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 € 11.35 (incl. tax) you can enjoy a very 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) followed with grilled chicken and green pepper or ossobuco. And there are always a few choices for vegetarians – for example: pumpkin soup in the winter and 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, Sunday to Thursday only, they serve an evening menu for €16.
On Thursday nights they serve a special seafood menu, featuring paella, for €18.35.
And, all through the week they serve a special menu, Menú de la Pedrera, which includes half a bottle of wine per person for only for €24.95!