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“Fantastic dinner, fantastic view” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Restaurante Casa Santa Pola

Restaurante Casa Santa Pola
Ranked #70 of 265 Restaurants in Ronda
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Restaurant details
Good for: Child-friendly, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Washington, D.C
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
“Fantastic dinner, fantastic view”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2014 via mobile

Casa Santa Pola was a top dining choice before we arrived in Ronda because of its place in our tour books and close friends who were married in Ronda and have eaten here many times (and are notorious foodies). We were not disappointed with our experience on Easter Sunday. My fiancé and I shared the giant esparagus tempura special. The esparagus themselves were giant and the portion was as well (it was 14 euro after all). It was a nice incorporation of local ingredients- the next day in Antequera we saw women selling giant esparagus from baskets. My fiancé is still talking about the lamb shank with rosemary and honey- it was cooked to perfection and just the right combination of sweet and savory. The salmon with aioli was somewhat disappointing as the aioli was not very flavorful and did not complement the salmon as we had hoped. The chocolate ganache was as decadent as we'd hoped for.
The service was friendly and very attentive. We would definitely come back for the lamb if we are back in Ronda!

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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280 reviews
165 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
“DOES IT REALLY HAVE A MICHELIN STAR?”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2014

Great location overlooking the old town and close to the gorge.. Lovely setting and decor. We were a bit disappointed with the limited menu but our food especially the slow cooked lamb shank was excellent. Decent wine list and not overpriced BUT we came away a bit disappointed without being able to say exactly why. Also we were the only patrons that whole evening but they claimed they were busy at that lunchtime. No reason for you not to try it. In the summer the view from our table in the evening sunlight must be stunning.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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312 reviews
192 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 158 helpful votes
“Splendid meal, fabulous views of the gorge”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2013

I'm surprised at the varying TripAdvisor reviews of Casa Santa Pola. Our party of six dined at the restaurant in mid September '13. We were looking for a place to have a special meal to celebrate the birthday of one of our party and we weren't disappointed.

The restaurant is on several descending levels overlooking the gorge in Ronda so the views were excellent. The menu offers great choices. Our party sampled smoked sardines, anchovies and a very tasty pate. For the main course three had the suckling pig and two of us had the oxtail. All were well presented and of a high quality. Desserts were excellent, particularly the garnache de chocolate. Our wines perfectly accompanied the meal and were reasonably priced at €17 per bottle. Our waiter was friendly, helpful and had the stamina to deliver dishes down the number of levels to our table.

Great meal, thoroughly enjoyable evening.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Maidenhead, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Outstanding”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2013

Was really impressed by this restaurant. It looks a little dark and dated from outside but the food and attitude are anything but. All 3 courses, the wine and the music were excellent and original. The service was attentive but not intrusive.

The night we went was very quiet - only one other couple but we didn't feel awkward. I suspect that in busier evenings the atmosphere would be excellent

I can't recommend this place enough

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Chester, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“amazing location and views”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2013

Loved this restaurant perfect setting right on the edge of the Ronda gorge- fantastic views a truly spectacular place for a romantic lunch, food was amazing both in presentation and flavours but have to say the service could of been better but never the less would go back again.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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