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“Great Food, Americans/Non-Spanish Speaker Beware of the Service”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Extremadura

Extremadura
Ranked #2,989 of 10,542 Restaurants in Madrid
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Spanish
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, After-hours, Dinner, Reservations, Seating
Neighbourhood: Chueca
Houston, Texas
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18 reviews
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“Great Food, Americans/Non-Spanish Speaker Beware of the Service”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2012

To begin, we really enjoyed our time and meal at Extremadura however it ended on a bit of a low note. We found this restaurant walking by and thought the pianist was awesome (which he is!!!) and thought we woud give it a shot. Please keep in mind the staff speak very little English before you read this review.

We had great food and great wine. Upon looking at the menu, we had a slight gulp at what restaurant we had chosen. We didn't make the connection of the name (area of Spain) and food. However, we pulled out our phone and had fun learning about this area of the country and history of food in the region and bought into the Extremadura experience! After puttinng in our order, we were so pleased and excited with our choices. The food is basic but true to the tradition. The flavors were fantastic - chef did a great job!

Now with all that said....Wow...never expected this from the start of the experience. We have been in Spain on vacation for almost three weeks. While I wouldn't consider us fluent, we can get by in Spanish better than most. After we finished the meal, paid the bill and left tip but were finishing our wine, the maitre d' / head waiter decided to get diarrhea of the mouth. While I waited at the bar for the restroom, the waiter made a snide comment to his colleague (in Spanish thinking I wouldn't understand) about us being the Americans that drank too much wine and didn't leave him anything. Little did he know we had left him a generous tip on the table (after the check was paid as normal in the US). He didn't realize we spoke some Spanish so I immediately called him out in Spanish and walked back to my table. He then followed me to our table and apoligized trying to say it was a different table of Americans he was referring to. They had just sat down and he made little sense at this point...clearly it didn't matter whether it was us or them...he was rude and he knew it.

We then told him no worries and left the restaurant where he followed us to the door again apologizing. I truly believe the moment got the best of him where he felt it was a good time to show off to his colleagues. However, we truly respect the Spanish culture or otherwise would not be on vacation here. His actions were very surprising and anyone not speaking Spanish here should go with caution.

  • Visited October 2012
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English first
Essen, Germany
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5 reviews
“A restaurant just for 2”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2012

We've been there on our last night in Madrid. It was a monday night.
The pianist was a bit to loud for just 2 people eating there. But it added a romantic mood.

The food was super delicious.
We didn't had any appetizer or desert cuz it was already more food than we expected (so was the bill).

The personal was kind enough to be patient with our little spanish and gave us the english menu right away.

Visited September 2012
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Thank Han B
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Los Angeles, CA
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Very professional staff and very good food.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2012

I recently went to try their restaurant week menu for 25 Euros. They provide you bread, very delicious port pate, and a refreshing cabbage salad. Then I chose the fried white asparagus then the pan-seared duck breast. The food was soooo good. The space is pretty intimate. It is located in near the Chueca metro station. A very good little place I would totally go back again.

Visited March 2012
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Bristol
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381 reviews
159 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 221 helpful votes
“Very good food, stylish restaurant”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2011

Had dinner here on a Saturday night. We just chanced upon this place. It was a few weeks ago now so can't remember the starter we had, but it was good. We both had roast goat for the main course which was excellent. Also had an excellent bottle of wine Habla 7, I think.

The pianist really added to the atmosphere. The service was very attentive and friendly.

Would go again.

  • Visited April 2011
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Sweden
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28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Looking for a genuine restaurant in the heart of Madrid where the locals go?”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2010

...well then chose Restaurante Extremadura.
The restaurant is typically spanish, bright lights in the ceiling, not especially cosy but with that genuine atmosphere found more and more rarely in restaurants nowadays. We got the last availabe table in the restaurant around 10 pm and the other patrons were locals as far as we could see. An old mas was playing old goodies at the piano, something that made you feel like you've travelled a couple of decades back in time.

The menu offered a wide range of extremaduran food and we ended up chosing their 4 course tasting menu. We did first not notice that wine was included in the tasting menu so we were happily surprised when we were informed that they served a glass of selected wine to each course.
We rounded up with coffee and the complimentary orujo (spanish herb liquor).
The check gave us another surprise. €30 per person... Extremely priceworthy for a full dinner.

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