The Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport is beautiful. The architecture is inviting and the space is massive (the second biggest in Europe behind Charles de Gaulle in Paris). The food, depending on which terminal you end up in, is just as inviting. We just hope you haven’t had too much Ibérico ham yet, because there are many good places to eat it and plenty of beer and wine to wash it all down.
These are the best places to eat at in every terminal of the Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport.
Mahoudrid: A bar and tapas spot run by the Spanish beer giant Mahou San Miguel. In addition to tapas, there’s more filling fare like sandwiches, but small bites and light beer are the go-to here.
Urban Grill: Fast food that’s not “fast food.” Dishes are typically quick and, as the name suggests, grilled, with options ranging from meat to fish to vegetables. There’s also pizza.
100 Montaditos: Tapas and pintxos bar with all the classic hits as well as open-faced sandwiches. The restaurant is tied to Mahou, and the menu suggests beer pairings with the dishes.
Mahou Sports Bar: While it feels like Mahou owns pretty much all of the dining and drinking in the Madrid airport, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. This one checks off beer and tapas as well as playing plenty of sports on multiple screens.
Urban Grill: Like in Terminal 1, quick grilled dishes including meat, fish, vegetables, and pizza.
Eating Point: Good luck if you find yourself in Terminal 3. Your option is limited to Eating Point, a gathering of four restaurants: Santa Gloria (pastries), Urban Grill (meat and vegetables), Pizza’n Co (pizza), and Deli&Cia (grab and go).
El Madroño: Located before security, El Madroño is an upscale restaurant with options like duck foie gras and salmon. The theme is upscale Mediterranean, and the dining room is closed off from the hustle and bustle of the airport.
La Bellota: The focus here is on Ibérico ham, and there’s a bar for the solo traveler as well as tables.
MasQMenos: Tapas and Ibérico ham to satisfy any last Spanish cuisine cravings, as well as a healthy selection of beers and European wines.
Origins: A bar focused on Spanish wines and plates that draw from the specialties of the Iberian Peninsula (yes, that includes plenty of Ibérico ham options as well as chorizo and sausages). You can order some of the hand-cut ham to go if you’d like to share it with those in the location you’re traveling to.
Gastro Hub: Led by renowned Spanish chef Paco Roncero, Gastro Hub has classic tapas and Spanish cuisine as well as a selection of healthy zumos (juices).
Kirei: Japanese food isn’t among the most popular in Spain. In fact, Kirei is the first Japanese restaurant to exist in any Spanish airport. There’s sushi, sashimi, soups, and nigiri, and the kitchen is headed up by chef Ricardo Sanz from the Kabuki Group, which has three Michelin-starred restaurants. Takeaway is available as well if you’re in a hurry.