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#161 of 8,827 Restaurants in Madrid
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££ - £££
La Latina
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Calle Ruda 5 | next to Plaza de Cascorro, 28005 Madrid, Spain
+34 913 65 52 41
11:00 - 17:00
20:00 - 00:00
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Wed - Sat 20:00 - 00:00
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Palma de Mallorca, Spain
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25 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It is a Must if you want to eat a great cocido Staff is really friendly Food can not be better Restaurant decoration is also great Located in La Latina area is one of the oldest restaurants in Madrid and the best place to eat a Cocido in Madrid Do not miss it

Thank TourguidesMallorca
Bucharest, Romania
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016 via mobile

The best place in town for a real traditional feel of spanish and Madrid cuisine. The local craft beer - Malacatin is a must, as well as the hocido madrileno, the house speciality.

Thank Calin_Cindea
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9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016 via mobile

One of the oldest bars in Madrid. Everything is unbelievable authentic. The taste of the food, their own beer, the photos and the paintings in the bar. Great experience.

Thank Sebastian C
Paris, France
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500 reviews
232 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 177 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

Very traditional and authentic restaurant in a historic neighborhood. Only Spanish dishes and no English spoken. Try their cocido stew and typical desserts. Tip 1: ask for the set menus, which provide best value. Tip 2: book a table in advance so you don't have to eat standing up at the counter.

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Merthyr Tydfil, United Kingdom
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113 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

This was the third tapas bar we visited as part of a tapas tour with our guide Gonzalo from feelthecity tours. The decor and atmosphere was outstanding. Apparently it is always packed so don't be put off. Most of the tables are booked beforehand so we ate at the bar. The choice of tapas, wine and beer was extensive. A... More 

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Walnut Creek, California
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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

Malacatin was found by accident, by our son's favored young lady who is half-Spanish, and she was trying to navigate to a tapas place in the area that they had been to 3 years before. This was after 8pm, well into Madrid's din The doorway looked familiar in this little alleyway, and we invited ourselves in. Luckily they had room... More 

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Naples, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

If you go to Madrid this is the one meal you have to have. Yes there is more food than you will ever eat and no you can't share or take food home. Now that is out of the way, come hungry, stay as long as you want, and enjoy an amazing meal. Michael the bartender is super friendly and... More 

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Leander, Texas
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578 reviews
324 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 167 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

Make a reservation in advance and come hungry. We wanted to try the Cocido Madrileno and we were so happy - our biggest problem was we were not prepared for the quantity of food coming our way. And not just quantity quality and excellent flavors. It seemed lie the food courses just would not stop so by the time the... More 

Thank wacotom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016

Specialist in cocido Madrileño (Madrilian Stew) they will invite you if you are abel to finish the order they bring you. In the heart of Madrid you need to reserve in advance and one of best experiences is Madrilian Food. Don´t breakfast this day!

Thank Jorge A
Malacatin, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Malacatin, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your visit and for enjoying our Cocido. We hope to see you soon again. Best regards! More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2016 via mobile

Hmmm well first they try to sell you a large more than you can eat on white table cloth. Then sell you a fixed price menu which includes ...... But when you pay its al la carte. And that wine you were told was included is now extra as etc The famous dish is chick peas with a fat and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$20 - US$1,061
Spanish, Soups
Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 - 17:00
11:00 - 17:00
11:00 - 17:00
20:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 17:00
20:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 17:00
20:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 17:00
20:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle Ruda 5 | next to Plaza de Cascorro, 28005 Madrid, Spain
  • Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Community of Madrid  >  Madrid>  > La Latina
  • Neighbourhood: La Latina
  • Phone Number: +34 913 65 52 41
Located in the most typical area of Madrid next to Plaza de Cascorro, this tavern founded in 1895 continues the tradition of cuisine in its fourth generation.
The “Cocido Madrileno” is the hallmark of our house, for it enjoys an excellent reputation. It's long, rich and generous. Served in three times, we make it with best quality ingredients cooked in traditional style, to extract the best flavors and make a unique dining experience..

For those who prefer to enjoy an aperitif in the bar, we offer a wide variety of tastings - of “Cocido” and other delicacies- rations and even toasts as accompaniment to any snack. And of course, soup, essential.

In addition, Thursday and Friday we open for dinner at an exceptional atmosphere. For this we have prepared an special Menu that will delight the most discerning palate. This includes “Cocido”, served with the same care.

To achieve an excellent marriage we have prepared a complete wine list, with a wide variety of choices for all tastes. Likewise, for the desktop, we also have gins letter that includes the most recognized brands worldwide.

Our history
Small, lively and anxious to succeed, Julian Diaz arrives in Madrid in 1893, from Horcajo de Santiago (Cuenca) to stay with some acquaintances who run a small drinks business, to work as a delivery boy.
In 1895, after two years, he considers himself ready to be independent and starts a shop in a cul-de-sac in Ruda street number 5, where there is no water or gas light. Oil lamps illuminate the small wine shop which opens its doors at six in the morning, its "customers" being, bakers, drapers, bricklayers... who drink small glasses of herbs and lemon liquor, and the "soft" one.
Already married to Maria, the woman who gave him 12 children, only two were male, he continues his small business with success which was already known to "the girls", women who, due to the number, live and run it there.
A poor man, whose only obsession was his guitar, used to visit the place almost every day. He was known as Malacatin and the staff and the owner of the premises liked him a lot.
The beggar only had in his repertoire one simple melody:

"Tin, tin, tin, Malacatin tin,tin,tin" but with which he managed to get his little glasses of wine from Mr Julian who then went to be known as Julian of Malacatin.
The years passed, until Mr Julian transferred the business to his youngest daughter, Florita, who after been married to Isidro, decided to give their business a commercial name; and what better name than the one of that beggar and his familiar history: Malacatin.
It is the nineteen fifties and this couple from Madrid and Leon decide to improve their business, adding to the wines and glasses of liquor, fried food and later cooked food.
With this cooking they took chickpea stew to its highest level, with which now his daughter Conchi and grandson Jose Alberto triumph after 120 years since the tavern of Mr Julian was established, always treating their customers with familiarity and pleasantness in the same way as the beggar Malacatin was treated.

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La Latina
La Latina is a charming neighbourhood with two unique personalities. At first glance, it’s distinctly old-world, with narrow streets weaving a maze among charming stone buildings in sunny, bright colors like yellow and pink. The other side of La Latina is characterized by a young population and a bohemian vibe, as evidenced by a dynamic and evolving selection of new bars, shops, coworking spaces, and other businesses popping up in the area. In the northern part of the neighbourhood, the Cava Alta and Cava Baja streets constitute the tapas center of Madrid, where each age-old restaurant serves up distinctive specialties like huevos rotos and patatas bravas. Locals have come here for generations to while away hours over drinks and tapas with friends. On Sundays and public holidays, the streets to the south of La Latina metro station transform into a giant open-air market full of locals sifting through tent after tent of art, apparel, and antiques. Any day of the week, the intriguing blend of the traditional and the hip make the streets of La Latina worth exploring.
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