Looking for the Best Tapas in Madrid? Check out these top spots to taste authentic, traditional, and delicious tapas in the Spanish capital!
Best Tapas in Madrid
At the foundation of Spanish cuisine is the tapa: a small, sharable plate of food, unrestricted in its ingredients and centered on quality. The Spanish way is to eat and share a variety of different kinds of dishes as you drink and socialize, all while enjoying the beauty shared by life and food. In the capital of Spain, you can find some of the best tapas restaurants the cuisine has to offer. Here is a list of the best tapas in Madrid:
Rosi La Loca:
Beautiful and delicious. This is the emblem of Madrid and its tapas scene, and no better emblematic is Rosi La Loca, a charming little spot in the Sol area where you can get yourself some absolutely beautiful and delicious tapas. On outside appearance alone it invites you into to its decorative interior with a picture-perfect presentation of bright yellow façade and floral abundance. In the Spanish style it offers a wide variety options, paella, steak, seafood, tacos, and croquettas being some of its highlights. It’s a must, so grab a reservation and enjoy the splendor.
Address: Calle de Cádiz, 4, 28012 Madrid
Metro: Sol (Lines 1, 2, 3)
Phone: +34 915 32 66 81
Inclan Brutal Bar
A bold twist on the traditional tapas restaurant, Inclan Brutal Bar stands out as modern and innovative culinary destination. The sleek atmosphere alone is reason enough to come and try their brilliant fusion of Spanish, Asian, and Italian cuisine. Full of flavor, dishes like the truffle tortilla take the wonders of Spanish cuisine and bring it to another level. It’s a tapas experience like no other, and can’t be missed.
Address: Calle de Álvarez Gato, 4, 28012 Madrid
Metro: Sol (Lines 1, 2, 3)
Phone: +34 910 23 80 38
Interested in trying Michelin-star food at a modest price? Managed by the famous Sergi Arola, Vi Cool has made a name for itself as one of the best bars in Madrid delivering a modern approach to tapas. Whether starting off with their specialty patatas bravas, or digging into one of their sharable raciones plates, you will not be disappointed by the quality and the style this place has to offer.
Address: Calle de las Huertas, 12, 28012 Madrid
Metro: Sol (Lines 1, 2, 3), Antón Martin (Line 1)
Phone: +34 914 29 49 13
Bodega de la Ardosa
If you’re looking for a traditional tapas taberna, you have to do it right by going to one of the oldest in the city. 127 years old and still running like a well-oiled machine, Bodega de la Ardosa is your quintessential antique tapas restaurant that serves a Madrid-style tortilla de patata done to absolute juicy perfection. To drink you can find beloved Spanish vermouth ready on tap. This well-preserved gem of a classic Spanish restaurant can’t be missed when in the country’s capital.
Address: Calle de Colón, 13, 28004 Madrid
Metro: Tribunal (Lines 1, 10) Noviciado (Line 2)
Phone: +34 915 21 49 79
One of the many tapas bars packed along the famous Calle Cava Baja, El Tempranillo makes its case by promising a truly authentic Spanish dining experience. “Solo vinos españoles” – only Spanish wines are offered in this small yet confident establishment where you can find some of the best selection of pinchos (small baguette slices with various toppings) in the city. The place fills up fast, especially on weekends, so make sure to arrive early to secure a seat.
Address: Calle de la Cava Baja, 38, 28005 Madrid
Metro: La Latina (Line 5)
Phone: +34 913 64 15 32
Enjoying a caña (small beer) in an open plaza while your sharable tapas slowly roll out to your table is a cultural practice that just about every Spaniard understands. Off the beaten path from the city center in the gorgeous Plaza de Olavide, Méntrida is a humble yet achieving establishment when it comes to delivering a truly local tapas experience. The restaurant has an extensive menu of delicious and traditional tapas, and is known for their gluten-free options fully safe for coeliacs. A snapshot a real life in Madrid can be seen in the Chamberí neighborhood when spending an evening at Méntrida.
Address: Plaza de Olavide, 3, 28010 Madrid
Metro: Quevedo (Line 2), Iglesia (Line 1)
Phone: +34 914 48 89 35
Casa Gonzalez is picturesque, representative in its compact appearance of the traditional Spanish tapas bar. A homey, comfortable interior is where you will have the opportunity to indulge in some of Spain’s most traditional bites, from jamón ibérico de bellota (Iberian ham) to cured manchego cheese. Here the ideal of Spain is captured as a warm, welcoming restaurant to enjoy some of the best food you can find in the Madrid.
Address: Calle del León, 12, 28014 Madrid
Metro: Antón Martin (Line 1), Sol (Lines 1, 2, 3)
Phone: +34 914 29 56 18
Botín is famously known as the world’s oldest restaurant, and does not disappoint when it comes to representing this title as well as the traditions of Spanish cuisine. Here you can indulge in their specialty cochinillo (roast suckling pig) and cordero lechal (roast suckling lamb) that is perfectly roasted in their 300-year-old ovens still burning hot to this day. The dining experience is one-of-a-kind, and you certainly feel like you’re a part of history when eating at the restaurant who’s tables have seen Francisco Goya, Ernest Hemingway, and Spanish royalty throughout the many years.
Address: Calle de Cuchilleros, 17, 28005 Madrid
Metro: Sol (Lines 1, 2, 3), La Latina (Line 5)
Phone: +34 913 66 42 17
La Musa Latina
Found in the lively La Latina neighborhood, La Musa Latina blends in well as a chill and fun atmosphere to enjoy some exceptional, alternative tapas. Standouts include the octopus, wild boar, and tempura prawns, but just about anything you order will taste exquisite. The restaurant has a seamless mix of informal and formal, with both a casual bar area (rumor has it that you might find a ping pong table) as well as a sit-down dining area, its impossible to feel out of place at this one-of-a-kind tapas bar.
Address: Costanilla de San Andrés, 12, 28005 Madrid
Metro: La Latina (Line 5)
Phone: +34 913 54 02 55
Celso y Manolo
This recently opened tapas bar is a fresh addition to the many that Madrid has to offer. In a bright and cozy interior, you will be able choose from a large menu of more than 80 different kinds of tapas, all drawing from fresh regional ingredients ensuring both a healthy and tasty meal. Cantabrian lamp chops, Catalonian red shrimp, and a unique take on the local Madrid favorite bocadillo de calamares (fried squid sandwich). If you’re looking for traditional Spanish food derived and prepared with the quality of ingredients in mind, Celso y Manolo is certainly the place you want to be.
Address: Calle de la Libertad, 1, 28004 Madrid
Metro: Banco de España (Line 2), Chueca (Line 5)
Phone: +34 915 31 80 79
Here is a long list of all the best Tapas in Madrid, with local classics, seafood tapas and much more! We Highly recommend you trying our following Tapas Tour:
- Old Town Tapas Tour
- Cooking Spanish Tapas
- Vegan Tapas Tour
- Wine and Tapas Tour
- Gourmet Tapas and Wine Tour
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