Sobrino de Botín is a Spanish restaurant in Madrid, founded in 1725, that is the oldest restaurant in the world in continuous operation. The artist Francisco de Goya worked in Cafe Botín as a waiter while waiting to get accepted into the Royal Academy of Fine Arts. The restaurant is mentioned in an Ernest Hemingway novel and the book Fortunata y Jacinta by Benito Pérez Galdós (published 1886–1887).
The restaurant was founded in 1725 by Frenchman Jean Botin and his wife, and was originally called Casa Botín. Upon Botin's death, a nephew called Candido Remis changed the name to Sobrino de Botín, which survives to this day. Sobrino is the Spanish word for nephew.
|Monday||1:00 – 4:00 PM, 8:00 PM – 12:00 AM|
|Tuesday||1:00 – 4:00 PM, 8:00 PM – 12:00 AM|
|Wednesday||1:00 – 4:00 PM, 8:00 PM – 12:00 AM|
|Thursday||1:00 – 4:00 PM, 8:00 PM – 12:00 AM|
|Friday||1:00 – 4:00 PM, 8:00 PM – 12:00 AM|
|Saturday||1:00 – 4:00 PM, 8:00 PM – 12:00 AM|
|Sunday||1:00 – 4:00 PM, 8:00 PM – 12:00 AM|
Kaming Cheung | Jul 9, 2018
We made a reservation in advance so they seated us right away. For a late lunch, the place was packed with people and tables. My husband got the suckling pig (24.80 euros) which according to him, was really delicious but a lot of meat. There's only 3 tiny potatoes to go with it and I though it could have been better balanced. I got the clams ( 24 euros) which were really fresh but way too salty. The bread goes really well with it but you'd have to pay additional per person.
Rainer Mager | Jun 29, 2018
This place is famous for being the oldest restaurant in the world. The inside layout and decor definitely shows this history, but in a good way. The food was good, although not amazing. It was quite crowded and is clearly a popular tourist attraction. If you are specifically interested in seeing this place because of its history then it is worth it. If you are looking for a great place for food, then there are better options.
Angeline Lee | Jun 23, 2018
About 80% of the customers were tourists, with some spending a long time taking photos - can’t blame them though coz it’s a nice historical house that clearly has history. The roast suckling pig was nice & tender, though my 2 companions felt that the one in Segovia was more tender. Loved the accompanying potatoes. The portion was a bit much for 1 person (the best would be to order 3 portions for 4 people). And for first timers, remember that there’s no sauce or condiments for the roast suckling pig, it’s just meat & salt (Asians & Americans who are used to sauces would find it “plain”). Skip the bread at 1.75€ per piece (not per basket of bread) as it was hard & cold. Sangria was good (might as well go all out on the touristy stuff!)
Jim T | May 6, 2018
Friends said we had to visit this landmark restaurant. Very glad we did! We showed up on a Saturday night at 9pm with no reservations and the host found us a table (small quiet room on main floor - we later toured the restaurant at our waiter's encouragement and saw there were two upper floors and a basement - all very vibrant - would have preferred those but we were lucky to get seated at all). I had steak that was excellent and my wife had her first-ever roast suckling pig (she probably won't have it again but for one time only, this was the place to have it). Dinner for two with drinks was 85 euro - the cost/ quality compared to NYC restaurants is an incredible value. Highly recommend - great meal and you become part of history.
Ant Duarte | Jun 29, 2018
Amazing historical restaurant! Javier was so welcoming (like old friends). This is a must when in Madrid. Food was excellent and prices where great for what you receive. Great! Great! Great!
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