Cabreira

Price guide: Budget

Calle Ruiz 2, Plaza Dos de Mayo, Madrid, 28004

Price guide: Budget

Cabreira terrace

By Annie Bennett, your Madrid expert

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#21 of 40
expert-rated restaurants in Madrid
Expert overall rating:4.3 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.4
4.4
Ambience:
4.4
4.4
Service:
4.8
4.8
Location:
4.7
4.7
Value for money:
4.5
4.5
Recommended for:
Couples, Families with teenagers, First-time travellers, Mature travellers, Seasoned travellers, No fuss

Expert review of Cabreira

Freshly-made Galician food to share in informal setting.

This looks like a run-of-the-mill tapas bar, but the crowds inside and out are testament to the quality of the food. Rather than tapas, Cabreira serves raciones, which are bigger portions – quite a plateful in fact. There are table on the terrace outside for much of the year, as even in winter it is often warm enough to have lunch outside if the sun is shining.

Food and drink: 

Look at the blackboards for specialities of the day – there is always really fresh fish on offer, such as sole or deep-fried monkfish pieces - which aren’t at all greasy by the way. My friends and I always order the gambas al ajillo (prawns sizzling in oil with lots of garlic and chilli) and the patatas a la churri (sautéed potatoes with scrambled egg, onion and garlic), while we’re deciding what else to have. The coquina clams are exquisite, and the fried aubergine with honey is delicious. Ask if they have albondigas - meatballs - which aren't on the menu and are pretty good. I always have the dark chocolate mousse too. 

Recommended dishes: 

Garlic prawns, meatballs, aubergine strips with honey, patatas a la churriclams, chocolate mousse.

Ambience: 

Lively – often really rather noisy. Cabreira attracts a wide range of customers – anyone who likes great tasty food basically – and is always full.

Service: 

Staff are really friendly and most speak English.

Location: 

On the corner of Plaza Dos de Mayo,which is the heart of Malasaña, one of the city’s liveliest nightlife areas.

Price advice: 

Most dishes range from around 5 to 15 euros, and you’ll probably want to share three or four things between two. Desserts are 5.50 euros.

More information on Cabreira:

Price guide:
Budget
Type:
Bar, Restaurant, Tapas bar
Food:
Mediterranean, Scandinavian, Seafood, Spanish, Tapas
Address:
Calle Ruiz 2, Plaza Dos de Mayo, Madrid, 28004
Telephone:
91 593 0200
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Tue-Sun 1pm-4.30pm, 8.30pm-midnight.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Suggested
Free tags / Keywords:
Al fresco

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