These are the places we recommend:
La Lechugita – Calle Los Remedios 35
One of the most classic tapa bars is La Lechugita, maintaining its original atmosphere and decoration. Watch out for the little sign saying ‘Prohibido el Cante,’an old strategy of barkeepers to shut up the drunken singers. You should definitely try the lechugita (vinegar salad, after which the bar was named), callos, masita, chorizo (different meats). Basically, all of the tapas are authentic. Yes indeed: dEUS is on the wall, in a picture taken in this proper bar during the recording of their album ‘The Ideal Crash.’
Los Cazadores Avenida de Malaga, at the end of Calle Espinel, Calle Rosal 1
One of Ronda’s best places to eat fresh fish .You can order raciones (portions) of different fish and vegetables. Check out the concha fina a raw shellfish that can almost only be found in the Malaga province, berengena frita (fried aubergine), navajas (shellfish), atun plancha (grilled tuna), chipirones (baby squid), and the recommendations of the house such as the tuna carpacio with splendid olive oil. Go early (before two pm and nine pm), because this place is mostly fully booked.
Locos Tapas Puerta de Almocabar – Plazuela Arquitecto Francisco Pons Sorolla 7
Run by Basque owner Guillermo and his wife, this tiny restaurant just in the shadow of the Puerte de Almocabar is a must go in tapa land. Not only the presentation but espiaclly the fusion of flavours. Variuos dishes are served with salted sorbets of cheese or pasion fruit, edible flowers etc. Also here you best make a reservation in advance.
El Almocabar – Plaza Ruedo Alameda 5
Manolo is one of the real classic restaurant owners with a love for ancient andalusian plates with a modern twist. The restaurant holds one of the best Ronda wine collections and Manolo has a straight forward but delicate taste preference accompanying fish or meat recipes.
Toro Tapas – Calle Espinel 7
Situated at the begining of Ronda´s main street “La Calle de la Bola” , this a great spot to have lunch while observing the locals and the tourist passing by. Apart from tasty tapas, you can order the chicken with raisins or the famous bull tail. Upstairs there is an art galery with mostly local artists and live concerts from time to time.One can try out different Ronda wines by the glass, smoothly freshand at economic rates.
El Almacén – Calle Virgen de los Remedios 7
One of the most recent players in the restaurant/tapa panorama, owner and main chef Javi is bringing fresh ideas into the Andalucian cuisine with nicely presnted salmon tartar or a crunchy fish salad based on courgette/zucchini with lime.Javi´s father was a plumber and recently pensioned he supplied most of the decoration with recycled tubes giving the whole place an urban, modern feel representing the 21st century Ronda.
Entre Vinos – Calle Pozo 2
Already operative since a year or five, this tiny little restaurant was set up by two local youngsters.They took the risk of serving almost all Ronda wines from the region with tiny tapas to go along. The black calamar with alioli is for instance a great one to try out with one of Ronda´s white wines; we appreciate their effort to really support the local wine scenery that is not only delighted by tourists but surprisingly has a lot of locals trying out the wines of their city with a new born proudness.
Las Martirio – Calle Virgen de los Remedios 21
For a couple of years now this recent players has already become a classic.A lot of locals showing up and foreigners living in the region.A wide offer of fish straight from the Mediteraenean coast served both raw and hot.The most peculiar fact of this restaurant is that each Thursday the female cook and the bar tenders join for a live concert of flamenco fusion; the place gets packed for this, so go early in order to have good seats.
El Tragata – Calle Nueva 4
One of the best places to go for fusion tapas and plates with a menu that changes on a regular base; one can try classic recipes but prepared for instance in tempura, a fat slice of sashimi salmon with vanilla etc,…a bit more expensive but worthwhile a try.
Bardal – Calle José Aparicio 1
Once known as the famous Tragabuches , started up by rewarded chef Dani Garcia we still remmeber in the late ninetees that the cuisine of Garcia was absolutely breathtaking and innovative and atracted culinary tourism both from the whole of Spain and international.When Garcia left the restaurant was going down hill and never really got back on track not until Benito Gomez from above mentioned Tragata took over and obtained his first Michellin star in the opening year…this will hopefully give a new boost to Ronda´s culinary offer.