The Finest Food Spain Has to Offer

As the capital of a country with one of the most highly-rated cuisines in the world, Madrid is definitely a great destination for food. But whether you’re in the mood for Spanish food, a regional Spanish cuisine like Galician or Basque, or even international favorites like sushi or Mexican, you’ll find it here. Madrid has lots of places that can’t wait to dazzle your palate. (Do you know how to say “Yum!” in Spanish?)

It’s not all about the food, however, as good atmosphere is key to a restaurant’s success. Luckily, restaurants in Madrid know how to please a crowd with just the right mix of form and function at everything from swanky restaurants built for luxe experiences and special occasions to comfortable, casual restaurants that serve great meals you’ll want to enjoy again and again. 

When in Madrid, do as the locals do: relax, have a glass of wine and savor your meal. Madrid restaurants will never rush you, as life here and its experiences are just to be enjoyed. ¡Salud!


Sobrino de Botin
Photo courtesy of Esetena


Originally founded in 1725 as an inn, Sobrino de Bot�n is recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest restaurant in the world. Sobrino de Bot�n serves up local Madrid and Castilian fare � including roast...  Read More

Chueca & Malasaña
La Isla del Tesoro
Photo courtesy of Carlos Fernandez


A whimsical, romantic vegetarian restaurant, La Isla del Tesoro serves up creative and healthy food beneath dripping candles in an eclectic South Seas shipwreck like setting. For a taste of Spanish puns, order the "Buenrrollito" appetizer....  Read More

El Chaflán


El Chaflán serves premier Spanish nouveau fare. The soft lighting and candles creates an elegant dining atmosphere. For starters, try the lentil soup with squid. Then enjoy a glass of Riesling from Germany. For dessert, choose from a variety of...  Read More



If you are looking for an evening of fine dining, look no further. This very formal restaurant combines luxury and delectable cuisine to create a sensational meal. You can choose from many selections, including grilled filet mignon with...  Read More

La Broche


Now seven years old, the gleaming white La Broche is still the benchmark of hip in Madrid's upscale dining scene. Chef Sergi Arola trained in Ferran Adrià's El Bulli restaurant-cum-food laboratory in Catalonia. He shows the same fascination...  Read More



Chef Abraham Garc�a uses wit and imagination to create new innovative dishes using traditional Spanish recipes. The menu changes regularly, based on seasonal ingredients. One week you may find a salad of exotic lettuce and smoked salmon,...  Read More



O'Pazo is one of the finest Galician seafood restaurants in all of Spain. First opened in 1969, the restaurant was remodeled in 2008. Now the decoration at O'Pazo is elegant, intimate and rather masculine with its dark tones and wood accents. Be...  Read More

Terraza del Casino


This glamorous, old 19th-century restaurant – with its blazing chandeliers, flaky stucco and silver candlesticks – has been given a startling Ferran Adrià makeover. Thus the dishes are startlingly at odds with the decor. Since 1998, the...  Read More



Santi Santamaría – presiding genius at the three-star Racó de Can Fabes in Sant Celoni (near Barcelona) – has named his sleek Madrid operation after his hometown. It is run by his trusted deputy, Óscar Velasco, who worked under...  Read More



Initmate, expensive and exclusive, the wonderful Zalacain is known as one of the very best restaurants in Madrid. Some of the fabulous dishes include stew of scampi in cider sauce, duck in red wine, and lobster salad. If you can't decide, you...  Read More


Meet Sarah Rogers

Born and raised in northern California, Sarah grew up to become an expat, traveler and wordsmith. She spent seven years in Madrid, Spain and now calls Buenos Aires, Argentina home. She has had...  More About Sarah