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La Ideal

Calle Botoneras 4, 28012 Madrid, Spain
+34 913 65 72 78
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good39%
  • Average8%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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“calamares” (13 reviews)
“sandwiches” (7 reviews)
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Bar, Spanish, Fast food, Mediterranean
Calle Botoneras 4, 28012 Madrid, Spain
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1 - 10 of 36 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago

Who can argue with 3 euro for a big calamari sandwich, freshly cooked and served with a smile? Not romantic, but a great experience.

Thank MrsSparty
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice and friendly service, good sandwiches and potatoes with hot sauce, tasty olives, cold beer. For two-14e. Fun experience :)

Thank Dina H
Reviewed 12 December 2017

La ideal is real institution in Madrid well known for its calamari sandwich "Bocadillos calamares", the service is good and quick and the sandwiches are large, fresh and tasty.

Thank Wajdi B
La Ideal B, Gerente at La Ideal, responded to this reviewResponded 31 January 2018

Thanks a lot Wajdi! It's great to see you enjoyed our squids! Come back whenever you want to!

Reviewed 7 December 2017

I read a lot about the traditional Calamari sandwich in Madrid, and I also read that I can find a lot of traditional restaurants close to Plaza Mayor. So I chose this restaurant by chance and because its price is close to what's generally recommended...More

Thank Wathiq H
Reviewed 4 December 2017

We went here because many of our friends and tour guide recommended the place. I took two bites out of my sandwich and was instantly disappointed. The first reaction that comes to mind is how dry the toasted bread is, secondly how bland it is...More

1  Thank tuesdaygs
Reviewed 20 October 2017 via mobile

As most reviews have said, they provide quick, tasty squid sandwiches (bocadillos de calamares), among others. The sandwiches are large,and fresh. Don't be afraid to ask for mayonnaise.

1  Thank vectorvictor
Reviewed 14 October 2017

Probably one of the best places to eat a "bocadillo de calamares" and enjoy a "caña". And it's right next to plaza mayor. Cheap, fast, authentic and delicious. What else would you ask for?

Thank Erwan G
Reviewed 10 October 2017

you can't expect more! if you want to try a bocadillo de calamares and you are around plaza mayor...this is the place! it couldn't be more authentic, you will breath the real Spain!

Thank mfre
Reviewed 7 September 2017

While on a walking tour of Madrid, our guide (Tatiana from Ogo Free Walking Tours) recommended "La Ideal" as the best calamari sandwich in all of Madrid, and for less than 3Euro. Neither of us are fond of calamari, but we decided afterwards to give...More

Thank packymag
Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

Grab an iconic sandwich at this no frills restaurant where the calamari is fresh and the bread crunchy. Side of olives was great and all washed down with a cold beer. All thumbs up from me!

Thank JulzAP
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
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Average prices
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
08:30 - 23:00
08:30 - 23:00
08:30 - 23:00
08:30 - 23:00
08:30 - 23:00
08:30 - 23:00
08:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle Botoneras 4, 28012 Madrid, Spain
  • Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Community of Madrid  >  Madrid>  > Centro
  • Neighbourhood: Centro
  • Phone Number: +34 913 65 72 78
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