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“The best ever fried fish.” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Casa Labra

Casa Labra
Ranked #190 of 10,438 Restaurants in Madrid
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $10
Cuisines: Bar, Mediterranean, Spanish
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Drinks, Dinner, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Neighborhood: Centro
Description: Serving traditional Spanish food since 1860, the restaurant is mostly famous for its bacalao (cod).
New York City, New York
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38 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“The best ever fried fish.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2013

The place is very easy to find behind Puerta de la Sol square. It is open from 9:30 to 15:30(3:30pm) and from 17:30(5:30pm) to 23:00(11pm). Forget about everything else but:
1. Fried bacalau(€1.30) - piece of fried cod fish. The best fried fish we ever tried.
2. Croquetas(€0.85) - piece of fried cheese. Very crispy from outside and melting texture from inside. Delicious as hell :-)
3. Caña de Cerveza(€1.25) - a small size cup of beer. You may need two or three depending on the need.
According to Wiki "La Casa Labra is a bar-restaurant in Madrid located very close to the Puerta del Sol (Calle Tetuan, 12). The cover says its existence since 1860. It is famous for having been featured in the foundation of the Spanish Socialist Workers Party by Pablo Iglesias on May 2, 1879, which recalled by a plaque on the premises."
Be prepared to wait on line for the tapas and also to hustle a little bit for empty table outside.
The drinks are ordered at the bar but you can also order them from the waiter. The last ones are very friendly and always ready to serve you.
It is a place where one MUST visit during their stay in Madrid. We went there twice in one day and will go there again next time.

  • Visited October 2013
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38 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Good bacalao. Other tapas are pretty bad”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2013 via mobile

The variety of tapas is very poor. Avoid sandwiches - they are dry and really tasteless. The place is crowded probably because of its history. If you come for bacalao or Crockets it is OK, If you are looking for decent good/tapas - avoid it.

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Probably the best fried fish in Madrid”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2013

This place is a Madrid institution. Eat in or take out. The queues for take out can be long on weekends - but don't be put off. The fish is terrific. Fast food - Spanish style.

Visited October 2013
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Berlin, Berlin, Germany
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Best croquetas de bacalao”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2013

Every time we are around Sol in Madrid we have to drop by this very traditional Spanish bar to get a handful of croquetas de bacalao (crispy outside creamy inside and with a hint of cod fish, enough to be remarcably yummy, not too much to be fishy). Seems always to be super busy, but it just takes them minutes to through the warm food on either plates (for eating inside the bar) or in paper bags (to go)...

  • Visited September 2013
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swieqi malta
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“A typical Spanish place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2013

We went there every day in the evening on our holiday for a cania (or two or three) of cerveza (beer) or vino tinto (red wine). Nibble included these cod croquettes which were delicious.

  • Visited September 2013
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