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Restuarant Botin

#226 of 8,499 Restaurants in Madrid
Certificate of Excellence
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Calle de los Cuchilleros 17, 28005 Madrid, Spain
+34 913 66 42 17
13:00 - 16:00
20:00 - 00:00
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 13:00 - 16:00
20:00 - 00:00
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Kent, England
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109 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We went to this restaurant thinking it would be a great reflection on the local food and culture. Unfortunately it was really a bit naff. Catering for tourists. They had a lot of local dishes and the food was OK, but pricey. We also had a table of 10 drunk business guys one side of use and screaming kids the... More 

Thank M.Pickering
Parrish, Florida
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Amazing food and the perfect finale to our vacation! We made reservations for a 3:30pm late lunch early dinner on our last night in Madrid.

Thank Krista S
Saskatoon, Canada
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60 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We made a reservation online at the oldest restaurant in the world, (established in 1725) because we thought it would be fun for a tourist activity. We did read the Trip Advisor reviews before we went, so we weren't expecting anything special. We found the reviews to be quite accurate. There were 4 of us and 2 meals were alright.... More 

Thank Marie K
Madrid, Spain
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Given that in Madrid everyone eats lunch at 3pm and dinner at 10 pm, you do get used to it after a while, but the Americans who have dinner when here they are have afternoon tea or merienda , my be more difficult , given that no Restaurants open for dinner usually before 8.30- 9 pm. Botin 's is the... More 

Thank jaynecleveley
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16 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Had a good meal and it was a lot of fun. Terrific sangria and you can buy one of their pitchers to take home. My daughter is a vegetarian and found something on the menu. I was brave and had the suckling pig - delicious. Lots of atmosphere

Thank happyfeetmaryland
Niagara Falls
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12 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Recommended by a couple we met. We weren't disappointed. Reasonable and good. Nice spot. We ate outdoors and enjoyed just people watching.

Thank jostty
New York City, New York
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46 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We went for dinner. They act as if you need a reservation but I dont think you do. We went right after opening (8 pm) and was able to get a table in the basement/wine cellar. Tapas was not the menu...it was a full meal. However, it was very good, especially the steaks. Nice wine selection as well.

Thank MJA714
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5 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We followed a travel book and thought it was pretty cool to visit the worlds oldest restaurant. They open at 8. So thought we will just see if we can get a table for that night. Headed to the restaurant at 7.30. We weren't allowed in so I called the restaurant for on day reservation. Obvious it wasn't possible. However... More 

Thank Vanessa H
Port Hueneme, California
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223 reviews
142 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

For the last twenty years we've always ended our Spanish trip at Botin, it became a custom. Our recent visit nay have ended the streak. It has become overpriced, the cochinillo boring, and the sides uninspired. Sure, the place has ambiance and an amazing history but go elsewhere for quality Spanish food-in fact, abandon the whole Plaza Mayor restaurant scene-there... More 

Thank Robert B
Singapore, Singapore
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69 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have heard of this place from many others and were very much intrigued. We intended to dine there when in Madrid. We had our opportunity today and managed to book a table for 5 a few weeks ago. We were seated at a table by the window and we found the restaurant really cosy. The service staff were also... More 

Thank Karen S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Mediterranean, European, Spanish, Soups
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Open Hours
13:00 - 16:00
20:00 - 00:00
13:00 - 16:00
20:00 - 00:00
13:00 - 16:00
20:00 - 00:00
13:00 - 16:00
20:00 - 00:00
13:00 - 16:00
20:00 - 00:00
13:00 - 16:00
20:00 - 00:00
13:00 - 16:00
20:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle de los Cuchilleros 17, 28005 Madrid, Spain
  • Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Community of Madrid  >  Madrid>  > Centro
  • Neighbourhood: Centro
  • Phone Number: +34 913 66 42 17
Botin is the oldest restaurant in the world according to the Guinness Book of Records. Located in the heart of Madrid, at the foot of the Arco de Cuchilleros and next to the Plaza Mayor, it was founded in 1725 and was a meeting place for Madrid's bohemian and literary set. Botin offers Madrid-style hospitality in a convivial and friendly setting, with traditional decor. The restaurant prides itself on using the finest ingredients accredited by the respective quality marks in order to offer guests traditional recipes that have been passed down from father to son over the years, cooked in a natural and artisan way. Its specialties include roast suckling pig and lamb cooked in traditional Castilian style in a wood-fired oven that has been in use since 1725. Botin treats all its diners the same - whether politician, famous artist or its neighbourhood regulars.

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Staying in Centro

Neighbourhood Profile
Expansive plazas, local and foreign crowds, street performers, colorful lights, window shopping, restaurant signs promising the best paella, ham, and churros con chocolate- this is downtown Madrid, a collection of plazas interconnected by a network of side streets. Some of these side streets are wide pedestrian shopping routes, and some are hidden, so it's possible to duck in and out of the bustle as desired. The iconic Puerta del Sol is the giant crossroads of the city and a must-see attraction at any time of the day. The nearby Plaza Mayor, completely enclosed by historic red buildings, is an ideal place to grab a bite to eat outside, amidst scores of tables and people out for a stroll. Plaza Isabel II (also known as “Opera”) is smaller and a good meeting spot, and the stately Plaza del Oriente is the front yard of the Royal Palace. Centro can be touristy (pickpockets are unfortuately not unheard-of here), crowded, and sometimes gimmicky, but it is also the place to experience classic Madrid.
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