Sobrino de Botín

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The restaurant in 2006.

Sobrino de Botín is a Spanish restaurant in Madrid, founded in 1725,[1] that is the oldest restaurant in the world in continuous operation.[2] The artist Francisco de Goya worked in Café Botín as a waiter while waiting to get accepted into the Royal Academy of Fine Arts. The restaurant is mentioned in an Ernest Hemingway novel and the book Fortunata y Jacinta by Benito Pérez Galdós (published 1886–1887).


The restaurant was founded in 1725 by Frenchman Jean Botin and his wife, and was originally called Casa Botín. Upon Botin's death in 1753., a nephew called Candido Remis changed the name to Sobrino de Botín, which survives to this day. Sobrino is the Spanish word for nephew.

The cellar is from 1590 and is older than the restaurant.

Apart from using the original recipes, the restaurant has also kept the flame burning in the oven continuously, never to be extinguished.[3] The restaurant and its speciality of cochinillo asado (roast suckling pig) are mentioned in the closing pages of Ernest Hemingway's novel The Sun Also Rises.[4] Its other signature dish is sopa de ajo (an egg, poached in chicken broth, and laced with sherry and garlic): a favorite pick-me-up with Madrileño revellers.

Botin Puerto Rico[edit]

In 2007, Puerto Rican actress Von Marie Mendez and her husband, Dr. Vicente Sanchez, in association with Sobrino de Botin, opened a restaurant in Ponce, Puerto Rico, named "Botin". The opening of the Puerto Rican location was attended by several well known celebrities, including former governor of Puerto Rico Rafael Hernandez Colon and then current governor Anibal Acevedo Vila, actor Braulio Castillo, hijo and Mexican singer and actor Fernando Allende.[5]

External links[edit]

  1. ^ "History and Evolution". Sobrino de Botín. Retrieved 22 May 2021.
  2. ^ Geeslin, Ned (14 December 1987). "The World's Oldest Eatery, Casa Botin, Reigns in Spain". People. Retrieved 22 May 2021.
  3. ^ Have a Seat at the Oldest Restaurant in the World, Great Big Story, 6 February 2018, archived from the original on 2021-12-21, retrieved 31 March 2018
  4. ^ "Hemingway in Spain. A definitive guide to Ernest Hemingway's Spain".
  5. ^ "Von Marie y sus hijos al mando del restaurante más viejo del mundo". 4 September 2007.

Coordinates: 40°24′51.16″N 3°42′29.11″W / 40.4142111°N 3.7080861°W / 40.4142111; -3.7080861