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Barbecue, Mediterranean, Spanish
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Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, After-hours
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Reservations, Seating, Free off-street parking, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Private Dining
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Reviewed 7 April 2019

If you drive into this village, it is one which you would think you should keep on driving through! However, there are a number of gems here - the hotel La Postada de Lola looks dreadful but don't be deceived - it is a marvel...and well worth the price. The restaurant called El Matador is quirky but has really delicious food. The waiter called Christian speaks english and is most helpful. The wine they brew there was too ordinary for me but the alternative which he recommended was superb. The cellars constructed by the Moors are good fun! Memorable for all the right reasons.More

Date of visit: April 2019
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Reviewed 3 February 2019

Very nice place to go in Winter (I have not been in Summer yet), really good food and a marvelous chimney that makes a really cosy atmosphere.

Date of visit: January 2019
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Reviewed 7 January 2019 via mobile

Brought here as a surprise visit.very traditional in the most unusual setting of being in a cave.All food and wine are natural local produce.Cooked and served in a simple yet tasty way.Also a terrace to sit outside.Would recommend.

Date of visit: January 2019
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Reviewed 21 July 2016 via mobile

As the name Taberna Marinera indicates, this restaurant primarily focuses on seafood. The restaurant is situated in some old caves, and has also some outdoor tables. Quaint and romantic. The food - when it arrived - was good. Not fantastic, but good. We had cheese,...bellpepper and tuna salad, lamb skewers and lamb chops. Not seafood, but quite good. The food was very well presented, especially the salad. The service was not good. All were friendly, running all the time to prepare and serve the food quickly. Still, it was chaos: Noone was coordinating anything. Result: wrong orders being delivered and same order being prepared several times. If someone had been there, running and coordinating the staff, this would have been a great visit.More

Date of visit: July 2016
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Reviewed 11 February 2016

This is an extraordinarily atmospheric restaurant, set in a cave built into the hillside. Great, grilled meat based, Castilian fare. Wine came in unlabelled bottles but tasted good. Highly recommended.

Date of visit: February 2016
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Reviewed 10 February 2016

Price-wise these places are all a little expensive but well worth it for the cavern-like experience. If you are not claustrophobic, ask for a setting in one of the several underground caves deeper inside the main hall. Its like being in a set from the...Hobbit and my son was expecting to see dwarves or orcs dash out from somewhere. Highly recommended, take care when going to the amenities as it is easy to bump your head!More

Date of visit: January 2016
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Reviewed 25 June 2015

One of a number of restaurants based in caves on the hillside. The interior is a fabulous place of hanging hams etc. Very well decorated. We found what was on offer on the menu was a little disjointed - but maybe that is just not...being tuned in to what they are about. Everything was freshly made to order, nothing pre=prepared. Very nice but a bit over-priced for what we had. I would guess all of the adjoining places were the same as no menus were posted at any of them. This didn't stop them being very busy though so I guess the novelty attraction works for them. I have had better value, but I'm glad I paid them a visit.More

Date of visit: June 2015
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Reviewed 4 June 2015

If you're in Madrid and have time you really should visit this place. If you do, you're in for a real treat. The location in the side of the mountain is magnificent and they have kept it traditional inside with many original features. The service...was wonderful, friendly and polite, and the food was delicious. And then there are the caves.. what a surprise..! All in all an enchanting Spanish experience.More

Date of visit: May 2015
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Reviewed 2 February 2015

El Matador is that kind of place where you can fall in love. Original essence with antient caves digged during the Muslim period of Spain. Good service, superb products. A bit expansive by the way.

Date of visit: January 2015
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Reviewed 28 April 2014

We 'just' wanted to have lunch on a Sunday afternoon, when we decided to try 'El Molar' - a little village in the north of Madrid, but colleagues said worthwhile to try... So we run by coincidence into this wonderful place, where we were attended...by very nice service, recommending us first the terrace for an entree and a tapa until having lunch at the cueva itself. We crossed the way from the restaurant to the terrace by a stollen cut into the granite of the mountain, a hidden way into one of the ancient bodegas of the village. By crossing this romantic way again returning to the restaurant, we felt pretty much back to those days and sat at the tiny tables on our chairs without back for the next two hours as if we belonged there.. Service was very attentive and great in recommendations and we decided for the famous chuleta, which was good. But indeed it was topped by the best ever blood sausage (morcilla) we had in our lives ! And we had plenty kind of morcillas around the world but this one was it! We will return for this great starter!More

Date of visit: April 2014
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  • Bodegas El Matador is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
    • Food: 4
    • Service: 4
    • Value: 3.5
    • Atmosphere: 4.5