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Este restaurante, que lleva el nombre de su dueño Esteban González, es el resultado del esfuerzo de toda una vida (nadie dijo que fuera fácil) por cumplir un sueño. El Rincón de Esteban ofrece una cocina clásica con productos de temporada y no es raro encontrar en sus mesas a personajes famosos del mundo de la política. Entre sus platos más conocidos encontramos el ‘Manda huevos’ (en honor a Don Federico Trillo), el foie de oca al Pedro Ximenez y pasas de Corinto hecho en casa, la perdiz a la toledana o la paletilla de lechal con patatas panaderas. Ricos guisos de cuchara como las alubias de Tolosa, las patatas revolconas o el cocido madrileño salpican su carta. Y, sin duda, los más golosos tendrán que reservarse para probar los borrachos rellenos de crema y nata (bien de dulce).

INSIDER tip

Merece la pena comer aquí todos los días. Pero venir en las jornadas temáticas de Caza, en las de bacalao y en la época de San Isidro te permitirá probar menús especiales muy top.

Restaurant menu

Chef's recommendations

Average price €50 Special request

Dietary requirements

Scores & Reviews

Excellent
9/10
based on 491 reviews
Only customers who have gone to the restaurant after booking on TheFork can make a review.
Food :9/10
Service :9.3/10
Setting :8.9/10
  1. Richard E.
    • one review
    9/10

    There are many many reviews left for restaurants and it just depends on your own expections and likes and dilikes. I read 20 reviews before I confirmed my booking and dome some very good, some not so good, it's to easy to generalize. We had a great meal with lovely wine and excellent service. We are from Dublin, Ireland.

  2. Sue W.
    • one review
    8.5/10

    Warm, charming setting and not noisy. . Great oysters, delicious sole. Lamb chops were very disappointing. Small, grizzly with little meat. Service was good initially but tapered off as the evening progressed.

  3. Pam J.
    • 4 reviews
    10/10

    We had heard about the wonderful food and service at the Rincón de Esteban and were not disappointed. The seafood paella was delicious as was the Eggplant appetizer. A must try!! Our server was very friendly and offered us complimentary after dinner digestifs and truffles. We would definitely recommend dining at El Rincón de Esteban!!

  4. Mikal K.
    • 2 reviews
    8/10

    We enjoyed our meal. The mixed reviews concerned at first... but we found everything welcoming and the menu satisfactory... our food quite good. Restaurant was very busy .,. And some service was a bit rushed .... but we did get a nice dinner and enjoyed the many languages of the diverse crowd

  5. David S.
    • one review
    5.5/10

    Nice location and warm welcome but this is one of those dated places that has probably served the same food for 20years. Brown decor and lots of photos of proprietor on wall. Food was well cooked but unimaginative and the squid dish just a huge plate of over sweetened squid rings. Steak was decent, grilled lamb nice and crispy and the “free” aperitifs and amuse bouche were a nice touch. Some inappropriate chat about “finding me a nice 28 year old” for pudding really finished things off however. Probably a thousand more chic and current places to eat nearby.

  6. Betty R.
    • 4 reviews
    10/10

    We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner here...all the little extra touches of professional service! 3 of us had the roast suckling pig and 1 had the steak tartare. All were excellent!

  7. Freek b.
    • one review
    8/10

    Good food in a authentic Spanish atmosphere

  8. Kate R.
    • 3 reviews
    9/10

    Wonderful service by Esteban himself. It’s like eating as an invited guest at his home. Fun loud atmosphere. And amazing service by all. A small place but not at all rushed through our meal. Very nice wine list too. I would go back again tonight. Goat cheese salad was fantastic.

  9. Magdalena B.
    • one review
    10/10

    Beautiful restaurant, amazing food, service and great value! Highly recommend to anyone willing to try traditional Spanish cuisine! We had a mixed Paella, Gazpacho and mussels! Everything tasted great.

  10. Christopher B.
    • one review
    9.5/10

    Aquilino was our waiter. He was engaging and efficient. The food was well executed and unpretentious.

  11. Albert L.
    • one review
    10/10

    Excellent food! Atmosphere! Service! 2nd time there and will definitely come back again!

  12. Bill K.
    • 2 reviews
    10/10

    Great staff and excellent personalized service. Several surprise extras. Great wine list. Food was great!

  13. Gennadi B.
    • one review
    10/10

    The best restaurant!!!

  14. Javier C.
    • one review
    9.5/10

    Good Spanish food and extraordinary personal service. The “arroz negro” was great as the rest of the food

  15. Sophia Y.
    • 3 reviews
    10/10

    Nice food and super nice staff

  16. Julia M.
    • 2 reviews
    9.5/10

    Excelente

  17. Kjetil K.
    • one review
    10/10

    Excellent food and service

  18. Brian V.
    • one review
    10/10

    I was there with a group for lunch and had their paella. Excellent! We enjoyed it so much we were back the following evening for dinner. Great food, staff and service.

  19. Javier P.
    • one review
    10/10

    Tres Excelencias: Lugar, Servicio y Alimentos

  20. Samara P.
    • 2 reviews
    10/10

    El Rincón de Esteban is a gem in the center of Madrid. Food was fantastic, the service super and the ambiance welcoming. This was my second time at this restaurant and it was as good as 15 years ago.

Practical information

Opening time

Abierto de 12:30 a 00:00, horario ininterrumpido

How to get to the restaurant

Calle de Sta. Catalina, 3, 28014, Madrid, Spain

Public transport

Metro Sevilla (L2)

Directions to get there

las Cortes

City center, , Museo del Prado, Museo Thyssen,

Services

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Restaurant can be privatized (120 people max)

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