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El Mollete

#317 of 8,143 Restaurants in Madrid
Certificate of Excellence
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Calle Bola 4, 28013 Madrid, Spain
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
8:00 pm - 12:00 am
Closed now
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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
8:00 pm - 12:00 am
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016

We looked for a quiet lunch stop near to the royal palace and chanced across El Mollete Taberna. A very good find, which has entertained many distinguished guests over the years. Tasty tapas and good Spanish wines in this little side-street restaurant well off the main tourist routes.

Thank stella317
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016 via mobile

They only had room for us at a lunch, lovely old restaurant; great food, great wine and English spoken. Very friendly staff who took pride in their menu, really good.

Thank Liz H
Copenhagen, Denmark
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2016

We hadn't booked, but we were early (for Madrid) as we had just arrived on a chilly Tuesday evening. We were seated at a table upstairs, between a couple from the US and another from Israel, both spoke highly of the food they'd consumed and helped us choose ours. We had 2 glasses of house white,3 tapas portions of grilled... More 

Thank spark41
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2016 via mobile

Visiting this restaurant was like having dinner at a new friend's home. The dining area is small but so warm and inviting. The hosts were cheerful, provided amazing food and a lovely sangria. We tried the avocado salad with tuna and salmon, the huevos rotos, a mushroom and shrimp risotto and the goat cheese with honey. The dishes were wonderful,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2016

Walk down a few steps into a small room with a single wooden table with four chairs, all tucked under a wooden staircase. There is a bar in the back of the room and a shelf with stools along one side. It was only 12:30 PM on a weekday, so there was no trouble getting a table. A young woman... More 

Thank Susan I
London, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2016

Just what we were hoping to find on our first night in Madrid, a cosy brick lined tapas bar with tasty excellent tapas. I would highly recommend booking in advance, we were very lucky that a table became free downstairs after about 10 minutes, everyone else who came in had booked. We would definitely go again if we return to... More 

Thank Sherard
Bellevue, WA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2016

Coming from Sevilla, we experienced sticker shock in Madrid, especially in our neighborhood near the palace. Saw the reviews of this place and decided to give it a try. It was just around the corner from our apartment. Small place with downstairs bar and one table. Had to wait a bit for one of the 4-5 tables upstairs, but glad... More 

Thank abien
Jackson, Wyoming
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2016

Went looking for authentic tapas and found them at El Mollette. The food was excellent, staff was friendly and the location is close to the palace. Call ahead for a reservation since the seating is limited. Probably best for couples or families of 4 at the most.

Thank Andrew S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2016

We dropped in on our way back from the Palace and couldn't have been happier. The ambience is quiet and coze, the staff very warm and the food was all delicious. It is a small spot so we were lucky to walk in (3 in the afternoon). There is an easy online reservation option that would be a good idea.

Thank TomCost
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016 via mobile

We booked, got several reminders about our booking.. went to the place and were told that we didn't have a table. Big disappointment, very unprofessional.

Thank Rita H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Mediterranean, Spanish
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine
Open Hours
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
8:00 pm - 12:00 am
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
8:00 pm - 12:00 am
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
8:00 pm - 12:00 am
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
8:00 pm - 12:00 am
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
8:00 pm - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle Bola 4, 28013 Madrid, Spain
  • Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Community of Madrid  >  Madrid>  > Centro
  • Neighborhood: Centro
  • Phone Number: 915477820

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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
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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