La Merced Madrid

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Nestled in the unassuming neighborhood of Vallecas in Madrid, known more for its vibrant graffiti than its tourist attractions, lies a hidden gem of Madrid’s culinary scene: La Merced. With over three decades of history, this establishment stands out like a beacon in an area where gastronomic delights are few and far between.

Describing La Merced merely as a restaurant wouldn’t do it justice. It’s more aptly a sanctuary for true food connoisseurs. Their unwavering commitment to sourcing only the finest ingredients is evident in every dish. The meticulous attention to detail, coupled with impeccable service that consistently surpasses expectations, has cemented its reputation as a must-visit locale.

One of the unique experiences of dining here is the melodious daily recital by the owner, listing out the day’s offerings. It’s not just about eating; it’s an immersive culinary performance.

While the temptation to peruse the menu might be strong, taking a leap of faith and letting the chefs decide whether to serve meat or seafood often results in a delightful surprise. However, an insider tip for first-time visitors: if they’re on offer, the confit artichokes are a non-negotiable. They are, quite possibly, the best you’ll ever taste.

In the heart of Vallecas, La Merced stands as a testament that sometimes, the most extraordinary experiences are found in the most unexpected places.

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Calle Manuel Vélez, 8, Madrid

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Opening Times

Mon - Wed & Sun 13:00 - 16:00, Thu - Fri 13:00 - 16:00 & 20:00 - 23:00


Grilled Octopus: € 28.60


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Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)