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Restaurante Moncalvillo, refined and well-balanced menu

This cosy little restaurant is located in a perpendicular street to calle Barquillo, at the heart of Chueca. Nice atmosphere, simple decoration and tranquility, which in Madrid, we have to admit, is not so easy to find. Initially famous for its tartare, Moncalvillo has gained in reputation thanks to its refined and well-balanced menu (lovely deserts as well). The boletus starter is not to be missed. And no crisis here, prices are rather on the rise!

Las Tortillas de Gabino

This restaurant is said to have the 'best tortilla in Madrid' by many food enthusiasts. Their tortilla is known to be especially creamy and comes in a variety of flavors. The atmosphere is relaxed with a clean and stylish interior. They often feature more unique, but traditional Spanish dishes, such as veal meatballs, tripe stew and a tortilla negra.

El Telegrafo

An excellent fish and seafood restaurant with a terrace for dining outside in summer.


Ribeira do Minho Marisquería

Seafood fans will love the platters at this very typical Madrid restaurant.  It’s unpretentious and customers come to fill up on shrimp, clams and other delicacies accompanied by Galician white wine.  They don’t take reservations so get there early (9pm).

La Barraca

A compulsory stop-over for visitors and fans of paella. This is where you can probably find one of the best in town. You will of course see a lot of Japanese!



If you wish to try the famous “cocido madrileño” (a kind of stew), come here as Lhardy is supposed to serve the best in town. The red velvet and leather-based decor hasn’t changed since 1839. If you are in a hurry, you can just stop at the shop to have a hot caldo (broth) or a coffee at the bar.


Taverna San Mamés

Even if the district is not one of the most pleasant (Cuatro Caminos), this picturesque tavern is worth going to. Two tiny rooms with walls covered with tiles, a few tables and friendly service. The chef cooks first class regional dishes. Fresh duck liver is one of his specialities. 


Casa Paco

This popular tavern is the ideal place to go to admire the Easter processions (book a table on the first floor). They serve typical Madrid dishes such as “callos a la madrileña” and good meat.


Mesón Txistu

Another great landmark of Madrid’s traditional cuisine. The decor is rather simple but the atmosphere is cosy and the food very good! The stars of Real Madrid are regular customers. 


Casa Lucio

One of the great emblems of Madrid’s nightlife. You come here not only to see the “gente guapa” (beautiful people) but also to taste Lucio Blazquez ‘s traditional cuisine. Give the “callos a la madrileña” a try and ask to be seated in the main dining room with the brick vaults.