Gran Via is one of the busiest streets in central Madrid, with an abundance of designer stores and upmarket establishments. There are also innumerable restaurants on this street and in the surrounding area that offer almost every type of cuisine imaginable, from traditional Spanish favorites to unique international options. Here we explore the 10 best restaurants in Gran Vía.
GastroVia 61 in Gran Vía serves food of excellent quality at a very fair price. It is located in the Best Western Hotel Mayorazgo and specializes in cocido madrileño, a traditional stew made with chickpeas, meat and vegetables. The dining room is tastefully decorated and creates a relaxing atmosphere where visitors can retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city center. In addition, the service is impeccable, making this restaurant one of the best in Madrid. Opening hours: Mon-Sun 1pm-4pm, 8pm-10:30pm
Located on the top floor of the quintessential Spanish department store El Corte Inglés, only seconds away from Gran Vía, Chifa Boteco is a gourmet stand with space for a mere 14 people. Diners sit at the wooden bar and watch the chefs prepare their meal. The menu offers a selection of dishes that blend American and Asian cuisine, and they have a short but excellent wine list. Opening hours: Mon-Thurs 10am-12am; Fri-Sat 11am-1am; Sun 11am-12am
Paco Morales, the chef who is in charge of Al Trapo, aims for a traditional cuisine with modern touches here and there, using fresh ingredients to achieve the greatest taste possible. Oysters, mushroom omelets, Vietnamese rolls, roast duck and green tea mousse are just a few of the innovative recipes that visitors can expect at this excellent bistro. It is located in the Hotel IBEROSTAR in Madrid’s Gran Vía, so is an excellent base from which tourists can explore the city. Opening hours: Tue-Sat 1pm-4pm, 8pm-11:30pm
The self-proclaimed ‘best French restaurant in Madrid’ is situated near the Opera, a brisk five-minute walk from Gran Vía. Their menu changes seasonally to ensure the freshness of their ingredients, with delicious winter and summer menus. A typical summer menu at La Esquina del Real might include a mouthwatering variety of refreshing salads, plenty of meat and an assortment of delectable desserts. Their dining room is modestly sized, so reservations are recommended. Opening hours: Mon-Fri 2pm-3:30pm, 9pm-11:30pm; Sat 9pm-11:30pm
Jamón Serrano – or Spanish ham – is a gastronomic must for those who are visiting the country for the first time, and what better place to try it, along with some excellent Spanish tapas, than at El Jamón de la Gran Vía, a restaurant that specializes in ham. Diners can choose from a selection of tapas or dishes which are all prepared for sharing, so a wide range of traditional Spanish recipes can be sampled. The menu offers calamari, croquettes, octopus and Spanish omelets among other delicious recipes. Opening hours: Mon-Sun 9am-12am
Appetizing recipes made with market-bought ingredients is the mission of this lovely restaurant. The menu is limited because the chef adheres to the philosophy that fresh produce makes for the best dishes, resulting in an incredible quality of food. Casa 9, situated a block away from the Gran Vía, is undoubtedly one of the best restaurants in the area, and the two young men who run it are doing an excellent job of preparing enjoyable dishes and pairing them with a very attentive service. Opening hours: Mon-Sun 1:30pm-5pm, 8:30pm-12am
Granvía Uno, Madrid | Image courtesy of Desengaño 13
Granvía Uno is located, as its name indicates, at number 1 Gran Vía. There are two menus: a regular menu with a mix of foods from classy tapas and steaks, to less sophisticated, but equally tasty, hamburgers and pizzas, and a special white truffle menu. This restaurant also has different wine and cocktail menus, both of which have an excellent selection of drinks. Visitors who are tired from shopping and sightseeing around the Gran Vía area will no doubt enjoy the excellent food this restaurant has to offer. Opening hours: Mon-Sun 12pm-2am
Run by a friendly chef who loves to interact with his guests, Desengaño 13 is one of the most unique restaurants near Gran Vía. The menu is divided into three parts: dishes based on products that come from the garden, those that come from the sea and those that come from the farm, providing a wide range of choices for all tastes. The cuisine is inspired by Spanish gastronomy, but the chef has improved on the recipes and made them his own, serving tempting variations of the classics.
Opening hours: Mon-Thurs 10am-12am; Fri 10am-1:30am; Sat 10am-2am
This is not the first Galician restaurant to feature on a list of the best restaurants in Madrid: Northern cuisine is very appreciated and famous in the capital, especially when it comes to seafood-based dishes. Cabo Finisterre is located very close to the Gran Vía, and serves the very best of the best of Galician gastronomy. Travelers should expect a lot of deliciously prepared seafood, as well as exquisite meat-based dishes, which are this restaurant’s specialty. Opening hours: Mon-Sat 12pm-1am
La Chocita del Loro has great food, but what makes it stand out from all the other restaurants in the area is not its menu, but a unique characteristic: during dinner there is a stand-up comedy show. Most of Spain’s famous comedians come here on tour, so travelers who speak Spanish and who want to experience the culture in a new and exciting way should pay this place a visit. Buy tickets online to avoid the queue.
Opening hours: depending on the time the show starts, it usually opens between 7:30pm and 9pm