Bodega La Ardosa

Price guide: Budget

Calle Colon 13, Madrid, 28004

Price guide: Budget

Bodega La Ardosa

By Annie Bennett, your Madrid expert

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#19 of 40
expert-rated restaurants in Madrid
Expert overall rating:4.4 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.4
4.4
Ambience:
4.5
4.5
Service:
4.5
4.5
Location:
4.6
4.6
Value for money:
4.6
4.6
Recommended for:
Couples, First-time travellers, Foodies, Mature travellers, Seasoned travellers, Nightlife, No fuss, People watching, Relaxation

Expert review of Bodega La Ardosa

Tasty traditional tapas in an authentic bar.

Dating back more than 100 years, the Ardosa is a much-loved Madrid institution. With its red paintwork and smoked glass sign, it is as traditional as it gets. You either sit on stools around barrels or stand at the bar, and often have to elbow your way in.

Food and drink: 

The fabulous homemade tapas include arguably the best tortilla (potato omelette) in Madrid, served in individual portions. The salmorejo (a thicker version of gazpacho) with bits of ham is wonderful, as are the croquettes with cabrales blue cheese and the cecina (cured beef). The draught beer is first class, and they also offer a good pint of Guinness - which attracts quite a few Brits. There is a range of wines by the glass, and draught vermouth too. Open from breakfast time till late, it's really worth seeking this place out.

Ambience: 

With rows of bottles behind the wooden bar and old photos on the walls, the Ardosa is full of character. Always busy with a mix of locals and visitors of all ages.

Service: 

Friendly and helpful.

Location: 

Just off Calle Fuencarral in Malasana.

Price advice: 

You can have breakfast here for around 3 euros. For something more brunch-like, expect to pay 8-10 euros. Tapas range from 3 to around 12 euros.

More information on Bodega La Ardosa:

Price guide:
Budget
Type:
Bar, Tapas bar, Wine bar
Food:
Spanish, Tapas, Traditional
Address:
Calle Colon 13, Madrid, 28004
Telephone:
91 521 4979
Website:
http://www.laardosa.com
Serves:
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Mon-Sun 8.30am-1am.
Accepts Credit Cards:
No
Reservations:
Not possible
Free tags / Keywords:
Quick bites, Wine

Have you been to Bodega La Ardosa? Would you recommended it?