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4.5 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

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  • Location: Madrid, Spain
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Enjoy a night of opera music and fine food at La Castafiore restaurant in Madrid! Popular for its opera-singing waiting staff, the traditional restaurant has gained a cult following in the city from locals and visitors alike. Enjoy renditions from well-known operas like ‘La Traviata’ plus traditional zarzuelas – comical Spanish opera-style songs – while enjoying a delectable 4-course meal with wine.

Highlights

  • 4-course dinner and opera music at Madrid’s La Castafiore restaurant
  • Sit back and enjoy the music performed by opera-singing waiting staff
  • Enjoy traditional zarzuelas, comical Spanish songs and opera music
  • Feast on classic Spanish dishes like Salmorejo, a chilled tomato and bread soup
  • Listen to a rendition of an act from Giuseppe Verde’s La Traviata at the end of the meal

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What You Can Expect

Zarzuela Opera and Dinner at La Castafiore Restaurant in Madrid

Zarzuela Opera and Dinner at La Castafiore Restaurant in Madrid

At a time of your choice, head to La Castafiore, an atmospheric Madrid restaurant tucked away down a little alleyway in the center of town. The intimate and cozy eatery specializes in traditional cuisine, served by opera-singing waiting staff.

Take a seat at your table and enjoy a 4-course opera-themed banquet with wine, while enjoying zarzuela – a satirical style of Spanish opera peppered with dialogue and powerful songs. Even if you don’t understand the language, the music is inspiring and instantly recognizable acts from classic operas like La Boheme are included, too.

After enjoying dinner, sit back to listen to the grand finale of your evening, a rendition of an act from La Traviata – the world-famous Italian opera by Giuseppe Verdi.

Sample Menu:
Hors d’œuvres:
  • Slices of cecina (cured and air-dried meat)
Starter (choice of one):
  • Salmorejo served with Arbequina olive oil
  • Fiochetti (thick pasta twirls) stuffed with Gorgonzola cheese and pear, served with a creamy mushroom sauce
Main course (choice of one):
  • Andalusian-style veal (grilled) with mushrooms
  • Sea bass with steamed potatoes and caviar sauce
Dessert:
  • Yoghurt and cream with wild berries
Coffee

Wine: One bottle of house red or white wine per table is included. Beer, soft drinks and water are available at your own expense.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

This was a very unusual, fun event. I don't know how it would be for locals (although their were Spanish tourists or locals attending), but it was a great meal, wonderful singing, and a great end getting you up and out of your seat.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2013

Did not know what to expect when we got there. Prebooking got a fixed menu (two selection (meat or fish) for entree (and any dessert) rest was prefixed. Food was good, no limit on wine! Be prepared to stay the entire time. It says 9pm - 12:15am and it means it. Intimate setting and the waiters and waitresses do the singing (and they are GOOD). Music and singing during the meal and after. If you are in a hurry you miss a lot of the entertainment and fun. If you are in walking distance good idea to go on major streets and walk back as it will settle the food/wine. Also please note that the staff speaking limited english (one waitress spoke good english). We figured out that is was a special place since most of the guests were from Spain!

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