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Restuarant Botin

#247 of 8,909 Restaurants in Madrid
Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
Neighbourhood:
Centro
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Calle de los Cuchilleros 17, 28005 Madrid, Spain
+34 913 66 42 17
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13:00 - 16:00
20:00 - 00:00
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Sun - Sat 13:00 - 16:00
20:00 - 00:00
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Oslo, Oslo, Norway
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2012

I heard this was a restaurant we had to visit if we went to Madrid- we did, and regretted it.. It was ok, not any better. But if you go, you should ask for at table in the basement, its a bit like a cave- really cool.

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Boston
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58 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2012

While in Madrid, we got a bit burned out on tapas - too many huevos rotas! - and decided to look for some fine dining. After some Googling, we decided to try Botin, advertised as, yes I know you've read it, the oldest continuously running restaurant in the world. Hey, if its been around that long, it must be good... More 

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Leyland, United Kingdom
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41 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2012

Visited botin today after hearing great reviews about the place, went for the suckling pig which I thought you actually got a decent amount if not the lot, very disappointing! crackling was not as crispy as what I can make bk home in the uk, served with 3 hard potatoes and that's it! My partner had lamb which was very... More 

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Singapore
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134 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 170 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2012

Charming place but really expensive! Their suckling pig is the best here, but I order the squid in it's own ink and clams was so so... 3 dishes with half liter of Sangria cost 88 Euro for 2 of us.

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Sao Paulo, SP
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217 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2012

The Restaurante Botin is in the Guinness Book because is the oldest restaurant in the world. This isn't beyond any doubt and many researchers affirm that the oldest restaurant is Mankamero, located in Kyoto, Japan. Anyway the Botin is very old (1725) and is now very famous for the fantastic "cochinillo" (crispy pork). I and my wife tryed the set... More 

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Galway, Ireland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2012

Food has always been super important for me.. and there s no holiday/trip without good food.. i was there with 2 friends and did push them to come for dinner @ Botin.. the place is very touristic but still quite charming, really lovevely inside (we were in the basement).. service is quite good.. I ve got the Pork and it... More 

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Hamilton Parish, Bermuda
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41 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2012

Make sure you get reservations in advance. We saw several people rebuffed while we waited for the doors to open. The garlic soup and suckling pig set menu is the most common and did not disappoint. While the soup was better than expected, the pig was a little underwhelming. Could have had more juice and flavor. Still, can't pass through... More 

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Oslo, Norway
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38 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2012

Having heard about Botin as the oldest restaurant, I had a lot of expectation. But it turned out that the food is average. Our table's next to a noisy tourist group which we fell disturbing. It may be worth a visit to see the oldest restaurant, but high expectaions risk not met.

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mintchip21
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2012

We loved our Botin experience. We went at midnight, which was when we could get a reservation at the oldest restaurant in the world! But it was packed. We told them it was our honeymoon (Luna de miel) and they gave us champagne. The food was wonderful -- I had the simple grilled fish and it was perfection. It's touristy... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2012

the price was a bit top heavy but the food was very nuch worth it would defo go back

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$100
Cuisine
Mediterranean, European, Spanish, Soups
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
13:00 - 16:00
20:00 - 00:00
Monday
13:00 - 16:00
20:00 - 00:00
Tuesday
13:00 - 16:00
20:00 - 00:00
Wednesday
13:00 - 16:00
20:00 - 00:00
Thursday
13:00 - 16:00
20:00 - 00:00
Friday
13:00 - 16:00
20:00 - 00:00
Saturday
13:00 - 16:00
20:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle de los Cuchilleros 17, 28005 Madrid, Spain
  • Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Community of Madrid  >  Madrid>  > Centro
  • Neighbourhood: Centro
  • Phone Number: +34 913 66 42 17
Description
Botin is the oldest restaurant in the world according to the Guinness Book of Records. Located in the heart of Madrid, at the foot of the Arco de Cuchilleros and next to the Plaza Mayor, it was founded in 1725 and was a meeting place for Madrid's bohemian and literary set. Botin offers Madrid-style hospitality in a convivial and friendly setting, with traditional decor. The restaurant prides itself on using the finest ingredients accredited by the respective quality marks in order to offer guests traditional recipes that have been passed down from father to son over the years, cooked in a natural and artisan way. Its specialties include roast suckling pig and lamb cooked in traditional Castilian style in a wood-fired oven that has been in use since 1725. Botin treats all its diners the same - whether politician, famous artist or its neighbourhood regulars.

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Staying in Centro

Neighbourhood Profile
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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