Botin

Price guide: Mid-range

Calle Cuchilleros 17, Madrid, 28005

Price guide: Mid-range

Botin

By Annie Bennett, your Madrid expert

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#22 of 40
expert-rated restaurants in Madrid
Expert overall rating:4.3 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.3
4.3
Ambience:
4.5
4.5
Service:
4.5
4.5
Location:
4.7
4.7
Value for money:
4.4
4.4
Recommended for:
Business travellers, First-time travellers, Foodies, Mature travellers, Seasoned travellers, Celebrity spotting, History, People watching, Special occasions

Expert review of Botin

The world’s oldest restaurant has been going strong since 1725.

It doesn’t get much more traditional than this – Botín is listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest restaurant in the world. With tiled dining rooms arranged over several floors, and a vaulted cellar, Botín is one of those restaurants you just have to try. Okay, it’s a bit touristy, but plenty of locals go there too.

Food and drink: 

The huge wood-burning oven is used to roast lamb and suckling pig, Botín’s signature dish. But if you don’t like the sound of that, don’t despair, as there are plenty of other things on the menu. You could start with the garlic soup, a big traditional dish in central Spain, or a salad of strips of cod and roasted red pepper. I like sharing the clams to kick off with, and a plate of Iberian ham.

Ambience: 

Always busy with a mix of tourists, business people, celebrities, locals…. Everyone turns up at Botín at some stage.

Service: 

Old-school professional. Proper waiters who've worked there forever.

Location: 

Right by the Plaza Mayor, where it should be.

Price advice: 

The suckling pig and lamb are 22 euros. Most of the starters are around 10 euros. The house red is 18 euros, but you might want to pay another 5 euros or so and choose something from a long list. There is a fixed menu for 39.50 euros, consisting of garlic soup, suckling pig, dessert and wine, beer or mineral water.

Tables to book: 

I always book a table in the vaulted cellar, but the dining rooms upstairs with tiles and panelling are pretty atmospheric too.

More information on Botin:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Restaurant
Food:
Spanish
Address:
Calle Cuchilleros 17, Madrid, 28005
Telephone:
91 366 4217
Website:
http://www.restaurantebotin.com
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Mon-Sun 1pm-4pm, 8pm-midnight.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Always essential

Have you been to Botin? Would you recommended it?