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El Brillante

Plaza Emperador Carlos V 8, 28012 Madrid, Spain
+34 915 28 69 66
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  • Excellent10%
  • Very good21%
  • Average20%
  • Poor13%
  • Terrible36%
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Bar, Mediterranean, Spanish
$$ - $$$
Plaza Emperador Carlos V 8, 28012 Madrid, Spain
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We arrived in Madrid and just wanted a quick snack, so we popped in here as it was next to the hotel. We sat at a table on the 'terrace' at the back, opposite the Reina Sofia museum. The mini-baguettes seemed reasonable, so we ordered...More

Thank David N
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The best bocadillo de calamaris in Madrid? Not sure, it was good but not that I wanted to return the next day. Why not with some sauce/dip? Regular service; Madrid prices, so higher than usual in Spain (you also pay for the location with a...More

Thank Philip P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've never come across a ruder bunch of people than the waiters at this place. If you are not in the "zone" they are serving they genuinely ignore you like you don't exist, no matter how many times you say 'excuse me' (they don't even...More

Thank Vicky B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place was packed! We went after touring the Sofia Museum. There are a couple of self serve windows. We ordered a calamari sandwich for 8E. It was huge—we split it. Thankfully they cut it in half for us. They did charge extra for mayo....More

Thank MTS--1000
Reviewed 13 April 2018

Lots of tapas to choose from, also beer, wine, and coffee. Great, friendly staff! We loved the churros, bocadillos de calamares, empanadas, and lots of cafe con leche. Highly recommend!

Thank viajera464
Reviewed 10 April 2018

We had a great time here and were served by a very hospitable, kindly waiter. We were waiting for an Atocha Renfe Station connection to Toledo and had a few hours to kill. The atmosphere was 'alegre' and locally authentic here. Our cafes con leche...More

1  Thank Perry B
Reviewed 2 April 2018

I went here for the fried calamari sandwich that I kept hearing about, but honestly it was overpriced and overrated. The sandwich was alright, but really simple; just a bun with some fried calamari, no sauce or anything. Also, the floor in this establishment was...More

Thank Øyvind K
Reviewed 30 March 2018 via mobile

Went for lunch. Tried the calamari plancha which was recommended. They have hiked up all the prices and the photo is misleading. For 18 euros got a small plate with a few calamari in a tasty sauce. Not worth it. Stick to the baguettes if...More

Thank Ash R
Reviewed 11 March 2018 via mobile

Authentic Spanish bat with a lot of great food, especially bocadillos of all kind. The atmosphere is really typical. Only negative is you can't really sit comfortably to enjoy the food. Perfect if you want to grab something quickly. Close to Atocha train station, reina...More

Thank Emmanuel F
Reviewed 25 February 2018 via mobile

Yes this restaurant has authentic Spanish food. It is overpriced this place is more of a tourist trap. Some of the stuff is double the price in this place.

Thank GiovanniCork
Paseo del Prado
The area around the elegant Paseo del Prado boulevard
is much-visited by both locals and tourists. The
world-famous Prado, the Reina Sofia, and the
Thyssen-Bornemisza museums form a triangle of art and
culture that spans this grand and beautiful avenue. On
weekdays, the Prado Museum opens its doors for free
after-work hours, drawing a diverse and excited queue
of art lovers that wraps around the block. Palacio de
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Restaurant Details

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Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine
Open Hours
6:30 AM - 12:30 AM
6:30 AM - 12:30 AM
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Plaza Emperador Carlos V 8, 28012 Madrid, Spain
  • Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Community of Madrid  >  Madrid>  > Paseo del Prado
  • Neighbourhood: Paseo del Prado
  • Phone Number: +34 915 28 69 66
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