Although Madrid is a capital city, and full of restaurants and bars, it's not as difficult as you may think to find a chic restaurant while also staying on budget. You'll never lack for options, but you may however have a hard time sorting out the genuinely good restaurants from those who look good, but taste blah. What can I say? Interior design is what may first attract your attention, and then you find yourself disappointed with the actual meal. Ambience is certainly a part of the dining experience, but arguably not the most important aspect.
Our goal is to suggest restaurants that have both: taste and style.
Here are my top suggestions for where to eat for 20€ or less in Madrid. Disclaimer, I don't drink alcohol, so that's never factored into the Price for me!
Paseo de la Castellana, 89, 28046, Madrid ·
Not only will Honest Greens give you minimalist #lifegoals with their chic interior, open kitchen, and self-serve counters, the food is just as good as it looks! If not better! I have a riddle for you: where does one go when they are a sober, vegan who doesn't eat processed sugar and a friend who eats meat, but avoids gluten? Is your head spinning yet? The answer, Friends is, Honest Greens! There's literally something for everyone! My favorite is the homemade falafel and the infused water! Although you could quite possibly spend up to 50€ for a couple people at this place because everything, literally everything is that good, the average price is 15€ per person. Check out the Avocado Supergreen bowl, and thank us later!
*Currently, they're based in Nuevos Ministerios, but are opening a new location in the center on Calle Hortaleza!
Calle Tudescos 4, 28004, Madrid
Surya is an East Asian, specifically Indian, Street food restaurant that originated in Barcelona, but now has a location smack dab in the center of the city in Callao. The first thing you'll notice is the visually intriguing interior. The bright, and vibrant colors will entrance you. Don't forget to look up! There's an ornate elephant sculpture and you may or may not see half a school bus around there too. You know, just for kicks. Onto the food. It's flavorful, spicy -- like real spicy, not for play play-- and from what Friends have told me, relatively authentic. The garlic naan is a hit, and so is the Biryani! Throughout the week, they offer a menú of the day for 10€. If that's not a steal, what is?
CORREDERA BAJA DE SAN PABLO 12, 28004, Madrid
Maricastaña makes the cut for their economical and deliciously tasty weekend brunch. For 16€ you can choose between a salmon bagel with cream cheese, pancakes and maple syrup, or eggs benedict with bacon to name a few. There's also fresh bread with tomato, or butter and jam and of course Greek yogurt. Brunch is super trendy in Madrid at the moment, and many restaurants claim to know what they're doing, however most fall short. Maricastaña does not.
We like them so much, we hosted an event there recently!
Calle Francisco de Rojas, 9, 28010, Madrid
I go here so much, I'm surprised they haven't kindly asked me to leave yet. Not only do I go there often, I could easily spend an afternoon there. La Colectiva is the pure manifestation of #goodvibesonly from the attentive staff members and the care and love they put into each cup of coffee and each dish they serve, to the natural light pouring in to the free, yes, free.99 wifi and workspace downstairs. It's a place you actually want to be. Each day, you can indulge in a plato combinado and a soup or pureé starter comprised of local, fresh, and in-season ingredients. That's all good and well, but have you tried their vegan chocolate cake, though? Coffee lovers, show them some love! Coffee at La Colectiva is an artform!
I could easily spend another 3 to 4 hours raving about any number of the spectacular restaurants in Madrid, but alas, I don't wanna! But seriously, this list is a great start in the right direction for taste, price, quality and of course Instagramability. (is that a word?)
Danni, Community + Content Director at Las Morenas de España, is a twenty-something, Chicago native currently residing in Madrid. Lover of language, words, and travel, she's managed to combine all of her passions through her work. In her free time, you can find her exploring the winding streets of Madrid, hunting down good flight deals, planning her next adventure and writing & researching for LMDES. Danni loves spicy food, natural hair, music and of course, her wonderful husband. If you need to find her, she’s the girl with huge hair and her face buried in her Kindle.