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Restaurante Viva Madrid

Calle Manuel Fernandez y Gonzalez 7, 28014 Madrid, Spain
+34 914 20 35 96
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  • Excellent34%
  • Very good44%
  • Average12%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible6%
Travellers talk about
“tripe stew” (2 reviews)
“tapas” (19 reviews)
“potato salad” (2 reviews)
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Spanish, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly
££ - £££
Calle Manuel Fernandez y Gonzalez 7, 28014 Madrid, Spain
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11 - 20 of 87 reviews

Reviewed 29 March 2017

We had used Context private tour guide service earlier in the day and our guide recommended this place as one of his dependable places. The place did not disappoint. We were greeted by a very friendly server and were seated right away in the back...More

Thank Cubs2015
Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

We had dinner here as part of an EF student tour. The food was good and tasty. Most people had seconds on the soup. The boiled vegetables were good as was the meat. Some of the students were turned off that the meat (stew) had...More

Thank mjm814
Reviewed 27 January 2017

I had a special tapa here for gastroletras festival and it was very good. I really enjoyed also the atmosphere of this place.

Thank Diana P
Reviewed 21 November 2016

Chose this at random because we were tired, other places nearby were full and this wasn't, so were surprised to find it authentic and very good. Bar in the front, restaurant at the back. Those male Spanish waiters who just find out exactly what you...More

Thank verity1
Emilio , Propietario at Restaurante Viva Madrid, responded to this reviewResponded 2 December 2016

Hi, thank you very much for you kind words, it is always a pleasure for us when we are able to satisfied our clients needs. We hope to see you again in a near future. Kind regards, Viva Madrid team.

Reviewed 1 November 2016 via mobile

We sat outside at this charming restaurant and enjoyed the vibrant scene. We started with mussels and shared the seafood paella which I highly recommend. Great service and food.

Thank jenw96
Emilio , Propietario at Restaurante Viva Madrid, responded to this reviewResponded 2 November 2016

Hi, thank you very much for visiting us and for your kind words. We hope to see you again. Kind regards,

Reviewed 18 September 2016

After a few hours walking around Madrid in the heat of a September day this place was excellent for a quick drink. The service was excellent and prices reasonable.

Thank David T
Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

Nice little stop for Sangrias and Tapas. The staff was friendly and the location a great spot for a drink. Thanks

Thank Tracy L
Reviewed 9 September 2016 via mobile

We had a deal diner which included paella, jar of sangria and desert for 35€. The vegetable paella was excellent, the one with the beef was very good. The sangria was very good. The desert was just good

Thank Lior T
Reviewed 22 August 2016

We stumbled on this charming little restaurant tucked away in a little side street in central Madrid. As the title of this review suggests, it was an incredible find. The best meal of our entire stay in fact. We promised our children a real, home-cooked...More

Thank Msholidayaddict
Reviewed 12 August 2016 via mobile

For the last 20 years we have returned to Viva Madrid whenever we were in Madrid. Excellent drinks, kind service and unchanged atmosphere.

Thank hjmaskos
Also known as Barrio de las Letras, Huertas was once
home to prominent literary figures, Miguel de
Cervantes and Lope de Vega among them. The
neighbourhood is committed to celebrating its rich
heritage: Calle Huertas itself is inlaid with quotes
from celebrated authors, street names pay homage to
them, and second-hand bookshops pervade. Huertas
receives a fair amount of spillover from the center —
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$22 - US$39
Dinner, Lunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer
Good for
Romantic, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle Manuel Fernandez y Gonzalez 7, 28014 Madrid, Spain
  • Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Community of Madrid  >  Madrid>  > Huertas
  • Neighbourhood: Huertas
  • Phone Number: +34 914 20 35 96
  • E-mail
Founded in 1856 as a tavern, Viva madrid is a very well known centenary restaurant with more than 150 years of history. It still has the facade with colorful ceramic and the famous "Plaza Cibeles" is the inspiration of this magnificent piece of art hand painted by the Casa Mensaque in late 1920's. It is located very close to the Plaza Santa Ana, in the side of the Spanish Theatre in the heart of Barrio de las Letras, downtown. Home and inspiration of the most famous and renowned writers of the Spanish literature, like Miguel de Cervantes, Lope de Vega, Francisco de Quevedo among others. The Restaurant offers a great selection of Spanish tapas and one of the best Madrilean and Spanish cuisine. It has evolved to the rhythm of the walkers who decide to wander through the streets of the old Madrid. During the day, the tapas and the traditional vermouth hour, makes us discover this historic and well-mantained restaurant. At lunch time, the Spanish cuisine dishes with innovative touches, remind us of the old traditional spanish cuisine. Overnight, our cocktails allows us enyoing a perfect dinner in a magnificent Spanish restaurant with more than 150 years of history in a unique setting.
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