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Cafe El Diario

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Calle Huertas 69, 28014 Madrid, Spain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I've been in madrid spending some days oh vacations,and walking around in the downtown of madrid I discovered a restaurant called El Diario,amazing!!! Staff very professional very polite,and the food and wines very good,if you're planing to go to madrid go you'll like it

Thank Alvaro G
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Cafe El Diario was just down the street from the apartment we rented . We went there the first night we were in Madrid and from the moment we walked in we knew it was going to be our place to go for Tapas and good food in the restaurant and to be with the locals. The food and drinks... More 

Thank sandfact
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

This place really not to be missed in Madrid!!! We have an excellet dinner!!! We tasted both the hamburghesa -that is very very tasty and the grilled "pulpo" and a very good sangria! The waitress very charismatic and nice!Highly reccomended

Thank evy p
San Ramon, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 227 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

We stopped at El Diaro after touring the nearby Prado and Royal Gardens. We ordered a caña and a glass of sangria and were given a tasty tapa to share. We also noticed they serve seafood paella, so we decided to split an order for a late lunch. The paella was very good, but not the best we've had. We... More 

Thank Rob M
Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

Recommended in a Rick Steve's travel book. Cute location near lots of tapas places. Friendly enough staff, English menus. Vegetarian options. Had the padron peppers and cheese plate.

Thank Nadya R
Peterborough, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

We visited last November for dinner as we wanted something a bit more traditional. Service was good and the food was really tasty and good value. We had the tapas starter and it was delicious, there was so much food we couldn't finish it! Would definitely visit again.

Thank NathandVik
Frankfurt, Germany
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125 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016 via mobile

Cafe and restaurant, the former was heaving. Restaurant was empty when we arrived (it was quite early) but soon started to fill up. Settled for patatas with four sauces which sounded interesting (but wasn't anything special) and paella. The paella was ok, lots of prawns, few mussels, clams and fish. However, it was expensive for what we had and certainly... More 

Thank Von_Smiles
Bath, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

Very friendly bar and restaurant. Each drink served with free Tapas . Great atomosphere and wide selection of drinks and coffees - -served pub food Madrid style in restaurant

Thank Bathbaby58
Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

We came here for a late lunch and some drinks. I had a goat's cheese salad which was absolutely delicious with spinach,corn,carrots,grilled tomatoes and a balsamic dressing. One of the best salads I ever had. My husband had tapas which he thought contained fish but was some sort of spicy black pudding mixture. It was ok We had great service... More 

Thank sharon w
Pennington, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Nice place, friendly waiter, good food. I was adventurous and tried bull's tail stew and it was excellent.

Thank PawelJK

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Bar, Mediterranean, Spanish, Pub
Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Cheap Eats
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle Huertas 69, 28014 Madrid, Spain
  • Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Community of Madrid  >  Madrid>  > Huertas
  • Neighbourhood: Huertas
  • Phone Number: 914292800

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Typical questions asked:
  • 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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