We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Simply amazing! Must try!”
Review of Taberna La Catapa

Taberna La Catapa
Ranked #137 of 11,193 Restaurants in Madrid
Certificate of Excellence
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed November 12, 2013

During our city trip to Madrid, we wanted to try something authentic, outside the tourist area. Thanks to Maribel's Guide (you find her website if you type "Maribel's guide" on google) we have ended in this restaurant full with locals. At 10:30 in the evening, the restaurant was full and it was only thanks to the friendly and helpful waiters that managed to get 2 places at the bar. As our Spanish was far from perfect we have asked for some advise for choosing the food. It was the chef in person that came and explained what are the house specialities. We have appreciated the fact that he was really not looking to trick us into ordering the most expensive things on the menu, but really the best things. We were spoiled with truffle croquettes, mini beef hamburgers, baby calamari, anchovies... They had very good wine too. It is definitely one of the best places I have ever eaten. Make sure that you do not miss this hidden gem while in Madrid :)

    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Thank mihand
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review
Reviews (368)
There are newer reviews for Taberna La Catapa
See the most recent reviews
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More languages

28 - 32 of 368 reviews

Reviewed September 3, 2013

La Catapa is one of a growing number of very good tapas bars/restaurants in this area. A tour taking in a few of them will leave you wondering why you bother with any other barrio in the city - the general standard is that good. It will also leave you wanting to walk off some of the excesses you are likely to indulge in, which makes its location next to the Retiro very convenient.

The food and wine here at La Catapa, as previous reviewers indicate, of a high standard. There is a creative streak running through the tapas menu, in a similar vein to its predecessor, Laredo. The wine list is excellent and you can enjoy a good Spanish wine for a very reasonable price. Service is very friendly and helpful.

Only one quibble - since taking over these premises from Taberna Laredo (must be a couple of years ago?), the owners have failed to really create a strong identity for La Catapa - the bar still looks as though Laredo has just moved out and these guys have moved in, plonking down some trays of food on the counters. It all lacks the panache and energy of Laredo, and fails to deliver the same sort of excitement. It's pleasant enough... just a little too anodyne for my taste. I think the place could use a vibrant, energetic barman or two and the owners should zing up its rather tired decor. Change the colour scheme and fill in some of the large spaces left behind the bar when Laredo moved on - just make it their own space. At the moment, everything says this is a temporary stop-over on the way to somewhere else.

La Catapa isn't yet an essential stop when I'm in the area. It has a lot of very strong local competition and they need to do a bit more to match the buzz you experience when you visit some of their neighbours. But if you fancy a quiet evening, enjoying some great tapas and wine, served by people who care about your satisfaction, you could do a lot worse than to spend your money here.

    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Thank Mark E
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed July 6, 2013

This bar and restaurant is situated in a quiet residential area of the city close to Retiro Park. We are staying for two months in an apartment overlooking the park and Taberna La Catapa has become our favourite place both for a glass of wine and tapas in the bar and for dinner in the restaurant. The menu is varied and interesting, and every dish we have had has been well cooked and very nicely presented. The wine list has good Spanish wines to suit most tastes and pockets. Most importantly the service is welcoming and friendly yet professional. The staff go out of their way to ensure that you enjoy your time with them. This is not an inexpensive restaurant but we always come away feeling that we have had excellent value for money. We shall be in Madrid for another six weeks and will almost certainly go to Taberna La Catapa about two times a week!

    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Thank Inmigrante
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed April 25, 2013

This is a very hospitable and welcoming tapas bar. The waiter spent ages with us recommending half portions and full portions of different tapas!! The food we ate, oysters, fois gras, truffle croquettes and mini hamburgers were all delicious. i would definitely recommend this because the food they serve is different to other tapas bars and because it was nice.

    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Thank eoinh
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed April 11, 2013

Lovely local restaurant with warm friendly service and amazing food. Worth a trip even if a little out of your way

    • Food
Thank Richrebound
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Taberna La Catapa also viewed

Madrid, Community of Madrid
Madrid, Community of Madrid
 
Madrid, Community of Madrid
Madrid, Community of Madrid
 
Madrid, Community of Madrid
Madrid, Community of Madrid
 

Been to Taberna La Catapa? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing