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El Ingenio

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Calle Leganitos 10, 28013 Madrid, Spain
+34 915 41 91 33
01:30 - 16:00
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Tue - Sun 01:30 - 16:00
Tue - Sat 20:30 - 00:00
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New York City, New York
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43 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 January 2017 via mobile

Although I wanted to like it, I think it is overpriced and the quality is not up to it, I was feeling fancy and dropped by, ordered the cocido soup which is basically a noddle soup, and it was rather small and pretty tasteless, then the solomillo which had good looks and taste but had to much fat so the... More 

Thank Sara D
Leicester, United Kingdom
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79 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 November 2016 via mobile

We were planning to eat in a nearby Italian restaurant but it didn't open until 8:30 so we went for a stroll and came across this little gem. Enticed in by the decor (Don Quijote theme) we enjoyed a tasty home cooked meal. I had the sea bream with salad and really enjoyed it. It was a quiet night as... More 

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259 reviews
153 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 October 2016

This small bar/restaurant is well appointed with linens and souvenirs of Don Quijote artifacts and ornaments, historical photos which make the not long wait for food a pleasure. Wide variety of beverages and large menu. Most enjoyable, and if you sit at the window, you can watch the unfolding everchanging street scene.

1 Thank aladdin_mp
Rugby, United Kingdom
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297 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 May 2016

This restaurant is a bit of a rarity in Spain being quite traditional but very reasonably priced. We ate here twice, on the first occasion we both had roast asparagus with shavings of Manchego followed by peppers stuffed with hake in a delicious sauce. Both excellent. On our second visit we had baked bream and swordfish, both were a little... More 

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Wigan, England, United Kingdom
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96 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 April 2016 via mobile

Walked past several times on our way into city. Very clean looking and traditional. Warm welcome form hostess and sat in window. Menu explained well and good tips from waitress. Food was excellent with perfectly cooked sword fish. Took advice on wine, house red €12.10, and was not disappointed. Overall good night, good service, excellent well cooked food at reasonable... More 

Thank Andrew P
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52 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 April 2016 via mobile

This place has been around for over 50 years. Don Quixote stuff on every wall. The prices were modest while we were close to major sites but off the beaten path. All dishes were made perfectly with no short cuts on quality. No chipped plates. Good linens. Great soup and salads.

Thank Tetragon
Ilminster, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 November 2015

Nearest decent looking restaurant to our hotel. Didn't disappoint - really nice ambiance, family run and very homely/relaxed. Food is simple but very good. Prices ok too. Fantastic, authentic feeling restaurant.

Thank Bugtownboy
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135 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 October 2015

A very nice and lovingly led restaurant, with many little details and great food! The service is excellent and very very friendly.. Better book a table as it is not very big!

Thank arekuna
Munich, Germany
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68 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 August 2015

I am from Madrid and I love this place. I found it by chance as it is very central but in a not even secondary street, and I was so surprised that now I not only go often but recommended to each and every friend. The venue is very well decorated, with El Quijote (the famous book from Cervantes) as... More 

Thank VictorRp1982
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 May 2015

My family and I had been in Madrid for three days and, quite frankly, we were sick of eating tapas and wanted a more substantial, healthier meal. We stumbled upon this gem on one of the side streets and decided to give it a try. I loved the decor of the place - very cute and authentic. The restaurant had... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$21 - US$32
Mediterranean, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
01:30 - 16:00
01:30 - 16:00
20:30 - 00:00
01:30 - 16:00
20:30 - 00:00
01:30 - 16:00
20:30 - 00:00
01:30 - 16:00
20:30 - 00:00
01:30 - 16:00
20:30 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle Leganitos 10, 28013 Madrid, Spain
  • Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Community of Madrid  >  Madrid>  > Centro
  • Neighbourhood: Centro
  • Phone Number: +34 915 41 91 33
Small Spanish restaurant run by the Moran Arteaga family, which opened in November 1960 and prepared using fresh produce great meals in the purest Spanish gastronomic tradition, tapas, soups and stews, meats, fish and desserts
Decorated with all kinds of Cervantes reasons, and with a library of over 40 books of Don Quixote in different languages.

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Staying in Centro

Neighbourhood Profile
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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