and food are good, for a restaurant this famous. Paid €58.50. Would come back with more companies..

Thank Venisiana D
Reviewed October 18, 2013

This restaurant is entered in the Guinnes Book of Records and every guide will tell you the same: the oldest restaurant, the highest prices. We knew we had to book our visit as the restaurant opens only twice a day for dinner and supper. You...More

Thank de_Cero
Reviewed October 17, 2013

I couldnt agree more that this is the worst tourist trap in Madrid. Starting with the bread that was from the week before, the "famous" suckling pig was tough as an old shoe, salad was tasteless, house wine was undrinkable, Terrible experience! Said that, the...More

3  Thank Luis L
Reviewed October 16, 2013

We spent only 2 nights in Madrid so decided to go to the oldest restaurant in the world and then on the second night we went to the number one restaurant in Madrid according to Trip Advisor, please see my review of el club Allard....More

1  Thank Tony T
Reviewed October 15, 2013

Should also be noted as tourist trap number one in the Guiness book of records. You have to queue up in line (with reservation) and we where taken to a overcrowded claustofobic cellar. The suckling pig was terrible and almost 80% of the tables didn;t...More

2  Thank machoff
Reviewed October 14, 2013

Interesting place reeking of history but the famous suckling pig was just so-so. Also ordered the morcilla which had more rice in it than I prefer and the fried eggplant which was excellent. All staff were very welcoming and efficient and their wine list included...More

Thank lithuanian8416
Reviewed October 11, 2013

We had our last night in Madrid having dinner at Botin and found this experience will remain in our memory as a great one. The meal - suckling pig was excellent and the staff was very accommodating and actually nice considering a lot of tourist...More

Thank DaveL300
Reviewed October 10, 2013

Casa Botin's is a definite "must" eat in restaurant! It is perhaps the most famous restaurant in all of Europe and is the oldest restaurant in the world...Check the Guiness Book of Records! It is also famed for being the very special 'hangout' of Hemingway,...More

Thank jnjdougan
Reviewed October 9, 2013

I was originally a bit skeptical about this restaurant when I heard that they have 2 seating times, an 8pm slot (untypical early for Spain!) and 10pm... Sounded like a tourist trap location to me. However, turned out that the restaurant is really nice, very...More

Thank Theusdude
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
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Brenna R
September 10, 2017|
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Response from Susie R | Reviewed this property |
Sadly, I can't join you for dinner, but if you have no luck finding a dining partner, if you order the suckling pig they carve it up as a single portion. I promise you won't struggle! Good luck!
June 24, 2017|
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Response from pbrown_011 | Reviewed this property |
I saw dresses, shorts, slacks, etc. Most of the people in the restaurant are tourists so expect anything. I do suggest not wearing shorts or showing your midriff and men removing their hats while inside. Europeans for... More
May 10, 2017|
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Response from Travlerlee | Reviewed this property |
I think Upstairs is better that is where Hemingway sat also it is brighter. We sat in the cellar which is darker cave like feeling. Plus upstairs you can sit by a window and have a view
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Families with children, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups
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
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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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