03 Sep 5 excellent outdoor eateries in Madrid for summertime dining
1. Casa Mingo
Address: Paseo de la Florida, 34 Madrid 28008 (Metro Principe Pio)
Reservations: No. This restaurant operates on a first come first served basis, queues likely on weekends but worth the wait.
Type of food: Asturian style roast chicken, tortilla, salad, cheese & ham boards, excellent desserts (make sure you leave some space for the delicious tarta de Santiago or tarta de sidra). Unfortunately no vegetarian options available.
Price: 15 EUR /head
Outdoor area: the restaurant is on two floors. The family friendly, safe terrace area is upstairs and is adjacent to an esplanade where children can kick a ball around or skate whilst parents sit back and enjoy the lovely Asturian cider. Outside dining is available all year around.
Comments: This is a wonderful place to end up after taking a stroll along Madrid Rio or after visiting the rose gardens and seeing Goya’s frescos painted on the walls and ceiling of the small hermitage next door to Casa Mingo (La Ermita de San Antonio de Florida). This down to earth Asturian restaurant offers the best chicken and cider to be had in Madrid at an unbeatable price.
2. Casa de Cordoba
Address: Calle Víctor de la Serna, 30, 28016 Madrid (Metro Colombia)
Booking: No, this restaurant operates on a first come first served basis, but worth ringing in advance to check there isn’t an event taking place as occasionally the terrace is booked for private events: 91 176 06 45
Type of food: Mediterranean food with some excellent traditional dishes from Cordoba such as salmorejo on the menu too.
Price: 15-20 EUR/head (children’s portions and a set children’s menu are available on request)
Outdoor area: the terrace is open all year around and is superb for families with young children who like to wander around between courses.
Comments: Easy to park, value for money, excellent chef’s specials (don’t forget to ask the waiter), an unpretentious and well-loved corner of Cordoba exiled in the centre of Madrid.
Address: Juan Ramón Jiménez, 37 28036 Madrid (Metro Cuzco)
Reservations: yes (tel: 91 359 10 00)
Type of food: Brazilian grilled meat, Portuguese-style fish dishes, stylish desserts including their sublime homemade Argentinian dulce de leche puff pastry.
Price: 30-40 EUR/ head
Outdoor area: open from April to October, this beautifully decorated terrace area is cool, green and peaceful. It is the sort of place you could spend the whole afternoon, relaxing and chatting with family and friends after enjoying a terrific lunch.
Comments: This oasis is a stone’s throw from Paseo de la Castellana, and the gorgeous smell of the grilled meats greets you as you step away from the busy streets and into a restaurant that has a family-run feel to it, with staff that care and chefs who are proud to work there.
4. Jardin Secreto
Address: Calle Conde Duque 2, Madrid 28015 (Metro Plaza de España)
Reservations: yes if wishing to dine, first come first served for teas & snacks (tel: 91 5418023)
Type of food: an impressive menu that includes snacks, tapas, risottos, salads, cakes, teas & coffees
Price: from 12 EUR / head
Outdoor area: open all year around, this secret garden is a relaxing cafeteria for afternoon tea and cake that transforms into a romantic candle-lit dining area at night.
Comments: a chameleon of a bar-restaurant offering a kaleidoscope of menu options that delights diners of all ages.
Address: C/ Tribulete 14, 4ª Planta, Edificio Escuelas Pias (UNED) Madrid 28012 (Metro Lavapies)
Type of food: a lot of vegetarian and healthy food options (couscous, salads, stuffed vegetables), with croquettes, oxtail and steaks for the brave.
Prices: from 12 EUR/ head
Outdoor area: open all year around, this terrace bar is one of the biggest and most popular in Madrid, a mecca for students, families and locals alike.
Comments: The buzz and the energy, combined with the variety of food, people and languages, makes this a truly enjoyable place to spend an evening.
Update: Gau& Café is currently closed. Check their website for news (August 2017)