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Cafe Melo's

#52 of 8,828 Restaurants in Madrid
Certificate of Excellence
Neighbourhood:
Lavapies
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Calle Ave Maria 44, 28012 Madrid, Spain
+34 915 27 50 54
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Monday
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Tue - Sat 20:00 - 01:00
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London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

Every Spaniard I met boasted about their mum's croquetas and ranked them as the best in the world... But every Spaniard I met in this packed-to-the-brim café admitted Melo's croquetas were done just as the ones they remembered from their childhood. The ones you no longer get any more any where else... Not even at home! As soon as I... More 

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49 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

We arrived just before 9 pm and this place was already getting crowded. We ordered the morcilla, zapatilla, and croquetas, and we were not disappointed! It's great for a casual meal and typical Spanish experience. Also, it was very reasonably priced for all of the food and drinks, we paid under 20 Euros! I would definitely recommend this to anyone... More 

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Wichita, Kansas
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

Husband and I heard of its awesomeness and showed up at quarter past 8pm on a Friday night - already packed! We were lucky to sit at the bar. Ordered croquetas and a full zapatilla to split - we were struggling by the end!! It was really delicious and the staff are my heroes. It thinned out around 9pm so... More 

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London
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13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

Popped in late night for the famous zappatilla and was not disappointed. It's a beast and was probably the best €7 I spent in Madrid. Will be back again in 2 weeks

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Thank Urchinboy
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

This place knows what it does best and does it well. They have a small menu but the food is great. The croquetas were delicious and the zapatillas are enormous.

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Thank Ben M
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21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

This place has been open for years and has a kind of cult following. In order to get a seat you have to get there early as it gets crowded. The menu is small but everyone more or less goes there for the homemade croquettes, and the "zapatillas" which are kind of very large hunks of crusty bread filled with... More 

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romania
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7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016

Well...Melos...this is something you have to try ...I would say once ...but I'm sure you will return over an dover again.It's incredible how you can fit hundreds of people in a bar...how the Sir over the counter can memorize PERFECTLY all the orders in chronological order..and how you can have a GREAT time with food crossing over your head...passing the... More 

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Jerusalem, Israel
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2016

Small and crowded place with a lot of local people. I ate half Zapatilla and couldn't it more for about two days! And it was delicious!

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New Jersey
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71 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016

I started with a Jamon croquette which was good. It was a mistake as I then tried their famous Zapatilla sandwich ham and cheese sandwich with big chunks of ham. Even the half order is larger than any full sandwich I'd order anywhere else. And its super cheap. I managed to finish it but I was way too full. After... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2016

Melo's serves the type of food that you can feel clogging your arteries as you're eating it. It's so good it doesn't matter though. Just sit back and enjoy the egregious grease and calorie count. Melo's is famous for its Zapatillo sandwich, which is 3-4 layers of pork and thick Galician cheese bookended by two pieces of soft, buttery toast.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Spanish
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
Tuesday
20:00 - 01:00
Wednesday
20:00 - 01:00
Thursday
20:00 - 01:00
Friday
20:00 - 01:00
Saturday
20:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle Ave Maria 44, 28012 Madrid, Spain
  • Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Community of Madrid  >  Madrid>  > Lavapies
  • Neighbourhood: Lavapies
  • Phone Number: +34 915 27 50 54

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Lavapies

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Lavapies
Walking into this neighbourhood is like entering a different country ... except it's hard to tell which one it is. One side of Calle Lavapiés is lined with Indian restaurants, the other with kebab shops. Men in traditional African clothing convene outside their businesses for long chats, and people shout to each other across plazas and streets. Interspersed among ethnic specialty shops are independent theaters and dance studios, and two large arts and cultural centers — the beautiful Casa Encendida and the Tabacalera, a former tobacco factory — all of which attract young crowds. Along Calle Argumosa, the place to go for drinks, artists and art appreciators with piercings and dreadlocks convene in the street’s eclectic array of young, hip bars. Though some of the side streets can get a little seedy at night, Lavapiés is still the place to go for those seeking a unique blend of arts and culture in an international and funky neighbourhood.
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