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“good food, excellent location”

Taberna del Alabardero
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Ranked #535 of 10,548 Restaurants in Madrid
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $11 - $71
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Business meetings, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Neighborhood: Centro
London, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“good food, excellent location”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2013

amazing location, right next the to the royal palace and the plaza de oriente. the food is also good and fairly priced, definitely recommendable!

  • Visited July 2013
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Lund, Sweden
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63 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Drinks are bad”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2013 via mobile

We havent tried food in this place, but we had some drinks here and they were bad. Margarittas are just horrible! Mojito was decent but extremely overcharged for its taste.
Overall, if you are looking for a drink, dont pick this place.

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank Mishutkaas
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Diksmuide, Belgium
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185 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
“in one word:adagrable!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2013

we went 3 times to this Taberna during our 5-days stay in Madrid.What a great place ,next to the opera and a beatifull view on the Royal Palace.We ate outside on the terras ,as the weather was great,even late in de evening.A delightfull experience.Service excellent,quick and professional,food in the resto,as well in the bar,very tastefull and price in good proportion to the offered quality!

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank 250fredz
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Providence, Rhode Island
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20 reviews
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“A good Basque restaurant in Madrid”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 15, 2013

As a rule, once a local cuisine is removed from the locality it loses its value. And can't be exactly replicated. Thus, when Italians, say, open a restaurant in New Jersey they may apply some of the general principles of Italian cookery to what they concoct. But if the restaurant is good it will adopt local ingredients to its purposes. And something different will result.

So I didn't have many hopes of finding a Basque restaurant in Madrid which would replicate what I could find in San Sebastian. I love merluza en salsa verde. (Hake in parsley sauce) and just finding (with a Google search) a Madrid restaurant which offered it raised my expectations.

It was perfect. Just like, in fact, what a good restaurant in San Sebastian might offer. I won't go into all the dishes I had at Alabardero (I went twice) but I will say each was very well prepared. And that the staff was extremely professional and courteous. The Spaniards seated at other tables appeared to be enjoyng themselves and quite pleased too.

Another thing. The decor was elegant and in excellent and subdued good taste, without a hint of flashiness. In fact I thought it went back to perhaps the turn of the century (the nineteenth.) But the restaurant opened in 1978. Nevertheless, the dining spaces have a cozy, well used worn-in feel about them, making the experience of dining there all the more pleasant.

  • Visited May 2013
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2 Thank paulquint
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Dublin, Ireland
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Best Meal in Madrid”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 10, 2013

We celebrated my mother's 75 birthday here and the quality of the food, atmosphere and service were absolutely wonderful. We were a party of 10 and aswell as the extra free tapas that were given before and after our meal, my 3 children were accomodated most wondefully by the extremly professional staff. They gave us a lovely table and the whole experience made us all feel very special. Best Meal in Madrid in a lovely location beside the royal palace. Please go here!

  • Visited May 2013
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2 Thank Stephanie C
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