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Cafe Gijon

Paseo Recoletos 21, 28004 Madrid, Spain
+34 915 21 54 25
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  • Excellent18%
  • Very good20%
  • Average20%
  • Poor15%
  • Terrible27%
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“pastry” (3 reviews)
“tapas” (8 reviews)
“calamari” (3 reviews)
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Cafe, Mediterranean, European, Spanish
$$ - $$$
Paseo Recoletos 21, 28004 Madrid, Spain
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1 - 10 of 112 reviews

Reviewed 6 July 2017 via mobile

Great food, great service, great romantic setting!! Outside chairs VERY uncomfortable for people of size :/

Thank Kristjana J
Reviewed 6 July 2017

At first, don't expect the waiters treat you as in the US, people in Madrid are not wired like that, when I arrived the waiter seem cold and distant, I started to chat with him, and still he was very serious and he got me...More

Thank Jahlile
Reviewed 8 June 2017

My wife and I had lunch at this historical place with a couple of good friends that were visiting Madrid. We thoroughly enjoyed the wonderful spring weather while sharing very tasty traditional Spanish "tapas": Food was good, service was cordial and prices were reasonable. I...More

Thank germanr288
Reviewed 1 June 2017 via mobile

Been here several times. It's never been great but this visit topped all visit. Waited 30 mins to be served, several waiters acknowledged but not served. Finally as we got up to leave they tried to serve us. Explained how long we had waited and...More

Thank davidpoldham
Reviewed 30 April 2017 via mobile

Went here to grab a quick drink in the late afternoon. The waiter was unfriendly and annoyed that we tried to order drinks which were on the menu but not available. Nice looking well stocked bar but he would not do any cocktails - shame....More

Thank Markus D
Reviewed 1 April 2017 via mobile

...tasted good although it wasn't the cheapest of places (and that's not the point, either). The elderly gentleman serving as a bartender seemed to be well aware of his own worth so... try to be delicate, though :)

Thank Kristel H
Reviewed 25 March 2017 via mobile

It might be historical as far as Madrid goes but just pop your head in the door, a quick glance around and get out before the waiter gives you "the look". If you sit down and have a coffee it's your choice, you have been...More

Thank Michael M
Reviewed 23 February 2017

Renowned as a meeting place for literary figures of the pre civil war era, this place certainly draws on its history. The room has an old fashioned charm but the service and food are mediochre at best. On our visit the table was set with...More

Thank George B
Reviewed 20 February 2017 via mobile

Everything in this place smells old. The brownie tasted to fungus and the coffee was the worst. Only for uninformed tourists. And the worst: the price.

Thank Juan Carlos G
Reviewed 1 January 2017

I love this cafe and its wonderful people. Even though I do not speak Spanish, staff were glad to assist in any way possible. Thank you for that kindness. This cafe is truly an historic marker for literary Madrid and Spain. The red wine choices...More

1  Thank Kevin H
Barrio de Salamanca
Broad, tree-lined avenues with pretty streetlights
frame the neighbourhood of Barrio Salamanca. With
beautiful condominium buildings that make up most
blocks in this area, this part of town is refined and
quiet. It is also host to a few of the city's large
shopping avenues, including Calle Serrano and Calle
Jose Ortega y Gasset. A walk down these streets will
reveal upscale chains, small boutiques, and plenty of
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After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
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Open Hours
07:30 - 01:30
07:30 - 01:30
07:30 - 01:30
07:30 - 01:30
07:30 - 01:30
07:30 - 01:30
07:30 - 01:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Paseo Recoletos 21, 28004 Madrid, Spain
  • Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Community of Madrid  >  Madrid>  > Barrio de Salamanca
  • Neighbourhood: Barrio de Salamanca
  • Phone Number: +34 915 21 54 25
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