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Top 10 Restaurants in Madrid: Choose the Best One

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Madrid is a veritable treasure trove of delicious food. From tantalising Japanese favourites to innovative Spanish sensations, here are FOUR International’s picks of the top 10 best restaurants in Madrid. 

Ever wondered why Madrid has so many award-winning restaurants? FOUR International takes a look at what makes the city’s Michelin-starred restaurants so popular and discovers why these ten restaurants are a must-visit when dining in Madrid.

  1. DiverXO

Set in the heart of Madrid, this stylish, design-forward restaurant is the brainchild of celebrity chef Dabiz Muñoz. With an avant-garde approach to the culinary arts, he creates reaction-provoking dishes using Asian-inspired flavours and dramatic presentations. Within the 12-course tasting menu, guests can expect creations that break the boundaries between sweet and savoury ingredients, such as cauliflower with cured egg yolk, vanilla, Greek yoghurt popcorn and spicy chocolate.DiverXo is also Madrid’s top-rated restaurant, as it is the only 3-Michelin-starred dining venue in the city.

  1. Corral de la Morería

Corral de la Morería is an intimate restaurant serving only four tables per service. Led by Bilbao-born chef David García, the cuisine focuses on using organic produce cooked with care and skill. The menu features delicacies like wild sea bass topped with creamy stewed alliums and smoked Ibérico bacon, as well as indulgent caramelised French toast with banana ice cream.

  1. Ramón Freixa Madrid

Ramón Freixa Madrid is a 2-Michelin-starred restaurant located within the five-star Único Hotel Madrid, one of the city’s top luxury hotels. Offering a dining experience merging traditional and contemporary cuisine, the menu is characterised by creativity and premium produce. Standout dishes include the Iberian suckling pig confit and red mullet with courgette. The glass-fronted terrace is also the perfect place to have a drink, where you can select one of the 450 wines from the restaurant’s exclusive wine cellar to enjoy.

  1. Smoked Room

Part of the Leña Madrid restaurant, this Japanese-style chef’s table serves only two dining parties per night. Offering a one-of-a-kind “everything is smoked” tasting menu, it spotlights the highest quality ingredients cooked on an open grill. Awarded with 2 Michelin stars, this is the place to go if you’re looking for a truly exclusive dining experience. Moreover, this eatery is part of world-famous chef Dani Garcia’s group of restaurants, so you can expect the best of the best here. 

  1. Coque

Now in its third generation of restauranteurs, the Sandoval family has been creating gastronomic excellence in Madrid for over 40 years. Coque, the latest venture from brothers Mario, Rafael and Diego Sandoval, is an elegant restaurant that presents a sensory journey through four distinct spaces: the cocktail bar, wine cellar, kitchen and dining room. Awarded with two Michelin stars, three Ms from the GuíaMetrópoli and three Repsol Suns, it’s a highly distinguished restaurant that serves food of the best calibre, complemented by attentive service. The restaurant also offers vegetarian and vegan options. 

  1. Paco Roncero

For those looking for a more interactive and visually stimulating dining experience, Paco Roncero restaurant is the ideal choice. Contemporary design elements on the interior are matched by an equally eye-pleasing outdoor dining space. Lauded with 2 Michelin stars, the restaurant offers a selection of delectable international dishes, including American prawn with shallot cream and tarragon pesto; grouper with sea urchin and suckling pig and grilled white asparagus with vanilla, morels and hazelnuts.

  1. DSTAgE

Although awarded with 2 Michelin stars, DSTAgE isn’t a typical fine-dining restaurant — instead, it offers a more casual ambience in a laid-back setting. With an industrial-esque aesthetic, it aims to bring together contrasting cultures, ingredients and flavours from Spain, Mexico and Japan to deliver a distinctive culinary experience. There are two tasting menus available, one with fifteen courses and one with eighteen courses — both can be enjoyed with an added wine pairing. 

  1. Kabuki

If you’re a fan of traditional Japanese cuisine, then Kabuki is the place to be – especially if you’re craving the best sushi in Madrid. Part of the Kabuki Group, which has restaurants in Lisbon and Valencia, the Madrid outpost was the founding restaurant and is the only one of the three with a Michelin star. As has always been the group’s ethos, they combine Mediterranean influences – both in terms of hospitality and food – with Japanese nuances to create a top-class Omakase menu. Favourite dishes include thin slices of tuna with bread crumbs and tomato, braised Wagyu beef with homemade teriyaki sauce and a selection of tuna sashimi. 

  1. Lúa

A Michelin-starred restaurant rooted in Galician cooking, the dishes at Lúa are all about spotlighting the best seasonal produce, from dew-crisp vegetables to succulent meats, prepared with flair. Both a la carte and tasting menus can be enjoyed, depending on your preference, and Lúa also offers fine-dining take-away options for eating in the comfort of your home or hotel.

  1. El Invernadero

One of Spain’s most celebrated chefs, Rodrigo de la Calle, leads the kitchen of El Invernadero, a vegetable-focused restaurant that honours the best of nature’s bounty. Awarded with both a Michelin star and a Michelin Green star for sustainability, this restaurant is all about respecting the product. Always serving what’s in season, it’s the epitome of green haute cuisine. There are vegan, gluten-free and diabetic-friendly options on the menu too. 

Whether you’re looking to enjoy some family time with good food or celebrate a special occasion with top-class fine dining, choose one of these top 10 restaurants in Madrid. For more recommendations on the world’s best restaurants and top chefs, visit Four International magazine, which is an internationally acclaimed gastronomy publication.

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