Madrid has a significant number of top-notch restaurants that rely on seasonal produce, offering carefully prepared dishes while at the same time trying to preserve the taste of the original ingredients as much as possible. This restaurant concept departs from the formalism of large halls, but offers a high quality of both the food itself and the service.
In this section, we will describe several bars and restaurants distinguished by their quality, the use of excellent raw materials, and carefully crafted menus that take into account the freshness of seasonal delicacies.
Among the many restaurants of seasonal cuisine in Madrid are: Restaurant Lakasa de Sewag Martin with its creative cuisine, the highest quality of service and an impeccable wine list; Taberna Pedraza, with dishes from different parts of Spain; Met-bibre and Media Racion restaurants with a good mix of creative and traditional cuisine; Treze, which specializes in small game; Moratin, an elegant vinotheque with a small selection of dishes, but all dishes here are of excellent quality; Triciclo, with its highly successful idea of half servings and third servings; Bistronomika, with excellent fish dishes; La Buena Vida, which is always prepared with the highest quality raw materials; La Tasqueria, for those who want to taste offal dishes, as well as great places to to taste the vegetables and salads of Madrid – La Huerta de Tildela, La Manduca de Azagra or Huerta Carabana. We can also recommend restaurants that offer interesting game dishes, such as Arce, Desencaja or Nog-tensio.
Halfway between seasonal cuisine and signature cuisine, restaurants such as Fismuler, Amazdnico, Bibo and Carbon Negro can be a win-win decision. If you prefer establishments where wine is as important as great food, Lavinia, Angelita and A’ Barra are worth a visit. The wine list of the latter also includes a rich selection of fortified and champagne wines.
In Santerra and Pinera restaurants we can find excellent cuisine and taste it both at the bar and in one of its cozy halls; at La Bomba Bistrot you can enjoy the finest gourmet rice dishes, while at Taberna de Viav61ez you can enjoy the traditional flavors of Spanish cuisine obtained through innovative recipes. In Madrid, it is worth trying various marinades, and two places where you can taste them are Taberna Verdejo and Tamara Casa Lorenzo.
Restaurants with a century of history
The association of restaurants and taverns with a century of history of the city of Madrid includes twelve establishments that have a history of more than a century and have been able to maintain their values, traditions and quality throughout this time, as well as to keep the best secrets of the Madrid cuisine.
The history of Spain is written within the walls of the oldest taverns and restaurants in Madrid. Many of these old establishments offer the very best in traditional local cuisine and are famous for the famous people who visit them today. They are a wonderful example of constant work and careful attitude to customers for several generations.
The opportunity to walk through their halls turns into an amazing journey through time:
Lhardy, the first luxury restaurant in Madrid, was founded in 1839. In its magnificent halls, the visitor can taste one of the most popular Madrid cocidos in the city. At the Bodega de la Ardosa (1892) we recommend trying the famous potato tortilla, and at the Botin Restaurant (1725) its famous roast pig.
In Cafe Gijon (1888), the site of the most important literary debates in the capital of the first half of the 20th century, callos in Madrid should be especially noted. Continuing the literary theme, it is also worth mentioning the Casa Alberto restaurant, located in the building in which the most famous writer in the history of Spain, Miguel de Cervantes, wrote some of his books, and where meatballs and stewed beef tail are undoubtedly a good choice.
A rich list of traditional Madrid recipes offers us great dishes in all these establishments with centuries of history. We can give many examples: The typical chicken roast (gallina en pepitoria, Casa Ciriaco restaurant, founded in 1887), shrimp in garlic sauce or grilled from La Casa del Abuelo (1906), lamb roast from Posada de la Villa (1642) or the popular version of cocido in Malacatm (1895). Also not to mention the classic “gypsy pot” (olla gitana) of the Taberna de Antonio Sanchez (1830) and the various cod dishes offered by Casa Labra (1860). In addition, Casa Pedro (1702) in Fuencarral offers wines from its beautiful cellar to wash down these classic Spanish dishes.
Taste, tradition and scenery
Madrid is more than just a city of the same name. Proof of this is its rich historical, cultural and natural heritage, distributed throughout the area of the Autonomous Community. Less than an hour’s drive from the city center you can find tourist areas of great interest and can please the traveler with their rich gastronomic traditions, which cannot be missed when visiting the capital.
The Autonomous Community of Madrid has a lot to offer. Any excuse to visit new places in the Autonomous Community, see the sights and enjoy great food… and sometimes the reverse order is possible – first the food, then the sights. In any case, no matter how we do it, our region can offer wonderful fruits and vegetables from our own gardens and orchards, excellent meat, thick and hearty traditional dishes, berries and mushrooms with excellent taste and smell, a rich selection of cheeses and beer from local breweries. recognized both within the region and beyond. So it is worth enjoying one day full of pleasure. Or two. Or three…
On the following pages you will find many interesting opportunities to taste the local cuisine, both in the World Heritage cities and in many other municipalities, which we have divided into four large areas. In the practical information at the bottom of each page, you will find, along with the name and website address of each establishment, the name of the city or municipality in which it is located.