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El Buey

#288 of 8,341 Restaurants in Madrid
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Barrio de Salamanca
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Calle General Pardinas 10 28001 | Calle Gral Pardinas 10, 28001 Madrid, Spain
+34 914 31 44 92
8:30 am - 11:50 pm
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Sun 1:15 pm - 4:55 pm
Mon - Sat 8:30 am - 11:50 pm
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Viseu District, Portugal
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106 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

For me it is a comeback to this restaurant. El Buey remains a very good restaurant. The meat is excellent and the service efficient and friendly. After 17 years, always deserves a new periodic visit. The space is small but very comfortable and familiar.

Thank Jorge M
Guatemala City, Guatemala
Level Contributor
26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2016 via mobile

This is one of my favorite spots for a casual dinner and, particularly, for eating beef cooked on a ceramic hot plate in your table. A bit pricy but excellent quality. Will continue coming!

Thank Fernando_Delgado
Rome, Italy
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26 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2016 via mobile

The place looks very typical, waiters are nice and kind and the atmosphere is pretty informal. The food is basically simple, like the "tomate tartara" and the veggie tempura as starters, but the taste is extremely good. As I mentioned, the beef is the main dish you have to try, is served so that you can cook it yourself on... More 

Thank rebecca t
Coopersburg, PA
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97 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2016

We came here as a small group for dinner. The place doesn't open until 9pm, but fills up pretty quickly. We ordered the beef tenderlion, french fries, salad, and the house red wine, which was very good. You order your meat, by the kilo and they bring it out to you thinly sliced and raw. You receive a hot coaster... More 

Thank 5-2-go91
Hong Kong, China
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2016 via mobile

A very local restaurant hiding in a small lane. We followed tripadvisor finding this place. Good service though English is not very good, but with lots of body language we communicated well. The best part is the beef, you can cook the way you like, and it is big portion. We all very happy to have this one to wrap... More 

Thank Foxfox2016
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28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 23, 2016 via mobile

We came to el Buey with a group of friends. There were 6 of us and we had a couple of starters (the foie and the ensaladilla rusa, both really good) and to share we had 2Kg of Buey a la piedra with a couple of raciones de patatas fritas. For dessert some of us had raspberries with cream, it... More 

Thank BGomD
Brooklyn, New York
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 4, 2016

Loved the charm and checker-cloth vibe when we went out with Madrid friend, who comes here regularly. So steak comes out on a plate, raw, thinly sliced and salted after which a blazing hot terra-cotta plate is put in front of you. Basically, you cook your own as fast as possible with excellent mustard and house wine (love the label).... More 

Thank bklynstyle
Tel Aviv District, Israel
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32 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2015

It was all just great, the taste of the food, the wine, the service. if was great dinner with a the knowing that we will come again

Thank Y S
Kennesaw, Georgia
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146 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 18, 2015

If you love REALLY GOOD meat, this is the place for you. Order the grill-it-yourself meat plate as my wife and I did. The staff brings a large plate of uncooked meat and, when you are ready to eat it, HOT plates. You put the meat directly on the HOT plate and grill it yourself. Once the plate cools down,... More 

Thank Perry L
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85 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2015 via mobile

Nicely located near to Opera. It's a good old fashioned restaurant, high ceilings and bright lights. Food was fine but nothing out of the ordinary. Not particularly exciting croquetas but some nice mushrooms. Steaks were fine but I didn't think that they were nearly as wonderful as others have said. A couple of little things got me. No draft beer,... More 

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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
$36 - $58
Steakhouse, Mediterranean, Spanish, Grill
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Special occasions, Families with children, Local cuisine
Open Hours
1:15 pm - 4:55 pm
8:30 am - 11:50 pm
8:30 am - 11:50 pm
8:30 am - 11:50 pm
8:30 am - 11:50 pm
8:30 am - 11:50 pm
8:30 am - 11:50 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle General Pardinas 10 28001 | Calle Gral Pardinas 10, 28001 Madrid, Spain
  • Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Community of Madrid  >  Madrid>  > Barrio de Salamanca
  • Neighborhood: Barrio de Salamanca
  • Phone Number: +34 914 31 44 92
Classic restaurant from 1982. The specialty of this restaurant is the grill beef, with a fresh fried potatoes.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Barrio de Salamanca

Neighborhood Profile
Barrio de Salamanca
Broad, tree-lined avenues with pretty streetlights frame the neighborhood of Barrio Salamanca. With beautiful condominium buildings that make up most blocks in this area, this part of town is refined and quiet. It is also host to a few of the city's large shopping avenues, including Calle Serrano and Calle Jose Ortega y Gasset. A walk down these streets will reveal upscale chains, small boutiques, and plenty of opportunities for shopping or checking out the stylish displays. The locals here are polished and fashionable, the atmosphere is leisurely, and the lush Retiro Park on the southern border is yet another opportunity to enjoy the outdoors. A stroll through Barrio Salamanca is all about admiring the beautiful architecture, window-shopping, and people-watching in this upper-crust corner of Madrid.
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