Fine Dining in Madrid Featured

Spain is no stranger to gourmand accolades. El Bulli, in Roses near Catalonia, was, until its closure in 2011, frequently named the best restaurant in the world. Accordingly, Spanish chefs have a certain standard to live up to and even surpass if they want to make a name for themselves. There’s nothing like a bit of competition to get the creative juices flowing, so we’ve chosen our four favorite Michelin restaurants in Madrid that we feel represent the best of new Spanish cooking.

by Miriam Barror


Santceloni – Two Stars

Modest, elegant and intriguing, Santceloni is a restaurant that not only delights the critics but has a loyal local fan base as well – always a great sign. Chef Oscar Velasco and his team produce culinary delights such as white veal knuckle and flambéed mackerel, surprising updates on traditional cuisine. Service is attentive, seating is extremely comfortable, the only problem you’ll have is leaving enough room for the impressive cheese tables! If you arrive early we recommend a pre-dinner cocktail in the sumptuous Punk Bach bar across the street to soak up the lively Madrid atmosphere before getting down to some serious dining. 


Punto MX – One Star

Punto MX has the honor of being the only Mexican restaurant in the world to hold a Michelin star and when you’ve been here you can see why they’ve been singled out. Chef Roberto Ruiz’s finesse is patent in dishes such as bone marrow grilled over charcoal or the red snapper with pineapple. Their superb house guacamole is made at your table, you choose the level of spice and their corn tortillas are probably the best this side of the Atlantic. Book well in advance but if you’re really stuck you might get lucky with a table in the less formal bistro upstairs. We highly recommend one of their many cocktails to accompany your dinner. 

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La Terraza del Casino – Two Stars

Fans of the now closed El Bulli will be happy to learn that Ferrán Adrià has not gone away. Happily for lovers of his extraordinary cuisine, Adrià is consultant and gastronomic director of this beautiful restaurant on the top floor of Casino de Madrid, an historical 19th century building on Calle Alcalá close to Plaza Puerte del Sol. You can expect the usual culinary magic that has made Adrià so beloved. We recommend going in late spring and dining al fresco on the romantic rooftop terrace. A dinner jacket for the gentlemen is obligatory.

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