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The best tapas bars and restaurants in Madrid, Spain

TapasHeading for the Iberian peninsula and Madrid?   Want a few tips on some of the best tapas bars and restaurants in the capital  city?   Make your visit special and  give the  following a try:

Tapas bars:

  • Lhardy –  Carrera San Jerónimo, 8. Founded in 1838, restaurant on first floor and tapas bar at street level, where you can serve yourself.
  • La Trucha –  At the alley by the Teatro Español. Andalusian style with outdoor terrace for dining.
  • La Venencia: Echegaray St. Very authentic, the deep Spain can be found here.
  • Olsen – Prado, 15. Sofisticated tapas, drinks and restaurant.  
  • Casa Lucas –  Cava Baja, 30
  • Almendro 13 –  Cava Baja  
  • La Castela –  Doctor Castelo, 22
  • La Isleta –  Doctor Castelo
  • Estay –  Hermosilla, 46.


  • El Chaflán  – Av. Pio XII, 34 original spanish cuisine within a state-of-the-art environment.
  • Zalacaín  –   Alvarez de Baena, 4 one of the best options for fine dining in Madrid.
  • Sant Celoni  – Paseo Castellana, 57 (Hesperia Hotel) managed by Santi Santamaría.
  • East 47 – Plaza de las Cortes, 10 (Villa Real hotel). Small place with modern and original cuisine, cosy and elegant.
  • Principe de Viana –  Manuel de Falla, 5. Excellent service and quality, traditional.

Just follow the not-written rules: in tapas bars, have a wine with one or two tapas, stay at the counter and mingle with the locals, then head for another bar. In restaurants, don’t book before 9.30pm or you will be the only one in the restaurant. In Rome, do as Romans do. My thanks once again go to Eduardo of Different Spain for compiling this list for A Luxury Travel Blog.

Do you know some of the best places to eat and drink  in other  cities of the world?   If so, please get in touch!

Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson is Editor of A Luxury Travel Blog and has worked in the travel industry for more than 30 years. He is Winner of the Innovations in Travel ‘Best Travel Influencer’ Award from WIRED magazine. In addition to other awards, the blog has also been voted “one of the world’s best travel blogs” and “best for luxury” by The Daily Telegraph.

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  1. ok i saw you have named “estay” as one of the top places to eat in this region. i do wish i could say thanks that my family owns it but unfortunatly we do not. BUT 95% of my family are chefs. Between us all i dont think there was a politictian or actor in hollywood (pre-1985)who hadnt dined on our creations with not just their taste buds either. with the wonderful aromas and works of art that are served to our guests, not a suprise that john wayne tracked our grandmother down years after she moved from CA, juat to have her cater a BB-Q style lunch for him and some friends. But heres the thing i am the youngest of 8 children(and that is just from my dad i cant even count all the cousins and yes i am much younger than most all of them) so when ever i have family over for dinner they end up telling me how to try it another time or worse yet they say nothing not that its bad it just doesnt WOW them so i was wondering if you maybe able to e-mail me a sample menu, even just what you had there. then i can maybe track down pics of the place and have a theme dinner that will really blow them away&maybe they will stop critiqueing all my cooking choices. any ways if not i hope you enjoy your future journeys
    -stacie estay

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