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La Casa Del Abuelo

Victoria, 12 Street, 28012 Madrid, Spain
+34 915 21 23 19
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  • Excellent34%
  • Very good34%
  • Average15%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible8%
Travellers talk about
“garlic shrimp” (45 reviews)
“gambas” (55 reviews)
“bread” (43 reviews)
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Seafood, Mediterranean, Spanish, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Victoria, 12 Street, 28012 Madrid, Spain
Neighbourhood: Centro
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Was taken there by local friends. I have never tried prawns before however decided to give it a go as the smell from the garlic oil that prawns were cooked in was too tempting. Along with fresh crusty bread, it was a perfect snack. Service...More

Thank Hella20
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place is sufficiently popular that they have two locations right in front of each other. We had the popular dish "gambas al ajillo". If you love shrimp, try this place!

Thank MastafuzzTraveler
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Simply outstanding! The staff very friendly, extremely small and crowded inside but adds to the ambiance. 5* Thank you guys!

Thank SophieNugent
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had read reviews about this place and it did not disappoint. We were in a tight time frame. We sat inside and had the nicest waiter ever. We explained what we wanted, the garlic shrimp sizzling in butter with crusty rolls. We couldn't see...More

Thank RSLouisiana
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Oil is put into a little crock over a fire, swirled around, garlic added and swirled another moment. Shrimp is added and removed from the flame. It cooks in the olive oil while you wait impatiently for it to cool down to eat it. Delicious!...More

Thank Samantha74137
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I used to go here as a Medical Student. I went back several times since graduation. Last time was this year: they are still the same great place to eat gambas(shrimp). Do not miss the gambas al ajillo or gambas a la plancha. Make sure...More

Thank cachid
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The nice thing about this place is that it is genuinely filled with Spanish, not tourists, and the place is hopping all night long. Everyone comes for the plates of bubbling shrimp in garlic sauce, but also try the vermouth, Lacuesta, which is absolutely outstanding....More

Thank JohnRegoPark
Reviewed 21 April 2017 via mobile

We reserved a table for 5 and ordered a few tapas to share. The sardines tapas were very tasty and the rest of the dishes (garlic shrimps, garlic tomatoes, salmorejo) were good but pricey. The annoying thing was the lack of any knife and especially...More

Thank Snegut
Reviewed 16 April 2017

Get the gambas ajillo with bread! The shrimp is perfectly cooked, and the sauce is good enough to polish off with the bread!

2  Thank SnackCakes
Reviewed 16 April 2017

We were able to get outdoor seating without a wait, and the shrimp-- our reason for coming-- did not disappoint. Pricey by Madrid standards. Our server was relatively indifferent (compared to much more positive interactions we've had in Madrid).

1  Thank Boarding_Group_4
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
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Do we need reservations to eat here on Sunday May 7 around 20:00?
17 April 2017|
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Response from Kerim G | Reviewed this property |
No, at all. I don't think they accept reservations anyway. In the worst case, you can always go to other locations which are very close - around 2 minutes by walk.
cuantas mesas disponen y si puedo entrar con silla de ruedas?gracias
16 January 2017|
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Response from JUAN I. P | Reviewed this property |
Si se puede entrar con silla de ruedas, en el salón de arriba se puede tener acceso con silla de ruedas a las meses, con la amabilidad de los camareros seguro que lo preparan. Un saludo y que le guste.
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Hola. Gracias por el comentario. Las gambas las venden peladas o con cabeza y todo? Saludos
13 April 2016|
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Response from El Barber d | Reviewed this property |
se sirven en una cazoleta de barro peladas
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$17 - US$34
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Victoria, 12 Street, 28012 Madrid, Spain
  • Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Community of Madrid  >  Madrid>  > Centro
  • Neighbourhood: Centro
  • Phone Number: +34 915 21 23 19
  • E-mail
La Casa del Abuelo is one of the Tapas Bars that you can't miss if you visit Madrid. This house is more than 100 years old and it's one of the most representative Taverns in Madrid. Specialities are shrimps in all of its varieties: grilled, with coarse salt and looking for the prefect cooking point and garlic shrimps, served in our terracotta casseroles with virgin olive oil, garlic and parsley.
The tradition is to eat the shrimps with the red sweet wine "El Abuelo" that made this house famous.
Today everything is served the same way than 100 years ago!