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Calle Narvaez 68, 28009 Madrid, Spain
+34 915 73 10 87
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Singapore
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147 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

Went as read several rave reviews about the seafood. This must be a Madrileno comfort food place because while good, it was nothing to shout about. The appetiser of lobster in some kind of sauce was decent. The free cod cruquettes were very good, truffle flavoured. Other dishes got better - green salad with tuna, clams in garlic sauce, grilled... More 

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Panama City, Panama
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30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

We ordered quite a few different dishes and enjoyed every one of them. The one I liked the most was the "Salpicon de Bogavantes" which is a type of lobster. The restaurant kept sending us small trays of various complimentary items. My mouth still waters when I remember the tiny cod croquettes mmmmmm. Get there very early if you don´t... More 

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Panama City, Panama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2016 via mobile

Everything is top at Rafa. The staff the food everything. The ensaladilla and salmon are one of the best. Warning, you pay accordingly to it, so be ready for a considerable bill.

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Panama City, Panama
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2015

Rafa is simply a top notch Spanish restaurant. Been here quite a few times and have to say not only the seafood, but also a large part of the menu is outstanding. The service is quite experienced, although sometimes there are too often at the table and prices seem to be a little up in the last months (a refurbishment... More 

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Warsaw, Poland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2015

Rafa Restaurant has a history! Over 50 years of history. Looks old fashioned but seafood and fishes are really fresh and very well prepared. You can feel exceptional,Three waiters were serving one table with 5 people.

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Thank Marcin_Kapusta
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2015

I have dinner here about 4 times a year- whenever I come to Madrid. Lastly on 1 October 2015. Although I always try other restaurants for their fish and shellfish this remains consistently 1st rate. The salpiçon (be it)de mariscos or bogavante is an excellent starter to share as are the boquerones in vinegar or the percebes. In fact the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2015 via mobile

Really do not understand why this place is not more highly rated on TripAdvisor. Went at the recommendation of a hotel concierge and enjoy a really exceptional meal. Excellent fresh seafood, well prepared and well presented, very attentive wait staff, crisply clean table linens, well lit and a cheerful ambiance. Highly recommend it.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2015 via mobile

Very nice marisqueria, good for a biz lunch on the terrace. The best choice, among the whole good menu, is the ensaladilla rusa..

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Thank GFilTA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2015 via mobile

As soon as I sat the manager (host) told me that the kitchen was closed (4:00 pm), the web site says that they serve food until 5:00 pm. I don't want to think That I was discriminated.

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Thank Adolfo E
Madrid, Spain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 March 2015

And old time traditional restaurant. Excellent service and very good seafood. The oysters were excellent and the kokotxas spectacular. If you want good fish and seafood this is a perfect place. I will always come back.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 44 - US$ 87
Cuisine
Seafood, Mediterranean, Spanish
Meals
Dinner, Lunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle Narvaez 68, 28009 Madrid, Spain
  • Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Community of Madrid  >  Madrid
  • Phone Number: +34 915 73 10 87
Description
Rafa is one of the best and most famous seafood restaurants in Madrid, with more than 50 years of experience. This classic style restaurant is specialized in fish and seafood from the Spanish coast and has been awarded in several times with a Sun in the Repsol Gastronomic Guide. Monday night closed for rest of the staff.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?