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Ex Libris

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Calle Infantas 29, 28004 Madrid, Spain
+34 915 21 28 28
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13:30 - 16:00
20:30 - 23:30
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20:30 - 23:30
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Pisa, Italy
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49 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had dinner here, following a friend advice, but we were really disappointed. The took the degustation menu and we were all disappointed by the low quality of the food. The dishes are prepared without enough care. Really disappointing experience not to be repeated

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Thank ChriCalle
hotelinfantas, Director at Ex Libris, responded to this review

We really felt sorry that you did not like our food. We always try to cook with the utmost care and affection and when our customers are not happy, we are very dissatisfied. But do not hesitate that we always try to do our best Regards More 

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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016 via mobile

Sangria was the worst we had in our 3 weeks in Spain. Mostly soft drink. Entree was average. Never received the water we asked for. The steak was stewed, and tougher than Arnold Schwazenegger having a bad day. The highlight was the service. There are wait staff who know how to scan the room and attend to customers needs. Then... More 

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Thank evan K
hotelinfantas, Director at Ex Libris, responded to this review

Dear diner, We thank you for taking a moment to comment on Ex libris. Ex libris has been running for 12 years already and I suppose you will understand that if we did everything as badly as you say, we would have disappeared years ago. We always try to do the best we can and in general people like what... More 

Sydney, Australia
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166 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

I've eaten here twice in the past 6 weeks - trying the summer degustation menu in September and then the autumn one in October. I was enticed by its Michelin rating (not a star, but a listing) and the seemingly good price of 27 euros for the menu including 2 glasses of wine. But on both occasions I was badly... More 

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Thank TravellingAussie1
hotelinfantas, Director at Ex Libris, responded to this review

We are very sorry not to have lived up to your expectations. Normally, customers often leave quite happy with our gastronomic proposals, we will continue working as much as we can trying to increase the amount of diners that have a nice meal with us. In your opinion our tasting proposal are ordinary, they are not for us: Picanha, Red... More 

Puerto de Mazarron, Spain
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242 reviews
134 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

On Calle de infantas in Chueca, it is a great central location. Unfortunately, that is the only good thing. The place was empty at 2100 hours and coninued for the next hour or so. Starters were good but the main course for both of us was poor. Fish dumplings were dry and there was no reason for the combination of... More 

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Thank Jon T
hotelinfantas, Director at Ex Libris, responded to this review

Good morning, We feel sorry that your experience at our restaurant has not been as good as it´s used to be. Generally our customers leave our restaurant quite happy The meatballs course which you refer was the winner of our yearly competition three years ago and it´s still in our menu because the people use to like the course. I... More 

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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016

Tasting menu was excellent, don't expect Michelin star excellent, but the price quality relation you can't beat. We were very well treated. Had the tasting menu with wine, 4 different plates with 4 different wines. Wine selection was also good. The tuna tartar was delicious. Will be coming back

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Thank Pedro C
hotelinfantas, Director at Ex Libris, responded to this review

Dear Pedro, Thank you for your wonderful comment regarding your meal with us, here at Ex libris restaurant. We are glad that you enjoyed the tasting menu with us and look forward to welcoming you again in the future, with our news menus as we serve different options every three months coinciding with the new seasons From the heart of... More 

Trowbridge, United Kingdom
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120 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2016 via mobile

Middle to high range restaurant offering exceptional value with either a 25euro 3 course set menu or by using discounts off the fork. We had black pudding & an excellent octopus & potato starter followed by the Turbot in sauce. Reasonable wine list that was sensibly priced. Central and easy access. Excellent service. Could not be faulted.

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Thank AndyandyF
hotelinfantas, Director at Ex Libris, responded to this review

Dear Andy, Comments like yours encourage us to continue to improve our service. We always try to give the same service as we would like to have when we go abroad and we are really happy when we succeed. We hope to see you again at Ex libris restaurant. Yours sincerely More 

Gothenburg, Sweden
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41 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 March 2016

Went with my wife and two children (14 & 12) and had lunch there on 15 and 17 Feb, 2016. We had the "Menu del Dia" (3 course lunch of the day). The menu changes on a weekly basis but one can choose from five different starters, five different main meals, and five different desserts. On our first lunch on... More 

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Thank m02016
hotelinfantas, Director at Ex Libris, responded to this review

Good morning, First of all, I would like to apologize about any wrong thing we could do during your meals. We always try to give the same quality and service to all our diners, of course the raw material is always the same. If the partner seemed indifferent maybe it was because she could not be able to speak much... More 

Krakow, Poland
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 March 2016 via mobile

For starters we ordered Croquettes and octopus with creamy potato puff pastry. Waitress lost one of the croquettes on her way to our table but brought a new one after a while. Starters were so big we thought we wouldn't eat more. But then we ordered gilt head bream and cheese dumplings and monkfish fillet. The latter one was quite... More 

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Thank Anna T
hotelinfantas, Director at Ex Libris, responded to this review

Sorry for all the misunderstandings Anna. We feel sorry because our starters were too big, we hope you liked them al least. We also feel sorry because our dumplings were not crunchy but they are not so. And we againg feel sorry because the rice was cold but this garnish is served cold and pickled that is why it taste... More 

Bad Bramstedt, Germany
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2016 via mobile

We had a great evening at Ex Libris. The Menu was great incl. nice wine selection. The food was very tasty and Rosa was a wonderful waiter. We had a great evening!

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Thank Timm B
hotelinfantas, Director at Ex Libris, responded to this review

Thanks a lot for your nice comments. We hope that your stay in Madrid has been pleasant and we keep forward to hearing from you soon. Comments like yours enforce us to keep working hard in order to get more opinions as good as yours is Best regards from Ex libris More 

Madrid, Spain
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114 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2015

We went to Ex Libris to celebrate a birthday. The place is really good for special occasions. The ambient is calm and very comfortable. We were ten persons and the table was very spacious. We decided to order one of the tasting menus they offer. They have different tasting menus according your apetite. It´s not easy to find restaurants with... More 

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Thank Alfredo G
hotelinfantas, Director at Ex Libris, responded to this review

Dear Alfredo, Thank you for your wonderful comment regarding your stay with us, here at Ex libris restaurant. We are glad that you enjoyed our food and look forward to welcoming you again in the future. About our staff, I only wanted to explain that we are always trying to improve our service and be as much pleasant as we... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$12 - US$54
Cuisine
Mediterranean, European, Spanish, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Drinks, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Business meetings
Open Hours
Sunday
13:30 - 16:00
20:30 - 23:30
Monday
13:30 - 16:00
20:30 - 23:30
Tuesday
13:30 - 16:00
20:30 - 23:30
Wednesday
13:30 - 16:00
20:30 - 23:30
Thursday
13:30 - 16:00
20:30 - 23:30
Friday
13:30 - 16:00
20:30 - 23:30
Saturday
13:30 - 16:00
20:30 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle Infantas 29, 28004 Madrid, Spain
  • Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Community of Madrid  >  Madrid>  > Chueca
  • Neighbourhood: Chueca
  • Phone Number: +34 915 21 28 28
Description
At Ex libris we offer traditional food with fresh products garnished with the chef's creation. It gives our dishes a modern look without forgetting our Mediterranean roots. Fresh garden products: vegetables and legumes are a great addition to our meats and fishes. A great selection of hot and cold starters, carefully and lovingly prepared by chef team, will make your meals, whether during leisure or business very pleasant. We believe that a pleasant and cosy setting in a central location (Chueca - Gran Via) is the necessary ingredient to come back for a meal again. We make an effort for that to happen.This is accompanied by the meticulous service provided by the sommelier and his team who will also be happy to help you, if you like, in selecting wines.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Chueca

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Chueca
Chueca is the hip, gay neighbourhood of Madrid where many of the streets are narrow and intimate, but where the hustle and bustle and the eclectic storefronts and people give it a distinctly urban feel. The main thoroughfare is Calle Hortaleza and the main square is Plaza Chueca, completely filled with terraza tables serving copas (mixed drinks) during summer. A mixture of trendy and grungy, some of the adult businesses here are explicitly racy in their signage. From the rainbow flags to the signs above the entrances of its many funky bars, to the date spot restaurants, Chueca is a vibrant and colorful place. It's always interesting to explore the different corners of Chueca by day, and by night, the area becomes a major nightlife destination when the clubs open their doors.
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