Botin

Address: Calle Cuchilleros 17, Madrid, 28005, Spain
Telephone: 91 366 4217

- Mid-range

4.3

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
4.3
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Service
4.5
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Food and drink
4.3
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Value for money
4.4
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Ambience
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Location
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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.

Recommended for

  • Business travellers
  • First-time travellers
  • Foodies
  • Mature travellers
  • Seasoned travellers
  • Celebrity spotting
  • People watching
  • Special occasions
  • History

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