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The Top Ten Best Restaurants in Madrid, Spain

Madrid's Top 10 Restaurants

This list of the top ten restaurants in Madrid is based on the table bookings made from this site over the last year. We hope that this will give you a good indication of the best restaurants, or at least the most popular. All of these restaurants are in the city itself, and all except Botin are bookable from this website.

So, with no further ado, here are the Top Ten Madrid Restaurants, based on number of reservations:-

  1. La Corral de la Morería
    Deservedly in first place, since this is without doubt Madrid's best flamenco restaurant, with the longest tradition and the best artists. Excellent flamenco accompanies some quality Spanish food for the perfect night out. Click here to find out more...
  2. Café de Chinitas
    Another 'tablao' or flamenco restaurant with a long tradition in Spain's capital, the Cafe de Chinitas occupies an 18th Century mansion close to the central Gran Vía area. It offers Mediterranean cuisine and an excellent flamenco show every evening. Click here to find out more...
  3. Botín
    This classic restaurant fuels an eternal debate between those who say it is too touristy and those who praise its authenticity. Our own opinion? Well this is the oldest restaurant in the world according to the Guinness Book of Records and since it serves Spanish food in a traditional environment, it's well worth a visit at the very least to make up your own mind. Click here to find out more...
  4. Restaurante La Barraca
    Next come two restaurants specialising in 'paellas', the first of which is La Barraca. Located just off Gran Via, this is another classic, traditional restaurant serving every type of Spanish rice dish imaginable. It was founded in 1935 and has established its excellent reputation with its outstanding food and wine. Click here to find out more...
  5. La Buganvilla
    The second of the paella restaurants in our list, and with just 1 fewer booking than the Barraca above, which establishes a virtual draw in the ranking. And indeed, the Mediterranean food and tasty rice dishes leave little to be desired - this is another excellent choice for a typical Spanish paella! Click here to find out more...
  6. El Corral de la Pacheca
    The third flamenco restaurant in our top 10 list shows just how much visitors to Madrid enjoy seeing some traditional culture and entertainment. Ceramic floors and exquisite azulejo tile work help give this restaurant a unique ambience, perfect to watch the dancers. Located in the north of the city near Plaza Castilla, this is another good choice to see some classic flamenco. Click here to find out more...
  7. La Capilla de La Bolsa
    The main dining room of this restaurant, with its Baroque vaulted ceiling decorated with stucco work and gold leaf, provides perhaps the most unique decor of all the establishments in our list. La Capilla de La Bolsa was previously the Madrid Stock Exchange and before that, a hermitage linked to the Knights Templar. The building has had several anonymous owners, giving it a continuous air of mystery, but in any case today offers gourmet Mediterranean food in a unique setting. Click here to find out more...
  8. La Vaca Argentina - Covarrubias
    The first Argentinian restaurant in our top 10 list, perhaps surprisingly because these restaurants are famous for their quality meats which are always well-liked. This particular restaurant is located in the Alonso Martínez area in central Madrid and was fashionable during the 'movida', an explosion of popular culture in Madrid during the 80's. Click here to find out more...
  9. Cornucopia
    Owned and managed by two Spaniards together with an American who came to fame on Spanish television, the Cornucopia's modern and arty decor welcomes guests just as much as its amiable owners. One of the few Madrid restaurants to offer Thanksgiving Day dinners, the rest of the year diners can enjoy some quality international and Spanish creative cuisine. Click here to find out more...
  10. El Invernadero
    Last but certainly not least in terms of the food on offer, El Invernadero is a must for anyone shopping in the upmarket Salamanca district of Madrid. Located near all the designer shops on the famous Serrano street, this restaurant is housed in a 19th Century building with a wonderful naturally-lit terrace, where guests dine amongst modern decor. Mediterranean cuisine of top quality. Click here to find out more...

That completes our list of the most popular restaurants in Madrid, based on the number of table reservations taken last year. If these excellent restaurants don't appeal to you, then please don't forget to check out all the other eateries we have on offer on our main Madrid restaurants page.

Don't forget to check out our other top 10 lists at the new Top 10 Madrid page!




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