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Sobrino de Botin

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Address: Cuchilleros, 17, 28005 Madrid, Spain
Phone Number:
+34 913 66 42 17
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13:00 - 16:00
20:00 - 00:00
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 13:00 - 16:00
20:00 - 00:00

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OLDEST RESTAURNT

Went for lunch and sat downstairs in the cave. They also have an upstairs but really enjoyed being in the cave. Service was attentive and the pig was delicious. No vegetables... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Ballarat, Australia
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166 reviews
76 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This restaurant bills itself as the oldest in the world. However one would hope they could change the menu. Extremely poor reditions of classics, served by overly fussy waiters, crowded tables, tourists who dont speak spanish or english, waiter who speak some english...and total distain for the Japanese and other groups no decent explanations of the food choices. The food... More 

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Thank doclisa
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago

I went there for lunch with my wife and daughter. The three of us were seated downstairs in the cave after waiting a short while upstairs for a table. Usually, you need to order a table at this restaurant, but as we were passing by looking for a lunch-place, we recognized the name, Botin. So, we dropped in lunch and... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

World class waiters await you in this world class restaurant.I was lucky to be seated in the celler which added to the experince.The service was first class as was the food.This is good simple food as it used to be.Meat cooked in an oven hundreds of years old and presented simply as it should be, it is not trying to... More 

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Bedford
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267 reviews
99 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went for lunch and sat downstairs in the cave. They also have an upstairs but really enjoyed being in the cave. Service was attentive and the pig was delicious. No vegetables so you need to order one. Definitely think this is a better lunch place than dinner.

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Singapore, Singapore
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59 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Came here because of the history of the place and to compare their roast suckling pig with our Philippine lechon. The place in itself was awesome. It's small, rustic, and you can look at and take photos of the stone oven and roasted pigs. The cochinillo asado and scrambled eggs with sausage were all that we ordered since it was... More 

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Thank eosenriquez
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42 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The places atmosphere is great, keeping the original style of the claim oldest restaurant in the world. The food is ok but not great.

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Thank Jorge D
Hastings, New Zealand
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26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went here for lunch, big portions and Spanish traditional recipes! Friendly staff, lovely ambiance, it was romantic & quiet.

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Gouldsboro, Pennsylvania, United States
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Traditional Spanish food well done. The brick oven is a must see. The place is small and crowded, but is the oldest restaurant in town. Service is good and the sucking pig is great.

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Bracknell
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48 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The menu has not many options and do not expect any suggestions coming from the waiters. The roasted pork is nothing like you would expect from the traditional cuisine. The bar has hardly any options and the place is full of tourists; I think who get drawn in because of history of the place. Will not visit again or recommend... More 

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Thank ROAIL
NYC
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 16 March 2017

Service was great. Lots of locals. We asked the waiter if we could specially order the pig's head and he said:" You want the head? I'll bring you the head". So out came two orders of the pork shoulder, juicy meat and crisp skin, with an added plate of the pig's head split and ready to eat--NO CHARGE.!! We got... More 

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Expansive plazas, local and foreign crowds, street performers, colorful lights, window shopping, restaurant signs promising the best paella, ham, and churros con chocolate- this is downtown Madrid, a collection of plazas interconnected by a network of side streets. Some of these side streets are wide pedestrian shopping routes, and some are hidden, so it's possible to duck in and out of the bustle as desired. The iconic Puerta del Sol is the giant crossroads of the city and a must-see attraction at any time of the day. The nearby Plaza Mayor, completely enclosed by historic red buildings, is an ideal place to grab a bite to eat outside, amidst scores of tables and people out for a stroll. Plaza Isabel II (also known as “Opera”) is smaller and a good meeting spot, and the stately Plaza del Oriente is the front yard of the Royal Palace. Centro can be touristy (pickpockets are unfortuately not unheard-of here), crowded, and sometimes gimmicky, but it is also the place to experience classic Madrid.
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