Madrid is the city to visit for restaurants which are dripping with awards and accolades. From experimental seaweed lollipops at La Terraza, to classic Spanish cuisine in a Duke’s library, the city offers cuisine and ambiance to suit every mood.
LA BIBLIOTECA AT HOTEL SANTO MAURO
Cuisine: Traditional Spanish
Style / Ambiance: La Biblioteca restaurant was once the library of the Duke of Santo Mauro, and original features such as the antique fireplace, book-lined walls and cherry wood paneling remain to provide a scholarly ambiance.
Accommodating 24-30 diners, the Biblioteca provides an intimate dining experience and offers a cellar of over 200 wines. In summer, visitors can enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail on the restaurant terrace with views of the charming Santo Mauro walled garden. The chef here has produced an imaginative Spanish menu, of which a highlight is La Biblioteca’s à la carte breakfast. Located in the palace’s old dance halls with glass doors opening onto the hotel’s garden, AC Santo Mauro’s meeting rooms double up as private dining rooms.
+34 91 319 6900
Zurbano 36, 28010
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LA TERRAZA DEL CASINO
Style / Ambiance: Formerly overseen by lauded chef Ferran Adrià, who is considered one of the most influential chefs worldwide, La Terraza is now in the hands of Adrià’s protégé, Paco Roncero who has earned the restaurant two Michelin stars.
The innovative and experimental culinary offering includes a 21-course tasting menu, which can be savored in Jamie Hayón’s sophisticated modern interior where geometric forms conjure images of precious stones. Alongside this cutting-edge cuisine and design however, traditional sensibilities survive. As a part of the exclusive private club, Casino de Madrid, the restaurant has a strict jacket and tie dress code.
EL CLUB ALLARD
Style / Ambiance: El Club Allard opened in 1998 as a private club, but since that time it has become best known for its exemplary cuisine, having earned two Michelin stars.
With chef María Marte at the helm, the kitchen creates innovative dishes comprising seasonal produce. The two tasting menus, Rendez-Vous and Seduction, each feature a series of beautifully plated dishes that all place the focus on their star ingredients.
Style / Ambiance: By taking pride in providing outstanding cuisine in hand with excellent service, this restaurant now lays claim to two Michelin stars.
Culinary mastery, premium produce and tradition all play a part in making the cuisine here so highly regarded. A la carte options range from citrus marinated red prawn accompanied by tender onions smoked with vine shoots, to suckling pig loin roast ‘a la minute’ with thyme aroma. The gastronomic grand menu then brings together a selection of plates that best reflect the chef Óscar Velasco’s creativity.
+34 912 108 840
Paseo de la Castellana 57, 28046
Style / Ambiance: Viridiana takes its name from a legendary Luis Buñuel film that was banned in Spain for sixteen years during Franco’s regime. Owned by Chef Abraham Garcia, the restaurant serves hearty, flavorful cuisine, including Spanish classics such as gazpacho with crispy bread, and Galician cow tender loin with black truffles.
You can try another Spanish delicacy here; olive oil. Spain is the world’s largest olive oil producer and Viridiana offers many different types, so ask to test before you buy as, like wine, varieties of oil can be distinguished by their color, flavor and smell. Located between Paseo del Prado and Retiro Park, Viridiana is the ideal place to replenish after a day exploring Madrid’s cultural delights.
Style / Ambiance: In this urban, industrial-style space, the cuisine reflects the influence that’s taken from across the world. Here, it’s about the act of expressing as well as the art of hosting.
The restaurant’s 12, 14 and 17-course menus showcase the conceptual dishes of chef Diego Guerrero, and now guests are being given an even closer insight into this experimental cuisine through culinary workshops
+34 917 021 586
Calle de Regueros 8, 28004
Cuisine: Spanish, modern and traditional
Style / Ambiance: Since 1973 this celebrated restaurant has served haute cuisine to a stream of prestigious guests, from King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia, to Presidents of the Spanish government and Nobel Prize winners.
Villeroy & Boch designed the restaurant’s crockery and Plata Meneses the cutlery. A menu including classic dishes such as pork trotter stuffed with wild mushrooms has given the restaurant’s its revered status. For a private event of up to 45 people, request a private room lined with the motifs of Salvador Dalí. Published wine expert and sommelier Custodio López Zamarra will then guide you through Zalacaín’s 800 different wines.
+34 91 561 4840
Álvarez de Baena, 4, 28006
Cuisine: Iberian and Asian
Style / Ambiance: The unique menu fuses Iberian and Asian cuisine within highly unusual dishes served as works of culinary art – often being painted by staff onto plate ‘canvasses’.
DiverXO is Madrid’s first ever three-Michelin-starred restaurant, and the décor featuring ominous swarms of black butterflies on the ceiling and large flying pigs on the tables, make dining at DiverXO an unexpected experience all the way.
Head Chef: David Muñoz
+34 915 700 766
Calle de Padre Damián, 23, 28036 Madrid, Spain