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Una Cena Cantada

Dinner with live opera singers in downtown Madrid

If there is one word that can describe the feeling of what happens every Saturday night at El Café de la Ópera (c/ Arrieta, 6) it is, without a doubt: Magic! Tenors, sopranos and mezzo-sopranos, accompanied by piano, perform the most famous melodies of opera and zarzuela just a few metres away from the diners, while they explain their origin and the odd curiosity about their creation or composition.

An evening marked by elegance that every Saturday at 8:30 p.m. dresses up in its best clothes to enjoy Una Cena Cantada (A Sung Dinner). And that renews its gastronomic proposal every season, inspired by the most famous operas and zarzuelas. In its new edition, its menu has been inspired by the four-act opera Carmen, by Bizet. A work that shocked and scandalised its first audiences in 1875. So much so that it almost had to be withdrawn. But today it is considered one of the most popular and frequently performed operas in the classical canon, with arias as well known as the “Habanera” or “Canción del toreador”.

A unique dinner show that you can enjoy just a few metres from the Teatro Real de la Ópera and the Palacio Real, right in the centre of the city. With its unique acoustics, it has its own lyrical company , making it the perfect place for a romantic dinner or to celebrate a special moment.


A dinner with a show for everyone (and for the whole family) in an original and charming restaurant that starts with Boletus croquettes on potatoes on straw as an appetizer to continue with a warm pumpkin cream with yellow curry and coconut milk foam. For the main course, there is salmon marinated in miso with a touch of rum and Pedro Ximénez reduction with diced crispy cassava followed by oxtail confit at low temperature with vermouth sauce and sautéed vegetables. To finish, nothing more exquisite than the creamy Galician cheesecake on red fruit coulis, dark chocolate tile and artisan violet ice cream. Not forgetting the final toast.

Its great artistic direction offers a kind of interaction between the artist and the diner or spectator that will make constant improvisation and constant and pleasant surprises the secret ingredients that will make dinner at El Café de la Ópera a unique, unrepeatable and inimitable experience. An experience that everyone, whether more or less an admirer or follower of operatic singing, more or less a devotee of signature cuisine – both of which are specialities of the house – should experience, as they say: at least once in a lifetime.

Una Cena Cantada: 65 €, person (VAT Includes. No Beverages)

Every Saturday at 8:30 pm (doors open at 8:15 pm).
*Reservations required.

Booking conditions for Una Cena Cantada

At El Café de la Ópera it is essential to explain to our customers how the booking process for “Una Cena Cantada” works. As it is a dinner with a show, the team that makes it possible needs to plan in advance the arrangement of tables, space for the singers and the gastronomic preparation. Therefore, at the time of booking, your reservation must be guaranteed with a credit or debit card.

If you need to cancel or modify your reservation without any charge, you can do so 24 hours before the date of your reservation. Our reservations department will contact you the day before the show to reconfirm your booking and proceed with the payment.

In case of no-show or cancellation less than 24 hours before the date of your booking, no refund of the amount previously paid will be possible.

We look forward to seeing you and HAPPY MUSICAL EVENING!