Restaurants in Chueca

The best spots in the barrio for lunch, dinner, snacks and a few beers

Elcano

Elcano

Restaurants where the decor is as important as the food. In Chueca, everything's open late, tapas are served alongside tacos and burgers, and in some restaurants you can only have dinner if you book well in advance. The gastronomic delights are so varied that you'll have a hard time picking a place to go. It's the perfect neighbourhood to go out to eat and get some drinks afterwards. A word of advice: the farther you go from Plaza de Chueca, the less you'll spend on your meal.


Diurno

  • Price band: 2/4

A minimalist and sexy film-rental café spinning all-day chill-out sounds (and occasional techno). As well as a fabulous selection of movies, there are delicious sandwiches, salads, pasta dishes and cakes. A peaceful place to start the day, upbeat and lively at night.

  1. San Marcos, 37, 28004
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Tepic

  • Price band: 2/4

This taqueria has managed to give a cosmopolitan, modern twist to Mexican cuisine. The tacos are their strong point, and there are meat-free tacos for vegetarians, and you’ll find good tequilas at the bar. The decor is very urban, reflecting the modern and carefree spirit of Tepic.

  1. Pelayo, 4, 28004
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Ex Libris

  • Price band: 3/4

Located in the Hotel Lusso Infantas, this restaurant has cooked up a menu that everyone can feel good about. Various tasty starters, appealing main courses based on meat and fish dishes, and classic desserts. The wine list, while not risky, is full of safe bets. You're guaranteed to leave satisfied. 

  1. Infantas, 29, 28004
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Home Burger Bar

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 2/4

If you're into organic food, you no longer have an excuse to avoid hamburgers. The meat and the bread used for buns at Home Burger Bar are organic, and all the packaging materials are recyclable. Don't pass up their gourmet burgers like the Blue Burger or the Caprichosa. They've also got a kids' menu as well as options for vegetarians and some really nice sandwiches.

  1. San Marcos, 26, 28004
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Piú di Prima

  • Price band: 3/4

Sobriety and gentility are the key notes at this Italian restaurant, which was once a favourite among celebrities. It claims to be the first to use exquisite grated black truffles on its fresh pasta dishes. Don’t miss the traditional vittelo tonnato or the orecchiona and don’t forget the fish dishes on the menu.

  1. Hortaleza, 100, 28004
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La Mordida

  • Price band: 2/4

Joaquín Sabina, the gravelly voiced Madrid musician and legend, does restaurants, too, but who'd have expected it to be Mexican food? And such good authentic Mexican food too, straight from the heart of Tenochtitlan. Usually full to bursting with high-spirited tequila drinkers, this is the place to embrace mole, the Mexican chocolate sauce that often scares the uninitiated away. The pavo (turkey) con mole melts in your mouth and the cochinita pibil (pork tacos with spicy chilli sauce) is equally exquisite. See which local celebs or Sabina song references you can identify on the wall's wildly painted murals.

  1. Belén, 13, 28004
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El Bogavante del Almirante

  • Price band: 2/4

Almirante wins the award for most fanciful set design. Nestled in a cave-like basement, a ponderous lobster claw hangs from the ceiling, while black outlines of sea creatures swirl across shrimp-pink walls. The staff, clad in black, add to the scene, which feels more Manhattan than Madrid. Seafood is their forte. The fish specials are always excellent, but the arroz con bogavante (lobster paella) takes the prize. Almirante and its lobster have been attracting an international set since opening in 2000.

  1. Almirante, 11, 28004
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Dionisos Chueca

  • Price band: 2/4

This Greek restaurant chain has grown in recent years. This establishment, near Plaza de Chueca, is like the others (decorated with Greek products, wooden tables and white walls) and serves what you’d expect (from the moussaka to the yogurt). In addition there’s lamb paidakia and prawns cooked according to a local recipe. The corporate image might put you off but the food probably won’t.

  1. San Gregorio, 11, 28004
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Elcano de Xiquena

  • Price band: 2/4

This is one of the five Elcano establishments in Madrid, specialised in Basque-style pinchos. Here you can try a gilda (white anchovies, peppers and green olives) or a tapa of Idiazábal cheese, as well as more typically Spanish dishes like potato omelette, veal cheeks with a reduction of Ribera del Duero wine and oxtail meatballs. There is also a daily set menu to suit all budgets.

  1. Conde de Xiquena, 10, 28004
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Mama Inés

  • Price band: 1/4

Another place to successfully combine a decent breakfast with plenty of eye candy. Chill-out and nu flamenco waft through this modern but surprisingly intimate café during the day, while at night house takes over and the T-shirts get progressively tighter.

  1. Hortaleza, 22, 28004
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La Piazzetta de Chueca

  • Price band: 1/4

Plaza Chueca has plenty of bars, but only one great restaurant, and this is it. It's fairly small inside La Piazzetta, but the place is attractively decked out in warm beige tones, with plenty of natural light streaming in from the square. The menu boasts tasty but simple Italian cuisine, with starters such as grilled vegetables or buffalo mozzarella with tomato, and great pasta main courses such as spaghetti in tomato sauce with anchovies, white wine and garlic. The tiramisu is a must, or try the zuppa inglese. It's especially perfect for summer evenings, when you can dine on the terrace.

  1. Plaza Chueca, 8, 28015
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