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El Barril de las Letras

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Cervantes, 28, 28014, Madrid, Madrid, Spain
+34 911 86 36 32
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12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
7:30 pm - 12:30 am
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Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

As soon as you walk in you feel at home on a happy wife day. Sit and the music start with your first plate of jamon iberico or whatever else they have as starters. When in Madrid fish is it for your entree. The fish; merluza, rodaballo, lenguado, or any other in the menu was in the sea the day... More 

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Dusseldorf, Germany
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We decided to spend few days in Madrid escaping from Cologne's carnival which could be fun but inevitably very noisy. Madrid has some fascinating cultural destinations like the the renown Museo del Prado (wise getting a guide to walk you through) and the Reina Sofia among others.Also going to Madrid make sure to spare a day to visit Toledo.It is... More 

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Germany
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115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had an excellent Dinner tonight. The hake (Seehecht) was served in several preparations (Galician Style or San Sebastian Style). Both are realy delicious. The waitress did reccomend an Albarino as our wine. A Perfect Choice. Excellent Place, definitely to be reccomended!

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grupo-oter, Propietario at El Barril de las Letras, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your visit and for leaving us a comment about it ToL_123. We are glad that the experience was generally positive and enjoyable, and we hope they can return soon to repeat it. A warm greeting and thanks for trusting Grupo Oter More 

London, United Kingdom
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65 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a late dinner on the first day when we arrived in Madrid as it is quite close to our hotel, and food is so good that we decided to come back for lunch before we depart Madrid. In our second visit, we spotted Zinedine Zidane, manager of the Real MAdrid foot team, was dining here with a small... More 

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grupo-oter, Propietario at El Barril de las Letras, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your visits and for leaving us such a positive and detailed comment MMPM1017. We are happy to read that you enjoyed a positive and tasty experience, we hope you can repeat it soon. A warm greeting and thanks for trusting Grupo Oter More 

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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91 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The seafood dishes we had were tasty; the baked scallops were sweet small scallops with their coral with some grated onion baked on top, and the baby squids grilled with olive oil and salt were well prepared, simply. Unfortunately they were out of the lobster salad, so we didn't get to try that one, but the dishes we saw coming... More 

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grupo-oter, Propietario at El Barril de las Letras, responded to this review

Thank you very much oceanseekerDC for your comment and for having visited us. We are glad to read that you enjoyed a positive and pleasant experience in our restaurant, and hope you can return soon to repeat it. A warm greeting and thanks for trusting Grupo Oter More 

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3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The service of this restaurant is terrible. We were looking for tapas and we asked to the host, the reply was: we serve no tapas these are portion. As we asked what can you recommend for two they gave us no recommendation. We were left to "think" about it and they came 2 times to see if we were ready,... More 

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grupo-oter, Propietario at El Barril de las Letras, responded to this review

Thank you very much Camila C for your comment and for having visited us. We regret that your experience was not positive due to the bad treatment offered by our staff, and we apologize for it. Yours sincerely and sorry for the inconvenience More 

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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

The hotel where we stayed recommended this restaurant as a special seafood restaurant. As it was close to our hotel my wife and I came for dinner. We were very impressed by the excellent service, cosy atmosphere and even better food. We had the battered hake and baked cod respectively and it was very delicious and special. For desert we... More 

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grupo-oter, Propietario at El Barril de las Letras, responded to this review

Thank you very much for leaving us such a positive and detailed comment about it and of course for your visit Jacques d. We are glad to see that you enjoyed your visit and your experience in our restaurant thanks to the quality of the dishes and the service! We look forward to welcoming you back soon. A warm greeting... More 

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133 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2017 via mobile

This is one of those restaurants that makes you feel you have to come back to. Seafood is always fresh and expertly prepared, service is welcoming, the ambience is elegant but easygoing, and the price is just right. You may want to make a reservation, mainly on weekends.

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grupo-oter, Propietario at El Barril de las Letras, responded to this review

Thank you very much Julio J for your visit and for leaving us such a positive and detailed comment. We are glad to see that you enjoyed your visit and your experience in our restaurant thanks to the quality of the dishes and the service! We hope you can come back soon to repeat it. Regards and thanks for trusting... More 

rotherham
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33 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2017

Lovely atmosphere in this middle sized restaurant. Good range of food offered. Quality was very good. Good wine list. This is not a cheap eat place. Service was very good and efficient.

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grupo-oter, Propietario at El Barril de las Letras, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your visit and for leaving us a positive comment about it george3rotherham. We are glad to see that you enjoyed a great experience in our restaurant, and hope you can return soon to repeat it. Best regards, and thank you for trusting Grupo Oter More 

Miami, Florida
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37 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 6, 2017 via mobile

There is an overwhelming choice of eateries in Madrid Barrio de las Letras. El Barril stands out... The restaurant is always very busy, with an interesting mezzanine design. Informal dinner downstairs, at the bar, et high tables, with stools!, and more formal upstairs. The menu offers a wide choice of Tapas, and regular dishes. The fish and seafood is always... More 

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grupo-oter, Propietario at El Barril de las Letras, responded to this review

Thank you very much FrenchGuyinMadrid for your visit and for leaving us such a positive and detailed comment. We were glad to see that they enjoyed their visit and their experience with the tapas! We hope you can come back soon to repeat it. Regards and thanks for trusting Grupo Oter More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Seafood, Mediterranean, Spanish, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Bar scene, Families with children, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
7:30 pm - 12:30 am
Monday
12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
7:30 pm - 12:30 am
Tuesday
12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
7:30 pm - 12:30 am
Wednesday
12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
7:30 pm - 12:30 am
Thursday
12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
7:30 pm - 12:30 am
Friday
12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
7:30 pm - 12:30 am
Saturday
12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
7:30 pm - 12:30 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Cervantes, 28, 28014, Madrid, Madrid, Spain
  • Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Community of Madrid  >  Madrid>  > Huertas
  • Neighborhood: Huertas
  • Phone Number: +34 911 86 36 32

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Staying in Huertas

Neighborhood Profile
Huertas
Also known as Barrio de las Letras, Huertas was once home to prominent literary figures, Miguel de Cervantes and Lope de Vega among them. The neighborhood is committed to celebrating its rich heritage: Calle Huertas itself is inlaid with quotes from celebrated authors, street names pay homage to them, and second-hand bookshops pervade. Huertas receives a fair amount of spillover from the center — side streets around Plaza Santa Ana take on a foreign party atmosphere at night, and you always see young backpackers navigating the streets — but as you descend into the neighborhood, everything becomes a little more cramped and slightly less refined, and takes on more of an underground feel. Live music is at the heart of Huertas: by night, its subdued bars are ideal for meeting friends, sipping cocktails, and chatting quietly while enjoying jazz or singer-songwriter performances.
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