Taberna del Alabardero
Located just behind the Teatro Real, Taberna del Alabardero is is a quintessentially Spanish tapas bar in Madrid. Simple café rooms at the front of Taberna del Alabardero have marble tables and deep red banquettes, while at the back, red and white tablecloths and elegant place settings play host to locals and tourists alike.
The selection of tapas is a cut above what is normally on offer, but this – and its prime location – are certainly reflected somewhat in the price. The staff are charming and have a vague smattering of English to help you understand what you are actually going to order. This is tapas at its best.