Lhardy

Address: Carrera de San Jeronimo 8, Madrid, 28014, Spain
Telephone: 91 521 3385

- Expensive

4.3

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
4.8
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Service
4.8
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Food and drink
4.8
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Value for money
3.8
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Ambience
4.2
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Location
4.8
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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.

Recommended for

  • Business travellers
  • Foodies
  • Celebrity spotting
  • Romance
  • Special occasions

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