Open Hours: Lunch: 1pm-4pm daily; Dinner: 9pm-midnight daily
A stone's throw from Plaza Mayor, this restaurant is a must for culinary tourists, as it's considered to be the oldest in the world. It opened in 1725 ... More
A stone's throw from Plaza Mayor, this restaurant is a must for culinary tourists, as it's considered to be the oldest in the world. It opened in 1725 and it has a Guinness Book of World Records title to prove its claim displayed in the window. The menu specializes in traditional Castilian dishes like roast suckling pig and lamb that are best accompanied by strong red wine. The equally "historic" waiters can help you choose the most appropriate variety. The interior of solid wooden roof beams, exposed brickwork and soft lighting helps create the atmosphere appropriate to an 18th-century tavern.
Share the roast pig - the entree size is big enough for 2 people. Don't get the lamb unless you like very gamely tasting lamb. The GARLIC soup is very GOOD. Avoid the over price fish soup though.
The roast pig wasn't anything special. It was 3 big pieces of meat, not tasty. The GARLIC soup with eggs is really good.
Make a reservation so you get a better table. We did not have a reservation so we were seated in the front waiting room. It was horrible. Whenever the front door opened, the cold wind came into the room. And people coming in and out would pass by you.
I will never regret going to the Botin restaraunt in Madrid. Worth while waiting! The food was delicious, and our children enjoyed it much. Any family that enjoys eating out, will enjoy this restaraunt.
Even though the sign on the door says "Botine's" is the oldest remaining restaurant being in continous business from the 1700's, if you check the family heritage you will find the restaurnat goes as far back as the 16th century.
Outstanding traditional meals, the roast suckling pig was "to die for"! Fresh vegatables, great entres, and good dark red wines to make every meal a memory.
For the best experience, come late (after 10PM)and ask for either the top floor or the cellar for a fantastic dining experience.
I only recommend Botin's to my closest friends as I don't want the "uglies" to know about it.
Botin's reputation goes before it. Catering for the mass tourist market does not make it a gourmet's delight but it probably doesn't worry too much about that - because people are going to come anyway. The food was average but there are plenty other good restaurants in Madrid. As long as Botin appears in every tourist book, they won't be bothering too much about updating (or upgrading) their menu! PS Don't try the suckling pig - unless you want a whole load of skin and very little meat!
Second time I was there...first time over 23 years ago and its still going strong. Ambiance and service is remarkable. Going back a third time when I visit in November. This time taking my 15 yr old son so he can enjoy the ambiance and food.
We visited Botin with our children aged nine and twelve.The food was very good as was the service. The staff on the top floor made a fuss of the children giving them postcards, menus and certificates from the Guiness Book Of Records as a keepsake.It lives up to is repuation as the worlds oldest restaurant. We will visit again.
I had a fabulous time at Botin. I was seated upstairs in a tiled room that made me feel I had been invited to eat in someone's home. Sure, most everyone there is a tourist, but the waitstaff are wonderful and treat you well. The food was good, not great, but the entire experience on the whole was fantastic. I would definitely go back.
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This place is run by Mónica Bardem who has named the dishes on the menu after movies that members of
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