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#209 of 8,093 Restaurants in Madrid
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C/ Alvarez de Baena, 4, 28006 Madrid, Spain
1:15 pm - 4:00 pm
9:00 pm - 12:00 am
Closed now
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Mon - Fri 1:15 pm - 4:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 pm - 12:00 am
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58 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

One of the most famous and classic restaurants in Madrid. Everything as per my expectations, from service, atmosphere to food quality. Reccomended.

Thank GFilTA
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33 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We went 3 of us. Each had different starters. All of them super. Gazpacho excellent. I had sea urchins with a sauce : "out of this world". Then I had pigeon also super super !! elegant, fine well cooked. Really I enjoyed this restaurant. I think is still one of the best places in Madrid. My friends had eggs with... More 

Thank Pesadilla A
Charlottesville, Virginia
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229 reviews
146 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016

This is fine dining at its finest. If you appreciate discreet attentive service, food carefully prepared, in a refined and dignified setting ( no piped in music), then this is he place for you. Traditional preparations mean rich sauces. The fois gras was superb. So was the hake. Sole was less satisfying. Artichoke hearts and asparagus in a broth was... More 

Thank putnik123
Ipsach, Switzerland
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2016 via mobile

We opted for the menu giving us a good impression accross the selection of dishes within the Zalacain. The food was delicious. As for the wine, a Pago de Arinzano rounded off the meal. Everybody does an excellent job. The very friendly and skilled sommelier reminded me, in appearance and behaviour, of the French actor Kad Merad in "Bienvenue chez... More 

Thank Karim241065
Greater London, United Kingdom
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137 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2016

This is really a unique experience, from what I could see it is a big old house which each room converted into a dining room. The service is quite formal but still manages to be warm and friendly. The sommelier was a master sommelier and when he spoke about wine, it sounded like poetry. He just came to us and... More 

Thank thoughtfulpebble
Florence, Italy
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40 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2016

We came here because it seemed like upscale traditional Spanish cuisine. The decor was very bright and tasteful. The staff seemed friendly though after we ordered they kind of disappeared into the maze of rooms. We were also seated next to a table of older children, which was loud at times and also a bit strange. The food as really... More 

Thank Fiona G
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2016

Need a coat and tie to enter --- that tells you the whole story. This is a classic. Fashion has passed it by and Michelin has dropped all three stars, but little has changed.The staff hsve been all over Europe to add some modern dishes to the menu. But every dish is a masterpiece.

Thank John d
London, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2016

Excellent food in a classic environment full of class. Great service putting attention to each and every detail. I forgot my tie and had to borrow one, later a colleague brought one on mine, then everything was in order.

Thank Rafael F
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
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358 reviews
271 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 165 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2016 via mobile

A Classic restaurant in Madrid for more than 5 decades. Great service and a large wine list. Expect price per person with an average wine of 90€

Thank Licey7
Cairo, Egypt
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73 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2016 via mobile

I first went to Zalacain in the late Eighties when this restaurant was a Michelin 3 star. The only one in Spain. It lost 2 stars in 1995 and has never gained them back. I thought at the time that Zalacain was highly overrated and Michelin finally agreed. The restaurant is quite attractive, but it lacks that din, or buzz... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
European, Spanish, International
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special occasions, Romantic, Business meetings
Open Hours
1:15 pm - 4:00 pm
9:00 pm - 12:00 am
1:15 pm - 4:00 pm
9:00 pm - 12:00 am
1:15 pm - 4:00 pm
9:00 pm - 12:00 am
1:15 pm - 4:00 pm
9:00 pm - 12:00 am
1:15 pm - 4:00 pm
9:00 pm - 12:00 am
9:00 pm - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: C/ Alvarez de Baena, 4, 28006 Madrid, Spain
  • Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Community of Madrid  >  Madrid
  • Phone Number: 34-915614840

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?