Gaudeamus Cafe

Price guide: Mid-range

Calle Tribulete 14, Edificio Escuelas Pias, Madrid, 28012

Price guide: Mid-range

Gaudeamus cafe

By Annie Bennett, your Madrid expert

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#38 of 40
expert-rated restaurants in Madrid
Expert overall rating:4.0 out of 5
Food and drink:
4
4.0
Ambience:
4.8
4.8
Service:
4
4.0
Location:
4
4.0
Value for money:
3.9
3.9
Recommended for:
Couples, Culture vultures, Seasoned travellers, Great views / scenery, People watching, Relaxation, Romance, Trendiness

Best for Outdoor dining - Expert review of Gaudeamus Cafe

Views over the old town from a fabulous roof terrace.

Gaudeamus is on the roof of the Open University, an 18th-century building that was virtually destroyed in the Civil War but has been rebuilt in spectacular style. You get in through the main door and go up in the lift; there is no dedicated entrance, so it is a bit difficult to find. Although there is an indoor area, it is all about the terrace here, so only recommended for good weather unless you happen to be passing. It's become very popular and they now operate two sittings for dinner. It's a really lovely spot to eat on a summer's night.  

Food and drink: 

Tuna carpaccio, Iberian pork with foie and sauteed lychees, and aubergines and courgettes with rosemary honey are a few of the dishes here. There are two fixed price menus, if you want to make things easier for yourself. There's also hummus, tabbouleh and various salads.

Ambience: 

Lively yet laidback.

Service: 

Waiting staff are friendly, but often rushed off their feet, so service is a bit slapdash sometimes.

Location: 

The traditional neighbourhood of Lavapies is now home to many nationalities, with lots of new restaurants and bars.

Price advice: 

The set menus are 26 euros or 33 euros with wine. The carpaccio is 16.40 euros and the Iberian pork is 18.60 euros. Most of the other dishes are between 9 and 15 euros.

More information on Gaudeamus Cafe:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Bar, Café, Restaurant
Food:
Mediterranean, Spanish
Address:
Calle Tribulete 14, Edificio Escuelas Pias, Madrid, 28012
Telephone:
91 528 2594
Website:
http://www.gaudeamuscafe.com
Serves:
Dinner
Opening times:
Mon-Sat 6pm-midnight. Closed Sundays.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Essential at peak times
Free tags / Keywords:
Al fresco

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