There are many restaurants in Ronda, check em out!
First a word of warning – do not eat in the Plaza del Socorro as you are almost guaranteed an overpriced meal that will not taste good!
Now onto the positives however, of which there are many, because there are some wonderful Ronda restaurants.
From traditional Spanish food to Indian, (if you don’t mind the curious looks you receive from the Spanish who have not fully developed the taste for Tikka Masala yet!) you will be able to find almost anything your stomach desires in Ronda.
The Pedro Romero restaurant on the Virgen de la Paz is a popular place with locals and tourists alike. The walls of the interior are decked from top to bottom in bull-fighting memorabilia and it was traditionally the place where the matadors would frequent after a match. The menu is reasonably priced and there is a wonderful selection of local dishes and wines on the menu.
If you want to really splurge then the Tragabuches is the place to head to. The only Michelin-starred restaurant in the region, its menu de degustacion is proudly one of the most expensive in Andalucia. The restaurant is named after a famous bull-fighter turned bandit who lived in the 18th century and can be found nestled down an alley to the right of the Parador. The menu is traditional Andaluz dishes but with creative flare, and receives rave reviews from its diners. Booking is recommended and it is closed on Sunday evenings and on Monday.
For a cheap and cheerful night out, the restaurant Las Bridas will provide just that. Guests sit on a delightful patio that in fact dates back to 1728 (according to an engraved stone) and enjoy wholesome food prepared to a high standard. A menu of around €7 ensures it’s very good value for money.
Casa Santa Pola is perched on the edge of the gorge and is spread over several floors, all with open air terraces overlooking the Tajo. Offering a wide range of local dishes, the menu del dia is around €18. The speciality is the roasted meats or carnes asados which are delicious. On Friday and Saturday evenings form 9.30pm there is flamenco dancing to liven up the night and really add to the atmosphere and experience. Booking is recommended as the terraces unsurprisingly become crowded quickly.
Not wanting to exclude tapas bars, these are plentiful. A particular favourite of the locals is the Bar Faustino on Calle Santa Abduela where the doors don’t close until well beyond midnight. Lively throughout the evening, you can enjoy a range of tapas or bigger raciones and there is an open air patio also.