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Brew Pub, Fast Food, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Takeout, Seating, Serves Alcohol
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Located a corner from Plaza Mayor, this place gets a lot of recommendations for its bocadillo de calamares. It gets particularly busy at lunchtime, but do not let the queue discourage you, as it moves pretty quickly due to their fast service. The bar offers...other bocadillos as well, which are delicious and great value for money. Recommended if you are welling to try thisMore

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed October 19, 2021

This place gets packed with a line out the door for a table. You can get the calamari sandwich to go in a matter of minutes and it's great for take away to eat in a park or plaza. Two can easily split one sandwich...for lunchMore

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed July 25, 2021 via mobile

We went for eat bocadillas de calamares, we wait for 20-30 minutes and that was the only bad thing about our experience, food is just perfect we loved it so much.

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed June 24, 2021 via mobile

Wet floors all over the place. The bread was too soft and doesn’t look fresh. In my opinion it is not real calamari seems a substitute

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed May 31, 2020 via mobile

5 stars considering the 3 euro price for the calamari bocadillo. The bread could be better, it was a little too soft and hard to bite,but the calamaris were delicious, asking for a lemon to add more flavor is an absolute must. The only letdown...of the place is the absence of credit card payment, you need to carry cash which is sometimes a deal breaker. I paid 4 euros for a sandwich, a drink and 2 complimentary chicken croquettes. Eating them seating at Plaza Mayor is definitely a thing to remember.More

Date of visit: May 2020
Reviewed March 12, 2020 via mobile

Thank you James Blick for pointing this little gem out just off plaza mayor. Calamari sandwich was amazing!

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed February 15, 2020 via mobile

Don’t understand the hype about this. There’s no sauce in the sandwich, it’s so dry. I only ate the calamari in the end and threw away the bread. Thankfully the calamari were fresh, but they were quite salty and oily. Save your stomach for something...better!More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed February 14, 2020

We ate at La Campana during the busiest hours of the day, the line was fast and lasted about 10 minutes. Even though the place was full, we asked a waiter to help us find a table and not even after two minutes we were...seated. The bocadillo con calamares and the pincho de tortilla were big enough and tasted delicious. The service was really fast and the waiters were the nicest people we encountered in Madrid. We paid 10€ for a bocadillo, a pincho and two beers. Absolutely recommend!More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed January 26, 2020 via mobile

We searched we asked and we found it. La Campana serves the best bocadillos in Madrid and the endless queues of locals prove it. Crispy and tasty fried calamari meets the classic chorizo taste of Spain. Totally value for money (3 euros per bocadillo) generously...filled in. Highly recommend. Me and my mother miss you so much! You were giving us a sweet afternoon snack taste of Madrid.More

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed January 5, 2020

Guide books and online reviews tout this little place as having the best calamari sandwiches, so we hunted it down one afternoon when we were in Madrid. It is a small, rough looking place, notable for all the people going and coming with carry-out. Minimal...places to sit inside. If you are ordering to go, you get in some semblance of a line and be prepped to order as soon as it's your turn as the staff is working real fast and don't seem to like chit-chat or stalls! Also, if you stall around, the next person in line is going to roll right over you (ha!). Almost everyone is getting the same thing--the calamari sandwich. They are pretty big (and cheap) so we split one. It was pretty good--the calamari was tender and crunchy, and not too oily. The bread was fresh. We saw no condiments, nor did we see anyone eating them with a condiment, so we just ate it "dry" too. Was fun to find the place and try a popular Madrid street food. Would I go there again on a return visit to Madrid? Nope. Too dry for me.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Sure..there is a wide range of options...potatpes,sausages, black pudding, and quids sandwhiches.
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Yes, Bar La Campana offers takeout services.

Bar La Campana is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 3.5