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Cafe El Diario

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Calle Huertas 69, 28014 Madrid, Spain
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

really great family buzz, families, foreign students, attentive staff, good selection of dishes. my only gripe. I wanted a Fino or Manzanilla Sherry. I got a pot of tea.

Thank monocularman
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had dinner here and it was very tasty. The restaurant offers traditional flavors of Madrid and it is beautifully decorated. Nice service. A bit pricey and the portions a bit small but worth it!

Thank H21345672
2 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

Not impressed at all. The waitress clearly had no manners or respect for tourists. First we waited 10 minutes to be given the menu, then she glared and told us off for sitting on a table for 4 when there was only 2 of us (in an empty restaurant!) Finally,  we got our dinner literally thrown on the table. The... More 

Thank fotini K
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017

The food was reasonable but not very good. Maybe it was because it was very busy and we didn't have a reservation, but we got the impression that we were not very welcome. After dinner we usually enjoy a cup of coffee or tea, but that was not available anymore when we finished our dinner (22:30).

Thank Frans K
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016 via mobile

We were lucky to find a table without booking first. We had paella, grilled calamares and a tasty hamburguesa😉,of course we drank sangria.a very characteristic restaurant just in the heart of Madrid. The waitress very friendly and nice.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016 via mobile

This cafe was wonderful. The cafe has been in operation for over 130 years. The ambience is friendly and welcoming. The place was full of locals meeting with friends and families. I had the garlic prawns and we share a nest and cheese tray and a big jug of sangria. If you're in the area, definitely check this gem out,... More 

Thank Ddh59
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

I've been in madrid spending some days oh vacations,and walking around in the downtown of madrid I discovered a restaurant called El Diario,amazing!!! Staff very professional very polite,and the food and wines very good,if you're planing to go to madrid go you'll like it

Thank Alvaro G
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016

Cafe El Diario was just down the street from the apartment we rented . We went there the first night we were in Madrid and from the moment we walked in we knew it was going to be our place to go for Tapas and good food in the restaurant and to be with the locals. The food and drinks... More 

Thank sandfact
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

This place really not to be missed in Madrid!!! We have an excellet dinner!!! We tasted both the hamburghesa -that is very very tasty and the grilled "pulpo" and a very good sangria! The waitress very charismatic and nice!Highly reccomended

Thank evy p
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

We stopped at El Diaro after touring the nearby Prado and Royal Gardens. We ordered a caña and a glass of sangria and were given a tasty tapa to share. We also noticed they serve seafood paella, so we decided to split an order for a late lunch. The paella was very good, but not the best we've had. We... More 

Thank Rob M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Bar, Mediterranean, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle Huertas 69, 28014 Madrid, Spain
  • Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Community of Madrid  >  Madrid>  > Huertas
  • Neighbourhood: Huertas
  • Phone Number: 914292800

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Also known as Barrio de las Letras, Huertas was once home to prominent literary figures, Miguel de Cervantes and Lope de Vega among them. The neighbourhood is committed to celebrating its rich heritage: Calle Huertas itself is inlaid with quotes from celebrated authors, street names pay homage to them, and second-hand bookshops pervade. Huertas receives a fair amount of spillover from the center — side streets around Plaza Santa Ana take on a foreign party atmosphere at night, and you always see young backpackers navigating the streets — but as you descend into the neighbourhood, everything becomes a little more cramped and slightly less refined, and takes on more of an underground feel. Live music is at the heart of Huertas: by night, its subdued bars are ideal for meeting friends, sipping cocktails, and chatting quietly while enjoying jazz or singer-songwriter performances.
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