The menu here is perfect for carnivores. The kitchen offers typical Spanish dishes, like fillet, grilled lamb, pork in the oven, fish, and seafood like fried shrimp. Botin is a little less friendly to vegetarians, unless you can do with only starters, cheeses, and a side dish.
Beyond its long years, the pride of the restaurant are the famous authors that used to come here, among them Green, Scott, Fitzgerald, and Ernest Hemingway. Hemingway wrote about the restaurant in his book "The Sun Also Rises," what made this place a must-see site for the author's fans, who come here from afar.
When ordering a table, ask to sit in the main hall on the ground floor, or in the basement, to really get a sense of the place, and not be seated in one of the more secluded corners.