Casa Salvador is not just a great restaurant, it is a fabulous museum where you can experience the rich social history and bullfighting influences of Madrid.
Casa Salvador is a small bullfighting tavern that was founded by Salvador Blázquez in 1941 during difficult times in post-war Spain. It is situated on one of the most emblematic streets in Madrid, Calle Barbieri, where you can still breathe in the sunsets and traditions of times past.
Salvador Blázquez knew how to attract high-society clientele and the restaurant still maintains this reputation today. The tavern was frequented by bankers like Alfonso Escámez and Pablo Garnica, and bullfighters such as Luis Miguel Dominguín, Victoriano Valencia and Paco Camino. Actors and actresses like Charlton Heston, Alain Delon and Ava Gardner, the American producer Samuel Bronston and writers the likes of Ernest Hemingway visited Madrid and ate at Casa Salvador.
In 1976, Salvador’s nephew Pepe Blázquez managed to transform our tavern into a reference for traditional Madrid cuisine. In fact, we can say with absolute conviction that we are a not only a great temple of said gastronomy, but also an ode to Madrid’s history. The paintings and photographs that hang our walls keep the memory of.
Traditional Madrilenian cuisine
One of the main reasons why so many iconic personalities have sat at our tables is undoubtedly the work of chef Pepe Blázquez. He manages to turn dishes such as callos a la madrileña (Madrid-style tripe), estofado de rabo de toro (ox’s tail stew), and potajes de cuaresma (Lentils stew) into an unparalleled experience. Of course, we cannot forget the house specialty, which is the merluza rebozada (battered hake). Although seemingly simple, this is a unique dish, and how it is prepared is one of the best kept secrets.