Father Lezama first started up his traditional tavern in 1974, when he put underprivileged boys to work as waiters in this converted 16th-century townhouse. With a quiet terraza on the street that runs along the north side of the Teatro Real, it is still one of the most popular post-theatre dining spots, serving traditional tapas at the bar and Basque cuisine in the restaurant in the back. Lezama is no longer a priest but a very prosperous restaurateur - he has opened six more restaurants throughout Spain and one in Washington, DC. Some of those original boys are now shareholders in the Alabardero Company.
|Venue name:||La Taberna del Alabardero|
Felipe V, 6
|Opening hours:||Daily 1pm-4pm and 9pm-midnight|
|Transport:||Ópera (M: L2, L5)|
|Price:||Main courses €18-€25. Set lunch €32.10 daily.|