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El Brillante

#8,735 of 9,758 Restaurants in Madrid
₹₹ - ₹₹₹, Mediterranean, Spanish
Plaza Emperador Carlos V 8, 28012 Madrid, Spain
+34 915 28 69 66
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  • Average20%
  • Poor13%
  • Terrible35%
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Plaza Emperador Carlos V 8, 28012 Madrid, Spain
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Lots of tapas to choose from, also beer, wine, and coffee. Great, friendly staff! We loved the churros, bocadillos de calamares, empanadas, and lots of cafe con leche. Highly recommend!

Thank viajera464
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a great time here and were served by a very hospitable, kindly waiter. We were waiting for an Atocha Renfe Station connection to Toledo and had a few hours to kill. The atmosphere was 'alegre' and locally authentic here. Our cafes con leche...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I went here for the fried calamari sandwich that I kept hearing about, but honestly it was overpriced and overrated. The sandwich was alright, but really simple; just a bun with some fried calamari, no sauce or anything. Also, the floor in this establishment was...More

Thank Øyvind K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went for lunch. Tried the calamari plancha which was recommended. They have hiked up all the prices and the photo is misleading. For 18 euros got a small plate with a few calamari in a tasty sauce. Not worth it. Stick to the baguettes if...More

Thank Ash R
Reviewed 11 March 2018 via mobile

Authentic Spanish bat with a lot of great food, especially bocadillos of all kind. The atmosphere is really typical. Only negative is you can't really sit comfortably to enjoy the food. Perfect if you want to grab something quickly. Close to Atocha train station, reina...More

Thank Emmanuel F
Reviewed 25 February 2018 via mobile

Yes this restaurant has authentic Spanish food. It is overpriced this place is more of a tourist trap. Some of the stuff is double the price in this place.

Thank GiovanniCork
Reviewed 21 February 2018 via mobile

This used to be a decent place for no-frills Madrid food. Now tourist prices. It's been a few years since I was last here. Food still excellent, but bring your gold card. Not coming back again.

Thank Jason F
Reviewed 19 February 2018

I think this is a one-dish-shop. Despite a broad menu, locals seem to favour their sandwich with fried calamari. It is a simple dish - just a bun, filled with freshly fried calamari - but boy is it delicious! If I could fly to Madrid...More

Thank Matevz
Reviewed 13 February 2018

Well situated across from Atocha train station, this restaurant's claim to fame is that it serves up the best fried calamari sandwich in Madrid (bocadillo de calamares - a crusty bread roll loaded with deep-fried squid rings). I loved my sandwich and wish I could...More

Thank TravelFan48105
Reviewed 22 January 2018

You must try the calamari sandwich, its fresh and tastes divine! El Brilliante is busy but authentic and the staff are nice and friendly! If the weather is good, its nice to sit outside.

Thank Roxie02
Paseo del Prado
The area around the elegant Paseo del Prado boulevard
is much-visited by both locals and tourists. The
world-famous Prado, the Reina Sofia, and the
Thyssen-Bornemisza museums form a triangle of art and
culture that spans this grand and beautiful avenue. On
weekdays, the Prado Museum opens its doors for free
after-work hours, drawing a diverse and excited queue
of art lovers that wraps around the block. Palacio de
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Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine
Open Hours
6:30 AM - 12:30 AM
6:30 AM - 12:30 AM
6:30 AM - 12:30 AM
6:30 AM - 12:30 AM
6:30 AM - 12:30 AM
6:30 AM - 12:30 AM
6:30 AM - 12:30 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Plaza Emperador Carlos V 8, 28012 Madrid, Spain
  • Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Community of Madrid  >  Madrid>  > Paseo del Prado
  • Neighbourhood: Paseo del Prado
  • Phone Number: +34 915 28 69 66
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