When in Madrid, for sure, high on your list is a search for the best tapas in Madrid. This is understandable because tapas are internationally renowned. There are many restaurants in Madrid offering tapas. Hence, to eat well you must choose wisely. For the best tapas in Madrid, it is wise to follow recommendations than to go to a place without prior information. There are way too many restaurants in Madrid to make such decisions lightly
Before making a decision, why not check out the Spanish Food category on MuchBites or the MuchBites’ Favourites category? There you will find many restaurants that offer some of the best tapas in Madrid going. However, to start you off quickly, on this page you have a few restaurants that will deliver on that all Spanish tapas experience.
Try the best tapas in Madrid
El Escaldon – Canarian Restaurant Madrid
El Escaldon – C/Nuncio 17, Madrid, La Latina
An offering of Spanish tapas from the Canary Islands. Here you can sample some potatoes boiled in sea water and served with the special sauces know as “picon” – made with either red peppers from the Canaries and/or cilantro. The baked goats cheese with rum caramelised onions is also one not to be missed. Other things to try here would be the croquetas and the taco de ternera. This is truly one of the best tapas in Madrid experience that you will be talking about for a while to come
Taberna Maceiras – Galician Restaurant Madrid
Taberna Maceira – C/ de Las Huertas, 6
Serving Galician food from the north of Spain, this restaurant has a great selection of sea food. Must tries would include the pulpo a la gallega (octopus), merluza con gambas (hake with prawns) and also the cheeses and pimientos del padron. The Galician wine, Albarino is also served. They pay Galician folk music; which is a treat. If you are feeling fancy, try the rice with lobster! You will not be disappointed. (Please note: service here is somehow lacklustre, but the food will sort that out) La Manduca – Av. Donostiarra, 6, Ventas/El Carmen
This is an authentic Spanish food experience coupled with the home bar vibe. Located not too far from the centre and a hop and a skip from Plaza de Torros de las Ventas, they offer a not to be missed serving of patatas bravas with alioli (garlic mayo) and salsa brava. You must also try the huevos rotos con jamon, the canapes (long pieces of toasted ‘baguettes’) which include smoked cod with brie, among other options. Ask your waiter for the dish of day, which sometimes is as adventurous as pig snout or ears. Locals prize this place as some of the best tapas in Madrid, so reserve a table before you go.
Las Bravas – Various Location. Check: www.lasbravas.com
This is a charming collection of 3 restaurants well located in close proximity to Sol. They offer a not to be beaten taste of Spanish food in the centre. The patatas bravas and croquetas here alone will give you a broad understanding of local cuisine. To also try would be the tortilla espanola and the pincho morruno (meat skewers). The best Spanish tapas in Madrid.