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El Barril de las Letras

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Cervantes, 28, 28014, Madrid, Madrid, Spain
+34 911 86 36 32
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12:30 - 16:30
19:30 - 00:30
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Sun - Sat 12:30 - 16:30
19:30 - 00:30
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The hotel where we stayed recommended this restaurant as a special seafood restaurant. As it was close to our hotel my wife and I came for dinner. We were very impressed by the excellent service, cosy atmosphere and even better food. We had the battered hake and baked cod respectively and it was very delicious and special. For desert we... More 

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135 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This is one of those restaurants that makes you feel you have to come back to. Seafood is always fresh and expertly prepared, service is welcoming, the ambience is elegant but easygoing, and the price is just right. You may want to make a reservation, mainly on weekends.

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rotherham
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32 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Lovely atmosphere in this middle sized restaurant. Good range of food offered. Quality was very good. Good wine list. This is not a cheap eat place. Service was very good and efficient.

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Miami, Florida
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37 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There is an overwhelming choice of eateries in Madrid Barrio de las Letras. El Barril stands out... The restaurant is always very busy, with an interesting mezzanine design. Informal dinner downstairs, at the bar, et high tables, with stools!, and more formal upstairs. The menu offers a wide choice of Tapas, and regular dishes. The fish and seafood is always... More 

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Valais
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20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Not a cheap place and surprised to have non english speaker staff as many review says this place is for British tourists... but food was awesome, we liked the grilled fish, tomato salad and grilled octopus. The octopus was served with a very tasty mashed potato wish smoky taste. Only thing to improve is the bread, dry and not meeting... More 

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Madrid, Spain
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19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I hosted last night a twelve people international group there. The restaurant had been selected by the agency, so I didn't have any previous impression. It is in the historical center of Madrid, so easily reachable. The food was awesome, the service excellent, the waiters and maitre d' have good English... amazing. I ate croquettes, a very simple but delicious... More 

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130 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Was brought by some locals for a Sunday linch it was quite nice. Food was tasty and service was good. The sea bass was quite nice. The grilled artichokes looked great - wish I had ordered some. If you're looking for a nice table cloth restaurant, this is a good one!!

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grupo-oter, Propietario at El Barril de las Letras, responded to this review

Thank you very much UpInTheAirPotomac_MD for your comment and for having visited us. We are glad that you enjoyed your experience, we hope to see you again in any of our restaurants. A warm greeting and thanks for trusting in Oter GrouP More 

Caracas, Venezuela
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41 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017

One of the best restaurants we ate during our trip to Madrid. Nearby Prado Museum, so after you visit it go there. Everything was great

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Thank Vicente H
grupo-oter, Propietario at El Barril de las Letras, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your comment and for having visited us Vicente H. We are glad that you enjoyed your experience, we hope to see you again in any of our restaurants. A warm greeting and thanks for trusting in Oter Group More 

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27 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

One can find much better value for a seafood dinner elsewhere - too many tourists, too much formality, too much price.

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grupo-oter, Propietario at El Barril de las Letras, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your comment and for having visited us 336edwardb. We regret that our restaurant did not surprise you in any way and we will work to make that change. A cordial greeting More 

Miami, Florida
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170 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

Fresh Whole fish in Salt for four guests was Maitre'd recommendation.Did not steer us wrong. Excellent! His Wine choice of Alto a Ribera del Duero was superb. Manchego cheese great . Avoid croquettes.Behind Westin palace.

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grupo-oter, Propietario at El Barril de las Letras, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your comment and for having visited us richard a. We are glad that you enjoyed your experience, we hope to see you again in any of our restaurants. A warm greeting and thanks for trusting in Oter Group More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Seafood, Mediterranean, Spanish
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
12:30 - 16:30
19:30 - 00:30
Monday
12:30 - 16:30
19:30 - 00:30
Tuesday
12:30 - 16:30
19:30 - 00:30
Wednesday
12:30 - 16:30
19:30 - 00:30
Thursday
12:30 - 16:30
19:30 - 00:30
Friday
12:30 - 16:30
19:30 - 00:30
Saturday
12:30 - 16:30
19:30 - 00:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Cervantes, 28, 28014, Madrid, Madrid, Spain
  • Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Community of Madrid  >  Madrid>  > Huertas
  • Neighbourhood: Huertas
  • Phone Number: +34 911 86 36 32

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Staying in Huertas

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Huertas
Also known as Barrio de las Letras, Huertas was once home to prominent literary figures, Miguel de Cervantes and Lope de Vega among them. The neighbourhood is committed to celebrating its rich heritage: Calle Huertas itself is inlaid with quotes from celebrated authors, street names pay homage to them, and second-hand bookshops pervade. Huertas receives a fair amount of spillover from the center — side streets around Plaza Santa Ana take on a foreign party atmosphere at night, and you always see young backpackers navigating the streets — but as you descend into the neighbourhood, everything becomes a little more cramped and slightly less refined, and takes on more of an underground feel. Live music is at the heart of Huertas: by night, its subdued bars are ideal for meeting friends, sipping cocktails, and chatting quietly while enjoying jazz or singer-songwriter performances.
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