Lhardy

Price guide: Expensive

Carrera de San Jeronimo 8, Madrid, 28014

Price guide: Expensive

Lhardy

By Annie Bennett, your Madrid expert

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#24 of 40
expert-rated restaurants in Madrid
Expert overall rating:4.3 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.8
4.8
Ambience:
4.2
4.2
Service:
4.8
4.8
Location:
4.8
4.8
Value for money:
3.8
3.8
Recommended for:
Business travellers, Foodies, Celebrity spotting, Romance, Special occasions

Expert review of Lhardy

Opened in 1839, this was Madrid's first fancy restaurant.

When Prosper Merimee, who wrote 'Carmen', complained that there was nowhere decent to eat in Madrid, his friend Emile L'Hardy saw a golden opportunity. Lhardy was very fashionable from the outset, frequented by the leading figures of the day. It was redecorated in 1884 and has remained remarkably unchanged ever since. There is an exquisite deli on the ground floor and three dining rooms upstairs. 
 

Food and drink: 

Lhardy specialises in French and Madrilenian dishes, and is reputed to serve the best cocido madrileno in the city. Also on the menu are pheasant in grape juice, braised partridge with shallots, roast beef, turbut with mushrooms and sea bass with fennel.

Ambience: 

Grand, formal and French, but in a good way. You might well spot a leading politician, writer or actor on the neighbouring tables. It's a good choice for a special occasion, if you like the whole starched tablecloth vibe.

Service: 

First class.

Location: 

Near the Puerta del Sol and Plaza de Santa Ana.

Price advice: 

Starters are 10-20 euros. Mains 30-40 euros. For three courses and wine, it'll probably cost you around 70 euros a head.

More information on Lhardy:

Price guide:
Expensive
Type:
Deli, Restaurant
Food:
French, Spanish, Steak, Traditional
Address:
Carrera de San Jeronimo 8, Madrid, 28014
Telephone:
91 521 3385
Website:
http://www.lhardy.com
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Mon-Sat 1pm-4.30pm, 8.30pm-11pm. Closed Sundays. Open for lunch only in July and closed in August.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Always essential

Have you been to Lhardy? Would you recommended it?