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“Decent - but certainly not the best in Madrid” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Restaurante Kitchen Stories - CLOSED

Restaurante Kitchen Stories
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Child-friendly, Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene
Dining options: Lunch, After-hours, Dinner, Breakfast, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Neighbourhood: Centro
Madison, Wisconsin
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144 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
“Decent - but certainly not the best in Madrid”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2013

Looking for a place to eat on our first night, we found a nice outside table at this restaurant. We were on the side of the restaurant with the stairs leading up to Plaza Mayor. There was a lot of action to watch and that made the meal interesting. The sangria was pretty good and the gin and tonic was generously poured table side.

Food was ok - nothing really memorable or flavorful. We had the hummus and pita chips, tempura and spicy tuna (a little too fishy smelling for me). All were fine but not remarkable.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank katgreen
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144 reviews from our community

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Montreal, Canada
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140 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
“nice outside tables and service, food just ok”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2013

We were hoping that some of the small restaurants on this little street just down the steep stairs from Plaza Mayor would not be tourist traps. We picked this one based on reviews (although most of the places on that street have similar reviews) and a nicely placed open table! Service was friendly and English speaking. No real selection for wines by the glass-the red she recommended was decent, but the only white available barely drinkable. I had the hake, which was our server's recommendation. A nice piece of fish, but somewhat overcooked, with tomato confit that had a bit too much garlic and an ok mushroom pastry. My wife had a salad that was nicely prepared. Nice place to see the action in the square, but there must be better food in the neighborhood somewhere!

  • Visited June 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank wilson17
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82 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
“Great duck cannelloni with cheese sauce”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2013 via mobile

This is the first time I've eaten duck cannelloni, and I have to say it was ally good.
The fillet hake with tomato confit and mushroom pastry with truffle oil was by good too. However, their version of tiramisu for us was a miss. Too much cream but some may like it.

The restaurant was quite empty at around 1pm and the waiter was attentive and polite. This was one of the few places we didn't have to search out the waiters and try to catch their attention for service.

They only had a few seats outdoors so we sat indoors.
All in all a good lunch and we would come back again

Visited June 2013
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Thank clem81
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Food ok, average service”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2013

We had high hopes looking at other reviews and was very excited to try Kitchen Stories even booking before we went to Madrid.

The food was good (childrens menu not great). There was not much atmosphere and there was a long wait in between courses. When they brought the next course they had to clear the plates before they could put down the food. We were told that there was a big demanding party, but seeing as the place was half empty this felt like a bit of an excuse.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank LisaMitch100
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Kauai Hawaii
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74 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Excellent mushroom risotto”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2013

On recommendation from the diner next to me and the waiter as well, ordered the mushroom risoot... Excellent! And the accompaning Roija wine, their house wine, was perfect. My dining partner had the paella which was reported to be good but not great. We shared a tasty lemon cake (called pudding on the menu, but it was a cake) Just outside Plaza Mayor close to Botin restaurant, no hesitations recommending this place!

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Fisher7
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