Casa Lucio

Price guide: Mid-range

Calle Cava Baja 35 , Madrid, 28005

Price guide: Mid-range

Casa Lucio

By Annie Bennett, your Madrid expert

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#30 of 40
expert-rated restaurants in Madrid
Expert overall rating:4.2 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.3
4.3
Ambience:
4.4
4.4
Service:
4.5
4.5
Location:
4.9
4.9
Value for money:
3.9
3.9
Recommended for:
Business travellers, Celebrity spotting, People watching, Special occasions

Expert review of Casa Lucio

The famous flock here for traditional food, traditional atmosphere, traditional location.

A real Madrid institution, Casa Lucio was opened by Lucio Blazquez in 1974. He’s still there, aided by his son and two daughters. King Juan Carlos is a regular, and always has the egg and chips – honestly! Huevos rotos – a pile of chips with two or three fried eggs on top – may be a trendy dish in Madrid these days – yes I am being serious – but it was Casa Lucio that started the trend.

Food and drink: 

As well as the aforementioned egg and chips – which is regarded as a starter – the roast meats cooked on the wood-fired iron are really tasty and tender. If you are brave enough to try callos a la madrilena, the Madrid speciality of tripe stew (tastier than it sounds), this is a good place to do it. The capon in an almond sauce (capon en pepitoria) is a great traditional dish too. But just to be clear, Castilian food is not fancy, and may be too hearty for some tastes. It’s all about good quality ingredients that haven’t been mucked about with too much.

Ambience: 

Classic Castilian, which means a lot of beams, dark wood furniture and no designer nonsense. The clientele is often quite glamorous. Look out for politicians, actors, writers and footballers.

Service: 

The waiters really know their stuff, but may not be able to convey that in English.

Location: 

On Cava Baja, where the medieval town wall used to be. Nowadays the narrow street is packed with a mix of traditional restaurants and gourmet tapas bars.

Price advice: 

Main courses are around 20-27 euros. This is not a cheap option. For three courses with wine, you’re looking at around 50 euros each.

More information on Casa Lucio:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Restaurant
Food:
Spanish, Traditional
Address:
Calle Cava Baja 35 , Madrid, 28005
Telephone:
91 365 3252
Website:
http://www.casalucio.es
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Mon-Fri & Sun 1.15pm-4pm, 9pm-11.30pm. Sat 9pm-23.30pm. Closed in August.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Essential at peak times

Have you been to Casa Lucio? Would you recommended it?