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Cafe Varela

#324 of 9,066 Restaurants in Madrid
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Neighbourhood:
Centro
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Calle Preciados 37, 28013 Madrid, Spain
+34 914 54 44 06
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07:00 - 00:30
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Gold Coast, Australia
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70 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Having just arrived from 6 days in Barcelona we were looking for food other than tapas. Stumbled on this restaurant. I chose the mini lamb chops. Requested steamed vegetables instead of fries. My husband had the sirloin fillet and it was cooked to perfection. They brought out yummy olives and crusty bread rolls. Best bread in many days. Prices were... More 

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Thank Phyllis C
Cobourg, Canada
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177 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

This shop is almost outside our apartment in Madrid, we stop every morning for a coffee before we hit the road! Great taste, they also have pastries and liquor.

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Thank KdkPortugal
Buenos Aires, Argentina
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39 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A stylish restaurant, very nicely decorated in the heart of the City Center. The service is spot on and the food very good.

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Thank sunshine918107
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Friendly staff, delightful food, small but very good wine list. Very accommodating and welcoming place. Good balance of attentive and leave-in-peace service. Highly recommend.

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Thank Stan M
Surrey, UK
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33 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great value and attention to detail. We were welcomed in and left as long lost friends. We gorged on jambon then shared the paella along with house white c. wine. A courtesy carafe of chocolate creamy liqueur was the finale. All together lovely.

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Thank Kiwicall
Voorhees, New Jersey
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192 reviews
134 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed dinner at Cafe Varela. Hubby ordered steal tidbits with padrón peppers. I had fettuccini Bologonese. We also shared a bottle of red wine. Staff was extremely friendly and attentive. After a little chit chat, our server left and returned with 2 glasses of champagne and some bonbons on the house! My hubby then ordered a glass of Port... More 

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Thank MelonNJ
Lichfield, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very friendly staff, good wine and tapas. Very good service - would highly recommend. We were staying at the hotel next door and wanted a local establishment, and this was much better than we expected.

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Thank Jodie1908
margate, United States
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Paella on Spanish Rice..all types of shellfish..fresh and delicious..well seasoned...Delicious soups..excellent service..outside dining thoroughly enjoyable. Good wines and deserts

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Thank Steven Y
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5 reviews
Reviewed 9 April 2017 via mobile

We liked the menu they were displaying on the street, so we chose to go in and eat. It was the best service I have ever experienced in any restaurant in my life. Wonderful staff and great food. No problems getting glutenfree food and they were very flexible with changing the courses to make them glutenfree. Very kind and service... More 

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Thank Dompis
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44 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 March 2017

Attached to Hotel Preciados in centre of town. We were atracted to the English menu and amazed by the quality of service, food and wine. Excellent guidence of food and wine gave us a very enjoyable evening with bonus brandy at the end of the evening. We went back for a second evening.

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Thank Malcolm B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Cuisine
Mediterranean, European, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Kids, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
07:00 - 00:30
Monday
07:00 - 00:30
Tuesday
07:00 - 00:30
Wednesday
07:00 - 00:30
Thursday
07:00 - 00:30
Friday
07:00 - 00:30
Saturday
07:00 - 00:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle Preciados 37, 28013 Madrid, Spain
  • Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Community of Madrid  >  Madrid>  > Centro
  • Neighbourhood: Centro
  • Phone Number: +34 914 54 44 06

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Centro

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Centro
Expansive plazas, local and foreign crowds, street performers, colorful lights, window shopping, restaurant signs promising the best paella, ham, and churros con chocolate- this is downtown Madrid, a collection of plazas interconnected by a network of side streets. Some of these side streets are wide pedestrian shopping routes, and some are hidden, so it's possible to duck in and out of the bustle as desired. The iconic Puerta del Sol is the giant crossroads of the city and a must-see attraction at any time of the day. The nearby Plaza Mayor, completely enclosed by historic red buildings, is an ideal place to grab a bite to eat outside, amidst scores of tables and people out for a stroll. Plaza Isabel II (also known as “Opera”) is smaller and a good meeting spot, and the stately Plaza del Oriente is the front yard of the Royal Palace. Centro can be touristy (pickpockets are unfortuately not unheard-of here), crowded, and sometimes gimmicky, but it is also the place to experience classic Madrid.
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