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Cafe Varela

#336 of 8,972 Restaurants in Madrid
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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Calle Preciados 37, 28013 Madrid, Spain
+34 914 54 44 06
07:00 - 00:30
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margate, United States
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Paella on Spanish Rice..all types of shellfish..fresh and delicious..well seasoned...Delicious soups..excellent service..outside dining thoroughly enjoyable. Good wines and deserts

Thank Steven Y
Level Contributor
5 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We liked the menu they were displaying on the street, so we chose to go in and eat. It was the best service I have ever experienced in any restaurant in my life. Wonderful staff and great food. No problems getting glutenfree food and they were very flexible with changing the courses to make them glutenfree. Very kind and service... More 

Thank Dompis
Level Contributor
40 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Attached to Hotel Preciados in centre of town. We were atracted to the English menu and amazed by the quality of service, food and wine. Excellent guidence of food and wine gave us a very enjoyable evening with bonus brandy at the end of the evening. We went back for a second evening.

Thank Malcolm B
Falkirk, United Kingdom
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128 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2017

Part of the Hotel Preciados so you pay hotel prices. The measures that you get are great though. I had a brandy and it was huge... perfect for a nightcap (or to get the party started again). Nice place to sit and watch the people go by. Great if you stay at the hotel.

Thank linzerbairn
Belfast, United Kingdom
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216 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 188 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2017

Breakfast was great - can't disagree with the other reviewers on that at all. A wide selection of fresh fruit all well displayed - ready to plate and eat strawberries, ogen melon, kiwi, pineapple, papaya, orange & grapefruit - fabulous. I'm not a hot breakfast fan - but my husband is, and he enjoyed the fried egg served on bread... More 

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Miami, Florida
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31 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017 via mobile

I visited Cafe Varela for the first two years ago. The service and the food was so amazing that I promised to come back next time I travel to Madrid. And this is what I did. The same day that I arrived, With no doubts I went to Cafe Varela. Again ... I received the best service and ate the... More 

Thank BlueStar01
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22 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 February 2017 via mobile

Excellent meal! We had a marvelous surprise when we ordered the Paella. Despite the price (19 euros per person), it came with big shrimps and a lot of others seafoods. Totally recommend!

Thank Rodolpho C
Jakarta, Indonesia
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142 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 January 2017 via mobile

Although located in the tourist area, this restaurant offers good food at reasonable prices. The portions are huge, for example 'gambas al ajillo' (shrimps with garlic oil), while most tourist restaurants give just a few shrimps, here the dish was full of them. We ordered a few appetizers expecting the regular small portions and had trouble finishing them. The paella... More 

Thank Javier S
Atlanta, GA
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162 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 202 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 December 2016

Ate here on my first day of arrival after an overnight flight from the US. Was not expecting much since it was associated with the hotel and on a main tourist route, but I was pleasantly surprised. Fish and vegetables were all nicely prepared and the service quite good. I also noticed numerous locals eating here including quite a few... More 

Thank yes2travel
Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

Have to say food was good but there is a real lack of atmosphere very hard to explain it but no back ground music waiters completely silent all very strange !! Ordered food and it was with us within 10 mins max . Would I come again probably no unless I was desperate a shame really .

Thank Heather044

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Mediterranean, European, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Groups
Open Hours
07:00 - 00:30
07:00 - 00:30
07:00 - 00:30
07:00 - 00:30
07:00 - 00:30
07:00 - 00:30
07:00 - 00:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle Preciados 37, 28013 Madrid, Spain
  • Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Community of Madrid  >  Madrid>  > Centro
  • Neighbourhood: Centro
  • Phone Number: +34 914 54 44 06

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Centro

Neighbourhood Profile
Expansive plazas, local and foreign crowds, street performers, colorful lights, window shopping, restaurant signs promising the best paella, ham, and churros con chocolate- this is downtown Madrid, a collection of plazas interconnected by a network of side streets. Some of these side streets are wide pedestrian shopping routes, and some are hidden, so it's possible to duck in and out of the bustle as desired. The iconic Puerta del Sol is the giant crossroads of the city and a must-see attraction at any time of the day. The nearby Plaza Mayor, completely enclosed by historic red buildings, is an ideal place to grab a bite to eat outside, amidst scores of tables and people out for a stroll. Plaza Isabel II (also known as “Opera”) is smaller and a good meeting spot, and the stately Plaza del Oriente is the front yard of the Royal Palace. Centro can be touristy (pickpockets are unfortuately not unheard-of here), crowded, and sometimes gimmicky, but it is also the place to experience classic Madrid.
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