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La Ideal

Calle Botoneras 4, 28012 Madrid, Spain
+34 913 65 72 78
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  • Excellent45%
  • Very good41%
  • Average9%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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Bar, Spanish, Fast food, Mediterranean
Calle Botoneras 4, 28012 Madrid, Spain
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great Calamari Sandwich. If it had some sauce on it, would have been amazing. Nevertheless, it was seasoned well and had a nice crunch to it. Yum

Thank Gloria K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Madrid is famous for its calamari sandwiches – and this bar is reputedly the best place to buy them. We bought two between the four of us, and ate them sitting on stone benches in the sunshine in Plaza Mayor. At less than €3 per...More

Thank Tynedale
Reviewed 2 April 2017

Calamari sandwich and beer, served with a smile, in and out in 15 minutes. Bustling busy, but great atmosphere and fast service. If you like calamari then come here. And it's very inexpensive.

1  Thank Lambo68
Reviewed 27 March 2017

Called in here on our last day to sample a calamari sandwich. Quaint, traditional bar with great service. The calamari sandwich was huge and very tasty washed down with a chilled glass of Mahou.

1  Thank Angel57
Reviewed 25 February 2017 via mobile

When we entered we saw that a lot of people were before us because they threw away their paper napkins on the floor. Perhaps a Spanish habit? After a while somebody from the staff toke the initiative to clean up the mess (see pictures). We...More

1  Thank Kenneth A
Reviewed 13 February 2017 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....More

1  Thank Nick F
Reviewed 12 February 2017

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...More

1  Thank Tomme T
Reviewed 26 January 2017

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...More

1  Thank johavienna
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
Reviewed 22 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...More

1  Thank CaliSally
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
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Cash Only, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
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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