Madrid is the city to visit for restaurants which are dripping with awards and accolades. From experimental plates to classic Spanish cuisine, the city offers cuisine and ambiance to suit every mood. We take a look at the best restaurants in Madrid for an introduction to the city’s fine dining scene.
La Biblioteca at Hotel Santo Mauro
La Biblioteca restaurant was once the library of the Duke of Santo Mauro, and original features such as the antique fireplace, book-lined walls and cherry wood paneling remain to provide a scholarly ambiance.
Accommodating 24-30 diners, the Biblioteca provides an intimate dining experience and offers a cellar of over 200 wines. In summer, visitors can enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail on the restaurant terrace with views of the charming Santo Mauro walled garden, making it one of the most romantic restaurants in Madrid. The chef here has produced an imaginative Spanish menu, of which a highlight is La Biblioteca’s à la carte breakfast. Located in the palace’s old dance halls with glass doors opening onto the hotel’s garden, AC Santo Mauro’s meeting rooms double up as private dining rooms.
La Terraza del Casino
Formerly overseen by lauded chef Ferran Adrià, who is considered one of the most influential chefs worldwide, La Terraza was then passed to Adrià’s protégé, Paco Roncero who earned the restaurant two Michelin stars. The innovative and experimental culinary offering includes a 21-course tasting menu, which can be savored in Jamie Hayón’s sophisticated modern interior where geometric forms conjure images of precious stones. Alongside this cutting-edge cuisine and design however, traditional sensibilities survive. As a part of the exclusive private club, Casino de Madrid, the restaurant has a strict jacket and tie dress code.