Great Menu del Dia Lunch near the Plaza Mayor

by Ben Curtis

Menu del dia near Plaza Mayor

Everyone who decides to have lunch in Madrid’s Plaza Mayor soon discovers that they have made a huge mistake. The Menu del Dia (lunchtime set menu) is far too expensive and usually not all that good. Walk a few minutes in any direction however, and you are likely to be far better off. My personal favourite for a Menu del Dia near the Plaza Mayor is Refra, at Calle Santiago 4 (just across the Calle Mayor – Map).

For 8.50 inside and 10.50 on the terrace, you get around 5 starters, 5 main courses and 5 deserts to choose from, in what is basically a top quality working man’s lunchtime menu served in a friendly, family-run establishment. You will be eating with the locals, you won’t get ripped off, and you will leave more than satisfied. I ate here almost every day for three months whilst living in the Hostal Santiago opposite (see book for details!), so I know what I’m talking about!


About Katie

Katie is an English teaching assistant working at a bilingual public school in the center of Madrid.
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4 Responses to Great Menu del Dia Lunch near the Plaza Mayor

  1. PattyN says:

    Ben, Great! I’m in Madrid next week. I may try it out Thursday for lunch, it’s in a convenient location.

  2. ben says:

    Great, please do check back in and let us know how the food was!

  3. PattyN says:

    I couldn´t wait until Thurday. I had my first meal in Madrid, lunch at Refra, on Wednesday. I can see why Ben was a regular, the food was plentiful, yummy and a great value. This is also a great location for people watching, both locals and tourists.

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