Restaurants in Madrid

Restaurants in Madrid

There is no doubt that every tourist wants to taste a traditional Spanish kitchen. Delicious paella, fried seafood, light tapas, best Spanish wines- it all waits for the guests of the city at the restaurants. Even if you can’t afford a visit to the most expensive restaurants at the five-star hotels, it doesn’t mean that yu trying these delicacies is beyond your pocket. Especially for you we have chosen the best (and not the most expensive) restaurants of the capital, where you can have a good rest, taste the best dishes of Madrid kitchen, and also save money.

Here is the list of the most popular non-tourist restaurants in Madrid with the moderate prices. We’ll tell you about each of them:

√ La Taurina

√ Cucurucho del Mar (seafood)

√ El Rincon de Esteban

√ Cafeteria del Prado

√ Таверна La Bola

√ Bodega de los Secretos

La Taurina is the first restaurant we present to your attention. A classical restaurant of Spanish kitchen, opened in 1997, is located in the very heart of Madrid. The interior of the restaurant itself is imbued with the spirit of Spain. Every corner of La Taurina is covered with the pictures of corrida and the bull heads. The menu includes many traditional fish, meat and vegetable dishes. Hard-working cooks and careful selection of fresh and the most delicious products make the kitchen of this restaurant really unique. However, the main features of La Taurina are so-called “tapas”- light snacks with a small piece of cheese or ham, served to the wine or beer. La Taurina is an excellent choice for those who wish to learn something about Spanish kitchen and its traditions. It is another cozy place not far from the center of the city.

Cucurucho del Mar. The atmosphere of this restaurant differs from that of the previous one. This place is more appropriate not for the noisy celebrations, but for the cozy family dinners or friendly chats. The careful restaurant staff will provide you a good pastime. Cucurucho del Mar is specialized in Mediterranean kitchen. Here you can try excellent paella and fried squids, shrimps and mussels, ham, drink a glass of traditional Spanish wine “Sangria” and taste different desserts like cheesecake or tiramisu. In Cucurucho del Mar you’ll be pleasantly surprised not only at the tasty dishes, but also at the moderate prices. The restaurant is recommended to everybody who wants to eat tasty, inexpensive and comfortable.

 El Rincon de Esteban. The restaurant has a very comfortable position, as it is situated near the famous Museo del Prado. The interior is arranged in a very “domestic” way, and the decorations include many pictures and rewards, received by this establishment, and the photos of celebrities that have visited it. The menu consists of classical fish and meat dishes of Spanish kitchen (“cocido madrileño”- typical Spanish dish of chick-pea, meat and vegetables, juicy meat “A la Gallega”), and the traditional desserts- caramel flan, “torrijas”- toasts with honey and ice-cream, lemon pie and incredible delicious “crema catalana”. El Rincon de Esteban fits both for the cozy meetings with friends and special occasions.

Cafeteria del Prado. Cafeteria del Prado is also located near Museo del Prado, close to the city center and its main places of interest. Here you’ll be offered to taste delicious paella, fried squids, all kinds of tapas, traditional Spanish soup “gazpacho”, meat and fish delicacies and best Spanish wines “Sangria” and “Tinto de Verano”. The careful staff will provide you an excellent service and make your rest comfortable and unforgettable. You’ll be able to enjoy the typical dishes of Madrid kitchen and spend a good time with family and friends. In spite of the central location, the prices of restaurant will pleasantly surprise you.

You should also visit a cozy family restaurant La Bola, offering its clients the best dishes of traditional Spanish kitchen. The tavern is notable for its noisy and merry atmosphere, typical for the Spanish bars. The restaurant speciality is “cocido madrileño”- prepared according to the ancient recipe (on coal and a slow fire). Apart from “cocido”, the restaurant offers many other delicacies, such as ham, soups, anchovies in vinegar, fried eggs with ham and pepper, dishes of asparagus and spinach, fish and seafood, traditional desserts- lemon sherbet, caramel flan, chocolate truffles, apple doughnuts with ice-cream, etc. The tavern La Bola is recommended to all the tourists who want to try as many different Spanish dishes as possible.

It is impossible to go past such an unusual place as Bodega de los Secretos. The restaurant is located in the ancient vault of Madrid, restored due to the long reconstruction. The special temperature conditions allowed aging the best local wines. Bodega de los Secretos represents a small labyrinth with galleries and cellars, transporting us to the ancient times, when the monks of the order San Felipe Neri have just begun to develop this place. It fits perfectly for the comfortable rest or tasting delicious dishes. The restaurant is specialized not just in the traditional Spanish kitchen. It creates an incredible combination of tastes. Where else can you try such dishes as “Tunny with sesame and pieces of mango”, “Fried octopus with mussels and truffles”, meat dishes called “Iberian secret” or “Oxtail”, seasoned with wine sauce? The menu of the restaurant is notable for its wide variety and includes the best products of the season. Bodega de los Secretos is a perfect place for all those who want to enjoy tasty food and contemplation of the ancient architecture of Madrid. We’re sure you’ll be able to choose the restaurant from our list that will meet your taste and wishes. We wish you a great gastronomic rest in Madrid!