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 Cafe 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. It was inherited by a nephew called Candido Remis and had a name change to Sobrino de Botín, which survives to this day. Sobrino is the Spanish word for nephew.

The cellar is from 1590 and is very old in comparison to 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. 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.

External links[edit]

  1. ^ "Official Website of the restaurant".
  2. ^ "The World's Oldest Eatery, Casa Botin, Reigns in Spain".
  3. ^ Great Big Story (2018-02-06), This Is the Oldest Restaurant in the World, retrieved 2018-03-31 CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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