If you enjoyed the Palacio Real, you’ll love dining upstairs at this favorite of Isabel II. Madrid’s elite has been coming here since Lhardy opened in 1839, bringing haute cuisine to Spain for the first time. Once past its slightly shabby exterior close to Puerta de Sol, the restaurant is a rich mix of dark wood and red velvet. The food is old-fashioned and rather heavy—this is a good place to try cocido, Madrid’s famous stew. Service is, of course, impeccable. Most people passing have no idea that the formal restaurant exists. That’s because Lhardy is also the shopfront to a genteel deli on the first floor. It was the first establishment in Madrid to serve single women, and in 1885 introduced self-service consommé so they could have a cup of hot broth while buying provisions. That service still exists, and you can help yourself to a cup of broth from antique urns at the back of the store, and ask for an upmarket snack, which you eat standing up.
Carrera de San Jerónimo, 8
Our Rating Neighborhood Puerta del Sol and Las Letras Hours Winter hours: Deli Mon–Sat 9am–10pm, Sun 10am–3pm; restaurant Mon–Sat 1–3:30pm and 8:30–10:30pm, Sun 1:30–3:30pm. Summer hours: Deli Mon–Fri 11am–3:30pm and 7:30–10pm, Sat 11am–3pm; restaurant Mon–Sat 1–3:30pm and Mon–Fri 8:30–11pm. Closed Sun. Transportation Metro: Sol Phone 91-521-33-85 Prices Entrees 26€–36€. Cocido menu 67€ Cuisine Type Continental Web site Lhardy
MapCarrera de San Jerónimo, 8 Madrid
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