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Where to Eat in Madrid on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day: Our Top Picks

This blog post was originally posted on November 30, 2018 and was updated on November 12, 2019.

It’s no secret that Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are among the most important days of the year in Madrid.

All throughout the city, business owners close up shop and head home for a few days to spend some much-needed time with their families. The same goes for most restaurants. However, if you’re visiting Madrid at Christmas, you’ll definitely need to eat at some point—and preferably not at a cheesy tourist trap or international fast food chain. These picks for where to eat in Madrid on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day will help you make the most of every meal and feast like a local.

Not sure where to eat in Madrid on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day? While many places close up shop for the holidays, there are plenty of excellent dining options available. Here are our picks for great eats! #Spain #Madrid #ChristmasEve #Christmas #foodie #travel

Where to eat on Christmas Eve in Madrid

Known as nochebuena in Spanish, Christmas Eve is a night of magical festivities and family fun. Many madrileños will spend the evening gathered around a table piled high with all kinds of festive fare and surrounded by the people who matter most. But even if you don’t have a Spanish home for the holidays, you can still eat like a local on Christmas Eve in Madrid at one of these excellent restaurants.

El Fogón de los Deseos

Dinner and a show—what’s not to love? There’s nothing better than enjoying some high-quality entertainment while digging into course after course of delectable dishes. Luckily, that’s just what’s in store for guests at the Christmas Eve dinner at El Fogón de los Deseos.

A luxurious dinner, open bar, and a spectacular show will set you back €189.95. They even offer a special kids’ menu, and the show is family-friendly, making this one of our favorite options for families.

Restaurant Haroma

Make your way to the gorgeous Restaurant Haroma at the Heritage Hotel for one of the most exclusive dining experiences on Christmas Eve in Madrid.

Supervised by two-Michelin-starred executive chef Mario Sandoval, their expert kitchen staff will be cooking up one of the most luxurious Christmas Eve meals in the city. The menu, designed by Sandoval himself, includes six exquisite courses spotlighting seasonal flavors and fresh ingredients. Indulge in this once-in-a-lifetime meal for €190.

Not sure where to eat in Madrid on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day? Restaurante Haroma offers fabulous options on each day, with menus created by a MIchelin-starred chef!
We love the fresh, beautifully styled dishes at Haroma—their Christmas Eve meal is sure to be a feast! Photo credit: @laguiadelsibarita on Instagram


Celebrate a glamorous Christmas Eve at Bloved, a standout gem among the collection of tourist traps that line Gran Vía.

Located inside the sleek, contemporary Hotel Catalonia, the beautiful restaurant offers a lovely setting for enjoying a Christmas Eve meal. The menu includes a starter and two main courses as well as dessert, coffee, bread and wine, all for the reasonable price of €85. Plus, they offer uninterrupted service all day long on December 24 and 25, so you can eat at whatever time you’d like (though reservations are necessary).

Not sure where to eat in Madrid on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day? Bloved is a great option for both!
Bloved’s chic decor and fabulous food makes it the perfect setting for a holiday meal. Photo credit: @bloved_restaurant on Instagram

La Antoñita

A contemporary restaurant with classic touches, La Antoñita is making a name for itself in Madrid’s vibrant La Latina neighborhood.

A foodie paradise with contemporary, market-fresh cuisine inside the Posada del Dragón hotel, its excellent nochebuena menu makes it the place to be on Christmas Eve. For €99 per person, the menu includes five courses of delectable holiday dishes and wine.

Wondering where to eat on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in Madrid? We'll make it easy for you. Head to Calle Cava Baja on December 24 for a special nochebuena meal at La Antoñita!
La Antoñita is just one of many gems lining Calle Cava Baja, a foodie paradise snaking through La Latina. Photo credit: Manuel M.V.

Where to eat on Christmas Day in Madrid

Spaniards may favor the Three Kings over Santa Claus, but that doesn’t mean that Christmas gets completely shoved aside. There may not be as many presents (some families exchange gifts on December 25, but the majority wait until January 6); however, holiday cheer is still in full swing. That means—you guessed it—many bars and restaurants are closed on Christmas Day. But no need to worry: you still have a handful of excellent options available.

Figuring out where to eat in Madrid on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day can be a challenge, but there are plenty of wonderful options available.
Madrid looks gorgeous all decked out for Christmas! Photo credit: Nicholas Blumhardt


That’s right—the Hotel Catalonia’s classy restaurant also offers a Christmas Day menu in addition to their special meal options on Christmas Eve! Once again, you’ll get a choice of menu items accompanied by a selection of excellent wines and desserts for €55, and reservations are required. This lovely little restaurant makes for the perfect option for where to eat in Madrid on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day!

Media Ración

Step back into the glamorous Madrid of the past at Media Ración, the stylish restaurant inside Madrid’s Hotel Urso. The retro decor and reimagined traditional recipes remain true to the roots of traditional Spanish gastronomy while providing a comfortable, modern feel.

An elegant yet unpretentious spot to enjoy good food with good people, they open from 1 to 7 p.m. on December 25, giving you plenty of time to enjoy a leisurely Christmas lunch the Spanish way.

If you're wondering where to eat in Madrid on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, Media Ración is a lovely, low-key option for the latter if you're craving traditional Spanish food.
You won’t find anything fancy on the menu at Media Ración, and that’s okay—their simple offerings of traditional Spanish fare (like croquettes!) is all we need.
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14 Responses

  1. Hi Lindsey,Do you know if the San Miguel market i open on Christmas day? we are actually landing the same day in the morning and not sure what we can do, what’s open or not whe it comes to restaurants.
    Thanks so much!

  2. Hello Lindsey do you happen to know what restaurants will be open on Xmas eve and Xmas day 2019?
    thank you!

    1. Hello Beatriz! While most of our favorite restaurants haven’t released their 2019 holiday menus yet, we’ll update this post as soon as they do (usually in late October or November). Keep an eye on this space!

      1. Wondering if you have information yet on Christmas Eve restaurants in Madrid? We toured with you last year but this time we will only be in Madrid for one night before heading south and need restaurant suggestions! Thank you’

        1. Hi Edye—any of these options would be great! We’d recommend La Antoñita for a more down-to-earth setting, or BLoved for contemporary, stylish fare. Enjoy your trip!

  3. Just found you! I’m looking for a cozy on the more casual side for Christmas eve, do you have any recommendations?

    1. Hi Gina—of the restaurants listed here, La Antoñita would probably be your best bet for a laid-back, casual atmosphere. While most restaurants in Madrid haven’t published their availability for Christmas Eve 2019 yet, we will update this post with even more options when they do!

    1. Hi there! We’ll have a post coming very soon with suggestions for New Year’s Eve and Day—keep an eye out! 🙂

    2. Hi there,
      Most of the Christmas Eve gatherings (one at our hotel for example) are adult only. We will be in Madrid on Christmas Eve and have no idea where to eat dinner with our 12 year old son. We are looking for a casual, kid friendly place, but not one for 89 euros. It seems the dinner prices on Christmas Eve are steep. Thank you for your assistance. Any more reasonable suggestions would be great.

      1. Hi Diana—it’s true that a lot of places raise their prices on Christmas Eve because they know that availability is limited. The chain VIPS ( was founded here in Madrid and is hugely popular among families looking for a casual environment—they’ll likely have a few locations open on Christmas Eve! Enjoy your trip!

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