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El Mollete

#424 of 8,979 Restaurants in Madrid
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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Calle Bola 4, 28013 Madrid, Spain
+34 915 47 78 20
09:00 - 17:30
20:00 - 00:00
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Mon - Fri 09:00 - 17:30
20:00 - 00:00
Sat 12:00 - 17:30
20:00 - 23:45
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Rahway, New Jersey
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146 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 206 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We just stumbled upon this tiny bar/ restaurant while intending to go eat in a more crowded area. We ended up staying for 2 rounds of free tapas and then a full meal. They originally told us the tables were all reserved but then very kindly made space for us. I was very pleased with the food and service! We... More 

Thank majesty318
Oakland, CA
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133 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What makes this place good is the food and the intimacy of the setting - what makes it great is that you can come back after five years' absence and get a handshake and a kiss on both cheeks. Fresh roasted artichokes with a foie gras sauce (delicious!), good salads, roasted asparagus (get them if in season!) and lots of... More 

Thank SaraEOakland
Rabat, Morocco
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44 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The special of the day - artichoke with fois gras sauce. Heaven. Rest was good. Nice atmosphere. Very small - just 6 tables. English was not a problem. Very nice.

Thank TravelingHT
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was hands-down the most amazing meal we had while visiting Madrid. We started with grilled asparagus, followed prawn risotto, then tuna tartare, and finally, fish cheek. We even had room for a little dessert and tried the cheesecake with vanilla cream sauce. Everything was fresh, homemade, and scrumptious. Our only regret was that we found in our last night... More 

Thank Marianjane
Level Contributor
22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 February 2017

Evening tapas at its best, small, cheerful, family run cafe serving traditional tapas. Friendly welcome, we were taken up to the upper floor, just room for about six small tables. The dishes of the day are hand written in small note books, read out to each table by the waiters. Our young, helpful waitress gave us an approximate English translation... More 

Thank Corylus16
Spirano, Italy
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53 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

I found this place thanks to the recommendation of my hotel receptionist. It is 5' foot by the palacio real. It is 41sqm: you must book in advance! It is open since 1987, family run, i was alone but thanks to the waiter I never felt so! I took grilled calamari, 2 beers, a dessert and he offered me a... More 

Thank pb2980
Shanghai, China
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

This was recommended to us by our local hosts as their favorite neighborhood haunt. Very charming local restaurant with honest, down-to-earth food. A tiny, 16-seat restaurant where the patrons are all regulars who clearly overflow with affection for the long-time restaurant staff. This is not a place you go to for Instagram bragging rights (though the food is quite tasty... More 

Thank BJ M
Barcelona, Spain
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48 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 October 2016

Just near the opera theater and the namesake underground station you have this tiny little secret and cozy restaurant. I strongly recommend to book in advance and try going during the week because it has very few tables and it's a pleasure when the owner-waiter is all yours and can take good care of you like it happen to us.... More 

Thank Agostino C
Victoria, Canada
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131 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 September 2016 via mobile

Don't. Know how anyone can be disappointed here. The food was amazing. We found that 3 tapa dishes and desert was the perfect amount. We had an awesome squid dish and croquets were the best we've had in Spain. The desert was amazing as well. Usually we get something while we stroll but the next table had two different deserts... More 

Thank Keith H
Vancouver, Canada
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

We walked by this place and went in for lunch. There was only one table taken out of 6 and we asked to be moved but apparently the other tables were reserved. The food was extremely greasy and not very tasty. Extremely overpriced compared to everywhere else we tried so far. We tried the avocado salad and the eggs madrid... More 

Thank Sam S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Mediterranean, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Cheap Eats, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Local cuisine
Open Hours
09:00 - 17:30
20:00 - 00:00
09:00 - 17:30
20:00 - 00:00
09:00 - 17:30
20:00 - 00:00
09:00 - 17:30
20:00 - 00:00
09:00 - 17:30
20:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 17:30
20:00 - 23:45
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle Bola 4, 28013 Madrid, Spain
  • Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Community of Madrid  >  Madrid>  > Centro
  • Neighbourhood: Centro
  • Phone Number: +34 915 47 78 20

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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

Neighbourhood Profile
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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