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La Ideal

#290 of 8,828 Restaurants in Madrid
Certificate of Excellence
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Calle Botoneras 4, 28012 Madrid, Spain
+34 913 65 72 78
08:30 - 23:00
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Gatineau, Canada
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52 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

saw many places selling this local favourite, but this one was very busy with lots of locals lined up to get the very cheap sandwich along with a plate of olives and draft beers. For 2 people it was €9 for all of the above. Add some bravas sauce or aioli if you want to liven up the sandwich a... More 

Thank Nick F
Sydney, Australia
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273 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

There are numerous restaurants at Plaza Mayor selling calamari sandwiches, but in our opinion, this one is the best. Specializing in the sandwiches, they had a constant stream of customers flowing in and out of the store. Service was quick and with a smile, the sandwiches were tasty and most of all, it was great value. Highly recommended, and if... More 

Thank Tomme T
Vienna, Austria
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36 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you don´t mind about some extra calories and the heavy stuff is ok for you - Go and get your Bocadillo de Calamares (Sandwich with deep-fried Squid rings) at "La Ideal" Street food at it most traditional way! I´m a salty-one - so I have it for breakfast....

Thank johavienna
2 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016 via mobile

Calamari is good but totally overrated and Lots of other selling the same with longer lines. Eating calamari by itself would have been better as with the bread, it was a very dry sandwich!

Thank bthread
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12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016 via mobile

Passed by this place while lost in plaza mayor and realized it was packed with locals and we had to try it! Walked in and were helped immediately by a friendly staff. Got a racione de calamare (came with bread and lemon), olives and two cañas for a little under 10 euros. Friendly local atmosphere. Grab a table or stand... More 

Thank CaliSally
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64 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

We ate here on advice from our tour guide. (Ogo Tours Free walking Tour also very high recommended) The calamares were fresh and delicious, probably the best thing we ate on our trip in Spain. We tried several times to order these again on our travels in other restaurants, but no comparison. The restaurant is very small and full of... More 

Thank eprVancouver
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29 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016 via mobile

I ate a sandwich with calamares, it was too simple and a bit expensive!!! Also, the environment inside the place is not very friendly!!!

Thank Sotiris B
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19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016

This place is a hidden gem. Loved the Calamari and the Potato Tart. Service was fast & friendly....yes you might have to stand & eat but its worth it....we got our food to go and was packed up instantly. Friendly service

Thank Beach_please_K
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3 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

The waiters are quite efficient and helping but the food is not the best. I got my mouth burnt when eating the calamari sandwich, as it is soaked in frying oil. The sandwich, once at eatable temperature, is quite tasty but their bread is not good. I also ordered some "papas bravas" but they were too salty and did not... More 

Thank Lucas W
Heidelberg, Germany
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38 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2016

That's a restaurant I simply loved. It's in an incredibly central location. Yet the prices are fair and the bocadillo de calamares was excellent. I think it is a very authentic experience too for tourist. It may not be the best one or the most beloved by Madrileños, but it's a good place where to eat while being in the... More 

Thank Nicolas G
La Ideal B, Gerente at La Ideal, responded to this review

Thanks a lot for your comment, Nicolas. As you say, having a "bocadillo de calamares" in Madrid is a must and it's great to hear you enjoyed ours. Don't hesitate to come back, we will be waiting for you. Thank you! More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Bar, Spanish, Pub, Fast food, Mediterranean
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Cash Only, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Cheap Eats, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
08:30 - 23:00
08:30 - 23:00
08:30 - 23:00
08:30 - 23:00
08:30 - 23:00
08:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle Botoneras 4, 28012 Madrid, Spain
  • Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Community of Madrid  >  Madrid>  > Centro
  • Neighbourhood: Centro
  • Phone Number: +34 913 65 72 78

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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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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