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“Très très bon”
Review of Restuarant Botin

Restuarant Botin
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Ranked #277 of 11,191 Restaurants in Madrid
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$0 - US$100
Cuisines: Spanish
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, After-hours, Breakfast, Dinner, Delivery, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Centro
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.
Reviewed 30 July 2014 via mobile

One of the greatest spanish restaurant. Very good food : "jamon de belleta", Ribera del duero wine, tomatoes, patatas a lo pobre...for lunch or dinner, you can't miss it

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Reviewed 30 July 2014

Ok. Lots of reviews on this famous restaurant. Not a lot to add except to say that this is a slow-roasted meat operation. They roast a lot of lamb and pork for a long time and serve lot of platters of it each and every meal. If you do not like slow roasted meat and lots of it, this is not your spot. There are not a lot of creative preparations. They serve VERY large portions of food. We ordered one suckling pig and one lamb for three hungry people and it was WAY too much. I would suggest one order for each of two people, maybe three if one is light eater. There are some roasted vegetables that were pretty good but is not going to look like nor feel like anything close to a farm to table restaurant. the service staff is efficient and used to moving large amounts of individual parties and very large groups in and out of the restaurant. If this sounds like your spot, you will enjoy this version of a Spanish dining experience. We had a nice evening out.

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Reviewed 30 July 2014 via mobile

As we stepped inside and realized it was the world's oldest restaurant there was a thrill. We hardly had to wait ten minutes before being given a table. The chicken roast was excellent. Though prices are steep it's worth a visit. Very central.Good service!

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Thank SarkarR
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Reviewed 29 July 2014

You know this one is a tourist trap before you even set foot in it. Doorman didn't make eye contact or greet us, just opened the door. The staff were nice and very efficient but their agenda was to feed us fast and turn over the table asap. The decor is what one would expect from a building of that age, and to be fair, was attractive and authentic in appearance. Most diners seemed to be American or Asian.

The restaurant speciality, roast suckling pig, was tasty enough but came without any sort of sauce or gravy and just 3 plain potatoes. And a price tag of €25. We also had sole, €26, which comprised of sole and boiled potatoes, no adornment or accompaniment. Wine was averagely priced and desserts, which looked as though they were shop bought, were €7 or so. It was all edible and quite forgettable.

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Reviewed 28 July 2014

Founded in 1725, El Sobrino de Botin is said to be the oldest restaurant in the world! Hemingway mentions it at the end of his novel, "The Sun Also Rises." I had the suckling pig, and it was "ok." The suckling pig is what Hemingway mentions at the end of his novel... so I just had to try it!! The gazpacho was the best I had in Spain. The atmosphere was unique and overall it was a wonderful dinner. You absolutely pay for the atmosphere, the food is alright, but how cool to know it was founded in 1725 and Hemingway at there!! If this does not interest you, then pass... I'm sure there are many other expensive places to eat with better food. But my friends and I enjoyed it very much!

Thank Katie S
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