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Botín, Madrid

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#9 of 69 in Historic Sites in Madrid
Historic Site Tourist Spot
Botín, founded in 1725, holds the Guinness Record for world’s oldest restaurant. It boasts quite a pedigree: Francisco de Goya worked here as a waiter and it’s mentioned in an Ernest Hemingway novel. For a special dinner out, consider the roast suckling pig, or, if you’ve partied until the early morning as Madrid’s residents often do, try the traditional garlic soup with a poached egg. The menu is available in English, and busy evenings here are accompanied by live music. For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Madrid holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Botín and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • This was my second time at Botin and it was just as good as the last time!! Delicious menu .. A heartwarming ambiance and a lovely experience!! The restaurant was a favorite spot for Hemingway and a p...  more »
  • We went to have lunch at this restaurant since we were in the area and the restaurant has a lot of history and very famous. The restaurant looks small from the outside but inside is really specious an...  more »
  • It was our first night in Madrid, and I was able to secure 10pm reservations for us. We were seated downstairs in one of the smaller rooms (3 tables), so it was quite intimate. The restaurant is rich ...  more »
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  • The suckling pig was the best pork in any form I've ever had. I cannot recommend it enough. The waitstaff was wonderfully accommodating. Make sure you get a reservation for dinner as every table was full even at midnight. Try the lemon sorbet for desert as well, it was a perfect light and refreshing end to a tasty meal.
  • Our experience was below average, but I wouldn't call it poor. It's too overpriced and touristy for our liking. We went with friends who were in town visiting that were dead set on going so we gave in, but we were all disappointed in it over all. I'm happy for them for lasting this long, but that alone doesn't make it worth checking out. The service was fine. The food was very average. The steak was not even close to cooked properly the first time and had to be sent back. The ambiance was nothing special. There are so many better places to go in Madrid!
  • The best baby pig ever tried. We got lucky cause we were walking by around 10 minutes before the opening, so with a short line we had our lunch. Service is quick and kind. Great dessert!
  • Absolutely incredible place. To see the best of it though it is essential to book in advance. The cellar part is just amazing. Food is good but not incredible - completely worth going though for the experience.
  • A place for some acceptable traditional spanish cuisine, the piglet is very good but I was not surprised. The cellar where we ate feels cramped and the place apparently gets very busy. It's a restaurant to go to to try some more typical food but the desserts are nothing special.

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