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Viuda de Vacas

#792 of 8,341 Restaurants in Madrid
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
La Latina
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Calle Aguila 2, 28005 Madrid, Spain
+34 913 66 58 47
12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
8:30 pm - 12:30 am
Closed now
All hours
Mon 8:30 pm - 12:30 am
Wed - Mon 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Wed - Sat 8:30 pm - 12:30 am
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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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17 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2016 via mobile

The place was full of local people, sign of good food normally and it was actually so. Simple but tasty dishes, kind waitress. Good experience!

Thank Chicca1483
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 8, 2016 via mobile

Crazy good food, wonderful hospitality. Highly recommend the lemony-fish and the oxtail stew. For dessert - the cheesecake with brandy. Amazing!

Thank buttless
Grimbergen, Brabant, Belgium
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28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 27, 2016

If you are tired of the typical tapas, come here. A basic Spanish family restaurant with friendly service, even when you don't speak much Spanish. The squid in ink is wonderfull!

Thank Lief B
Toronto, Canada
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2016 via mobile

Found this restaurant on the street corner in La Latina area, it was SO good, the food was great so we went back again another night. The portion was perfect and food very tasty. Great restaurant.

Thank Mimi_blue81
San Carlos, Sonora, Mexico
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3 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2015

We are not familiar with traditional Spanish food, so we decided to give this restaurant a try. Salmorejo is too thick for our tastes, but the flavor is good. The highlight of the meal was the squid in ink with rice. Be aware that they don't always open on time.

Thank PJ S
Helsinki, Finland
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454 reviews
227 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2015 via mobile

Situated in Madrid centro. Small, cosy and friendly place. Local people and great food. It is not so easy to find this kind of place in the middle of Madrid. We had rabo de toro, alcachofas, codorniz...all excellent.

Thank AriHelsinki
Austin, Texas
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20 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 23, 2015

Viuda de Vacas is very homey and small with a bar you can stand at and talk to people who look like they come here every night. There are a few pleasant tables out front as well at the y of a picturesque intersection. The here food is not overly elevated which I find to be a good thing. In... More 

1 Thank Randy S
Kaiserslautern, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 29, 2015

It is eating at places like these that remind me of how delicious home cooked meals are! I ate the ox tail and my friend ate the tripe. Cooked and seasoned to perfection. The flavors are well balanced as sometimes those flavors can be overpowering but they were paired with the perfect veggies! I highly recommend the chicken soup. However... More 

1 Thank Jess A
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2014

When the raw material is excellent, the recipe is tested and the cooking hand is seasoned, decorations are just annoying and distracting. Do not get fooled by the affordable prices and the simple, authentic athmosphere. This place deals with wonderful food, period.

1 Thank Mikel A
Omaha, Nebraska
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32 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2014

Low key, home cooked meal. Pleasant helpful hosts. Salt cod with onions was wonderful (see picture). Fantastic mushroom appetizer. Companions had great meat and fish dishes too. Order some Rioja, waiter suggested a relatively low-priced, fantastic bottle!

Thank OmahaTraveler2014

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$27 - $38
Mediterranean, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Families with children, Local cuisine
Open Hours
12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
8:30 pm - 12:30 am
12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
8:30 pm - 12:30 am
12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
8:30 pm - 12:30 am
12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
8:30 pm - 12:30 am
12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
8:30 pm - 12:30 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle Aguila 2, 28005 Madrid, Spain
  • Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Community of Madrid  >  Madrid>  > La Latina
  • Neighborhood: La Latina
  • Phone Number: +34 913 66 58 47
At Vuida de Vacas we define our cuisine as cocina tradicional de mercado or market-fresh traditional cooking. We use only seasonal produce, and our dishes hail from popular tradition. From the 20th century early years till now we continue to serve dishes which have their origin in traditional Madrileno or Segovian fare: callos a la madrilena (Madrid-style tripe); gallina en pepitoria (chicken fricassee: chicken in an egg and almond sauce); garlic soup, cocido (the Madrid version is a consomme with chickpeas, cabbage, chorizo and meat added)

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in La Latina

Neighborhood Profile
La Latina
La Latina is a charming neighborhood with two unique personalities. At first glance, it’s distinctly old-world, with narrow streets weaving a maze among charming stone buildings in sunny, bright colors like yellow and pink. The other side of La Latina is characterized by a young population and a bohemian vibe, as evidenced by a dynamic and evolving selection of new bars, shops, coworking spaces, and other businesses popping up in the area. In the northern part of the neighborhood, the Cava Alta and Cava Baja streets constitute the tapas center of Madrid, where each age-old restaurant serves up distinctive specialties like huevos rotos and patatas bravas. Locals have come here for generations to while away hours over drinks and tapas with friends. On Sundays and public holidays, the streets to the south of La Latina metro station transform into a giant open-air market full of locals sifting through tent after tent of art, apparel, and antiques. Any day of the week, the intriguing blend of the traditional and the hip make the streets of La Latina worth exploring.
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