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The Best Tapas Restaurants in and around Huertas, Madrid

Tapas at TriCiclo
Tapas at TriCiclo | © Heather Sperling / Flickr
With its pedestrianised streets, cool boutiques and great bars, Huertas is one of Madrid’s most popular neighbourhoods. And it’s also a great place to eat, with a range of tapas restaurants, from modern creative cuisine to classic taverns. We take a look at some of the best.

Vi Cool

Restaurant, Spanish, $$$
Tapas at Vi Cool | © DocSearls / Flickr
If you want to try food by a Michelin-starred chef at less-than-Michelin prices, then Vi Cool is a good choice in Huertas. Opened by Sergi Arola to make the kind of dishes the award-winning chef loves to eat in his downtime, the menu features Catalan classics like cocas – a kind of Catalan pizza – alongside a range of hot and cold tapas dishes including patatas bravas and la bomba, a Catalan tapa of minced beef encased in mashed potato – delicious.
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Taberna Maceiras

Restaurant, Spanish, $$$
Galician-style octopus | © demi / Flickr
Specialising in the cuisine of Galicia, in northwest Spain, Taberna Maceiras is a laid-back place popular with locals that is a great pit-stop if you’re heading off to explore the nearby Reina Sofia or Prado art museums. Try the pulpo a la gallega – Galician-style octopus sprinkled with paprika or the juicy green padrón peppers washed down with a crisp, Albariño, a white wine from Galicia.
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Meal service:

Lunch, Dinner


Casual, Family Friendly, Traditional, Relaxed
Mon - Thu:
1:15 pm - 4:15 pm
Fri - Sun:
1:15 pm - 4:45 pm
Sun - Thu:
8:00 pm - 12:15 am
Fri - Sat:
8:30 pm - 1:00 am

Cervecería Alemana

Bar, Restaurant, Spanish, $$$
Cerveceria Alemana Viaggio Vero Flickr
Cervecería Alemana | © Viaggio Vero / Flickr

It might be a cervecería (beer house) but this traditional, century-old spot, which hasn’t changed much since it opened in 1904, is an atmospheric stop on Plaza de Santa Ana if you’re looking for a bite to eat. Grab the window seat, Ernest Hemingway’s favourite, and enjoy an ice-cold caña (little beer) bocadillos (sandwiches) or raciones (sharing plates) like like tortilla de patatas (Spanish potato omelette), albondigas (meatballs) and croquettes.

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Restaurant, Spanish, Fusion, $$$

This modern tapas bar has several branches around Madrid and an extensive menu that caters for everyone, including vegetarians, with creative tapas dishes at a reasonable price. Grab a seat on the outdoor terrace on the buzzing Plaza de Santa Ana and enjoy tapas dishes including vegetable tempura, duck ravioli and mini hamburgers.

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Restaurant, Spanish, Fusion, $$$
Tapas at TriCiclo | © Heather Sperling / Flickr

Most of the dishes at this modern tapas joint, which has been praised by some of Madrid’s finest chefs, come in full, 1/2 and 1/3 ración sizes, which means diners can mix and match and try a whole range of delicious plates. Dishes range from Spanish home-cooking classics (a cocido – a typical Madrid stew – stock with ravioli) to internationally inspired flavours (pig’s ear Thai salad). All dishes mix local Spanish ingredients with a creative and avant-garde touch.

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La Mucca del Prado

Restaurant, Spanish, Fusion, Asian, Italian, $$$

With its cool, industrial chic interior, exposed brick walls and menu packed with crowd-pleasing Spanish and international dishes, La Mucca is always busy and a good option for lunch or dinner in Huertas. Its menu is split into sharing dishes, including jamón; Mexican fare like quesadillas and nachos; croquettes; pasta and rice dishes; pizzas; meat; and fish dishes.

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Restaurante Casa Alberto

Bar, Restaurant, Spanish, $$$

Casa Alberto is a relic from a different era; this traditional tavern opened its doors in 1827 and has been providing locals with beers and vermouth – as well as a menu of local classics – ever since. While these days it’s less ‘local hidden gem’ and more ‘tourist central’, its front bar area is a good place for a drink and a few tapas (there is also a restaurant in the back for more formal dining). This is a good place to try Madrid specialities including callos (tripe), Madrid-style snails and pig’s ear. For the less adventurous, the menu also includes cheeses, patatas bravas and cod tapas.

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These recommendations were updated on April 5, 2018 to keep your travel plans fresh.