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Botín, Madrid

Categories: Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
Inspirock Rating:
3.9/5 based on 800+ reviews on the web
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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  • I loved. Considered the oldest restaurant in the world by the Guinness Book, Botin has a rustic and cozy. The service is excellent, the food and the wine list is very good. Advance booking required, in my case, I made 1 month in advance. Upon arriving, prefer a table at the bottom, it's like a cave. Recommend.
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  • Have your hotel phone to make reservations for you as you can't get in without them..Lunch time is the best time to go when you can eat without being hurried. Francisco was our first waiter. He and ev...  read more »
  • Some years ago I ate here and it was a nice site, a few days ago I was with a relative who made him illusion that being the oldest restaurant and its fame, and was a total disappointment, very high prices, with a quality that I would describe it as mediocre, painful suckling pig, and the quality of the service left much to be desired. Today it seems a tourists trap and little else.
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  • Dreadful! Shepherded into a pokey back room (accessed through the kitchen!) with appalling service and presented with a ghastly fish dish costing 21euros. Definitely thumbs down to this establishment... Best to stick to the fabulous tapas bars and restaurants in Madrid!
  • While in Spain seventeen years ago with my family, including my then three-year-old daughter, we went to Restaurant Botin several times for dinner. We would always order the strawberries and cream for my daughter, who loved them. In the years following our trip, we would always remind my daughter about her love of the strawberries and cream. This summer, my daughter traveled to Spain on an educational trip. With much anticipation, my daughter returned to Botin to relive her joyful experience of eating a much loved dessert. However, when she tried to order just dessert, she was advised that she had to order something else, so she ordered soup. Unfortunately, that was not sufficient, either. She was told that she needed to order a larger meal or leave because they had people waiting. My daughter left in humiliation, and what was once a fond memory has been completely obliterated by the shabby, rude, and disrespectful treatment she received.
  • Good, not great. Everything that comes from their oven is very good. Service is fast but not very polite (maybe it's OK for Spanish standards). A bit pricy but it's not your everyday restaurant. Reservations are recommended.
  • The service was AMAZING. The wine selection was very large and the food was magnificent. Hard to get a table unless you come after 9:00pm. Great pit stop for a solo traveler!
  • Listed by Guiness World of Records, as the world's oldest restaurant. Botín has been roasting meats from its original Castilian-style cast iron wood burning over since 1725. The 4 floors restaurant is constantly pack and a reservation is recommended. Psst...: they are also listed on @Forbes 10 great classic restaurants worth visiting.
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