It’s no secret that Spanish culture places a big emphasis on getting together with the people who matter most.
Usually, those gatherings are often based around some type of meal—a trend we can definitely get on board with! Needless to say, Madrid’s warm and welcoming culture makes it the perfect place to host any kind of large get-together, from corporate teambuilding experiences to fun family reunions. These excellent restaurants for groups in Madrid are a great place to get started. Get ready for the gathering of a lifetime!
With a privileged location right in the middle of some of Madrid’s most iconic attractions, Paradis may be easy to find, but it’s far from a tourist trap. For nearly 30 years, their fresh food philosophy has drawn hungry, eager locals who can’t get enough of their fabulous dishes. Everything here is made from carefully chosen prime materials, with special attention placed on seasonal products to ensure quality and freshness. As one of the top restaurants for groups in Madrid, they offer more than half a dozen unique spaces, all with a different capacity and vibe, so you can be sure to pick the perfect setting for your event.
Once an old bank back in the day, the sprawling 900-square-meter space that is now Perrachica features touches that hearken back to its former life in a chic, retro-industrial design. The unique glamour and bright, open spaces make this gorgeous spot one of our favorite restaurants for groups in Madrid. From an elegant, upscale dining room to a sleek, glamorous bar to a charming market-style cafe, its five one-of-a-kind spaces are each perfect for an event in their own way. As far as food goes, many of the dishes may sound familiar if you know anything about Spanish cuisine, but all of the timeless classics here feature contemporary twists to keep things interesting.
3. Bodegas Rosell
While new, avant-garde restaurants are always interesting and exciting to try, sometimes you just need to stick with the classics. And perhaps no place embodies that term better than Bodegas Rosell. Since 1920, this family-run wine bar in the charming neighborhood of Palos de la Frontera has been serving up exquisite wines and tasty traditional dishes. The interior remains much the same as it did when the place opened nearly a century ago, with a spacious formal dining room that’s perfect for anyone looking to host a fabulous event with Spanish flair.
4. Casa Macareno
The buzzing barrio of Malasaña features no shortage of excellent places to eat and drink. A good number of them are tiny holes-in-the-wall that barely fit ten people, let alone fifty. Charming, but hardly ideal for a crowd. When it comes to restaurants for groups in Madrid in this popular neighborhood, one standout is Casa Macareno, a local favorite that seamlessly brings old-world taverns and traditional food into the 21st century. The bright, spacious dining room is lined with colorful tiles for a distinctly Spanish feel and provides a gorgeous authentic setting for any party or group event.
Do you love wine? Does the rest of your group love wine? There’s no doubt about it—trendy wine bar Angelita is far and away one of the best restaurants for groups in Madrid if pleasing a crowd of vino aficionados is your goal. With more than 500 references, 50 of which are available by the glass, this sleek space is easily one of Madrid’s top wine bars, but it’s also so much more. It’s also home to fabulous gastronomy and cocktails—perfect for hosting meals that stretch long into the late hours prolonged by boisterous conversations and laughter.
6. La Bobia
A traditional Asturian ciderhouse-meets-gastropub in the heart of foodie mecca La Latina, La Bobia has created a unique fusion of past and present that’s unlike anything currently on offer in Madrid. Its menu offers everything from traditional fabada asturiana (a hearty bean stew hailing from northern Spain) to new, updated spins on classics (apple gazpacho, anyone?). And of course, there’s plenty of ever-flowing cider to complete the experience. The stylish space provides a wonderful setting for group events, as well as plenty of one-of-a-kind photo ops.
Another one of Spain’s most incredible regions for foodies is located at the complete opposite end of the country from Murcia. Galicia, a lush, green coastal region in the north, is known for its exquisite seafood and hearty, homestyle dishes. Here in the capital, the traditional cuisine from this delicious region gets a 21st-century update at Navaja, one of the most unique restaurants for groups in Madrid. Their Galician-Japanese fusion is unlike anything you’ve ever tasted before, perfectly blending the flavors of two vastly different cultures and cuisines into some of Madrid’s must-try dishes. Their gorgeous space includes an incredible new dining room that takes reservations, so be sure to snag your spot!
8. El Caldero
Having sampled traditional cuisine from all corners of Spain, we’ve landed on a few all-time favorite foodie regions. One of them, without a doubt, is Murcia. Where? We’re glad you asked. This small, sun-drenched hidden gem of a region in southeastern Spain is home to the best of the best Mediterranean cuisine: unbelievably fresh seafood, colorful vegetables, homegrown rice and so much more. If you can’t make it there yourself, head to Murcian restaurant El Caldero for a taste of this delicious region right here in Madrid. For more than 40 years, the space has been a reference for Murcian cuisine here in the capital, as well as home to a bright, spacious dining room with enough room for all the people who matter most.
9. Taberna Arzábal
Taberna Arzábal takes traditional pub food to a whole new level, elevating it to the status of elegant restaurant cuisine. With market-fresh ingredients and a forward-thinking approach, their dishes stay true to traditional roots while incorporating new flavors and methods that perfectly blend past and present. They have a handful of locations in the city, but their space next to the Reina Sofia Museum is one of the best restaurants for groups in Madrid. The beautiful space consists of a gorgeous interior area that could easily be part of the museum itself, as well as a lovely garden-style terrace that’s perfect if you’re looking to host an outdoor event on one of Madrid’s plentiful sunny days.
10. La Berenjena
La Berenjena‘s original locale in Lavapiés is still going strong, but with just two tables and a bar area, it’s hardly one of the best restaurants for groups in Madrid. Instead, head to their newest location (Calle de Raimundo Fernández Villaverde, 34,) up in Chamberí near Nuevos Ministerios, home to a gorgeous, spacious restaurant area and all the flavors that made the original Berenjena such a smash hit in just a few short years. One bite and you’ll immediately understand the hype this place gets. The friendly, cozy atmosphere will immediately make everyone feel at home and help create an event to remember.
11. El Urogallo
The flavors of Asturias, northern Spain’s hidden gem of a coastal region, come to life right here in Madrid at El Urogallo. Founded by a group of Asturian hospitality experts and food lovers, they now offer several different locations in and around the capital, but their Campo de las Naciones locale is especially perfect for large family and group gatherings. Despite the group’s success, they still remain true to their original purpose: serving up homemade, uncomplicated recipes from their home region with excellent care and customer service.
12. Casa Mingo
Looking for just simple, delicious food in a fun, no-frills atmosphere? Casa Mingo is the place for you. A local icon thanks to their exceptional roast chicken, this family-style place is home to rustic, traditional food and unforgettable memories just waiting to be made. They offer two lovely spaces: a gorgeously decorated restaurant as well as a spacious, authentic cider house. Depending on the size of your group, both serve as lovely options for enjoying a home-cooked meal surrounded by good company.
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Life is too short to speak one language and stay in one place. In 2015, this philosophy took her from familiar Ohio to sunny southern Spain. Usually drinking tinto de verano, reading Lorca, or attempting to dance flamenco (not all at once). Follow her blog, Viatic Couture, for more.