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“"Good Food, Passionate Dancers"”
Review of Cafe De Chinitas

Cafe De Chinitas
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Ranked #989 of 12,006 Restaurants in Madrid
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $36 - $221
Cuisines: Spanish, International
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Good for: Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Neighborhood: Centro
Description: On this stage in Madrid, located in an XVIII century palace on Torija Street, the soul of flamenco, that special feeling that sends chills through you, resides. Many famous artists have performed here and the aroma, the character, and the charm they exuded still lingers: La Chunga with her bare feet; the elegance of Manuel de los Santos, El Agujeta; and Aurora, who with her rhythmic Flamenco clapping, awoke the passion of Enrique Morente. Here, also, Serranito stepped forward to emphasize the guitar as an instrument to be listened to and a young Jose Merce began his career. He still comes in, when he can get away from his busy schedule, to share in the flamenco ambiance, sheltered by the shawls that still adorn the stage as if they were drying under the Malaga sun. Many performers have left their mark on this stage and the tradition lives on its boards. The traditional flamenco troupe is comprised of 9 artists: dancers, guitarists and singers. The Verdasco family has managed to combine a great show with the flavors of traditional cuisine, keeping the doors open to both local and international fans who wish to feel the history of flamenco for a night. And recently Spanish Federation of Hospitality has given us "NATIONAL AWARDS OF HOSPITALITY" - FEHR in its sixth year, in the category "Outstanding hospitality company in the promotion of culture." We can not forget some famous people who have passed through our tables, the King and Queen of Spain, Don Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia, Prince Charles and Lady Di, Hussein of Jordan, a show worthy of kings, who have not wanted to lose other famous people of our time as Cristiano Ronaldo, David Beckham, Pepe, Rafael Nadal and many famous actors and do not want to lose the best flamenco in town.
Reviewed September 28, 2013

I had never been to a Flamenco performance before, and this show was highly recommended by our hotel concierge. It was only a 10 minute walk from our hotel on Gran Via. The seating area is cramped and not real large. The hotel concierge made reservations for us the day of the show so we sat on the second level which was not close to the stage. Even though we could see the dancers up close, we did not feel that it took away from our enjoyment of the skill of the dancers. The passion and energy with which they danced was great. I found myself feeling exhausted just watching them perform. I was amazed at the speed of the dance. The food was good, not great, but certainly some of the best we had in Madrid up until this time. Since this was my first time attending a Flamenco and don't have any other experience with which to compare it, I enjoyed the performance and the food enough to rate it a very good.

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Reviewed September 3, 2013 via mobile

I didn't know what to expect before coming but I certainly did not expect to be so amazed by the passion of the dancers. Didn't understand a word from the songs but the dancers gave so much of themselves into the performence that it made the visit all worth while.

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Reviewed July 31, 2013

This is the place to be if you want to sit in a nice, quiet, cozy restaurant and enjoy Flamenco while sipping sangrias. It's a little small and the seating is quite cramped because everyone wants to be seated close to the dias where the dance is performed. But you don't mind these things and just get lost in the food and dance. Having said that, this is a grown-up restaurant, so, if you are young and want to be in a place where you yourself can be a part of the dance and the thrill, this is not that place! Every show runs for like 1-1.5 hours. I enjoyed it for initial half an hour or so after which I felt like going out to a place where I can do these steps myself, so what if I don't know them. It is a little pricey as well. It will cost you about 30-35 euros per person for just a seat which includes a complimentray drink. For eveything else that you order, you have to pay the bill. And, yes, you have to make reservations in advance to get good seats.

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Reviewed June 11, 2013

Just got done with the dinner and show. Show is very good; food is only OK even though it is expensive. If you go make sure that before you give the waiter your credit card that you tell him that you want to pay in Euros if your bank's exchange rate is less than 3%, which it very likely is. Our bank and Visa only charge us a 1% charge on Euros; this restaurant charges you 3%! Read your receipt carefully! It says you are being given a choice of currency. In fact, you are not! They had already charged our card before we had even been given the receipt. They want to charge all foreigners an excessive exchange rate and just keep the change for themselves. No thanks. We insisted they charge us Euros and after fighting them-in Spanish no less they relented. They even tried to tell us that we were not being charged in USD! When the receipt very plainly says you are.

The other ripoff is the Madrid Card, which obviously does not police its participants. If you have this card you are supposed to receive 2 free drinks if you have dinner and watch the show. When we showed the card to our waiter he looked as if we had pulled out a rock from the road-he could not have been less interested. Another way to steal just a little from all of these stupid foreigners who have too much money!

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Reviewed March 29, 2013

Great flamenco show with good food and drink. Would definitely recommend for anyone wanting to sample flamenco while in Spain.

Thank Jeff M
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