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“Great spanish food in a very touristic area”

El Barril de las Letras
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Ranked #303 of 10,548 Restaurants in Madrid
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Good for: Business meetings, Families with children, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Bar scene, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighborhood: Huertas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Great spanish food in a very touristic area”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 4, 2013 via mobile

Great Spanish food. Fish and seafood are awesome.
Nice place with two different levels. Tops different areas, by the bar where you can have some tapas or at the restaurant where you have the same tapas some nice paella (real one not the microwave one you see in some other places around that area).
Try it if you want real good Spanish quality food!!

  • Visited May 2013
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London
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
“Excellent Food & Service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2013

This restaurant was close to our hotel (the Westin). Inside its a stylish mix of old and new but the best thing is the food. Lots of seafood but also meat. Great starters too. Our waiter spoke decent English and the service was good. Would highly recommend.

  • Visited April 2013
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2 Thank LondonBurl
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Amazingly tasty food!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 23, 2013 via mobile

If you love seafood this restaurant is a MUST visit for you! The food is super tasty! I ordered octopus with tomatoes and it was to DIE for! It was incredible! The we had paella with seafood! So super good!
The service however was mediocre, the server's English was very, very basic and it was hard to understand each other, thank god they had English menus. We also often found ourselves pouring wine for ourselves.

  • Visited April 2013
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1 Thank Lexeybexey
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Hong Kong, China
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Delicious seafood.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 12, 2013

It was a cold rainy night, and we decided to eat as close to our hotel (Westin Palace) as possible. I remember coming across this restaurant on my way to dinner two nights ago and decided to give it a try. None of the waiters spoke English, so we had to wait 30 minutes for the manager (owner?) to come and take our order. There were only two waiters serving the whole restaurant (with Spain's unemployment problem !!) and they were run off their feet. Seafood was this restaurant's specialty, and we were not disappointed. The octopus tentacle was very well cooked; very tender, succulent and full of flavor. The hake tail was also excellent. Several of the main courses could only be shared by two or more people. As my daughter really wanted the seafood linguini, and I was going to share something else with my wife, all three of us ended up eating the linguini. The portion was huge, but the taste was really excellent. Overall the cooking was really great.

  • Visited March 2013
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Zurich, Switzerland
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“Good food, bad service”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 7, 2013

We had artichokes, anchovies and galician crab which were all excellent. However, the service was really disappointing. The waiter serving us didn't even open his mouth while serving us but just dropped the plates on the table. We speak only little Spanish, however this was never a problem during our vacation in Spain. In all other restaurants we visited (which were a lot), wait staff was always very friendly and tried their best to help even if they didn't speak much English. In this restaurant, it seemed we were a burden, not guests.

  • Visited April 2013
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