As you probably already know food is the core of the Spanish culture. It is part of every relevant moment of a Spaniards life, but even the most committed foodies have to eat every day. After what American called a small breakfast, lunch more than just a meal is a right. Lunch in Spain is usually eaten between two and four in the afternoon, but most of the restaurant start to serve lunch at 1:00 p.m.
To get a full Madrid lunch experience you should try to order a fixed price lunch at least once. Restaurants in Spain, and of course in Madrid, have a cheap lunch menu with only available during the week working days. It is called “menú del día”. Save the Madrid tapas tour or the wine tasting for the weekend!
This menus are the best way to try the delicious Spanish food and save some money at the same time. They normally include a selection of appetizers, three to four main courses and a huge range of desserts. The costumers should choose one of each group from the beginning. Beverages like water and wine al normally included, also bread and sometime coffee.
The food is served really fast, like in a regular American restaurant, since most of the people has two hours of lunch break. Tourist can take your time for lunch in Madrid is a ritual to be relish.
Since most of the restaurants in Madrid offer a lunch menu with a fixed price, knowing which one is the best is a tough thing! We have some suggestions for you to follow. First check the place in rush hour, if it is crowded the food is good. Select a restaurant with a higher price, avoid Chinese restaurants with ridiculously low prices. Third ask for the menu before getting seat, they are usually located outside the restaurant, it is always a good idea to follow your foodie instinct.
This are our suggestions for you to try the Madrid restaurants with menus:
Amor de Madre Taberna Underground
Located in the core of Malasaña district, this tiny restaurants offers a one course + dessert and beverage menu for less than 10 euros. The food is homemade and the local has free Wi-Fi.
Calle de San Joaquín, 14. 28004, Madrid.
Mondays and Sundays closed. Tuesday and Wednesday from 1:00 p.m. to noon. Thursday to Saturday 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.
Tribunal subway station is three blocks away from the restaurant.
This fancy restaurant, situated in the Salamanca district, specializes in Basque cuisine. It has a range of lunch menus from 20 to 30 euros, depending on what you ask or what are you willing to pay.
Calle del General Díaz Porlier, 97. 28006, Madrid.
Monday to Saturday from 1:00 p.m. to midnight. Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Diego de León subway station is within a short distance walking from the restaurant.
La Huerta del Duque
It has middle prize menu that included typical Spanish homemade food. The decorations goes harmonizes with the food. The service is really good and the location in the Chamberí area make is a great choice.
Calle de Alburquerque, 14. 28010, Madrid.
Daily from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. to 11:15 p.m.
The restaurant is four block away from Bilbao metro station.
Puerta Cerrada, 11. Metro: Tirso de Molina.
It is a traditional Madrid steak house, decorated like a traditional Castile bar. The meat is serve in a hot plate keeping it tasty and warm from the first bite. The serve is splendid.
Plaza de Puerta Cerrada, 11. 28005, Madrid.
Monday to Saturday from noon to midnight. Wednesday and Sunday from noon to 4:30 p.m.
The restaurant is four blocks away from Tirso de Molina subway station.
It is a great choice to try the new Spanish cuisine. The chef recreated Spanish dished with a very creative twist. The dining room is cozy and well decorated.
Calle del Conde Duque, 10. 28015, Madrid.
Daily from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. Sunday is closed for dinner.
The restaurant is three blocks away from Ventura Rodriguez subway station.