Madrid: Restaurante Botin – the oldest restaurant in the world!


My cousin Sharon booked us a table at the oldest restaurant in the world and it was in Madrid. Initially I was hesitant to go to Restaurante Botin because of the mixed reviews I read online. The ratings were really from very negative to superlatives. But I thought since it managed to stay open since 1725 the food must be something else.

Even before the restaurant opened at 7:00 pm there was already a lot of people waiting to get in.
Restaurante Botin

Restaurante Botin

Restaurante Botin

The dining area at the ground level had an old world ambiance that was quite pleasing.
Restaurante Botin

A room off the kitchen was filled with already cooked cochinillo or roast suckling baby pig, the restaurant’s specialty.
Restaurante Botin

As nice as the ground floor dining area was I was glad they led us to the basement area.
Restaurante Botin

I loved the cave like dining area where it was cooler. It really felt like I was in the oldest restaurant in the world.
Restaurante Botin

Restaurante Botin

Restaurante Botin

Is this the world’s first bag holder?
Restaurante Botin

This was their menu.
Restaurante Botin

Restaurante Botin

Their sangria was strong and sweet.
1/2 sangria €7,50
1/2 sangria €7,50

No free bread here! Each one cost €1.95 and I didn’t remember ordering so much. I didn’t even eat my share.
pan (bread) €1,95 each
pan (bread) €1,95 each

Their croquetas was the best I’ve eaten in my entire time in Spain. The chicken and ham wasn’t too finely chopped and I could still taste the texture of the meat. The white sauce that held the croquetas together was thick but not too rich.
croquetas de pollo y jamon (chicken & ham croquettes) €9,10
croquetas de pollo y jamon (chicken & ham croquettes) €9,10

The black sausage had a strong flavor from cumin and the texture reminded me of liver. Not bad at all.
morcilla de Burgos (black sausage from Burgos) €8,70
morcilla de Burgos (black sausage from Burgos) €8,70

It was a good thing we halved an order of the suckling pig or else we couldn’t have eaten other things. Half an order was more than enough for one person. We saw the plates of the other diners who ordered a full serving of suckling pig and it was big. I got the bony part of the pig which I loved. There was more crispy skin and the meat near the bones were even more delicate. It was very juicy, smokey and very flavorful. It was really worth it.
cochinillo asado (roast suckling pig) 1/2 order
1/2 order cochinillo asado (roast suckling pig)  €23,95 (full order)

Rochelle got a smaller portion but it was meatier and she couldn’t finish it. We have cochinillo in several restaurants in Manila and they are good but none are as juicy as this. Look at all the natural juice that seeped out on the plate.
cochinillo asado (roast suckling pig) 1/2 order

Anyone going to Madrid I suggest a meal at the world’s oldest restaurant. Try to reserve a table at the basement and enjoy the suckling pig.
Restaurante Botin bill

Restaurante Botin Spanish menu
Restaurante Botin menu in Spanish

Restaurante Botin English menu
Restaurante Botin menu in English

Restaurante Botin

Across the street was this store that specialized in empanadas or Galician pies.
el rincon empanada de la gallaga

I really, really wanted to try any one of these pies but I was too full to think about more food.
el rincon empanada de la gallaga

Restaurante Botin
Calle de los Cuchilleros, 17 28005 Madrid, Spain
telephone: +34 913664217
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10 thoughts on “Madrid: Restaurante Botin – the oldest restaurant in the world!

  1. The filipino staffs of el botin were so accommodating, if it were not for them, we will never have a chance to eat at this famous restaurant! No regrets, that was the most expensive meal we had during our trip. We were also toured all over the place.

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  2. Out of the 70 staffs of Botin, there are around 14 filipinos working there and the guy who does the cuchinillo has been with them for the past 20 yrs.

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  3. Id read the article from top to bottom and can say fairly enough that you had done a great job on rating this resto. Glad you enjoy your meal on the resto..somehow..hehehe. just want to comment a bit,. I am Chef Michael Alim, one of the three pinoy chefs that has given the opportunity to prove that we pinoys really are world class cooking experts. im so glad that the cuchinillo really pleases your paladar. coz, its been 13yrs. now since pinoy take the highest position on roasting the suckling pigs and baby lambs. the owner itself has given us pinoy na the trust and confidence on handling the resto´s most important dish of the house……which is their specialty eversince. anyway, thanks a lot po for the article and have a nice day ahead of us pinoys!. hope to see you soon!. anyway query po , you can send me though this email. xtianquel@yahoo.es. mabuhay po tayong lhat!.

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  4. Thanks Chef Mike! How I wish I got to met you and the other Pinoy chefs to congratulate you for a job well done! It makes me so proud to know that behind the fame and success of the oldest restaurant are Pinoy chefs. I also wish I got to try the baby lamb. Hope to see you one of these days.

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