10 Best Seafood Restaurants You'll Find in the Spanish Capital

Though Madrid is located smack dab in the center of Spain and has no coasts of its own, don’t let that fool you. The Spanish capital has a great many quality seafood restaurants that pay homage to Spain’s rich culinary specialties like seafood studded Valencian style paella; fresh Galician mussels, scallops, cod, octopus and squid; and Andalusian style shrimp and battered fried fish. All washed down with great red and white Spanish wines of course.

Try the restaurant O’Pazo for a relaxed, elegant evening feasting on Galician specialties, or Arrocería Gala for a fun group meal of seafood paella and sweet Spanish wine. Then if you are looking for to be transported to the thrill of the high seas, go for the ship themed restaurants La Dorada, with its Malaga style fish, or La Trainera, with its fresh seafood and its portholes in the walls.

If you desire a more informal seafood meal though, opt for the traditional Marisquería Cervecería El Cantábrico, where you can really let your hair down, so to speak. And if you crave a formal dining experience with white jacketed waiters, try the Restaurante Casa Rafa instead. But whichever seafood restaurant in Madrid you choose, I think you will be thoroughly delighted: the only thing missing will be the ocean view. 

The restaurant's name is derived from its specialty, trout ("trucha"). One visit here and you'll see why the name is so appropriate. Other masterful dishes include black sausage, the smoked variety plate, Galician ham, fried fish from Malaga,...  Read More

Marisquería Cervecería El Cantábrico opened in the Salamanca neighborhood in 1948 and has been serving seafood and beer ever since to a predominantly male crowd. The restaurant and bar has a traditional decor with pretty blue ceramic tiles on...  Read More

Arrocería Gala
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Arrocer�a Gala (previously called Champagneria Gala) is a Spanish paella and rice restaurant located in Madrid's Literary Quarter. There the main dining room is decorated like a festive outdoor patio while the newer dining room is...  Read More

Located beside lovely Retiro Park, Restaurante Casa Rafa is a pleasant upscale seafood restaurant that has been serving excellent grilled seafood in Madrid for over 50 years, though it doesn't look it as the dining room has been renovated. The...  Read More

Chueca & Malasaña

A far cry from the usual seafood restaurant décor of crusty old fishing nets, oars and plastic crabs, El Bogovante offers a sharp modern take. Set in an artfully lit basement space, its shell-pink walls are swirled with the silhouettes of...  Read More

Chueca & Malasaña

Full of diners gleefully cracking lobster legs and crab claws, this is a noisy, hands-on seafood joint that's bad news for your dry-clean-only swank outfits. The northwest area of Galicia is famous for its seafood, a culinary style celebrated...  Read More

This was the British painter Francis Bacon's favorite restaurant choice when he was in Madrid and has been considered one of Madrid's finest for decades. The emphasis here is fresh, good quality seafood, and the menu includes sole, turbot,...  Read More


At La Dorada you can enjoy a great formal meal set amidst the restaurant's boat cabin themed décor and brick and wood paneled walls. The crowd is a mix of local businessmen, families and couples. La Dorada's exquisite menu features excellent...  Read More

This highly recommended restaurant, which resembles a Valencian-style country house inside, is popular with both Madrid's residents and its tourists. The restaurant is divided into several dining areas, each of which is decorated with a touch of...  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


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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