If you’re looking for a restaurant with a killer track record, then check out the Botin Restaurant. The family-owned business has not only kept its doors open for nearly three centuries—it’s also scored a place in the Guinness Book of Records as the “oldest restaurant in the world.” The only bad news? You’ll have to take a road trip to Madrid to eat there.
Eat your heart out, Zagat
The charming little restaurant first began its road to culinary fame back in 1725. Nestled in the streets of the Spanish capital, the Botin has become legendary for its succulent Castilian cuisine, citing its roast suckling pig and roast lamb among its best sellers.
The restaurant’s current owners are hardcore adherents of the old slogan, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” All the food you’ll find available to order is prepared using the same recipes that the Botin has employed since first opening its doors.
Working around the clock
Not only does the food’s preparation stay true to tradition, but it’s also cooked in the same wood-fired oven that’s been continuously burning in the Botin’s kitchen for 293 years.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the aromas that flow forth from the nearly 300-year-old oven create a mouth-watering ambiance as they waft throughout the dining area.
History never tasted so delicious
If the restaurant’s killer food, rich wood panels, and vintage Spanish tiles aren’t enough to impress you, the wine cellar will be. Beneath the historic restaurant lies a cellar that dates back to 1590, chock full of delicious wines.
So the next time you find yourself in Spain, make sure this piece of living history finds itself at the top of your travel itinerary. What’s better than sitting in the same restaurant where Goya and Hemingway once dined? Sitting there while you enjoy a delectable suckling pig, that’s what.