Created by Eugenio Huguemei in 1832 as a confectioners selling typical Swiss products, it was expanded into a restaurant in 1839. Standing on Carrera de San Jerónimo 8, it was Madrid’s first elegant restaurant, attracting both politicians and intellectuals, making it the restaurant mentioned most often in Spanish literature. Its proprietor took the name of the Hardy café, in Paris. The secret of its dishes was - and still is - the perfect combination of European and traditional style. At present, a visit to Lhardy is like a trip to the past. Everything remains unchanged despite the passage of time, including the original decor combined with top quality food and service, including the silver samovar they still use to keep the soup hot.
Opening hours: Mon - Sun 1:00 – 3:30 pm / Mon - Sat 8:30 – 11pm.
Closed: Sunday evening, public holidays, August.
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