Fatigas Del Querer
With the look of a classic tavern, the Fatigas Del Querer has the capacity to seat 80 people. Its interior is full of artworks by Julio Romero de Torres, tables, and bathrooms resembling a barn. They have a dish-of-the-day for a price ranging between five and seven euros. On the weekends, you should book in advance as the space fills up quickly. The restaurant recommends the Madrid stew and beef tenderloin; when ordering, make sure you also order a few drinks from the bar to accompany your food.
Calle de la Cruz, 17, Madrid, Spain, +34 915 23 21 31
Pizzeria El Trébol makes handmade pizza prepared with the finest ingredients available. Since 1986 this pizzeria has offered its customers high-quality pizzas, made from fresh dough kneaded with care for each of their orders. In addition to this, the savory pies are not to be missed.
Calle de la Cruz 3, Madrid, Spain, +34 915 21 21 53
Cervecería Cervantes is a classic, bustling bar that provides a warm atmosphere and well-poured cañas to its customers. Waiters work in a small space, serving up seafood specialties, canapés, and beer at top speed. Both the gambas tostatas (prawn toast) and the percebes (goose barnacles) are highly recommended dishes. You’ll find the biggest crowd here just before lunchtime and again in the evening. This place is a must if you want to experience the real essence of Madrid in a busy bar with a fast and fun atmosphere.
Plaza de Jesús, 7, Madrid, Spain, +34 914 29 60 93
Lamucca de Prado
The Lamucca’s philosophy aims to unite high-quality food with a friendly and attentive service and a welcoming atmosphere. The lively music and the ability to have a drink, or a few cocktails, to outside on the terrace completes the unique personality of Lamucca. Lamucca de Prado‘s menu features an array of classics, combined with a service that makes the customer feel at home.
Calle del Prado, 16, Madrid, Spain, +34 915 21 00 00
When meeting your relatives or friends for a glass of red wine, a caña or a vermouth, Casa Alberto would be a wise choice to go to. Dishes that come highly recommended include the boquerones en vinagre (fresh anchovies marinated in a mixture of vinegar and olive oil, seasoned with garlic and parsley),the gambas al ajillo (prawns sautéed with garlic and lemon), and the caracoles a las madrileña (a Spanish-style snail stew).
Calle de Las Huertas, 18, Madrid, Spain, +34 914 29 93 56
The Pompeyana offers a varied menu with everything from Iberian ham to homemade dishes, such as ham croquettes and pizzas. Customers who visit the Taberna usually become regulars, as it’s the perfect place for a beer or to hold an informal dinner.
Calle Alvarez Gato, 5, Madrid, Spain, +34 915 22 93 75
La Fragua de Vulcano
La Fragua de Vulcano is a new restaurant, but still maintains the atmosphere of a post-war tavern. From the kitchen, you can smell the aroma of the simmering stews being cooked. The shrimp comes highly recommended, being one of the establishment’s most popular dishes. The waiters provide a personalized service, making for a laid-back atmosphere.
Calle Álvarez Gato, 9, Madrid, Spain, +34 915 22 36 05
La Tia Cebolla
Taberna La Tia Cebolla emphasises home cooking, and you can enjoy homemade food on their terrace or in their spacious indoor saloon. Specialties served here include oxtail, as well as mixed rice paella with chicken and seafood. The menu changes seasonally so you can try new dishes depending on the season, such as gazpacho (a cold soup made of raw vegetables) and campera salad in the summer.
Calle de la Cruz, 27, Madrid, Spain, +34 915 229 050
This local favorite serves up delicious Galician (a region in northwest Spain) food in Madrid. Although this tavern is often crowded, Taberna Maceiras don’t take reservations, but their famous seafood is worth the wait. Try the pulpo a la gallega (Galician octopus) or the mussels for an authentic Galician culinary experience.
Calle de Las Huertas, 66, Madrid, Spain, +34 914 29 58 18
Meal service:Lunch, Dinner
Atmosphere:Casual, Family Friendly, Traditional, Relaxed
Naturbier is a family restaurant that offers a wide range of traditional dishes, as well as German recipes to try with their craft beer. The brewery cellar is a fun space to meet with some friends or to host special occasions. Beer still remains as the highlight of the restaurant, and the self-service system featuring taps at every table adds a unique touch to the establishment. A screen by the tables displays the liters consumed and the cost of consumption.
Plaza de Santa Ana, 9, Madrid, Spain, +34 913 60 05 97