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Sobrino de Botin

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Address: Cuchilleros, 17, 28005 Madrid, Spain
Phone Number: +34 913 66 42 17
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A really fun and historic place to have lunch or dinner in Madrid. Boasting as the worlds oldest restaurant, the basement was the best place to eat in my opinion as it led to the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 weeks ago
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Plainville, Connecticut
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82 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Because it is a big tourist draw I didn't expect such a good dinner at such a reasonable price. The garlic soup with egg was one of the best soups I've ever had, and my wife loved her squid in black ink. I was less impressed with their signature dish,roast pig, but on balance I have to give it a... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Various travel books, blogs and postings have given this, the Guiness Book of World Records-certified oldest continuously operating restaurant and old haunt of Papa Hemingway, very varied reviews and recommendations run the gamut from "absolutely can't visit Madrid without going" to "see it, snap it and move on." As my reviewing colleagues note, it is touristy - the waiters know... More 

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Lafayette, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Oldest restaurant, blah, blah, Hemingway, blah, blah... yeah, I know. This is a total tourist trap but the food is really, really good! I love the gazpacho here, as well as the suckling pig and roast lamb. This place really is a taste of old Madrid and you won't be disappointed.

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Thank SoniaChan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The restaurant is old and has history. It's really beautiful and the smell from the ovens is out of this world. We had their specialty the roast suckling pig, potato cheese croquetas!! If I lived in Madrid I would eat here every single night.

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West Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 177 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Despite being touristy, this World's Oldest Operating Restaurant served really delicious food. Knowing we're sharing everything between the two of us, the Roasted Lamb came splitted on 2 plates, It was out of this world! It made the squid with rice, though good, tasted ordinary. We're seated in the cave-like basement which was atmospheric. Service is prompt and friendly.

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There can be only one Oldest Restaurant in the World and without a reservation on our final day in Spain I was hoping we could dine here. About twenty minutes prior to the 1:00 opening I asked inside and was told wait about ten minutes outside. Sure enough we were motioned to a table a little while later all the... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was a great luck to find a table to this restaurant. The food was extremelly tasty and the service was the best I ever seen. I think it was a little overpriced but it is fair because of the firm of a world known restaurant. It was a life experience for sure.

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

A really fun and historic place to have lunch or dinner in Madrid. Boasting as the worlds oldest restaurant, the basement was the best place to eat in my opinion as it led to the old world feel. The sangria was good but very sweet, and the roast pig was delicious. Be prepared to spend some money though as this... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

It's stopped to be the oldest continuously operating restaurant in the world so unique to eat there with all the history etc but expensive for what you get. The roast lamb was good as was the suckling pig. Service was swift and efficient rather than relaxed and friendly. Glad we went but it's not somewhere I'd return to.

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Merthyr Tydfil, United Kingdom
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109 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

This restaurant is in the Guinness World Records list as being established in 1725. It certainly is a throwback to a bygone age and is totally atmospheric. Suckling pig and lamb are specialities. We were allowed to walk around the the entire facility and marvelled at the uniqueness of this restaurant. The smells of the food cooked on the log... More 

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Centro
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 desired. The iconic Puerta del Sol is the giant crossroads of the city and a must-see attraction at any time of the day. The nearby Plaza Mayor, completely enclosed by historic red buildings, is an ideal place to grab a bite to eat outside, amidst scores of tables and people out for a stroll. Plaza Isabel II (also known as “Opera”) is smaller and a good meeting spot, and the stately Plaza del Oriente is the front yard of the Royal Palace. Centro can be touristy (pickpockets are unfortuately not unheard-of here), crowded, and sometimes gimmicky, but it is also the place to experience classic Madrid.
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