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En Busca del Tiempo

Calle Barcelona 4, 28012 Madrid, Spain
+34 915 21 98 01
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  • Excellent37%
  • Very good44%
  • Average11%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible5%
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“t bone steak” (4 reviews)
“jamon” (6 reviews)
“rustic bread” (2 reviews)
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Mediterranean, European, Spanish
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Calle Barcelona 4, 28012 Madrid, Spain
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Reviewed 31 December 2017 via mobile

We went to have breakfast and the menu was very limited plus the service was very slow. The waitress just took the order, served us and brought us the check. We ate the tostadas but they were plain.

Thank dorisjaf
Reviewed 15 December 2017

I was staying at the Hostal Alhambra Suites at Sol, Madrid, about 50 metres away from this restaurant. El Busco provides the complimentary breakfast for guests staying at Alhambra Suites. It’s a full-fledged cozy restaurant with an extension across the street. I can comment only...More

Thank IndiaAnna
Reviewed 6 November 2017 via mobile

We were here in happy hour from 6 to 8 p.m. and got two beers for a price of one and tapas included. Only one type of beer is included in happy hour but for just 2 euros is really good and everytime you order...More

Thank Dajana M
Reviewed 24 October 2017

We went here on our first night in Madrid just for a pre bed drink, ended up staying for 3 hours, great service, generous tapas and take cards

Thank Martyn122
Reviewed 24 July 2017 via mobile

We ordered two meat dishes, both were excellent. Other dishes were good too. The service needs to improve, several orders were forgotten.

Thank Ilan C
Reviewed 20 May 2017 via mobile

We chose this restaurant after reading reviews saying staff were friendly and helpful even if you didn't speak Spanish and the food was very good. Can only comment on the veal t bone, which was lovely, but the waiter was so brusque that we didn't...More

Thank kq698
Reviewed 15 May 2017 via mobile

Restaurant's reputation for steak preceded it and it did not disappoint on that score.The t bone steak was superb although the ordering process was chaotic as my Spanish is almost nonexistent and the waiter we had was abrupt but not rude so result was two...More

Thank KZ7Cambridge
Reviewed 26 April 2017 via mobile

We enjoyed our food during a Real Madrid Barcelona game which which adres to the atmosphere in the restaurant. The food served was excellent! The staff was a bit grumpy. Not certain if this was because of Real losing and/or Barça fans in the bar...More

Thank Bob K
Reviewed 9 April 2017

Having abandoned the idea of eating in Plaza Mayor (too crowded, waitstaff all looked frazzled), we stumbled upon En Busca del Tiempo. It lies along a small, shaded side street between Plaza Mayor and Sol. Basque food, lovely wines and ciders, delicious salads and veal,...More

Thank peterrob92262
Reviewed 13 March 2017

The Best T-bone steak i have eaten in along time The waiter on the second floor of the restaurant very lovely

Thank Sassy-sh
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
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Groups, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Open Hours
08:00 - 01:30
08:00 - 01:30
08:00 - 01:30
08:00 - 01:30
08:00 - 01:30
08:00 - 01:30
08:00 - 01:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle Barcelona 4, 28012 Madrid, Spain
  • Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Community of Madrid  >  Madrid>  > Centro
  • Neighbourhood: Centro
  • Phone Number: +34 915 21 98 01
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