Cellar Tours Selection of Best Restaurants in La Rioja
August 22, 2017
Explore the best restaurants in La Rioja Wine Country, known for its exquisite culinary experiences. Discover the top dining options in this beautiful region.
By: Genevieve Mc Carthy / Last updated: May 29, 2023
Madrid, despite being the Capital that never sleeps, is surprisingly difficult when it comes to finding top eateries on Sundays and even Mondays. Some quite careful planning is required to avoid being disappointed. As our guests naturally need to dine 7 days a week and are always seeking excellence, we have drawn up this list to help you make the most of your Madrid gastronomic experience. Selecting some of our favorite haunts that are open for Sunday lunch, Sunday Dinner, and Monday Lunch and /or Dinner so you will not be caught out when you are next visiting Madrid. Don’t forget to reserve in advance, though to avoid disappointment.
Bebo website: Read more
One of the latest places to be seen in the Spanish capital and is amazingly open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner. The magic of southern Spain is transported to this restaurant. The striking, light design inspired by the entrance gateway to the Malaga Fair provides the backdrop for the more informal cuisine of award-winning chef Dani Garcia. A huge sculpture of a bluefin tuna dominates the dining room and is one of Dani Garcia’s favorite ingredients; that’s when it’s in season, of course, because the flavor and the best seasonal products are key here.
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If you are looking for the authentic Flamenco experience, Corral de la Moreria is a great find; top Spanish artists are totally enthralling, and signature Spanish dishes and fabulous wines accompany the experience. A truly unforgettable experience and is open 7 days a week, so an awesome option for a truly memorable Sunday evening.
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Luis Arevalo opened the doors to Kena in 2014 and hasn’t looked back since. He has created an utterly superb fusion of Japanese and Peruvian cuisine with a touch of Spanish and is top on the list of Nikkei restaurants in the country. There is a great vibe here, so if you are seeking an alternative, maybe a slightly lighter lunch option, Kena in the pretty “Barrio de Salamanca” area is well worth a visit. Terrific Pisco Sour too!
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For top-notch seafood and fish, we recommend this Galician-style restaurant in Chamartin. In true “Gallego” style, there are no fancy frills, just the finest raw materials, perfectly prepared. Favorites include the grouper with clams, lobster salad, and monkfish stuffed with crab. All can be washed down with a fine wine from their handsome selection.
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If you are in central Madrid and looking for traditional, authentic Spanish dishes, Gastrovia 61 is a great option. It’s located in the Hotel Mayorazgo, near Gran Via and Plaza de España. Open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner, the décor is quirky, and there is a good relaxed atmosphere. You can dig into the likes of Iberian Pork ribs, Grilled octopus with pomegranate, and look out for the “Cocido Madrileño” (typical chickpea-based stew with meat and vegetables) on the specials board.
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A meal here is like taking a trip back in time. Lhardy was founded in 1839, and its décor hasn’t changed much since then, but this totally adds to the experience. It is considered to be the first restaurant that brought Haut cuisine to Madrid and therefore boasts a very long list of high society and politicians who have dined here. The menu remains fairly French, although typical Madrileño dishes do feature.
Amazonico website: Read more
This fun, dynamic restaurant-bar-come Jazz club is literally like walking into the jungle when you go through the doors. Vibrantly decorated with rich colors, beautiful tapestries, and more plants, and even a stunning peacock perched on the bar. Unsurprisingly, in a matter of weeks from when it opened in 2016, it became “the place” to be and to be seen in the Capital. The gastronomic offering is an Asian /Mediterranean fusion with a touch of Brazilian created by the immensely successful partnership of Chef Sandro Silva and his wife Marta Seco. Amazonico is the fourth establishment of this couple. It is open all day from noon 7 days a week, as do their other restaurants, Ten con Ten and Ultramarinos Quintin, the exception being El Paraguas, with closes on Sunday evenings.
El Paraguas was the first restaurant for this pair, and here they offer a fabulous example of Asturian cuisine with a modern touch, served in a beautiful, romantic dining room.
Ten con Ten is both a bar and restaurant, the menu is also heavily Asturian inspired, but the concept is much more informal and fun than its sister restaurant El Paraguas. In Ten con Ten, you can enjoy a cocktail at the bar or even a lighter “tapas” style meal in the high table area. The truffle risotto comes highly recommended, as do the duck rolls. They have a very good wine list and prepare great cocktails and gin & tonics.
Ronda 14 website: Read more
Another awesome example of fusion at its best; here, Japanese, Peruvian, and Asturian gastronomy meet, and the result is deliciously inspiring. This is a great option if you fancy a lighter, more informal lunch that can be enjoyed at the bar, high table area, or even in the main dining room. The wagyu nigiri with cream of Cabrales (Asturian blue cheese) is heavenly!
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Predominantly Galician influenced, this elegantly decorated Gastro-bar in the central Cibeles area is just a couple of blocks from the lovely Retiro Park, so an ideal choice for a hearty lunch followed by a digestive stroll. The hake just melts in your mouth, and although their specialty is fish and seafood, their meat dishes are equally wonderful. A great opportunity to experience Galician cuisine with a touch of sophistication.
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This gorgeous restaurant has a huge bar, from which you can see the chefs in action, and alternatively, if show cooking isn’t what you are after, the relaxed, peaceful dining area is equally impressive. The wine cellar is immense, with over 700 references from which to choose. Executive chef Juan Antonio Medina leads the team with the concept of “fun tradition,” creating elaborate and intriguing adaptations of traditional dishes. A truly luxurious and original experience.
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If hearty, traditional dishes are what you are seeking, you can’t go wrong with Zalacain. It is a classic in the Madrid high-end dining scene and was the first restaurant to receive 3 Michelin stars. Although it doesn’t currently hold those awards, it continues to provide Madrid with five-star cuisine and service and has recently reopened its doors after a refurb.
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