Barrio Salamanca is known for high-end shopping, classy nightlife and ornate architecture, but there’s more to it than meets the eye.
Located in the northeast corner of the city right above Retiro Park, this neighborhood is packed with incredible restaurants and bars. Venture a bit farther from the city center to discover all that Barrio Salamanca has to offer—including some of the best tapas in Madrid.
The 7 Best Bars for Tapas in Barrio Salamanca
Here are our top seven picks for the tastiest tapas in Madrid’s most exclusive district. From classic neighborhood bars to trendy new spots, there’s truly something here for everyone. Whether you’re taking a break from a shopping spree on the Golden Mile or creating your own tapas crawl through the best restaurants in Barrio Salamanca, make sure you check out the places below!
1. Entre Cáceres y Badajoz
This place’s name references two cities in Spain’s western region of Extremadura. Entre Cáceres y Badajoz (Calle de Don Ramón de la Cruz, 109) is your typical no-frills tapas bar, which means big portions and deliciously simple specialties.
Order a round of drinks to receive a heaping plate of fried potatoes, pimientos de padrón or torreznos (crispy strips of fried pork) free of charge. The quality and size of tapas will increase with each subsequent round; expect huevos rotos, fried squid and other iconic classics the more you keep ordering!
2. Platea Madrid
Platea Madrid is a far cry from tradition; this former cinema turned gourmet food hall is about as trendy as it gets. But that doesn’t mean you can’t taste authentic tapas here. In fact, when it comes to variety, it’s hard to beat.
Wander among spots featuring food from some of the country’s most renowned chefs, including Michelin-starred Ricard Camarena. Its 6,000 square meters of space offer everything from top-quality jamón ibérico to Spanish vermouth—and much more.
This traditional tapas bar is consistently packed with locals and tourists alike. Among the pricey real estate and designer shops of Barrio Salamanca, Jurucha stands out for its inexpensive and delicious cuisine.
Don’t leave without sampling some of the many house specialties: hake with prawns and mayonnaise, gooey tortilla española and the famous pajarito (a kind of tuna salad sandwich) are a good place to start.
4. Casa Dani
If this place has one claim to fame, it’s the tortilla—named the best in Madrid by our very own James Blick (not to mention various other judges).
But Casa Dani has much more to offer. For example, an unrivaled menú del día (fixed weekday lunch menu) for just €11.50. It’s located within Mercado de la Paz, representing all we love about Spanish markets. Come here for breakfast or lunch, and don’t forget to grab some takeaway for later. You won’t regret it.
5. El Rincón de Jaén
El Rincón de Jaén has several locations in Madrid, one of them right around the corner from the first spot on this list. It makes for stiff competition, offering specialties from southern Spain in a beautifully simple atmosphere.
Get a true taste of Andalusian flavor with typical dishes like fried seafood, mojama (cured tuna) and various canapés. If you can’t decide, ask the friendly servers for recommendations, or go for one of the daily specials that never disappoint.
6. Ultramarinos Quintín
Inspired by a traditional Spanish grocery shop, Ultramarinos Quintín evokes the essence of this country’s most classic cuisine. Fresh products, simple preparations and an inviting ambience—all the trademarks of a good tapas spot.
It’s open from sunrise to sundown, and the menu caters to all tastes. Sharing plates range from sautéed octopus to tomato and pomegranate tartare, and there’s an entire section of the menu devoted to exquisite charcuterie.
For a slightly more elegant atmosphere without compromising authenticity, Estay is the place to be. It has all the trimmings of fine dining, from its ivy-covered facade to the sleek bar and classy decor you’ll find within.
The food itself is accessible and familiar, with a menu of Basque pintxos and classic tapas at highly reasonable prices. In other words, it’s the perfect place to sit back, relax and enjoy some of the best tapas in Barrio Salamanca. ¡Buen provecho!Want our insider’s guide to eating in Madrid? Just add your email address in the form below!