Oldest Restaurant In The World: Restaurante Botín’s History

Know more about the oldest restaurant in the world that is found in Madrid

Restaurante Botín is the oldest restaurant in the world, located in Madrid, Spain, and this is still operating as a gastronomic destination.

Food is a major part of many people’s lives. To many, fine dining is a must and this is one of the reasons why a lot of restaurants business are booming. In this industry, one establishment stands mighty when it comes to longevity.

Restaurante Botín has been open since 1725. This restaurant is able to surpass challenges, especially competition and the changes that are brought by time. Based on the article in Mental Floss, this was established by French chef Jean Botín and his wife.

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It has been listed on Guinness World Records as the oldest restaurant that is still operating today. The building where the restaurant is located is even much older as it was built in 1590. Although the food center stayed true to its roots, it had to adapt to some changes along the way.

The couple never had a child and so it was their nephew who inherited the restaurant after they died. Later on, the business was handled by the Gonzalez family. The restaurant continued to be managed by the same family over the years and it is now known for its old-school roast suckling pig. However, the said dish was not on the original menu that Botín had.

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It is because, during the early years of business, he didn’t serve meat or wine for the reason that it was customary for inns to only prepare ingredients provided by the guests.

The Restaurante Botín is not only famous because it is the oldest restaurant in the world. It is also known for its famous oven. It is the home of the wood fire that’s been burning continuously since it was lit in 1725 and it is already 298 years ago.


Chefs waste no time cooking good food when they arrive in the morning because the fire continuously burns. The restaurant is also praised for its architecture.

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