Spanish Cuisine Restaurants

Recent studies say that 30% of tourists who come to Spain are motivated to visit Spain for its cuisine. There are many good restaurants in Madrid that serve typical Spanish food. Here are several.

Contibuted by BennyMalaga:

1. Casa Lucio

Cava Baja, 35

Tel. 913-658-217/913-653-252

Hours: 13:15-16:00, 21:00-23:30

Closed in August and Saturday for lunch.



Cost of average meal - 40 euros.

Comments: Reservations definitely needed. Celebrities and foodies love this restaurant. The dish that is famous is "huevos rotos" (broken eggs).

2. Botin

Calle Cuchilleros 17-19
28005 Madrid

Tel. 913 664 217

Website: http://

Cost of average meal - 35 euros.

Comments: Oldest restaurant in the world, since 1725. Good Castilian food. Roast suckling pig is the specialty. There are many other traditional dishes such as lamb. Moderate prices. If you are there at 1 pm for lunch, you do not need a reservation. Many visiting statesmen and celebrities are brought to this restaurant.

3. Restaurante Jose Luis


Calle Serrano, 89

Tel: 915-630-958


Restaurante Jose Luis is an elegant restaurant with moderately priced food. The solomillo, pulpo a la gallega, rape a la marinera, and the pata de cordero are very good. The chocolate cake, “tarta de chocolate con avellanas”, is one of the best in Madrid. The service is excellent. Beside the restaurant is their tapas bar, which consists of a room with a long bar and three tables. The tortilla de patatas is very good, very moist and juicy. There is a long list of tapas, and all of them are moderately priced.


4. Malacatin


Calle Ruda, 5 (Plaza de Cascorro)

Tel: 913-655-241

Closed on Sunday.


Malacatin was opened in 1895 and is a typical tavern that is decorated with bullfighting posters and is ringed with beautiful ceramic tile. This restaurant is famous for its cocido at lunch. A reservation for lunch is necessary because it gets very crowded and every table gets occupied. There are two servings for lunch, the first one starting at 2:00 pm and the second one starting at 3:30 pm. The cocido is served in large quantities.


5. Casa Hortensia


Calle Farmacia, 2

Tel: 915-390-090


Casa Hortensia is famous for serving food from Asturias and the place for trying the fabada. This dish of beans is served in very large quantities. The merluza is also very good. The restaurant is very popular, so a reservation is suggested. They serve freshly baked bread in the shape of a large ring, which is delicious.