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El Brillante

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Paseo del Prado
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Plaza Emperador Carlos V 8, 28012 Madrid, Spain
+34 915 28 69 66
06:30 - 00:30
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Fredericton, Canada
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Thinking of splitting a bottle of wine and some pizza? Let me save you €7... As two people who have considerable experience with frozen grocery store pizza, it was fairly ominous that when the margarita pizza showed up we both looked at each other and said, "well this looks familiar". See the attached images for yourself. Looked like, tasted like,... More 

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New Jersey
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619 reviews
179 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife, two children and I visited Madrid in December 2016. El Brillante is located across from the Atocha train station. I went here twice. Once for breakfast at 7 am. I ate standing up at the counter like a local. I had cappuccino and churros. At 7 am it is not too crowded and the service is quick. The... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

On a short visit to Madrid with friends we chose to eat here twice. They seem very popular and provide a large selection of classic tapas, very well prepared, with great efficiency and lots of rustic style. Highly recommended - although it might be confusing for a non-Spanish speaker.

Thank Bruce B
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9 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing,superior quality in each product, everything was delicious. The restaurant was full of people but they serve and attend us so fast. ,la calidad superior, todo muy rico y a pesar de toda la gente que habia nos atendieron y sirvieron bastante rapido.

Thank Meri Z
Jerusalem, Israel
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188 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016 via mobile

Lots of local people eat in the place so decided to join also. The Paella was very nice although themeet was added was not. Very noisy.

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Trier, Germany
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66 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

They day best bocata calamares in town. They are right but to spensive for this. You pay a sucharge of 100% for terrace. If yoi ask for the menue theu dont habe they yried to robery you.

Thank FranciscoJose187514
London, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

We do enjoy visiting at this place. Good was high quality. We ordered bocadillo de calamar, and it was fresh enough. Additionally, we ordered churros and chocolate which both were amazingly good. Price was not bad, we do believe is worth it to eat here. The place is not in the centre but just at one of the biggest train... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

We were tired and did not want to walk far from the hotel. We did not know anything about restaurants in Madrid and how they work. We ended up ordering more food that needed especially that he server did not care and did not want to understand. Food is average, it is good to sit outside and listen to music... More 

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016 via mobile

A little crowded at high tourist season (to be expected) but the food is undeniably fantastic. We tried the classic (seafood) paella and the calamari bread, amazing flavors and done just right. Service was quite good and the complementary ice creams at the end of the meal sealed the deal considering how hot summers in Madrid can get! (Quick note... More 

Thank tunafysh
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

Looking for a place out the atocha Station we full down in a tramp. 3 small tapas out from the frozen and 3 small cañas for 59€. These in an usual bar it have a maximum cost of 12€ but they know we will not return back again ever.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Bar, Mediterranean, Spanish
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine
Open Hours
06:30 - 00:30
06:30 - 00:30
06:30 - 00:30
06:30 - 00:30
06:30 - 00:30
06:30 - 00:30
06:30 - 00:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Plaza Emperador Carlos V 8, 28012 Madrid, Spain
  • Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Community of Madrid  >  Madrid>  > Paseo del Prado
  • Neighbourhood: Paseo del Prado
  • Phone Number: +34 915 28 69 66

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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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