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La Rita – A favourite lunchtime restaurant

La Rita is one of my favourite lunchtime restaurants. To English eyes it looks very formal – or posh – with white linen tablecloths and napkins, big white china plates and uniformed staff, but it’s a great spot for long, chatty lunches.

For just € 10.30 (incl. tax) you can enjoy a really good three-course lunch served with bread, water and wine. There’s always a good choice – for example, arroz negro (rice cooked in squid ink) as a starter followed with grilled chicken and green pepper or ossobuco. And there are always a few choices for vegetarians – pumpkin soup in the winter or chilled gazpacho in the summer, and lovely big salads and omelettes.

The desserts here – the chocolate profiteroles for example – are very good.

The service is good – efficient and friendly. It’s very popular with local office workers, so get here early to avoid the long lines. When you first arrive don’t be shy to squeeze yourself to the front of the line and let them know you need a table – often the people in front of you will be waiting for a table for six or more.

And, Monday to Thursday only, they serve an evening menu for € 15.95

And, if you need a reliable standby for a Friday evening, or weekend, meal, they serve another menu for € 20.95. 

When visiting the sights, it’s a great location, just 200 metres off Paseo de Gracia.

¡Buen provecho!

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Details about this spot



C/Aragó 279, Barcelona

Telephone number


Opening Times

Mon - Thu 13:00 - 15:45 & 20:30 - 23:30, Fri - Sat 13:30 - 15:45 & 21:00 - 00:00, Sun 20:30 - 23:30


Daily menu: € 10.30


Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)