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Date
Wed, 4/25
Time
7:00 PM
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Cafe Madrid

4.4
1153 reviews
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$30 and under
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Spanish
Perfect For:
  • Good for a Date
  • Quiet Conversation
  • Tapas
The concept of Café Madrid is hundreds of years old. Exceptional food and world class service blended into an intimate, charming environment, providing a rich and memorable dining experience. Imported from Spain, this concept has become a reality for the people in the Salt Lake area.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(801) 273-0837
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Nacho Basurto
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Catering
Full service Catering including on or off site food preparation, formal buffet, table service and wine/bar service.
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Cross street
2000 East
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Parking details
Parking lots on either side of restaurant or parking in front on private road.
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Entertainment
Periodic Flamenco dance shows
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Additional
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1153 People Are Saying
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4.5
food
4.4
service
4.5
ambience
4.1
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84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 6 days ago

It is my favorite place in SLC. The food is amazing and the service is impeccable.

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4.0Dined on April 17, 2018

Generally a very nice return visit. The food was well-prepared, if not outstanding. Well-sourced and quality ingredients. Service was very good, as was the ambience on this relatively quiet weeknight visit.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

A reunion of friends who traveled Europe together.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Wonderful food, wonderful service. We had a great evening

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

we had this place in our bucket list for so long, and finally we made our way there to try it! We totally regretted it! Yep, we regretted that we did not come to this place sooner! The decoration is very romantic, although it could really benefit from a carpet cleaning or change floors to hardwood, but that is totally forgotten with the service and how tatsteful the food is.
We really liked the sangria and the food we had. We tried the fideguá and butifarritas con brevas, and finished with the creme brulee cake and the the lady fingers (don’t recall the name of this one).
We are definitely coming back, it is a little expensive but totally worth it! The really good quality things in life cost money. If you like cheap low quality things, go somewhere else. But we had to go back to try other things. Visited at dinner but lunch also looks enticing. Recommend it!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Great recommendations by staff, beautiful restaurant, excellent food! We have been here many times and always enjoy our visit.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

The food was excellent and the atmosphere first rate. Our server, Raul, took very good care of us, provided excellent recommendations and was on hand just enough. It's a pricey restaurant (for our budget) but was well worth it.

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3.0Dined on March 21, 2018

AT BEST THE FOOD WAS MEDIOCRE. MY SEAFOOD PAELLA WAS WELL SEASONED BUT THE SEAFOOD WAS TOUGH AND CHEWY~NOT AS IT SHOULD BE. THE RICE WAS AL DENTE; IT NEEDED ANOTHER 5 MINUTES TO NOT HAVE A CRUNCHY TEXTURE.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Another evening of great food and great service as always!!!

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

Cafe Madrid is a very fine place to dine...from the greeting at the door...to the service...and the food. Top drawer!

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Our experience was excellent in all ways. The ambiance was great as was the service and the food.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Delightful as always. This visit we had a total of 4 people, and we shared some wine and several different appetizers. The unique flavors of Spain are reflected in the food and combinations of seasoning.

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

The best restaurant in Salt Lake City! Great food and service! Great selection of tapas!

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

After many years we returned to Cafe Madrid. The food was exceptional, the waiter well-trained and able to recommend some unusual but wonderful wine pairings.

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3.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Food was just ok. Sauce over the lamb shank was VERY sweet. Atmosphere and service just ok. At nearly $50 per person, it just wasn't worth it.

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4.0Dined on March 2, 2018

The food was good, the ambiance was nice. Food was a little over priced, but it's a nice place for a date night.

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2.0Dined on March 1, 2018

Reserved to celebrate my sisters birthday. We have been going to this restaurant for years. My sister lives here. I live in Dallas.
Paula p greeted us with a big sneeze. No smile. Did not recognize my reservation being for my sisters birthday. We ordered sangria, delicious.
Tortilla, calamares and croquetas de Jamon. Paula was training. The restaurant was not busy. Everything arrived at once. Quickly to close the tab. No flan, nada. We are from Madrid and asked Paula why everything arrived at once. She replied, well they all go together. Ridiculous. Disappointing. JC Pino’s artwork fabulous. We emailed him personally. The food was good. We ate while it was hot and left.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

We have been many times & never disappointed. Waiters are always helpful with pairings & very happy with their suggestions

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

As always they are very customer oriented. Taking care of all our needs and making everyone feel welcome.

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4.0Dined on February 22, 2018

Wonderful as always, Tapas !!!! No where else in the West ( USA) can you find such truly Spanish Tapas Cuisine.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

My husband and I went for our anniversary. Lovely restaurant with excellent food!

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

The Website was great for making reservations. The decor was very fitting for a Spanish restaurant. The staff were all very helpful and pleasant. Our waitress was particularly knowledgeable about the food and wine. All in All a very enjoyable evening.

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2.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Food was fine. Wait was ~45 minutes long despite having a reservation on Open Table. This was on Valentine’s Day, which made the wait even more unacceptable. The restaurant clearly overbooked, and I felt taken advantage of as a customer.

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3.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Valentine's Day dinner. Thank goodness we had a gift certificate! This is a pricey place. It seems very popular given how packed it was the night we were there. My wife and I had a reservation for about a month. When seated, the table was so small and the legs of the table so obtrusive that I had to sit open-legged to allow the table legs between mine. It was very uncomfortable and the waitress didn't seem to notice, but I didn't complain either. They may not have been sufficiently staffed that night, but long periods lapsed between times when our waitress would check on us. The food was not commensurate with the price, although it was a one-price special for Valentines. The "Lobster" bisque really had no perceptible lobster in it. My noodle dish had noodles that seemed little more than spaghetti off the grocery shelf. The balance of pasta vs. primary meats or vegetables was woefully imbalanced.

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4.0Dined on February 15, 2018

What a lovely restaurant. My husband and I celebrated romantic evening on Valentine's Day and decided that Cafe Madrid was the perfect spot. They did offer a Valentine's menu that included appetizers, salad, entree and dessert all for $55. The special menu was really just their most popular dishes that is on their regular dinner menu.

First to come out was the bread which are warm brioche buns. Next appetizers, the cheese platter, Gambas con Bacon (shrimp wrapped in bacon) & sauteed mushrooms in cream sauce. While I like the cheese platter, it seemed really small there was maybe 3 small triangles of Brie and Manchego Cheese, 6 grapes, small amount of quince paste & bread. On the regular menu this appetizer is $13, while tasty it really isn't a good value so I would skip it on a next visit. On the other hand we loved the Gambas con Bacon included 6 plump shrimp (tail end cut off) wrapped in bacon covered in a cream sauce and the Sauteed Mushrooms (oyster or chanterelle mushrooms) in the same cream sauce as the shrimp. The last two tapas were generous & filling enough that they could have stood on their own as a meal or a shared plate.

For the Entree, I had the beef tenderloin w/roquefort cheese sauce & my husband had pork w/raspberry sauce. Beef tenderloin was perfectly cooked & the roquefort sauce made this dish so good and satisfying The hubby's pork also was perfectly cooked & w/the raspberry sauce added just a nice sweet finish (this dish is not on the regular menu).

Last but not least DESSERT! Cafe Madrid knows how to make dessert. Their Chocolate Mouse was divine. This was the real chocolate mousse made with real cream & high end chocolate not that cheezy, cheap stuff made with cool whip and hersheys cocoa powder you find in other restaurants.

Overall the experience was excellent, our waiter was very attentive and the food came out in a timely manner. I definately would recommend this place and want to try it for lunch.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Amazingly romantic with the most amazing tapas on the planet! By far our favorite restaurant! Consistently phenomenal food EVERY time!! Try the sausage with fig sauce paired with the gambas con bacon. Also the piquillo peppers paired with the mixed seafood paella (call ahead to make sure they make some for you, or save some for you). Then have the beef tenderloin & choose the rice option when they ask you for your side. Then for dessert order the copa Café Madrid. You won’t go wrong keeping with these EXACT combinations of tapas! Everything is amazing, but this is my exact staple, perfect order every time. I venture from this from time to time and add a new tapa onto my order, but I always make sure every one of these tapas are my priority. Foodies: this is soon to be your favorite restaurant!

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Been there several times and have tried several items on menu. Always great food and atmosphere. Recommend it highly.

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2.0Dined on February 14, 2018

I could go on and on about this, but I'll try and be succinct. The service was good, the ambiance was interesting, but the food was seriously lacking. It was about the quality I would expect at Applebees, (maybe less...) only 65$ a plate.
My lobster bisque was ok, the house salad was simple, but enjoyable, my Pollo marsala was strangely sweet and far to white! It was two chicken fillets with mashed potatoes in a white sauce with a couple small mushroom pieces. It became overpoweringly strong halfway through the plate and begged for something to breakup the monotony of it.
But my dessert is what ruined the night for me. Creme brulee cake. The creme brulee on the top was ok, but I seriously doubt it was thickened with eggs (as it should be). It was a little thin and comparatively bland. But the clincher was the "cake" it was like styrofoam! Dry and hard and bland. I can't say enough! I did not finish it. And for me to not finish a dessert, is really saying something.
I wouldn't have been so frustrated if it had been a third the price, but for the price we paid, I expected much, much more.

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5.0Dined on February 11, 2018

We visited Cafe Madrid on a recommendation from a business associate. What an incredible find! Flavorful and authentic Spanish tapas, beautifully presented in a setting unrivaled in our experience in Utah! We moved to Northern Utah almost five years ago, and without question, this is the best food, service and setting we have found. You will not be disappointed!

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5.0Dined on February 6, 2018

We shared a festive and fun Girls Night Out! Delicious food and great conversation!

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

We have traveled extensively world over including various parts of Spain dozens of times while living in Switzerland for 3 years..... food is authentic, ambiance is relaxing and genuine..... beautiful paintings .... we enjoyed the look and feel very much..... seated on time, wait staff was attentive and unobtrusive. Wine list is great for selections to pair with the food. Paella was authentic and available as Tapas as well.... we enjoyed Duck (best I have had in the US) and Salmon after the Paella and roasted Brussel sprout tapas..... highly recommend and will be back again soon.

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2.0Dined on January 27, 2018

I have been in Cafe Madrid several times .last weekend experience was terrible..the quality of the food way Dow .while the prices are up ..it was my wife s birthday celebration..I was so disappointed..never again 😜

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Had the seafood paella and it was delicious! Perfect night out, good food, great feel to the restaurant, our server was attentive. Will definitely be going back.

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3.0Dined on January 20, 2018

We always love our dinners at Cafe Madrid. The sangria, the Plato iberico, the fried goat cheese and honey....yum. We had a great dinner despite our paella taking too long and the rice being crunchy. However after we left I started getting calls that we had no-showed on our reservation. This was very disappointing because we had dined in the restaurant that night. I have the receipts to prove it.

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4.0Dined on January 19, 2018

Great food!
Good service!
Great ambiance!

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4.0Dined on January 6, 2018

Great for tapas love the garbanzo beans soup the best

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5.0Dined on January 5, 2018

Cafe Madrid is our favorite! We go there for every special occasion.

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4.0Dined on December 31, 2017

The restaurant allowed VERY LOUD patrons in the adjacent booth to continue bothering us as well as other patrons in the same room.

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5.0Dined on December 28, 2017

Wonderful Holiday ambience. Beautiful furnishings and table settings. Very romantic. Food offerings were creative, served with flair, and delicious!! Do order the paella as a tapas plate or a dinner.

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2.0Dined on December 28, 2017

Really disappointed. We arrived prior to reservation time and waited for about 5 minutes before there was even anyone at the front desk (there were about 10 other people waiting as well). When the hostess finally arrived, and she checked in everyone in the room (more waiting), then we waited for at least another 5 minutes to be seated. When we were finally seated, we discovered that she had given us the wrong menus.
The food was sub par. The Brussels Sprouts were amazing, but that’s it. We ordered salad based on the server’s recommendation. The salad was meh, the beef tenderloin was not a $30 plate, in fact I’ve had much better for much less, and the paella was just not good. Period. If you say you’re a Spanish fine dining establishment, you’d better be sure you have good paella. Cafe Madrid will not be seeing us again. Again, really disappointing. We were looking forward to a really great meal for a holiday date. Instead, we spent a lot of money for really mediocre food when we could have gone somewhere where we knew we could have counted on the value as well as the service and ambience expected. So sad.
Not sure where the good reviews came from, I’ve spoken to several people since who also say they will never go again.

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