Choosing the best restaurants in Madrid is not easy, given the dazzling choice of venues boasting Michelin stars, creative tapas, and traditional recipes, with a restaurant or bar on practically every corner. Spain’s capital is the country’s most visited city and a true cultural hub, famous for its world-class museums, theatres, festivals, monuments, parks, and clubs. It’s virtually impossible not having anything interesting to see or do in Madrid; the problem is just the opposite: being spoiled for choice.
Among all that spectacular offerings, the creative cuisine prepared by the city’s top chefs has grown to become one of the main attractions both for tourists and locals. The capital’s food scene has experienced a true culinary revolution that has entirely changed the dining experience for “madrileños” (natives of Madrid), whose life revolves heavily around food. Our focus has also been on the Madrid food scene so that we can provide you with a curated and precise list of the best restaurants in Madrid.
OUR CHOICE OF THE BEST RESTAURANTS IN MADRID
BEST MICHELIN STAR RESTAURANTS IN MADRID
The Madrid-born extravagant chef Dabiz Muñoz’ (Best Chef in the World 2021 & 2022) flagship restaurant is the fourth best in the world according to the “Words 50 Best“. The three Michelin star & three soles Repsol chef offers very creative dishes, with its famous tasting menu as the absolute star of the show, combining round and intense flavours with daring and exotic mixtures and widely different textures.
Not only, it’s this season’s most talked about menu and one of the most expensive worldwide. Gastronomic influencer Mark Wiens claims DiverXo has the best potato tortilla (Spanish omelette) in Spain.
Mario Sandoval, the chef of the Coque restaurant in Madrid, has two Michelin Stars, three Repsol Suns, and three “M” from the Metrópoli Guide. His credentials guarantee creative cuisine and a continuous explosion of flavours.
The cuisine is based on locally sourced products and two peculiar ingredients: fermented food and the omnipresent egg. As it should be, the Sandoval brothers serve their customers with elegance and discretion. As for the testing menu, it’s filled with surprises that impact not only gastronomically but also visually.
A two Michelin stars Gastronomic restaurant in an industrial loft in Chueca offers creative meals created by Diego Guerrero. At DSTAgE, you first notice the avant-garde style of the place, with brick walls, a modern bar, and a kitchen open to the living room, which provides a slightly hypnotic touch.
His two tasting menus (“Dstage” and “Denjoy”) represent an exquisite gastronomic journey worldwide with Spanish cuisine as a home base and always surprises with just a perfect mix of flavours.
This restaurant, awarded with two Michelin stars and three suns from the Repsol Guide, is located a few meters from Puerta del Sol in the famous 1910 building Casino de Madrid. It boasts a spectacular terrace with some of the city’s best views. Not one iota less stunning than two testing menus: “Esencia” (Essence) and “Afirmación” (Affirmation). Chef Paco Roncero defends a highly unique and creative signature cuisine.
If it’s a sunny day, which in Madrid almost always is, we recommend having vermouth on a terrace before lunch.
The chef Ramón Freixa has high-quality cooking in his blood: he was trained in the family restaurant in Barcelona since he was a child. Nowadays, he manages an exclusive 2 Michelin stars and 3 Repsol suns venue in the Salamanca district next to the secret garden of the Hotel Único Madrid.
But, of course, the show’s stars are his three tasting menus (RFM Temporality, Discovering RFM, and Freixa Universe) with a spectacular mix of flavours and unbeatable presentation. Ramon Freixa is a restaurant where you go to live a different and sublime experience, and it does not disappoint you.
Among all famous Spanish chefs, there was enough room in Madrid to allow a Michelin-star awarded Colombian-native Edwin Rodríguez to attain its peace of stardom. Mixing traditional Columbian cuisine with his creative touch, he provides more than only food and drinks: a love for Colombia, affection for the client, and a dedication to gastronomy.
The focus is on the tasting menu Idiosincracia, which permits you to travel through the different regions of Colombia (Amazonas, Andes, Antioquia, Pacific, and Caribbean coast).
La Tasquería is a tavern with a Michelin star specializing in offal (a variety of meats), conjuring highly creative dishes from such an orthodox source. Obviously, La Tasquería is a perfect restaurant for meat lovers. Though, a variety of meat dishes are not the only offering. In the chef’s words, Javi Estévez: “we are ‘casqueros’ (a cook specialized in offal), but we also do other things.”
The tasting menu is arguably one of the best offal Haute cuisine menus worldwide, prepared in different ways and served in various forms, all impressive and excellent. The interior design is more of a casual aesthetic, even with some high tables with stools.
The history is as essential as food in the first Spanish establishment to obtain three Michelin stars. Here is where recent decades’ most significant Spanish and foreign political and social personalities have always met.
A restaurant menu is filled with elegant haute cuisine and historical dishes, like:
– Búcaro Don Pío (served since 1976, keeping the recipe intact, based on gelée consommé, low-temperature quail eggs, marinated salmon, and caviar),
– Bacalao Tellagorri (evolution of the ‘Cod with ajoarriero‘),
– Steak Tartare.
Recently reopened, with a clear idea of continuity from new owners.
As the venue’s name suggests, as soon as you enter, there’s a big and inviting circular bar to the right, with a capacity of 21 people. Then, experience a new proposal in Madrid: a tasting menu served simultaneously to all seated after the “Show Cooking” act.
This Michelin Star restaurant’s roadmap is to invest in excellence continuously so that you can expect top quality at each step of your culinary journey in the A’Barra. The Iberian pig products are one of the highlights of the continental-style and innovative dishes. Working days at noon, it is a benchmark place for business lunches.
Marcos Granda, the famous Asturian sommelier, opened his already Michelin-starred restaurant to demonstrate that a traditional Haute kitchen is compatible with good value for money. The venue has three menu options: a classic one with a starter, a main, and a dessert, the almost obligatory and high-level, complete, and homogeneous Tasting Menu, and a lunch Menú Clósicos.
Of course, timely waiters-sommelier will always recommend the best wine pairing.
BEST DINNER RESTAURANTS IN MADRID
A laureate chef Quique Dacosta offers four degustation menus (two contemporary and two historical) in his refined two Michelin-starred restaurants at the luxury Mandarin Oriental Ritz Madrid, the first gastronomic hotel in the capital. A truly controlled explosion of flavours is quite an event that makes your sensory experience unbeatable and leaves you with the feeling of receiving much more than what is paid.
In his Michelin Star restaurant located in the Madrid district of Chamartín, Chef Javier Aranda offers a live kitchen concept, where clients observe what’s being prepared and the fantastic technique of the chefs working in the fancy and open oval kitchen.
Tasting menus are replete with innovation and surprising flavours, all wrapped in a spectacular atmosphere in a venue whose decoration has been awarded. The pairing is divine, in a perfect menu to share and try many dishes without breaking the bank.
The worthy heir of its famous predecessor (“Jockey,” one of the most iconic restaurants in the capital), the Saddle restaurant continues the tradition both in a location and as a meeting point for the creamiest of the society.
A Michelin Star venue proposes traditional and contemporary cuisine, with dishes thoughtfully prepared and presented with a perfect flavour intensity. Even the restaurant’s chosen name pays homage to the legendary Jockey.
Fismuler Madrid Restaurant’s menu changes almost daily, with a stamp that proves the day it was made. Variations on a generous-portions menu are dictated by the best fresh produce available.
Fismuler Madrid (and a Fismuler Barcelona as well) focuses on traditional dishes with a surprising touch and intense flavour. The restaurant has a thoroughly studied industrial feel. Famous for one of the best cheesecakes in the capital.
Terracotta warrants three concepts: innovation, atmosphere, and cuisine. There’s a difference between the discreet outside in the bustling Barrio Salamanca’s Velázquez and the elaborate and fascinating inside design of lights and dark shadows. However, the craftsmanship displayed in the design is present in all other vital concerns.
In the traditional Spanish kitchen, proper cooking techniques and times are implemented to extol seasonal, freshly sourced ingredients. The atmosphere of the restaurant is ideal for dinner with your partner.
This venue in the Justicia neighbourhood presents a “raw food” concept with dishes such as ceviches, tartars, and carpaccios, where Madrid’s raw food gourmets can enjoy elegant and sophisticated raw dishes. The fish is extraordinarily prepared, and oysters (natural or with ponzu sauce) are also offered.
The sourcing team is focused on getting the best product on the market, which is crucial when raw food is involved. The cooked food is also served, inspired by Mediterranean and Spanish cuisines — a new tasting experience in a cosy and romantic place with dim lights.
Suppose you search for a jungle in the middle of the city, or at least an Amazon-inspired deco. In that case, the gastronomic proposal at Amazonico is inspired by tropical cuisine, with particular references to Brazilian gastronomy due to the owner Sandro Silva. There’s even a Jazz club on the ground floor: The Jungle Jazz Club.
Lately, it has been a place to see and be seen, frequented by the entire upper class of Madrid and celebrities of all sorts.
You won’t be able to look away from the monumental and imposing vault in this 800 m2 “sky Restaurant”. The Fifth Element is the perfect name for the futuristic experience of contemplating the stars all over Madrid’s sky or video art, interactive LED screens, and video mapping projected on one of the most giant European retractable concave screens over the trademark vault.
The restaurant is on the seventh (and the last) floor in the well-known Kapital nightclub on the famous Atocha street. The sophisticated menu in this adults-only venue is focused on superb quality products, with elaborations equally based on Mediterranean, Asian, and Latin American cuisine. In addition, it’s acclaimed for its cocktails.
El Club Allard
Enjoy elegant and exclusive meals inside the classic-style restaurant located in Gallardo house, an emblematic modernist building from the beginning of the 20th century. This restaurant is one of the “gastronomic temples” of Madrid, both as gastronomy heaven and in a space that can be rented for business meetings.
Their olive oil is house-made by the restaurant, along with their bread, for which they use their sourdough. Before it opened to the general public, it was founded as an exclusive space for members (hence the name club).
Meals based on La Mancha products reins in this sophisticated and exclusive venue in the Salamanca district. Miguel Carretero, a renowned chef, offers a tasting menu that bears the chef’s origin mark: the mountains around Ciudad Real, where he spent his childhood.
Santerra is distinguished by a profound understanding of the products of the country and the land. Homemade marinades and pickles add a homelike sensation to the exquisite dishes. The Iberico Ham croquettes are almost too good to be true, with a slightly crunchy exterior that splits open to reveal a silky and creamy texture interior.
BEST SPANISH RESTAURANTS IN MADRID
Desencaja offers haute cuisine with a special dedication to the game and other wild products of exquisite quality-based dishes. The main star is the tasting menu that varies each season, well-balanced so as not to have any feeling of heaviness, with a careful presentation.
The deer loin is spectacular, and the croquettes are among the best in the capital. Each dish is taken care of to the maximum, with perfect cooking points and mixtures of original flavours.
Rocacho vaunts a contemporary oak charcoal grill specializing in meat cult and Spanish cuisine. The Time Magazine considered “the best red meat in the world,” they produce from their farms in Jiménez de Jamuz (León). The venue constantly tries to adjust prices as much as possible, considering the product’s quality. A 90-day maturation steak will leave you wanting to return. It’s an excellent option to go with friends or family.
Casa Benigna specializes in Levante sublime rice dishes, which can be rounded and read as “paellas” for English-speaking. In Spain, the only rice dish named “paella” is the Valencian paella (rabbit and chicken meat based); all the rest are “arroces” (rice dishes).
As the tradition obliges, all of them are cooked and served in patella at the centre of the table – a type of copper skillet without handles that preserves the temperature. In this case, the restaurant patented its model. In addition, the venue provides options for celiac and lactose intolerance.
Angelita Madrid is designed as a 360º bar mixed with a bistro, an eatery, a wine & cocktail bar, and a tapas bar. If it seems like a lot to take, brothers Villalón mixed it all into a coherent, warm and charming space. The venue offers different seasonal meals daily.
It’s proud of a fresh and high-quality product, spectacular tomatoes (in a tomato salad out of this world) direct from the family garden in Zamora, and outstanding and well-disposed service. A very elaborate short menu has some authentic hallmarks: cheese, cured meat boards, and ratatouille with egg.
BEST SPANISH REGIONS’ RESTAURANTS IN MADRID
El Paraguas is an Asturian restaurant located in the Salamanca district, which has been the flag bearer of quality unsung Asturian cuisine for almost two decades. The quality of all products is excellent: vegetables, meat, and always fresh fish, well treated, well presented and served in a classic and elegant set. It’s a true essential classic in the Spanish capital.
You may want to read this twice: a Canarian restaurant with a Micheline Star. Their three tasting menus contain some signature and creative meals made from products from the different islands, offering the very essence, flavours, and traditions of the Canary archipelago. The winery has a careful selection of outstanding Canarian wines, hard to find. The desserts are spectacular.
Los Montes de Galicia
An unassuming Galician cuisine restaurant has won the “Travellers Choice Awards” on TripAdvisor in Madrid in 2018, 2019, and 2021 with an average score of five points out of a possible five based on more than 10,000 comments. How is it possible? In the words of the restaurant owner, José Espasandín: “A lot of work and listening to the customer.”
The raw material is of the highest quality, with excellent attention from the staff that completes the classic but sublime tasting menu experience.
The decoration is the star of the show in this Andalusian restaurant. Modern facilities are inspired by the traditional Malaga Fair, including the fair-like illumination of 7,000 bulbs and the hot-air balloon as the main protagonist.
The cuisine with the seal of famous chef Dani García, with whom we already had a candid conversation, relies on Andalusian roots in fusion with international flavours. The menu is varied, with the basic idea of sharing and trying a bit of everything.
Located on the 33rd floor of the Emperor Tower Castellana, this venue offers fantastic views of the entire Castellana or the mountains of Madrid and Guadalajara. Elkar’s interpretation of world-famous Basque cuisine is based on mastery of cooking fish. The highest quality is paramount in each dish, with creativity in execution combined with a well-balanced wine list.
The 3 Michelin stars chef Jesús Sánchez invites you on a journey through Cantabrian culinary remembrance and modern interpretation of traditional Cantabrian cuisine flavours. The tasting menu called Esencia (“essence”) is the show’s hero.
Located in the luxury hotel Rosewood Villa Magna, the venue boasts a charming terrace and an elegant, spacious, bright interior space. A valet parking service at the Hotel is provided with the food.
BEST TAPAS RESTAURANTS IN MADRID
Santancha is the new restaurant in a time-honoured Plaza de Chamberí. It is ideal for pecking Mediterranean-inspired small portions specially designed to share, whether exclusive house-made creations like ‘tiradito de salmon’ and false risotto or traditional tapas such as the bravas potatoes or the ham croquettes.
Rich in aromas, fast-served, and some surprises in terms of flavours. This cosy place’s reasonable price for the heavenly tapas experience is a bonus.
You can live different gastronomic experiences on different Platea’s floors while marvelling at acrobat performances or listening to live bands on stage that somehow have the perfect volume to allow you to talk. If tapas is your thing, enjoy them downstairs. If you prefer to sip a cocktail (or two… or three…), go to the bar on the roof overlooking the whole space.
This old cinema and nightclub, located on the plaza de Colón, has been converted into a revolutionary gourmet spot with an original and different atmosphere, already a benchmark of the gastro-concept in Madrid. So eat and drink, but above all, savour the complete experience.
BEST SEAFOOD RESTAURANTS IN MADRID
La Bien Aparecida
There’s no way you can confound this Cantabrian restaurant for any other: it bears the name of the patron saint of Cantabria. The two floor venue is placed in the Salamanca quarter. It offers culinary traditions, classic products like fresh fish, especially anchovies or croquettes, and modern preparations like a mussel cake and Boeuf Bourguignon. Excellent atmosphere, a cosy place, and a good menu.
Alabaster is a Madrid branch of the Micheline-starred restaurant from La Coruña “Alborada.” So, your hunch is correct: Galician seafood of the highest quality is served in an Elegant atmosphere. Amazing sea products are treated with exquisiteness, and professional and unbeatable service is an obvious plus.
A tasting menu is very well conceived, the venue is even better decorated, and the quantities are to your measure in the best Galician tradition.
This northern seas seafood restaurant, a project of Pescaderías Coruñesas, is a “dream-come-true” of the four-generation fisherman family from A Coruña that extended the business to Madrid, and the legendary fish temple was born. Extreme measures are taken to source only the best fish and shellfish from the national fish markets so that the daily tasting menu can always be at least slightly different.
Spacious and bright premises, a very exclusive minimalist environment but with a cosy touch, and a lovely terrace, perfect for long summer evenings in the capital.
BEST STEAKHOUSES IN MADRID
La Vaca Argentina
The classical Argentinian steak house has to master two concepts: the Argentine grill with its delicious cuts and sourcing pieces of meat of the highest quality. La Vaca Argentina pairs what’s taken for granted with candlelight and piano music as protagonists to create a romantic and elegant atmosphere. It’s one of the best options for a romantic date.
With a classic and sleek design, this restaurant has a privileged location, occupying the heart of national politics, near the Palacio de Las Cortes.
The first thing you see when you enter the restaurant is a massive fridge of meats. Recently famous for being the only venue to accommodate Kylian Mbappé on his visit to Madrid, the renowned chef Dani Garcia’s venue is not a typical Castilian grill house nor an American-style steakhouse. In Leña (“Firewood”), they focus on the fusion of flavours from around the world with classic meat products for barbecue.
There’s much more here than a slice of spectacular meat: accompaniments such as grilled Malaga avocado, piquillo peppers, smoked Caprese salad, or onion garnish. And the croquettes that have already made a name for themselves as irresistible. Leña has valet parking (they park it in the area because it does not have parking).
BEST ITALIAN RESTAURANTS IN MADRID
This classical Italian restaurant is a homage to the protagonist of Cinema Paradiso both in name and aesthetics. It has some illustrious partners, such as Rafa Nadal, Pau Gasol, and Cristiano Ronaldo.
The mission is to revive the splendour of Italian movies and the post-war life of the 50s and 60s — starting with a traditional menu with a careful selection of pasta and raw materials based on ecological and sustainable products. The 600-square-meter venue comprises several private rooms and a central stage where live piano music is performed, but at a volume that allows you to talk without shouting.
The warning is in the restaurant’s name: you will dine in surreal surroundings, eyeing a show that’s a bit of the circus, a bit of the opera, and please keep in mind, some juggling. Waiters with tenor singing voices, a master of ceremonies, dancers, and clowns turn dinners into Madrid’s biggest show.
Oh, yes, those merry-go-round horses that hang from the ceiling have just started moving. But all this extravagancy doesn’t diminish the remarkably classic Italian cookbook, with delicious food, good pairings of flavours, and excellent presentation.
Grosso Napoletano (Senza Glutine)
Grosso Napoletano has risen to one of the world’s best 50 artisanal pizzeria chains, making completely Gluten-Free pizzas in Madrid and Barcelona. It is a fantasy world for gourmet celiacs since their entire menu, including drinks, is gluten-free. This doesn’t mean it’s not an authentic Neapolitan pizza, with thick edges and very thin dough.
The origin is distinguished by ingredients shipped from Naples and made in two stone and wood ovens whose fires don’t stop burning. Its aesthetics is inspired by the industrial designs of New York’s Italian pizza parlours, with an unmistakably Neapolitan essence.
The Pizza Natura restaurant has an official collaboration agreement with the Spanish national Association of celiacs and those sensitive to gluten. Their 100% gluten-free vegetarian Pizzas are based on unprocessed products without artificial preservatives and added sugars.
The restaurant believes in a healthy world and implements that message with something as a priority, contrary to the credo as pizzas. The dough is very thin and corn-free (from quinoa and millet). The flavour of each ingredient is noticeable, and any changes to them the clients want are carried out without a problem.
If you fancy a voyage to the beautiful Amalfi Coast without leaving Madrid, Bel Mondo Trattoria is your best bet. An Italian summer villa inspires the beautiful restaurant’s decoration with a charming terrace full of vegetation and with a flower tunnel. The whole Italian classic menu is present in its most exquisite interpretation.
We recommend the striking carbomamma and the spectacular burrata. It’s good to know Bel Mondo has some tables without reservation that is in high demand.
BEST JAPANESE RESTAURANTS IN MADRID
The “Omakase” is the type of tasting menu typical of the most luxurious Japanese restaurants, where the client leaves the decision of what he will put in his mouth in the hands of the expert cook. It means: trust and letting go. The Smoked Room acknowledges this with perfect execution in every one of the dishes drawing inspiration from various cultures, with two Michelin stars being the recognition for its Omakase gastronomic proposal.
Furthermore, exclusivity is guaranteed, with only a handful of 14 seats divided between the tables and the bar. The venue is located in the Hyatt Regency Hesperia Hotel in Madrid’s Paseo de la Castellana.
Yugo the Bunker
This Michelin-stared exclusive Japanese venue brings to Madrid the essence of the traditional taverns (Izakayas) that are meeting points in the day-to-day of any Japanese. This is the best place to enjoy the Japanese purity that seeks excellence in the flavour of nigiri, sashimi, usuzukuri, gyozas, and other Japanese haute cuisine dishes.
The raw material is unbeatable, and the elaboration is pure perfection. The basement is the space exclusively for members designed as a World War II bunker, which is also used for clients with a reservation when the main room is full.
BEST VEGGIE RESTAURANTS IN MADRID
The famous chef Rodrigo de la Calle, one of the fathers of “gastrobotany“, defines his creations in his green haute cuisine Michelin-stared restaurant as “vegetable taming.” Only seasonal fresh vegetables are used for crafting a spectacular tasting menu, often described as pure magic.
All the dishes lead to a true explosion of flavours in your mouth, and the combinations with the fermented kombucha and kefir elevate them into another dimension. Turning “simple” vegetables into something extraordinary is one of the mysteries worth discovering each season in El Invernadero (“The Greenhouse”).
Levél Veggie Bistro is focused on Vegetarian, Vegan and Raw-vegan Haute Cuisine, offering a wide variety of the highest quality dishes in which the proper treatment of the ingredients is respected. Raw vegan lasagna is the house’s speciality, and rightly so because it is out of this world.
It also has dishes designed for those allergic and intolerant to nuts and gluten. Levél demonstrates that tasty and healthy can go hand in hand. The restaurant has a closed terrace overlooking Retiro Park.
Distrito Vegano became famous in 2017 by winning its barrio Lavapies tapas contest (“Tapapiés”) with a vegan tapa, for the first time in that prestigious competition history.
This vegan venue boasts a kitchen based fundamentally on vegetables, based on a mix of self-made artisan products with fresh local ones of the highest quality. All of that leads to original and tasteful dishes, supremely done and in good quantity. Pets are allowed.
BEST DESIGN RESTAURANTS IN MADRID
Located on the top floor of ABC de Serrano mall, the restaurant is divided into a fascinating interior with surprising rooms and a roof terrace overlooking Madrid’s most famous avenue Paseo de la Castellana.
The gastronomic proposal is the fusion of tradition with modernity, with influences from different cuisines of the world, experimenting with many varied and refined flavours with a unique touch. In the summer, they have some holders with crushed ice to keep your drink cool.
Caluana is both an Italian and Spanish-inspired restaurant inside an old chapel of an XVI-century church. Its heavenly cuisine (pun intended) provides a modern touch to the fusion of these two classical cooking schools, with a menu full of revelations like fabulous potato omelette croquettes.
The restaurant has three different environments: the greenhouse, the olive grove, and the “Maldita (damned) Gioconda” (the bar). The in-house night show is terrific, professional, and with perfect taste, adding to the experience.
Papúa focuses on the fusion of modern Spanish cuisine with global trends and with the liberal touch of the exotic. Not only tables with velvety seats, but just every detail is planned with utmost precision to highlight the unique venue’s personality.
The beautifully decorated jungle-themed place boasts good service, stylish music, and spectacular cocktails. However, not everything here is innovative; the classic ham croquettes have become well-known by word of mouth. Make sure to leave some room for a scrumptious Pavlova cake.
BEST RESTAURANTS IN MADRID, THE BOTTOM LINE
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