When visiting a country that takes pride in its cuisine, make sure tasting its culinary creations is on your list of things to do. Whether you are new to Madrid or just passing through, be sure to make time for some of the best Spanish food the city has to offer.
From fine dining to small local and eclectic eateries, you can find all kinds of places to eat in Spain’s capital. With so many hidden eateries, it can be hard to find the places with the most delicious and affordable meals. Here are some recommendations for the most popular places to eat so be sure to go check one out!
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. Madrid Stew is served only Monday-Friday.
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 round.
Reservations: no, this restaurant operates on a first come first served basis, queues likely on weekends but worth the wait.
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.
Hours: 12 pm-12 am
Average Price: Between 16-30 € per person
Address: Paseo de la Florida, 34 Madrid 28008 (Metro Principe Pio)
Type of food: Mediterranean food with some excellent traditional dishes from Cordoba such as salmorejo on the menu too.
Outdoor area: the terrace is open all year round and is superb for families with young children who like to wander around between courses.
Reservations: 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
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.
Hours: Sunday-Thursday: 11 am-12 am and Friday- Saturday: 11am-2am
Average Pricing: 17€ per person
Address: Calle Víctor de la Serna, 30, 28016 Madrid (Metro Colombia)
Type of food: Brazilian grilled meat, Portuguese-style fish dishes, stylish desserts including their sublime homemade Argentinian dulce de leche puff pastry.
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.
Reservations: yes, call 91 359 10 00
Comments: this oasis is a stone’s throw from Paseo de la Castellana, and the delicious smell of grilled meat meets guests as they arrive. Step back from the busy streets of Madrid and enjoy top-grade cuts of steak and other scrumptious food at this family-run restaurant with staff and waiters who are proud to serve their guests.
Hours: April-October 1:30pm-4pm and 8:30pm-11:30pm
Average Pricing: 50€ per person
Address: Juan Ramón Jiménez, 37 28036 Madrid (Metro Cuzco)
Type of food: an impressive menu that includes snacks, tapas, risottos, salads, cakes, teas & coffees
Outdoor area: open all year round, this secret garden is a relaxing cafeteria for afternoon tea and cake that transforms into a romantic candle-lit dining area at night, very special during the summer.
Reservations: yes if wishing to dine, first come first served for teas & snacks (tel: 91 541 80 23)
Comments: a chameleon of a bar restaurant offering a kaleidoscope of menu options that delights diners of all ages.
Hours: Monday-Friday 7pm-1am and Saturday-Sunday 6:30pm-1am
Address: Calle Conde Duque 2, Madrid 28015 (Metro Plaza de España)
Type of food: Spanish meat dishes and seafood and fresh garden vegetables.
Outdoor area: Charming stone-and-wood space and a garden lit by fairy lights.
Reservations: Yes, online or by telephone – 91 734 38 26
Comments: Located in the Monte de el Pardo, one of the best preserved Mediterranean woods in Europe, this really brings the countryside to the city. There is also a play area with swings and slides where children can run around. Along with a children’s menu and paper and pens for drawing during the meal this makes for a family friendly restaurant.
Hours: Monday – Saturday 1:00 pm to 12:00 am and Sunday 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Address: Carretera Fuencarral-El Pardo (M – 612) Km. 1,9 – 28049 Madrid