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Cafe Melo's

#43 of 8,483 Restaurants in Madrid
Certificate of Excellence
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Lavapies
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Calle Ave Maria 44, 28012 Madrid, Spain
+34 915 27 50 54
Monday
Closed
Hours:
Tue - Sat 20:00 - 01:00
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42 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We arrived just before 9 pm and this place was already getting crowded. We ordered the morcilla, zapatilla, and croquetas, and we were not disappointed! It's great for a casual meal and typical Spanish experience. Also, it was very reasonably priced for all of the food and drinks, we paid under 20 Euros! I would definitely recommend this to anyone... More 

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Thank Cbo12345
Wichita, Kansas
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

Husband and I heard of its awesomeness and showed up at quarter past 8pm on a Friday night - already packed! We were lucky to sit at the bar. Ordered croquetas and a full zapatilla to split - we were struggling by the end!! It was really delicious and the staff are my heroes. It thinned out around 9pm so... More 

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Thank Siena M
London
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13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

Popped in late night for the famous zappatilla and was not disappointed. It's a beast and was probably the best €7 I spent in Madrid. Will be back again in 2 weeks

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Thank Urchinboy
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

This place knows what it does best and does it well. They have a small menu but the food is great. The croquetas were delicious and the zapatillas are enormous.

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Thank Ben M
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

This place has been open for years and has a kind of cult following. In order to get a seat you have to get there early as it gets crowded. The menu is small but everyone more or less goes there for the homemade croquettes, and the "zapatillas" which are kind of very large hunks of crusty bread filled with... More 

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Thank Tracey O
romania
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19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016

Well...Melos...this is something you have to try ...I would say once ...but I'm sure you will return over an dover again.It's incredible how you can fit hundreds of people in a bar...how the Sir over the counter can memorize PERFECTLY all the orders in chronological order..and how you can have a GREAT time with food crossing over your head...passing the... More 

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Thank Anca M
Jerusalem, Israel
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2016

Small and crowded place with a lot of local people. I ate half Zapatilla and couldn't it more for about two days! And it was delicious!

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Thank edelmantos
New Jersey
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71 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016

I started with a Jamon croquette which was good. It was a mistake as I then tried their famous Zapatilla sandwich ham and cheese sandwich with big chunks of ham. Even the half order is larger than any full sandwich I'd order anywhere else. And its super cheap. I managed to finish it but I was way too full. After... More 

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Thank eng333
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14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2016

Melo's serves the type of food that you can feel clogging your arteries as you're eating it. It's so good it doesn't matter though. Just sit back and enjoy the egregious grease and calorie count. Melo's is famous for its Zapatillo sandwich, which is 3-4 layers of pork and thick Galician cheese bookended by two pieces of soft, buttery toast.... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2016

Best sandwiches ever. Go there very very hungry and you might finish half a sandwich. Always crowded, always noisy, very unlikely to get a seat - but well worth it.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Spanish
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Cheap Eats, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Tuesday
20:00 - 01:00
Wednesday
20:00 - 01:00
Thursday
20:00 - 01:00
Friday
20:00 - 01:00
Saturday
20:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle Ave Maria 44, 28012 Madrid, Spain
  • Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Community of Madrid  >  Madrid>  > Lavapies
  • Neighbourhood: Lavapies
  • Phone Number: +34 915 27 50 54

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Lavapies

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Lavapies
Walking into this neighbourhood is like entering a different country ... except it's hard to tell which one it is. One side of Calle Lavapiés is lined with Indian restaurants, the other with kebab shops. Men in traditional African clothing convene outside their businesses for long chats, and people shout to each other across plazas and streets. Interspersed among ethnic specialty shops are independent theaters and dance studios, and two large arts and cultural centers — the beautiful Casa Encendida and the Tabacalera, a former tobacco factory — all of which attract young crowds. Along Calle Argumosa, the place to go for drinks, artists and art appreciators with piercings and dreadlocks convene in the street’s eclectic array of young, hip bars. Though some of the side streets can get a little seedy at night, Lavapiés is still the place to go for those seeking a unique blend of arts and culture in an international and funky neighbourhood.
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