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“Pleasantly surprised”
Review of Viridiana

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Ranked #304 of 11,533 Restaurants in Madrid
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $71 - $141
Cuisines: European, Mediterranean, Spanish, Contemporary
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Neighborhood: Paseo del Prado
Reviewed September 23, 2013

We chose to eat at the Viridiana largely because it was a short walk from our hotel and despite mixed reviews. We were happy we decided to eat there. The food was imaginative and tasty without being pretentious. The strawberry gaspacho with herring boded well for what followed, as did the quality of the bread (cheese and yucca). Indeed, there seemed to be a South American touch in some of the dishes, with nopal being included in the salad. The pigeon was perfectly cooked without any imaginative flourish. They have an extensive wine list with some bottles being quite expensive. Very few half bottles, but they served decent wine by the glass. At Euro 170 for two, the bill was what we expected for such a meal. The service was pleasant and professional. If we lived in Madrid we would return.

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Thank Theoph
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

We were there for lunch and it was for the papillae what our eyes could savour in the 3 wonderful museums we visited in Madrid. A true culinary experience, an investment in time (and money ... sigh) that was fabulously worth!

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1  Thank luca b
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Reviewed July 17, 2013

Viridiana was highly recommended to us by another couple. It was an easy walk from our hotel ( the Westin Palace). The restaurant has two floors- we ate downstairs which was a very lovely setting. The art on the walls is very interesting, and there are pictures all over from the movies of Luis Bunuel. That is the good news.

After we were seated, we were very thirsty from our walk. We were chagrined that a table that came in after us was waited on first, while we were ignored. Eventually the waiter came over and we placed our order. This is where things got very confused. I ordered gazapacho for a first course and fish for my main. We were first served a curry/lentil soup which was excellent, but we had not idea why we got it. Next came a barley dish with octopus. Again, we did not order this. Third came a huge bowl of gazpacho. It was very good, but should have been served in a much smaller portion. Somewhere along the way, our waiter got busy with other tables and it seemed like the bus boy took over. He was very nice, but clearly not our waiter. My main course fish dish was very good, but my husband's pork was not.

The issue that really bothered us was that there is clearly two classes of service at this restaurant. The locals/ regulars, who are frequented at their tables by the chef, seemed to have a different menu than we got. They get lots of attention. The people across from us had small cups of gazpacho, which I would have much preferred. They seemed to have a totatlly different menu.

As a tourist, I felt very second class in this restaurant. I think I would recommend taking your dollars/euros elsewhere and let the locals support this restaurant.

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2  Thank travlinmom1429
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Reviewed July 1, 2013 via mobile

The food was excellent, I can't say it was the best on Madrid. Service was above good. We had an early dinner (9PM) so the restaurant was a bit quiet. Later in the night people showed up and got a bit busier but still was more quiet than expected. Families are welcomed and food serving was adjusted for our 8 year old. Overall I paid more than double from other great restaurants in the Area.

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Thank RDMWorldTravel
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Reviewed June 26, 2013

We made a reservation for two in Viridiana for aour anniversary dinner. We had a table at the end in the bottom floor (I think it nicer and quiter than the first floor). The decoration is correct but a bit outdated.
Service was quite good, and as it is tradional, Abraham García comes to the table to "sing" the specialities for the day. Independently of the order, there is an "invitation" as starter, including an straberry gazpacho and some vegetables and fish. It is good to know in advance, but it's really not so expensive and it tasted good (I think it was around 4,50€ per person).
We ordered the eggs with truffle and boletus (good), the tataki - tiradito (which is really only tataki and, compared with good asian restaurants, was just correct) and a tuna tartar (correct, not very impressive). Good selection of breads.
In general, it was good, but did not fulfill our expectations and it is a bit over priced.
Around 65€ per person, (we didn't order wine or dessert)

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Thank RafaLlG
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