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La cocina del desierto

#423 of 8,480 Restaurants in Madrid
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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Barbieri, 1, 28004 Madrid, Spain
+34 915 31 52 89
21:00 - 00:30
13:30 - 16:30
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Sun - Thu 21:00 - 00:00
Mon - Fri 13:30 - 16:00
Fri - Sat 21:00 - 00:30
Sat - Sun 13:30 - 16:30
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62 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016 via mobile

Honestly, I was reluctant to try it out, however, a local friends took us there and I trusted him. The food was delicious, helpful waiters and they did care about allergies. In the end I was positively surprised by the bill, only about 10€ per pax. We went again few days later....

Thank Value4Price-Seeker
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41 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016

So at first we kept calling to make a reservation and they were saying they were full, but for some reason we decided hey let's just walk in in case. When we did we found the restaurant to be only half full. So they then seated us right away. We ordered the menu of the day where we got to... More 

Chicago, Illinois
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48 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2016

A local friend recommended us this restaurant, but we were frustrated. I have to say that the entrees were very good (confit carottes and egg plant cream as well the chicken Tahinemy daughter had, but... my couscous was pathetic! Prices are little.

Thank sonnia9
Madrid, Spain
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57 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2016

Good: - rated best Arabic food in Madrid in Tripadvisor and I confirm, it is. - very good prices (main course 5-9€). - Waitresses were attentive and kind. Areas of improvement: - the seats are very old and as a result do not look very clean. - the place is small but cosy. I will definitely return to eat there.

Thank El_Fred
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2016 via mobile

Cool atmosphere. Nice service. The waitress was friendly. Our Spanish was rusty and she knew we were tourists. It would have been nice if she spoke a little slower. Menu is only in Spanish with unfamiliar words, so we winged it. Food is decently priced, but not really sure if these were local dishes or something else because the place... More 

Thank Amrit K
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2016 via mobile

I went here with my colleagues and we took one special menu that we didn't order anything expect the drink😂😂 The food is pretty good! It was my first time to take Arabian food, I like it! Definitely come back!

Thank Mmmmmimosa
Madrid, Spain
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42 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 April 2015

We went to Marrakech earlier in the year to celebrate a birthday and we booked a table here to relive the excellent culinary experience of Morocco. While it wasn't so bad, it certainly didn't come close to what we ate in Marrakech. It's difficult to reserve a table here because it is very popular but I can't help feel that... More 

Thank FamilyTraveller093
Campo de Criptana, Spain
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93 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2014

I came here for lunch with some friends. The decor is beautiful. You're able to sit on the floor and eat in the traditional style or you can sit at a table. The food was delicious, and the price was great. All and all a wonderful dining experience. Will come again!

Thank Kelly B
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2013 via mobile

The place is very characteristic and delivers a really enjoyable moroccan atmosphere. We got a really nice dinner with a superb cuscus and shwerma finished by the sweetest of the teas. Really enjoyed our stay there. Suggested for couples and small groups.

Thank Nicola B
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27 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2013

You can eat really good arab food in the centre of Madrid. The taste of the pastilla will take you to the city centre of Fez. Really good plates. They don't have a lot to choose, but what they cook is really good. You can choose to sit on the floor in a traditional style or in tables. You need... More 

Thank Celita2013

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$20
Moroccan, Middle Eastern
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Cheap Eats, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
21:00 - 00:00
13:30 - 16:30
21:00 - 00:00
13:30 - 16:00
21:00 - 00:00
13:30 - 16:00
21:00 - 00:00
13:30 - 16:00
21:00 - 00:00
13:30 - 16:00
13:30 - 16:00
21:00 - 00:30
21:00 - 00:30
13:30 - 16:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Barbieri, 1, 28004 Madrid, Spain
  • Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Community of Madrid  >  Madrid>  > Chueca
  • Neighbourhood: Chueca
  • Phone Number: +34 915 31 52 89

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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 Chueca

Neighbourhood Profile
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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