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El Borbollon

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Calle Recoletos, 7, 28001 Madrid, Spain
+34 914314134
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1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
9:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Mon - Sat 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
9:00 pm - 12:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 25
    Excellent
  • 21
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
What a pleasant spot for lunch

We had the "menu del dia" of salad and entrecote. The salad was welcome after a week of many tapas with bread. The service was terrific, the setting lovely and the food excellent.

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 12, 2014
Sally F
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New York City, New York
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Madrid, Spain
Level Contributor
39 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A decadent and old atmosphere that doesn't invite to go to the restaurant. We were alone in all the restaurant and they turned off the rest of the lights of the property giving a very gloomy look to the local. Average food cuality but expensive. I will not go there again. There are cooler places in the same street.

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Thank Marpleon
Seattle, Washington
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74 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

Great restaurant and food. Very attentive wait staff, and close to vp jardin de recolatos hotel. Place was very quiet,good prices. Chateaubriand was excellent, as was the mutton shoulder. Also had the endive Roquefort salad, very good.

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Thank cupperr
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19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014 via mobile

My wife and I dined here twice on our most recent trip to Madrid; once for lunch and once for dinner. At lunch we both enjoyed the set menu, which is a real steal and was wonderful. Our dinner was one of our best meals of the trip. My wife started with Foies Gras and I enjoyed the best onion... More 

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1 Thank Hal F
New York City, New York
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81 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

We had the "menu del dia" of salad and entrecote. The salad was welcome after a week of many tapas with bread. The service was terrific, the setting lovely and the food excellent.

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2 Thank Sally F
Tucson
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20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

We have been going to El Borbollon for several year on visits to Madrid and found it consistently good. This place features an upscale restaurant with fine dining...at a price. But it also has a small bar open for lunch on weekdays offering a limited selection of excellent dishes for under €10. The menu can vary so there's always something... More 

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1 Thank Donbas
Burnham-On-Sea, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

My parents and I have eaten in this restaurant on a Monday night around 9pm. We had an amazing evening. The manager and the waitress were very friendly and very attentive what was really nice. We felt like special guests. The manager was also very helpful in helping us with the menu and the wine card. His recommendations were excellent... More 

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1 Thank periderm
Lima, Peru
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013 via mobile

The food was really good and the manager helped us select all our plates. Highly recommend the foie home made terrine. The steak tartar was delicious. The jamón ibérico one of the best in Madrid honestly. And the little calamares were to die for. I give this quaint little place two thumbs up.

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1 Thank JuanCMiro
Madrid, Spain
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83 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

traditional food, traditional place good service. the tartar is one of the best in Madrid. locals mainly. well placed.

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1 Thank maria f
London, United Kingdom
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74 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013

We ate at this restaurant on a Saturday night between 8.30 and 10 pm and were the only diners in the place. The rest of Madrid is missing out on a great restaurant. The prices were on the high side, but the food was excellent. Portion sizes were extremely variable. I had a large starter (onion soup) and even larger... More 

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Glasgow
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40 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2012

Ate in here on the last evening of a two night stay in Madrid. The restaurant was very quite with only another Spanish couple coming in towards the end of our meal but then again at 9pm we were probably a bit early!!! The food was delicious and well presented. The owner and head waiter were true gentlemen, very attentive... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Calle Recoletos, 7, 28001 Madrid, Spain
  • Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Community of Madrid  >  Madrid>  > Barrio de Salamanca
  • Neighborhood: Barrio de Salamanca
  • Phone Number: +34 914314134

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Spanish, Mediterranean
Open Hours
Monday
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
9:00 pm - 12:00 am
Tuesday
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
9:00 pm - 12:00 am
Wednesday
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
9:00 pm - 12:00 am
Thursday
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
9:00 pm - 12:00 am
Friday
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
9:00 pm - 12:00 am
Saturday
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
9:00 pm - 12:00 am

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • 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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