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La Paella Real

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Calle Arrieta No. 2, Madrid, Spain
91 542 09 42
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Australia
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016

Came here for dinner on our honeymoon. Paella was frozen, prawns and lobster not fresh, but rice was ok (edible). Tapas of grilled squid was nice, gazpacho lacked flavour. They bring out bread before the meal and I asked for water. Came to the bill to see that we had been charged for the bread and water!! They don't speak... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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13 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2016 via mobile

Monday, we came here because we heard they had a good paella. It was two adults and two children with one stroller for lunch. We had the grilled squids in olive oil and lemon. The dish was awesome, they were perfectly cooked and seasoned. We then had the mixed paella for two and shared with the boys. The paella came... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016 via mobile

Difficult to find, small restaurant. Paella was oke but not exceptional. Service a little bit surly. Price above average.

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Godstone, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016 via mobile

Specialist paella restaurant close to the opera and royal palace. Good food without being amazing, excellent service and not expensive. Thing that sets it apart and which came as a welcome change was the quietness compared with the hustle and bustle of the other restaurants and bars we had tried in Madrid.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2016

Normally one of the best paella in town but this one was slightly disappointing. On the plus side they did a portion for 1 even though they said minimum 2 people. The prawns and langoustine were not as fresh as I would have liked but the paella rice was excellent. It was lunchtime and I am sure the evening food... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2016

My friends came to visit me in Madrid and one of them had their heart set on having paella because she was in Spain. We searched and searched and by 4pm, we managed to stumble across this restaurant and - even though they said the kitchen was closing in 10 minutes - the lovely staff relaid a table, sat us... More 

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Vienna, Austria
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2016

We were tired from a long sightseeing day and wanted to eat near our hotel; the hotel staff suggested this restaurant. Once you are seated the bread and olives appear; we passed on the hard rolls but were happy to pay the "bread charge" for the olives. Our entree was the Mixed Paella (Chicken and Seafood) for 2 that could... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

No way, here you will find the best paella in Madrid. The atmosphere is simply perfect: classic music is so relaxing. The location is in the centre of Madrid, just next to the Opera Theatre. What else? I really recommend this place to everybody

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Long Island, New York
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

I came to this restaurant, because it was recommended by my hotel. While I was there, I was literally the only table. When I arrived, the host told me it was only a two person menu. I was solo traveler, so I was ready to walk out, but the host rushed over to walk me in. He told me he... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

So this place was a tad disappointing. We paid 56.21 euro for a paella (the dishes are intended to be for 2 people), a bottle of wine, a bottle of water, and service. Beware, they bring out bread immediately and place it on your plate but you will be paying for it as a 'service'- same goes for the olives.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Cuisine
Mediterranean, Spanish, Seafood
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Families with children, Special occasions
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle Arrieta No. 2, Madrid, Spain
  • Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Community of Madrid  >  Madrid>  > Centro
  • Neighborhood: Centro
  • Phone Number: 91 542 09 42

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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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