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El Basha

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Plaza Matute # 7, 28014 Madrid, Spain
16:00 - 02:00
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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76 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Finding places to eat that are open earlier than most Spaniards eat can be a challenge. This centrally located restaurant was open at when we wanted a meal at 6:30 PM. We enjoyed the food, and there were a number of vegetarian options on the menu. Two of us shared two appetizers and a vegetarian sampler plate, with additional bread... More 

Thank rtaba285
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43 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2016

Climate shisha bar in central Madrid. I stopped here with friends because of poor weather and the fact that the restaurant is located in the vicinity of the museum Reina Sofia. The fact that first impression may alienate. The mass of smoke, dim interior. But do not let that deceive. The food served at the bar is really good. Nice... More 

Thank Piotrek S
Warsaw, Poland
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21 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2015

This place is one of my favorites in Madrid because they serve you with the most delicious tea (which is hard to find in Madrid) and the staff is so nice.

Thank Wika2046
Sarasota, Florida
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2015 via mobile

Went here based solely on the 3 days in Madrid review and ur was nothing like described. It was a hookah bar. There was smoke everywhere. The place looked like we were walking into a 1968 hang out when you entered the main floor room. Horrible smell. The visibility horrible. No music. No belly dancer. It's ok if that's what... More 

Thank Scott S
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2015 via mobile

This is not a bad place for shisha lovers to have a puff during the day, it was really hard for me to find the place although it was close by. The problem is it is very dim and no sunlight goes in, but shsiha was not bad in general and the music was a bit funny :)

Thank Mo Z
Madrid, Spain
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18 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2015

Only had beer and shisha since the main reason we stayed was because we wanted to watch a football game and no other place with decent screens had free tables but the restaurant looks really nice and the food other people had looked pretty good. We are definitely going back to try out the food menu as well

1 Thank LorenaAxinte
Madrid, Spain
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2014

I've been to El Basha several times, and I find it to be a terrific place to unwind post-dinner - chilled out atmosphere, lots of couches to stretch out on, a good variety of teas to warm you up, and decent quality sheesha. The food, however, is NOT good. The falafel we ordered were hard and stale, as was the... More 

1 Thank wanderbug25
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2012

When you are a vegetarian in Madrid, your choices are quite limited. I had lunch here and it was ok. We were the only people there, as it was almost 4 pm, so it felt a bit soul-less. However the food was fine and the service was friendly.

1 Thank Sal24London
Bellevue, WA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2011

It was our first trip to Spain, first day in Madrid, and we just happened to pass by this wonderful little restaurant, in a neighborhood not far from the Prado Museum. It was a Saturday night, and it appeared as though a very lively bellydancing performance was just ending as we arrived. We were thrilled with the laid-back ambience, gorgeous... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Middle Eastern
Dinner, After-hours
Open Hours
16:00 - 02:00
16:00 - 02:00
16:00 - 02:00
16:00 - 02:00
16:00 - 02:00
16:00 - 02:00
16:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Plaza Matute # 7, 28014 Madrid, Spain
  • Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Community of Madrid  >  Madrid>  > Huertas
  • Neighbourhood: Huertas

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Huertas

Neighbourhood Profile
Also known as Barrio de las Letras, Huertas was once home to prominent literary figures, Miguel de Cervantes and Lope de Vega among them. The neighbourhood is committed to celebrating its rich heritage: Calle Huertas itself is inlaid with quotes from celebrated authors, street names pay homage to them, and second-hand bookshops pervade. Huertas receives a fair amount of spillover from the center — side streets around Plaza Santa Ana take on a foreign party atmosphere at night, and you always see young backpackers navigating the streets — but as you descend into the neighbourhood, everything becomes a little more cramped and slightly less refined, and takes on more of an underground feel. Live music is at the heart of Huertas: by night, its subdued bars are ideal for meeting friends, sipping cocktails, and chatting quietly while enjoying jazz or singer-songwriter performances.
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