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Exploring the Best Restaurants in Madrid

Spanish Tapas

Madrid is a gastronomic paradise known for its diverse culinary scene and vibrant food culture. From traditional Spanish tapas to innovative international cuisine, the city offers an array of exceptional dining experiences. Here are some of our favorite restaurants in Madrid that should be on every food lover's radar.



Address: Mercado do Vallehermos, C. de Vallehermoso, 36, 28015 Madrid


Madrid's fast-evolving food markets have increasingly impressive dining options. Since launching Tripea in Chamberí's lively Mercado de Vallehermoso in 2017, chef Roberto Martínez Foronda has won many plaudits. Spanish, Peruvian, and Southeast Asian influences inform his vibrant tasting menus, with tiraditos, ceviche, stews, and fragrant curries served to guests on communal tables from open kitchens.



Address: C. de Regueros, 8, 28004 Madrid


Chef Diego Guerrero has torn up the rule book with this playful, industrial space of battered exposed brick and Crittall windows. The constantly changing tasting menus are diverse, with dishes ranging from fermented yucca and octopus to roasted avocado. Guerrero's other adventures include DSpeak, an informal offshoot, and DPickle Room, his womb-like, red-neon-lit cocktail bar collaboration with Madrid's top mixologist, Diego Cabrera.


Sala de Despiece

Address: C. de Ponzano, 11, 28010 Madrid


Inspired by butcher's shops and salas de despiece (cutting rooms), this vibrant, innovative restaurant opened a decade ago on Chamberí's Calle Ponzano and pioneered communal countertop dining. Even now, the place tends to be packed to capacity, with a dedicated local audience for chef Javier Bonet's creative nose-to-tail exploration of Spanish gastronomy.


Smoked Room

Address: Hotel Hyatt Regency Hesperia, P.º de la Castellana, 57, 28046 Madrid


It took chef Dani García six months to snaffle two Michelin stars in one go for this shrine to fire and smoke (essentially a special section of his steakhouse, Leña). Only 14 diners can gather around the Japanese-style bar to see the show every night: an up-close-and-personal chef's table where flame-lashed meat, fish, eels, and barnacles are finished on your plate, and a "todo es humo" ("everything is smoked") tasting menu with a "Japanese spirit" is the order of the day.



Address: NH Eurobuilding, C. del Padre Damián, 23, 28036 Madrid


Last year, a second consecutive top prize at the Best Chef Awards helped seal Dabiz Muñoz's outsized reputation for eccentric, attention-grabbing dishes. Set a short hop up the Paseo de la Castellana in the NH Eurobuilding hotel, DiverXo showcases Muñoz's food-as-theater across tasting menus that aim to surprise. Two further ventures in the city, StreetXo and the newly launched dumpling bar RavioXo, are more casual but equally clever.


Desde 1911

Address: 1911, C. del Vivero, 3, 28040 Madrid


To create Desde 1911, an old bomb factory was transformed into a minimalist, timber-paneled modern haven on a small, unprepossessing street in out-of-the-way Cuatro Caminos. The venue is a jewel from the production line of Pescaderías Coruñesas, the most prestigious fishing company in Madrid, which has already created Lhardy, El Pescador, O'Pazo, and Filandón. The group's restaurants pay homage to the fishing and seafood traditions of La Coruña, with unrivaled access to the best supplies.


Mercado de San Miguel

Address: Plaza de San Miguel, s/n 28005 Madrid


Head to the Mercado de San Miguel for a taste of the local food scene. This historic market, located near Plaza Mayor, is a culinary treasure trove where you can indulge in a wide variety of Spanish delicacies. From freshly shucked oysters to Iberian ham, artisanal cheeses, and delectable tapas, the market is a gastronomic haven showcasing the best Spanish cuisine.


Madrid's culinary scene is a fusion of tradition, innovation, and gastronomic excellence. Whether you're seeking fine dining experiences, authentic local cuisine, or creative culinary adventures, the city has it all. Explore the tastes of Madrid for yourself on a custom Quest Travel Adventures Itinerary. Our most popular Madrid packages include Royal Madrid & the Canary Islands and  Unforgettable Douro with Madrid


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