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Sobrino de Botin

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Address: Calle Cuchilleros 17, 28005 Madrid, Spain
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+34 913 66 42 17
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13:00 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 13:00 - 16:00
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Don"t miss suckling pig

Delicious food, good service, overcrowded with tourists, pricey. If you into good food and don't mind spending extra money on it, check this restaurant.

Reviewed 2 days ago
Ivan_Moody
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Belgrade, Serbia
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Belgrade, Serbia
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37 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Delicious food, good service, overcrowded with tourists, pricey. If you into good food and don't mind spending extra money on it, check this restaurant.

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

A friend of ours on the trip suggested we try this restaurant as it is the oldest in the world. The atmosphere was amazing and the food was great. My friends got the sol fish which they take the bone out of the fish right in front of you at the table. It's definitely a unique experience. I personally had... More 

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Community of Madrid, Spain
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38 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our experience was below average, but I wouldn't call it poor. It's too overpriced and touristy for our liking. We went with friends who were in town visiting that were dead set on going so we gave in, but we were all disappointed in it over all. I'm happy for them for lasting this long, but that alone doesn't make... More 

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Thank Julie S
New York
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The restaurant is the oldest in the world. It is conveniently located in a central location. Their food is amazingly succulent, tender and delicious! If you order the cochinillo, you will not be sorry. The sopa de ajos is very aromatic and tasty! The best we have ever tried. We had the fortune to be seated in the oldest part... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I understand that El Sobrino del Botin has been around since 1725. I think that is swell. Any establishment that can keep its doors open that long must be doing something right. The problem is that El Botin is a tourist destination, and not a culinary destination. People like me go there because it is old and authentic, but you... More 

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Rome, Italy
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61 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wanted to go as it is so famous and booked through the fork. You need to book in advance it was full. Pleasant service great house wine. It's not cheap and the famed suckling pig portion contained mostly....bones. The small amount of meat was tasty though!

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Ballarat, Australia
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167 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This restaurant bills itself as the oldest in the world. However one would hope they could change the menu. Extremely poor reditions of classics, served by overly fussy waiters, crowded tables, tourists who dont speak spanish or english, waiter who speak some english...and total distain for the Japanese and other groups no decent explanations of the food choices. The food... More 

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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I went there for lunch with my wife and daughter. The three of us were seated downstairs in the cave after waiting a short while upstairs for a table. Usually, you need to order a table at this restaurant, but as we were passing by looking for a lunch-place, we recognized the name, Botin. So, we dropped in lunch and... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 April 2017 via mobile

World class waiters await you in this world class restaurant.I was lucky to be seated in the celler which added to the experince.The service was first class as was the food.This is good simple food as it used to be.Meat cooked in an oven hundreds of years old and presented simply as it should be, it is not trying to... More 

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Bedford
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267 reviews
99 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 April 2017

Went for lunch and sat downstairs in the cave. They also have an upstairs but really enjoyed being in the cave. Service was attentive and the pig was delicious. No vegetables so you need to order one. Definitely think this is a better lunch place than dinner.

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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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