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Restaurante El Botanico

Calle Ruiz de Alarcon 27 | hace esquina con calle Espalter, 28014 Madrid, Spain
+34 914 20 23 42
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  • Excellent31%
  • Very good37%
  • Average13%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible11%
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Mediterranean, European, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Calle Ruiz de Alarcon 27 | hace esquina con calle Espalter, 28014 Madrid, Spain
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you can’t speak fluent and perfect Spanish, don’t go here. My husband and I have been fortunate enough to travel pretty extensively throughout Europe, and have felt very welcome and comfortable at EVERY cafe, bar, restaurant that we have ever been a patron of,...More

Thank Sunny M
Madrid_Happy_People, Comunicación at Restaurante El Botanico, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hi Sunny! Thank you very much for leaving your opinion. We are very sorry! There is no excuse for that behaviour... we will speak with our team asap. Hope you can forgive us and we get another chance. Have a nice day

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Arrived parched and ready for something to drink after a lot of walking, sat down and had a staff member just say Hola, Food?’ to us. Then we said we’d just like drinks please and was abruptly told ‘No, no drink’ ‘Food’ as he rushed...More

Thank PhiliasF
Madrid_Happy_People, Comunicación at Restaurante El Botanico, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Philias, Thank you very much for your opinion. We are very very sorry! Of course you can drink at El Botánico restaurant when you want as everyone do. We will speak with our team to solve it. Have a nice day!

Reviewed 15 May 2018

We both required a refreshing drink and as this restaurant had just commenced trading for the day we ordered orange juices and a cappuccino for myself. Drinks took a while to arrive but then we realised that juice was from freshly squeezed oranges. Very tasty...More

Thank Dan L
Madrid_Happy_People, Comunicación at Restaurante El Botanico, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Thanks for your opinion Dan! Next time we will do our best to serve you faster. Hope you come back soon!

Reviewed 25 April 2018 via mobile

The snails in red sauce were very good, and the paella was pretty good, but the service was pretty slow. I guess there’s reason why we could get in without reservations.More

Thank Docstaph
Madrid_Happy_People, comunicación at Restaurante El Botanico, responded to this reviewResponded 26 April 2018

Hi Docstaph! Thank you very much for leaving your opinion :) We're glad you like the snails and paella! Hope you come back soon to taste other menu dishes. We are very sorry for the slow service. We will work on it to improve it!...More

Reviewed 7 April 2018 via mobile

Excellent restaurant and cafe! From the starters and the main courses to the desserts and the coffee, each item is a unique pleasant surprise. Very reasonably priced, with friendly service and right next doors to the Prado, don't hesitate.

Thank HotelCooler
Madrid_Happy_People, Comunicación at Restaurante El Botanico, responded to this reviewResponded 8 April 2018

Thank you! Hope to see you back soon! Have a wonderful day!

Reviewed 28 March 2018 via mobile

After a long tour in the Prado I had a great lunch outside on the terras. There is not much traffic and the quality of the food is good. Perfect choice after a visit...

Thank Jur V
Madrid_Happy_People, Comunicación at Restaurante El Botanico, responded to this reviewResponded 6 April 2018

Thank you very much for your opinion! Hope you come back soon!

Reviewed 26 February 2018

Really nice spot on the corner of some grand old buildings behind the Prado, overlooking the gardens. Pleasant to sit outside in the sun even in February and enjoy a light, late breakfast served, in not exactly lightning style, by very friendly staff. Nice, "classic"...More

Thank wart1
Madrid_Happy_People, Communication at Restaurante El Botanico, responded to this reviewResponded 14 April 2018

Thanks for leaving your opinion! Our team work hard so our customers can have a nice foodie experience. Love you enjoy it! Hope you come back soon!

Reviewed 23 February 2018 via mobile

This cozy cafe sits just behind the Prado and across the street from the botanical gardens. What we love about this new find while visiting our favorite vacation spot of Madrid is everything! The waiter we were fortunate to have all three times we ate...More

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Reviewed 17 February 2018 via mobile

Helpful staff served up quick brunch in nice surroundings, tasty and good value right near Prado museum.

Thank spikyj
Reviewed 16 February 2018 via mobile

After a long walk in Retiro park, on our way to Prado Museum, this lovely restaurant catches our eyes. Ordered classic squid and seafood paella, both of them tasted good, Service was brilliant. We had a great lunch time

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Paseo del Prado
The area around the elegant Paseo del Prado boulevard
is much-visited by both locals and tourists. The
world-famous Prado, the Reina Sofia, and the
Thyssen-Bornemisza museums form a triangle of art and
culture that spans this grand and beautiful avenue. On
weekdays, the Prado Museum opens its doors for free
after-work hours, drawing a diverse and excited queue
of art lovers that wraps around the block. Palacio de
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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  • Value
Average prices
US$23 - US$46
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, View, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
8:00 AM - 2:00 AM
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle Ruiz de Alarcon 27 | hace esquina con calle Espalter, 28014 Madrid, Spain
  • Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Community of Madrid  >  Madrid>  > Paseo del Prado
  • Neighbourhood: Paseo del Prado
  • Phone Number: +34 914 20 23 42
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The spirit of Paris in Madrid There was a time in which Madrid wished to be like Paris, and this lovely district "Los Jeronimos" is the outcome of such pursuit... It was our King Alfonso XIII, who after travelling across the old continent, realized that Madrid did not have a majestic district in line with Europe's trends back in 1900. Manuel Hidalgo, in his novel "Las meninas andan sueltas", mentioned that these Maids of Honour used to escape the painting to walk around the Prado and, in one street leading access to the Retiro Park, they used to relax in a majestic terrace as in the King's dreams for Madrid. Most likely the writer was thinking of "El Botánico Café". El Botánico is placed in a privileged location surrounded by the Prado Museum, the Botánico Garden, the Jerónimo's Church, the Retiro Park and the magnificents hotels Ritz and The Palace. El Botánico has been a witness of the world of culture, cinema and aristocracy, with characters such as Sir Paul Mc Cartney, Bono (U2), the Princess Elena .... and many other world citizens who have chosen Terraza El Botánico to enjoy a peaceful moment.
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