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Restaurante El Botanico

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Paseo del Prado
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Ruiz de Alarcon, 27, 28014 Madrid, Spain
+34 914 20 23 42
08:00 - 02:00
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Zug, Switzerland
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26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

We had lunch here and it was without doubt the best lunch we had in all of Mardid. The food was very well presented and was absolutely sumptuous. Also the prices were more than acceptable. I can only recommend this El Botanico, you want regret it. Do what we did, walk around the Prado Museum all morning and then come... More 

Thank Patrick W
Leighton Buzzard, United Kingdom
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98 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

I visited this restaurant for lunch recently and was warmly greeted and shown a good table inside (all outside tables in the sun were occupied). I was very well served by waiter Simone. I was treated to some nibbles before my Caesar Salad which was the best I have ever had! This was followed by a home-made tiramisu which turned... More 

Thank Stephen J
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017

very rude. did not make you feel welcome at all. made you feel as if you shouldnt be there. kept the change without giving you the option to tip, and ran away after you paid. do not spend your money here. AVOID!!!!!!!

Thank Lauraloxter
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

We decided to stop here for a drink to enjoy a bit the sun on the terrace. One waiter came and ask if it s to drink or to eat. Once we said it s for a drink he said something we couldn't understand in Spanish and left to serve other table. He never came back to us. Don t... More 

1 Thank Arnaud F
London, United Kingdom
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47 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

I ordered a burger and asked in my best tourist Spanish for it to be well cooked. It turned up raw, I mean not even rare but literally inedible. They just plonk the food on the table and runaway before you can talk to them. Terrible place.

1 Thank hankhill23
Ashland, Oregon
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264 reviews
156 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

We happened on the place after a tour of the botanical gardens next to the Prado. The only problem was finding a table but they squeezed us in. The big surprise was the high quality of the food in such a tourist location. We had a tomato salad with the best tomatoes in a long time, that had been peeled... More 

Thank canuck22SanFrancisco
London, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

We stopped here for lunch after a lovely walk around the Botanical gardens. The food was lovely and the atmosphere was relaxed. Service was a little slow but we were in no rush. We would visit again if in the area

Thank SaraHaywood
Cirencester, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

reading a few other reviews I can see a split in the reviews of the service. Well we had 2 different waiters during our meal, the first one was rude, offhand and in the middle of a hissy-fit - we were about to get the full histrionics. He left to have a break between shifts and then we had an... More 

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94 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

Stopped here before going in the Prado, we had salad and a bottle of wine. Not cheap but both the food and service were good.

Thank RoyShropshire
Camberley, Surrey
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64 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

We happened across this after the museum and were immediately told, 'Lunch only' no drinks, so yes we get it, you want to maximize the revenue! Service was a tad abrupt, but we sat outside and it was lovely. There was a 1.50 euro charge for bread per person,so we didn't ask for any, it was bought anyway, we didn't... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$37 - US$42
Mediterranean, European, Spanish
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Takeout
Good for
Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Open Hours
08:00 - 02:00
08:00 - 02:00
08:00 - 02:00
08:00 - 02:00
08:00 - 02:00
08:00 - 02:00
08:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Ruiz de Alarcon, 27, 28014 Madrid, Spain
  • Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Community of Madrid  >  Madrid>  > Paseo del Prado
  • Neighbourhood: Paseo del Prado
  • Phone Number: +34 914 20 23 42
The spirit of Paris in Madrid There was a time in which Madrid wished to be like Paris, and this lovely district "Los Jeronimos" is the outcome of such pursuit... It was our King Alfonso XIII, who after travelling across the old continent, realized that Madrid did not have a majestic district in line with Europe's trends back in 1900. Manuel Hidalgo, in his novel "Las meninas andan sueltas", mentioned that these Maids of Honour used to escape the painting to walk around the Prado and, in one street leading access to the Retiro Park, they used to relax in a majestic terrace as in the King's dreams for Madrid. Most likely the writer was thinking of "El Botánico Café". El Botánico is placed in a privileged location surrounded by the Prado Museum, the Botánico Garden, the Jerónimo's Church, the Retiro Park and the magnificents hotels Ritz and The Palace. El Botánico has been a witness of the world of culture, cinema and aristocracy, with characters such as Sir Paul Mc Cartney, Bono (U2), the Princess Elena .... and many other world citizens who have chosen Terraza El Botánico to enjoy a peaceful moment.

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Staying in Paseo del Prado

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Paseo del Prado
The area around the elegant Paseo del Prado boulevard is much-visited by both locals and tourists. The world-famous Prado, the Reina Sofia, and the Thyssen-Bornemisza museums form a triangle of art and culture that spans this grand and beautiful avenue. On weekdays, the Prado Museum opens its doors for free after-work hours, drawing a diverse and excited queue of art lovers that wraps around the block. Palacio de Cibeles and Círculo de Bellas Artes cultural centers are other artsy hangouts to check out, with rooftop bars that provide impressive views of the city. While the Paseo del Prado and its roundabouts form a busy throughway in Madrid, a broad green pedestrian park in the middle is a calm and gorgeous place for a relaxing stroll. Just east of the museums, the Retiro Park is always a confluence of activity as families and friends of all ages take to the pretty paths and lawns to stretch their legs or to have a picnic.
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