For anyone coming out to Spain in the near future, here is a list of our favorite restaurants and wine bars in Madrid. Enjoy!
Great restaurants in Madrid:
Inexpensive and Trendy with Creative or Inspired chefs:
"Maceira"- you will love this boistrous, charming Galician joint, very
atmospheric with wine barrels, hand painted menus, and amazingly good value on seafood. If you like fishy stuff, then you must order: Pulpo (octupus, galician style with olive oil and paprika), the Mejillones (mussles), and do order the "tabla de quesos" (cheese board, very good here.) The only wine you want to order here is the best stuff, Martin Codax Albarino, very classy white reminscent of Viognier. The wine is served in traditional porcelain bowels, very rustic and atmospheric. I love this place as it is so Spanish, very noisy, happy and with superb food. No English is really spoken, although they have introduced an English menu. They don't take bookings, so get there around 8:45-9:15 for a table. If you are stuffed after the meal, order the "orujo de miel" which is like a semi sweet grappa, made with honey, and amazingly effective as a digestive.
Ave: 20 euros max per person
Address: calle Huertas, n. 66, Metro Sevilla, Tel: 91 429 5818
"La Musa Latina"- very trendy, creative Tapas, buzzy music, stylish crowd. Best wine to order: Guelbenzu, from
Navarra (red), best tapas: jabali glaseado (wild boar with sublime honey
sauce), surtido de ensaladas (great Tapas of three different salads, all
with gourmet ingredients), crepes de txangurro (crab crepes). They don't
take bookings, so for dinner, get there around 9PM for a table. English
Ave: 20-25 euros per person
Address: Costanilla de San Andrés, metro; la Latina, 12. Teléfono: 91 354
"La Cueva de Gata" (the cat's cave) - a little fancier than the previous
2, and with a beautiful small vaulted dining area underneath the main
restaurant. Ask for "la cueva". Food is stylish, well presented, with a very good wine list. I eat here regularly and bring clients, as it is very good value for Madrid.
Ave: 30-40 euros per person
Address: c/Moratin, 19, Metro: Anton Martin, Tel: 91 360 09 45
My favorite- Santo Mauro- This place is to die for. It's a restaurant
located in a 19th century old library inside of an aristocrat's mansion that has been transformed into a small luxury hotel. The sommelier's name is Alfonso Gutierrez, and he is excellent, really friendly but professional. He won the "Golden Nose" award last year. The food here is superb, and the setting really intimate with only a few tables. Let Alfonso choose your wine, he's fabulous and doesn't just pick the most expensive bottle. He knows his stuff and really understands pairing food and wine. A funny tidbit: David Beckham, the famous British soccer player who has just signed onto Real Madrid, stays here when he comes to the city. Don't miss this special place during your Madrid visit.
Ave: 80-150 euros per person. (depending on the wine!)
Address: calle Zurbano, n. 36. Tel: 91 319 6900, take a taxi here as it is
hard to find, on a tiny street in the very pretty neighborhood of "Barrio
Salamanca" where all of the embassies are.
La Terraza del Casino- worth going if only for the view over Madrid's
downtown lovely Gran Via area. Very regal building, immaculate service. The food is excellent as well, haute cusine, and it is one of the few places in Spain to have a famous female sommelier. Whatever you do, get your table on the terrace. They have a Tasting Menu for about 75 euros, not including drinks which is probably the best way to try a bit of everything. Defintely worth a dinner here.
Ave: 100-150 euros per person
Address: calle Alcala, n. 15, smack right in the middle of downtown, very
close to The Palace. Tel: 91 532 1275
Terrabacus: Small, elegant bar with excellent Tapas made of top ingredients (Foie Gras, mebrillo (Quince), Roquefort and Cabarales (Spanish Blue cheese), etc. In the Barrio Salamanca, fancy part of town, very swish. Tremendous amount of wines available by the glass.
Ave: 30-35 euros per person
Address: c/ lagasca, 74, 902 100 903 www.terrabacus.com
El Gran barril- trendy New York style bar with great tapas and seafood, and many wines by the glass. they have a Cigar room as well.
c/ Goya, 107, Tel: 91 431 2210
Note: the area code for Spain is 34
Enjoy Madrid's fabulous Food!