Tapas, tortilla, turrones- oh my! Located in the center of Spain and the capital of the country, Madrid is flourishing with a myriad of traditional Spanish restaurants and restaurants with a modern take on Spanish cuisine. These are our top 5 picks.

1. Asador Donostiarra

If you’re looking for classic Basque food and traditional décor, Asador Donostiarra is a great place for you. With the excellent wine list, delicious food, and friendly staff, it’s no wonder that celebrities like David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo frequent here.

Insider tip: To dine like the football stars, try the Chuletón Donosti (red meat prepared at the table on a hot stone) or the Cocochas de Merluza (a typical Basque preparation of the merluza fish).

2. El Club Allard

This multi-award winning, Michelin starred restaurant specializes in local Spanish and Basque dishes with contemporary twists. El Club Allard allows you to pick one of the three “surprise” menus all of which include snacks, starters, two main dishes of fish and meat, a pre-dessert, and two desserts. (Dishes can be adapted for special diets and intolerances.)

Insider Tip: To get the top-notch dining experience, make sure to reserve La Pecera table (minimum of 6 people) for a unique and unforgettable evening.

3. La Terraza del Casino

The décor is worthwhile on its own, not to mention the two Michelin stars. The contemporary Spanish cuisine is out of this world. Ferran Adrià, the master chef behind the restaurant, has three Michelin stars of his own.

Insider Tip: Bring a camera, the panoramic views of Madrid are breathtaking.

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4. Zalacain

If dining with royalty is your thing, you’ve come to the right place. The royal family of Spain, among other prestigious guests, regularly makes an appearance at Zalacain. The food is a mixture of contemporary and traditional Spanish cuisine.

Insider tip: As one of the most elegant and prestigious restaurants in Madrid, make sure to be dressed sharply. In addition to the fabulous food, wine lovers- it’s your time to shine! Vast wine list available at your request.

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5. Botín

The world’s oldest restaurant is known for its delicious traditional Spanish cuisine that is cooked in the old Castilian way and has been awarded in Traveler’s Choice 2012 and in Forbes’ 10 Classic Restaurants. A must visit landmark of Madrid.

Insider tip: If Hemingway and Goya were among the many notable diners in the restaurant, Botín must be doing something right. Take a time travelling machine back to the 1500’s and on a hot summer evening, cool down with some of their signature sangria and indulge in their traditionally cooked suckling pig.

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    • BOTÍN

      The world’s oldest restaurant is known for its delicious traditional Spanish cuisine that is cooked in the old Castilian way and has been awarded in Traveler’s Choice 2012 and in Forbes’ 10 Classic Restaurants. A must visit landmark of Madrid.

    • ZALACAIN

      If dining with royalty is your thing, you’ve come to the right place.

    • LA TERRAZA DEL CASINO

      The décor is worthwhile on its own, not to mention the two Michelin stars. The contemporary Spanish cuisine is out of this world.

    • EL CLUB ALLARD

      This multi-award winning, Michelin starred restaurant specializes in local Spanish and Basque dishes with contemporary twists.

    • ASADOR DONOSTIARRA

      If you’re looking for classic Basque food and traditional décor, Asador Donostiarra is a great place for you.

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