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El Mollete

#425 of 8,735 Restaurants in Madrid
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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Calle Bola 4, 28013 Madrid, Spain
+34 915 47 78 20
09:00 - 17:30
20:00 - 00:00
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20:00 - 00:00
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Spirano, Italy
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47 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016 via mobile

I found this place thanks to the recommendation of my hotel receptionist. It is 5' foot by the palacio real. It is 41sqm: you must book in advance! It is open since 1987, family run, i was alone but thanks to the waiter I never felt so! I took grilled calamari, 2 beers, a dessert and he offered me a... More 

Thank pb2980
Shanghai, China
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

This was recommended to us by our local hosts as their favorite neighborhood haunt. Very charming local restaurant with honest, down-to-earth food. A tiny, 16-seat restaurant where the patrons are all regulars who clearly overflow with affection for the long-time restaurant staff. This is not a place you go to for Instagram bragging rights (though the food is quite tasty... More 

Thank BJ M
Barcelona, Spain
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44 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

Just near the opera theater and the namesake underground station you have this tiny little secret and cozy restaurant. I strongly recommend to book in advance and try going during the week because it has very few tables and it's a pleasure when the owner-waiter is all yours and can take good care of you like it happen to us.... More 

Thank Agostino C
Victoria, Canada
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65 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

Don't. Know how anyone can be disappointed here. The food was amazing. We found that 3 tapa dishes and desert was the perfect amount. We had an awesome squid dish and croquets were the best we've had in Spain. The desert was amazing as well. Usually we get something while we stroll but the next table had two different deserts... More 

Thank Keith H
Vancouver, Canada
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

We walked by this place and went in for lunch. There was only one table taken out of 6 and we asked to be moved but apparently the other tables were reserved. The food was extremely greasy and not very tasty. Extremely overpriced compared to everywhere else we tried so far. We tried the avocado salad and the eggs madrid... More 

Thank Sam S
New York City, New York
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812 reviews
267 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016

I went for lunch and was not disappointed. The waitress spoke English well and helped me with my choices. I'd recommend the Lomo. It's a beautiful setting though a bit tight. The taverna's located on a quiet street and there were many locals.

Thank Mike N
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377 reviews
217 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 153 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2016

We looked for a quiet lunch stop near to the royal palace and chanced across El Mollete Taberna. A very good find, which has entertained many distinguished guests over the years. Tasty tapas and good Spanish wines in this little side-street restaurant well off the main tourist routes.

Thank stella317
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49 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2016 via mobile

They only had room for us at a lunch, lovely old restaurant; great food, great wine and English spoken. Very friendly staff who took pride in their menu, really good.

Thank Liz H
Copenhagen, Denmark
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392 reviews
323 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 May 2016

We hadn't booked, but we were early (for Madrid) as we had just arrived on a chilly Tuesday evening. We were seated at a table upstairs, between a couple from the US and another from Israel, both spoke highly of the food they'd consumed and helped us choose ours. We had 2 glasses of house white,3 tapas portions of grilled... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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41 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2016 via mobile

Visiting this restaurant was like having dinner at a new friend's home. The dining area is small but so warm and inviting. The hosts were cheerful, provided amazing food and a lovely sangria. We tried the avocado salad with tuna and salmon, the huevos rotos, a mushroom and shrimp risotto and the goat cheese with honey. The dishes were wonderful,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Mediterranean, Spanish
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Cheap Eats, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Open Hours
09:00 - 17:30
20:00 - 00:00
09:00 - 17:30
20:00 - 00:00
09:00 - 17:30
20:00 - 00:00
09:00 - 17:30
20:00 - 00:00
09:00 - 17:30
20:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle Bola 4, 28013 Madrid, Spain
  • Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Community of Madrid  >  Madrid>  > Centro
  • Neighbourhood: Centro
  • Phone Number: +34 915 47 78 20

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Centro

Neighbourhood Profile
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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