My name is Andrés Jarabo and besides my love for paella I offer the first tapas tour for wine Lovers🍷
Los Galayos – Best Paella Near Plaza Mayor
Locals will tell you not to go to Plaza Mayor unless you want to be ripped off. I agree but there is one exception, Los Galayos. Founded in 1894, several awards prove that this is one of the best traditional restaurants in Madrid. They offer 4 different types of paella.
Plaza Mayor, 1
Marina Ventura – Best Paella in Madrid near the Ritz and Palace hotel – Where Locals Go
Pork with vegetables – Beautiful
Shellfish & Seafood- very good, have it with alioli which is free
Very close to the Congress, the Westin Palace and the Villareal
Calle Ventura de la Vega, 13
How Does it work?
• They open for lunch and dinner. I recommend you to order one or two starters to make time because a paella easily takes 30 minutes to cook.
• There must be at least two of you to order a paella.
You can check the 9 types of paella they offer here. Prices are per person.
• They also offer other types of Spanish rice dishes like the Arroz Meloso.
• They offer a different type of paella everyday on their “menu del dia” (14.50€ ). If you are visiting Spain and do not know what “menu del dia” is you are going to miss on something huge.
You need to call 914 293 810
La Gastroteca de Santiago – Best Paella near the Royal Palace – Outdoors Terrace
This tiny bistro was put on the map when the New York Times said: “glass doors offering a peek into the kitchen where Juan Carlos Ramos, the chef and owner, makes magic.”
Rabbit with vegetables: Outstanding
Plaza de Santiago, 1
La Gastroteca is located in the oldest part of the city. Just a minute away from the Royal Palace of Madrid
How does it work?
• It opens lunch and dinner time. There are two different types of paella available that change every day. You will see them in a blackboard outside the restaurant. You can only choose one and there must be at least two of you to order it. Cost is 22 euros p.p.
• Warning: A paella takes easily 45 minutes to prepare. My advice is that you order, pay and take a walk around the area to come back later to the restaurant. It is either that or sit down and wait 45 minutes for the paella to be ready.
• VERY IMPORTANT! make sure they understand you have all the time in the world and want your rice fully cooked. If not the rice will be a little bit hard, some people like it that way, I DON’T.
During the week be there before 2pm and you will not have a problem. They do not have a website. To reserve call: 915 480 707
Socarrat – The Best Affordable Paellas – Only Lunch Time – Right in the Centre
Paellas we tasted
Castellón, abuela and rústica – all of them very good.
Right in the city center. A minute away from the Gran Via metro station. Calle San Marcos, 2
How Does it Work?
Socarrat is a paella take away. It opens from 12 to 16. There are two locals in the city center:
• 5 Manuela Malasaña st, where they cook. They only have one type of paella ready to be served and room for just two people.
• 2 San Marcos st, this one has room for at least 20 people and different paellas. They do not have a kitchen. I recommend you to be there at 1 pm, that is, when the freshly cooked paellas arrive. One big plate of paella is 8 euros, the average price in a restaurant is 20 euros.
They have cans of beer at 2.2 euros and about 8 different craft beer brands at 3.5 euros. I had La Socarrada (honey and rosemary) and I loved it.
Types of Paella
MEAT AND/OR VEGETABLES
Chicken, rabbit, artichoke, legumes and rosemary.
Paella de la abuela
Ribs, chickpeas and red peppers.
Paella de verduras
Zucchini, eggplant (aubergine), onion, mushrooms and red pepper.
Marinated ribs, chicken y setas de cardo.
Arroz a banda
Squid and shellfish.
Arroz al señoret
Squid, fish and shellfish.
Arroz a banda con langostino (9 euros a portion)
Squid, tiger praws and shellfish.
Squid, squid’s ink and shellfish.
Arroz del Turia (10 euros a portion)
Squid, artichokes,prawns and shellfish.
This is a take away, that is, no reservations but as long as you are there before 2pm you will not have a problem.
El del Medio – A Dream Come True
What we all look for when we travel. I small bistro with awesome regional dishes and more than reasonable prices. It is not a paella restaurant but they have a delicious rice with ossobuco dish: Arroz de rabo de toro (15.95€ )
Northern part of the city, Calle Costa Rica, 28
No online reservations, you have to call them to this number: +34 914 217 934
Gastromaquia – Good Reviews
This is one of those restaurants everybody is talking about. Gastromaquia is not a paella restaurant but they happen to have a seafood paella in their menu.
I tasted their “marisco” paella (prawns, mussels and clams) and it was good and even better with allioli. They also offer another rice dish but in this case it is a black risotto due to the squid’s ink. It is a famous dish I would have found awesome if the rice had been more cooked. It was too chewy for me.
Right in the city center. A minute away from the Gran Via metro station.
Calle Pelayo, 6
It is pretty common that they offer their seafood paella as a second dish of their “menu del dia” (13.90€ ). Seriously? You are visiting Spain but do not know what “menu del día” is?
AlliOli – Cheap Paella – Only Lunch – Lavapies
Calle de Carlos Arniches 14
Lavapies neighborhood, the poorest part of the city center.
How Does it Work?
Allioli is a take-away paella. The paella is only 5 euros to take away but 8 if you have it at the premises. Most people have the paella as the second dish of their “menu del dia” which is only 11 euros. If you are visiting Spain and do not know what “menu del dia” is, please, for God’s sake, google it now.
Tip: be there at 1pm, that is when their paellas have just been cooked and are at their freshest.
Types of Paella
They offer several types of paella but there are only two available to be eaten right away.
There are 6 tables inside the take away, as long as you are there before 2pm you will not need a reservation.