“The oldest restaurant in the world” is El Botín’s claim to distinction, along with excellent traditional Castilian cuisine.
Exhibiting their Guinness Book of World Records certificate as proof, El Botín has been in operation continuously since 1725.
And this is truly the place to come if you want to taste classic Castilian dishes, especially old style cooking from Madrid and Segovia. The menu offers rich selections of roasts and stews and also a signature gazpacho.
El Botín also has in its lower rooms tunnels that run under the Plaza Mayor. Today these are used as wine cellars but once they served as hiding places and escape routes out of the city.