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Malacatin

#193 of 8,115 Restaurants in Madrid
Certificate of Excellence
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Neighborhood:
La Latina
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Calle Ruda 5 | next to Plaza de Cascorro, 28005 Madrid, Spain
+34 913655241
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11:00 am - 5:00 pm
8:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wed - Sat 8:00 pm - 12:00 am
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Specialist in cocido Madrileño (Madrilian Stew) they will invite you if you are abel to finish the order they bring you. In the heart of Madrid you need to reserve in advance and one of best experiences is Madrilian Food. Don´t breakfast this day!

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Thank Jorge A
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016 via mobile

Hmmm well first they try to sell you a large more than you can eat on white table cloth. Then sell you a fixed price menu which includes ...... But when you pay its al la carte. And that wine you were told was included is now extra as etc The famous dish is chick peas with a fat and... More 

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Thank David G
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016

A dear friend of mine highly recommended me this place, and I wasn't disappointed. The Cocido was delicious, and you can feed a small village with all the food they put on the table. The staff is very friendly; the place it's really tiny but has an excellent atmosphere. Remember to book a table in advance. If you want to... More 

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Plano, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2016

This was our first meal in Madrid, the day we got in from our flight. We came here for the cocido madrileno, as do most visitors. It's served per-person--no sharing or takeaway--and it is both delicious and the biggest portion I've ever had at a restaurant. Neither of us had eaten since the morning, but since we were quite tired... More 

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Pamplona, Spain
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2016

I had very high expectations of Malacatin because I had heard they served the best cocido madrileño.This place did not disappoint, we had a good experience trying this dish, and the atmosphere of the restaurant is nice. First of all, you HAVE to make a reservation ahead because the place is tiny and always packed. They serve two shifts during... More 

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Madrid, Spain
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2016

I went with my sister at lunch time without reservation, place always full, in the small "barra" we had a tourist menú, two "cazuelas" one of cocido madrileño and other of callos and two wines all for less tan 15€ The waiter told us it was the Tourist menú. The place is so full of history, the waiters have been... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2016

A great lace to enjoy a cocido madrileño. Located close to La latina metro station is one of the oldest restaurants in Madrid. If you want to eat this typical Madrid recipe, this is the place. The staff is great and really friendly, the have a great wine menu with wines coming from different areas, and the prices are not... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2016 via mobile

We were recommended to go a short walk from town and we were not disappointed. Was great to try a traditional dish from Madrid and it was tasty and plentiful. ambience was amazing too.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2016

The place is small, but the food is very good and cheap. 5 euros for a cocido and it was amazing!! If you want to sit, it is necessary to make a reservation, otherwise you have to order and eat in the bar.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016 via mobile

Dinner was delicious. People friendly and good. 100% as expected. My only complain: I read it was a place where you can see locals eating their favourite dishes. I am here now sourronded by foreing tourist... Including a large table of Cuban-American noisy people. Perhaps I choosed the wrong day? I recommend the restaurant anyway

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$21 - $1,130
Cuisine
Spanish, Soups
Meals
Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations
Good for
Local cuisine, Families with children
Open Hours
Monday
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
8:00 pm - 12:00 am
Thursday
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
8:00 pm - 12:00 am
Friday
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
8:00 pm - 12:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
8:00 pm - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle Ruda 5 | next to Plaza de Cascorro, 28005 Madrid, Spain
  • Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Community of Madrid  >  Madrid>  > La Latina
  • Neighborhood: La Latina
  • Phone Number: +34 913655241
Description
Located in the most typical area of Madrid next to Plaza de Cascorro, this tavern founded in 1895 continues the tradition of cuisine in its fourth generation.
The “Cocido Madrileno” is the hallmark of our house, for it enjoys an excellent reputation. It's long, rich and generous. Served in three times, we make it with best quality ingredients cooked in traditional style, to extract the best flavors and make a unique dining experience..

For those who prefer to enjoy an aperitif in the bar, we offer a wide variety of tastings - of “Cocido” and other delicacies- rations and even toasts as accompaniment to any snack. And of course, soup, essential.

In addition, Thursday and Friday we open for dinner at an exceptional atmosphere. For this we have prepared an special Menu that will delight the most discerning palate. This includes “Cocido”, served with the same care.

To achieve an excellent marriage we have prepared a complete wine list, with a wide variety of choices for all tastes. Likewise, for the desktop, we also have gins letter that includes the most recognized brands worldwide.

Our history
Small, lively and anxious to succeed, Julian Diaz arrives in Madrid in 1893, from Horcajo de Santiago (Cuenca) to stay with some acquaintances who run a small drinks business, to work as a delivery boy.
In 1895, after two years, he considers himself ready to be independent and starts a shop in a cul-de-sac in Ruda street number 5, where there is no water or gas light. Oil lamps illuminate the small wine shop which opens its doors at six in the morning, its "customers" being, bakers, drapers, bricklayers... who drink small glasses of herbs and lemon liquor, and the "soft" one.
Already married to Maria, the woman who gave him 12 children, only two were male, he continues his small business with success which was already known to "the girls", women who, due to the number, live and run it there.
A poor man, whose only obsession was his guitar, used to visit the place almost every day. He was known as Malacatin and the staff and the owner of the premises liked him a lot.
The beggar only had in his repertoire one simple melody:

"Tin, tin, tin, Malacatin tin,tin,tin" but with which he managed to get his little glasses of wine from Mr Julian who then went to be known as Julian of Malacatin.
The years passed, until Mr Julian transferred the business to his youngest daughter, Florita, who after been married to Isidro, decided to give their business a commercial name; and what better name than the one of that beggar and his familiar history: Malacatin.
It is the nineteen fifties and this couple from Madrid and Leon decide to improve their business, adding to the wines and glasses of liquor, fried food and later cooked food.
With this cooking they took chickpea stew to its highest level, with which now his daughter Conchi and grandson Jose Alberto triumph after 120 years since the tavern of Mr Julian was established, always treating their customers with familiarity and pleasantness in the same way as the beggar Malacatin was treated.

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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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