The Best Tapas In Ronda – Restaurant Bar El Lechuguita

El Lechuguita is the most popular tapas bar in Ronda, Spain. And for good reason: here they serve delicious tapas for under €1 each. 

El Lechuguita is located in the center of Ronda, just 2 minutes away from Puente Nuevo (the reason why people come to Ronda in the first place). 

The Best Tapas In Ronda - Restaurant Bar El Lechuguita

El Lechuguita tapas bar has a very special atmosphere. They serve traditional Spanish tapas that are no different than Seville’s tapas, but way cheaper.

Although Ronda doesn’t host as many tourists as Seville, it gets pretty crowded here as well, especially at El Lechuguita bar. It doesn’t matter if it’s for lunch or dinner there is always a line at this tapas bar. 

We actually got into El Lechuguita bar after 20 minutes of waiting in line. I guess if you come right at the opening time you won’t have to wait as much, but we were sightseeing and forgot about time. 

El Lechuguita has tables inside the restaurant and outside across the street as well. 

The service at this tapas bar is efficient. They don’t really speak English here, but we were offered an English menu and managed just fine. 

One thing I found extremely interesting is that you select all the tapas you want by marking up a paper menu. It reminded me very much of ordering dim sum in Hong Kong! 

As for drinks you have to go up to the bar yourself and ask for what you want. Tell the bartender your table number and he’ll hand you your drinks.

Here are some of the tapas that we really liked:

Tapa Del Dia 

This is tapa of the day. We decided to take a risk and try a secret tapa. It ended up to be a good decision. The tapa of the day was a slice of cured meat placed on marinated peppers and a long, flat cracker.

Tapa Del Dia 

Albondigas

These are meatballs. They were served in a tomato sauce with a slice of bread. 

Albondigas

Anchoas Con Tomate

Anchovies with tomatoes. This tapa is a cracker with an anchovy and salmorejo between. It is quite a small tapa, but pretty delicious if you are a fan of fish. 

Anchoas Con Tomate

Carrillera En Salsa

Pork cheeks in sauce. It served as a mini burger filled with very tender meat. It was one of my favorites.

Carrillera En Salsa

Champiñones A La Plancha

Grilled mushrooms it says on the menu, but really the mushrooms were rather sauteed in garlic oil than grilled. Anyway, they were very good. 

Champiñones A La Plancha

Garbanzo, Chorizo Y Morcilla

Chickpea, paprika sausage and  black pudding. Chickpeas were very creamy and it is a good way to try Ronda black pudding in a small quantity.  But I found that the whole dish is quite heavy. 

Garbanzo, Chorizo Y Morcilla

Trufa Cod Huevo

Quail Eggs with truffle puree served on a slice of bread. Interesting dish, although I would add a bit of salt to it.

Trufa Cod Huevo

Jamón Con Roquefort 

Ham and roquefort cheese served as a mini sandvich (similar to an arepa).

The Best Tapas In Ronda - Restaurant Bar El LechuguitaL Jamón Con Roquefort 

Mejillones, Pate

Mussels, pate. This tapa is served on a cracker covered with a pate of mussels and a big juicy mussel on top of it. Pretty good I must say and this tapa is not for sharing. Pretty much everything that is served on a cracker is one person tapa. 

Mejillones, Pate

Queso Cabra Con Frambuesa

Goat cheese with raspberry jam served on a small slice of bread. It is a onebite tapa full of strong amazing flavour. 

The Best Tapas In Ronda - Restaurant Bar El Lechuguita: Queso Cabra Con Frambuesa

Salmon, Roquefort 

Salmon with roquefort cheese served as a mini sandwich (same as Jamon Con Roquefort). At first I didn’t understand why the waiter brought two of the same things for me, until I saw that the filling was different. 

Boquerones En Vinagre

Anchovies in vinaigrette. This was my second favorite. I just love marinated fish. The anchovies were served with olives, a cornichon, and thin french fries. 

Boquerones En Vinagre

Ensaladilla Rusa

Russian Salad. The salad was pretty good, but I would like flat crackers with it. P.s. what the Spanish call Russian salad is nothing like real Russian salad, but it is tasty nonetheless.

The Best Tapas In Ronda - Restaurant Bar El Lechuguita: Ensaladilla Rusa

Ventresca Con Atun

Canned tuna on a cracker. Salmorejo (cold tomato bread soup) between.

Ventresca Con Atun

Bacalao Con Tomate

Cured Cod on a cracker with salmorejo between as well. 

The Best Tapas In Ronda - Restaurant Bar El Lechuguita: Bacalao Con Tomate

Key Information:

Hours: Every day except Wednesday the restaurant is open from 12 PM to 4 PM and from 8 PM to 11PM; on Wednesday just from 12 PM to 4 PM 

The Best Tapas In Ronda - Restaurant Bar El Lechuguita

Prices: all the tapas above were €0.9 each; a glass of beer is €1.10

Location: C. Virgen de los Remedios, 35, 29400 Ronda, Málaga

Official website: El Lechuguita has a facebook page

The Best Tapas In Ronda – Restaurant Bar El Lechuguita

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