And in the beginning…

According to the Guinness Book of Records, the Sobrino de Botin in Madrid, Spain, is the oldest restaurant in existence today. It claims to have opened in 1725, though in a different location. The restaurant Tavares, in Lisbon, Portugal, continuously open since 1784 in the same location (thought not the same building), claims to be the second oldest in the Iberian Peninsula.
There is, however, evidence that Henry III of France ate at the still-extant Tour d’Argent, in Paris, France, on March 4, 1582. Another claim to be the world’s oldest restaurant is made by Stiftskeller St. Peter, in Salzburg, Austria, which has been in existence since 803 AD, since the time of emperor Charlemagne, as an inn.


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