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.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

“Traditional Spanish comfort food”
Review of El Schotis - CLOSED

El Schotis
Cuisines: Spanish
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Neighborhood: La Latina
Level Contributor
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Traditional Spanish comfort food”
Reviewed June 24, 2013 via mobile

Our family goes to Madrid at least once a year, and El Schotis is our first stop on our first day there after a long trip from Puerto Rico. Start out with a "caña" of the #1 Madrid beer on tap, Mahou, to refresh yourself and your palate. Accompany the beer with a selection of chistorros (sausage), iberian ham, gambas (shrimps on garlic), and tortilla. After you finish your beer, order any Rioja from the wine list and don't worry too much, they are all very good and cery fresh. One sure bet is the house Rioja, Balbas. Move on to any special fish or meat dish, but I always have the Solomillo which is brought on a sizzling dish so you can cook your piece to your liking. If the sizzle leaves, order another dish to continue your cooking. The kids love this. For dessert, I recommend a Crema Catalana, a traditional dish from Catalunya, and very similar to a Creme Bruleé. Don't forget an after dinner digestiv. I recommend Amatxi (see picture).

The restaurant is owned and operated by the cooks and waiters, so the service is always spot on. After going there for so many years, it's like visiting old friends for dinner.

  • Visited June 2013
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
2 Thank Carlos T
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

63 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    33
    17
    10
    1
    2
Rating summary
    Food
    Service
    Value
    Atmosphere
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Madrid, Spain
Level Contributor
66 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“A classic”
Reviewed June 20, 2013

Jacketed waiters and shiny dark wood, this is an old school classic. The cañas are great and the tapas generous. I've only ever had tapas at the bar, so can't speak for the restaurant part, but the dining room is beautiful and atmospheric.

  • Visited June 2013
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
Thank todotorontoentero
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Level Contributor
25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Try the Setas a la plancha”
Reviewed May 4, 2013

Stopped into the bar for a "caña" of Mahou beer, and a tapa. The house tortilla española-- which, as others have said, is provided gratis with a drink--was delicious. We also ordered a "ración" of the Setas a a plancha, which were exquisite. Next time we're in Madrid we'll be sure to make time for a full meal here!

  • Visited May 2013
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
1 Thank Edward W
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Level Contributor
5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Very good restaurant in Madrid”
Reviewed March 30, 2013 via mobile

This restaurant is very good. It has a bar outside, because we went to lunch and it opened at 1, we stayed in the bar area, drinking wine and beer with a lot of free tapas. The bartender was really nice and friendly. The restaurant food was excellent, we had the solomillo. The service overall was excellent!

Helpful?
1 Thank Pamela R
This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveler and not of TripAdvisor LLC nor of its partners.
Marion, Ohio
Level Contributor
44 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Decent Place”
Reviewed January 20, 2013

I was here in October 2009. The place itself is really nicely decorated and pretty authentic Spanish food. The dishes were good tasting and large portions for your money. We were there at the beginning of the dinner time but it was not yet packed. The waiter was a bit rude and made a snide remark about "Americans". He didn't immediately realize I understood what he said. He was a bit abrupt with the bread dish and wasn't very helpful. But we had a good time and stayed a good long while. Worth a try for authentic Spanish food and atmosphere. The bar out front is very nice as well.

  • Visited October 2012
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
Thank RhondaR5
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed El Schotis also viewed

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

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