Review of Some of the Best Restaurants in Madrid
Spaniards dine much later than most other Europeans, especially in the city of Madrid. Take that into consideration when heading to a restaurant at a normal timeSpaniards dine much later than most other Europeans, especially in the city of Madrid. Take that into consideration when heading to a restaurant at a normal time, as you will probably find it closed. Lunch time is between 2-4 pm. and dinner time between 9-11 pm. If you happen to be hungry between meals, there is no problem, because many cafes and bars offer succulent "tapas" along with a drink of beer.
There are thousands of restaurants to choose from in Madrid, from the very high class restaurants and 5 stars hotels, to the local family restaurants.
This is believed to be the oldest restaurant in existence (according to the Guinness Book of World Records). Located very close to la Plaza Mayor is a favorite spot for tourists and nationals alike. You can enjoy their specialty "Carnes a la plancha" or roasted meats.
El Restaurante la Catedral
This restaurant is located in 16, Carrera de San Jeronimo Street. Here you can enjoy their dinner specialties "Lechon al horno" (roasted suckling pig) or "Cordero asado" (roast lamb), all garnished with crispy fried potatoes.
La Taberna del Alabardero
This modern tavern serves Basque cuisine and specializes in "Tapas" or "raciones". It is located close to the Teatro Real.
La Vaca de Argentina Restaurant
This is a Spanish chain restaurant close by the Opera Metro Station, which serves beef from Argentina and various typical dishes like "Morcilla Argentina a la parrilla", or "empanada Argentina". The staff and waiters are very friendly and accommodating and the décor is warm and cozy.
El Museo del Jamon
Yes, this means "museum of Ham" restaurant. People in Spain love ham, know all about it and respect this food as a tradition. There is nothing like a good "bocadillo de jamon" to start the day with. This is also a chain restaurant in Madrid. All the décor features pictures and real hams and cold cuts. It is not too expensive. However, you can even save by eating at the bar, instead of sitting at the salon restaurant.
If you happen to be a vegetarian, there is one very good restaurant that you could try:
Restaurante Vegetariano Artemisa
Near the Sevilla Metro stop, this restaurant offers a nice variety of vegetable dishes, entrees and appetizers. One of their specialties is "Berenjena rebozada" (sliced deep fried breaded eggplant) with a big salad. They also offer organic beers.
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