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“Go for the tapas”

Restaurante La Rada
Ranked #60 of 486 Restaurants in Estepona
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Seafood
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Since 1989, not just a restaurant: a family. Every day, we try to find the best products of the market, to cook them, to give to you a huge surprise, a wonderful experience. Because "La Rada Restaurant" is an experience. Rice, stews, fish, seafood, meat, desserts...everything cooked at the moment you order it. The best wines: red, white, rosé, champagne, sweet wine, sparkling wine... In front of the sea, we are here, waiting for you.
Reviewed February 13, 2013

My husband and I often have a walk along the promenade and call there for lunch. Its also great on a summers evening. Go for the tapas. They are just lovely. We did take friends there and had a meal, it was OK, but there is better to be had elsewhere. The meals are also quite expensive. The tapas though are great. And, reasonably priced. There's lovely prawns and tuna on crusty bread, beautifully constructed. Go inside to choose them. The menu is in Spanish. We always have four to six and share them. However, I can highly recommend the anchovy lasagne. It is absolutely gorgeous, and believe me, you will not want to share it.

Sit outside, inside is noisy and cavernous. There are two areas outside, tables for the tapas and tables for the full meals. Make sure you sit in the tapas area.

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Reviewed November 3, 2012

As a rule we normally work on the Spanish holidays, so it was going to be a real treat for us to have lunch out on Todas Santos (November 1st). The sun was shining, skies were blue - all the ingredients for a perfect day and to top it all lunch by the beach at this well known restaurant.

Sadly this was not to be. We had possibly the worst experience we have ever had! We ordered (finally after a 25 minute wait to get the menus) a dish that sounded lovely - scallops and prawns (note the plural), served in a creamy sauce, with mushrooms, gratineed. It was billed as a starter but I'm not a big eater so thought it would be perfect, expensive at 14€, but as I say it sounded great. My husband had eaten his starter and was well into the next course when finally the scallops et al arrived at the table. Served in a half shell of probably the smallest scallop to have ever lived, the dish comprised of two small over-cooked prawns, one teeny scallop looking sad, and a horrible grey wishy washy sauce, on account of the mushroom liquid having split the sauce. Now this is not haute cuisine, any chef knows how to make a roux.

Needless to say we complained to the very surly waiter who shrugged his shoulders in that Spanish way, and took the dish away. I was starving while I sat watching OH eating, and eventually asked a waitress to bring me an alternative starter as it was obvious that no-one was going to offer. She then said as that the scallop dish was just 'not to my taste' would be charged to our bill. Added to this rubbish service and wine served in tiny amounts we were understandably unimpressed. We decided to forgo the rest of the 'meal' and asked for the bill which did as informed, include the 14€ for the dish we hadn't eaten and complained about. When the manager was summoned he was rude and almost threatening in his manner, it was a horrible interchange which finally resulted in them adjusting the bill... But not without a fight! This was by the way all in Spanish which I speak, fortunately as the manager had mysteriously 'forgotten' his english that he had previously spoken perfectly! Rude staff- obviously led from the top down, poor over-priced food and abominable service. This used to be a great restaurant before it's update of about four years ago... They are now seriously up themselves! Do yourself a favour and go somewhere else - El PEscador, or Taberna Lucia are close by and much, much better! We will never return.

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Reviewed October 11, 2012

Once and a while we had nice meals but not always, as we had also the disappointments. It looks al great from the outside, but that isn't always the case from the inside. Give it try and maybe you're lucky:)

1  Thank pbmeyersr
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Reviewed January 8, 2012

Enjoyed a relaxed Sunday lunch at this stylish restaurant, service was attentive and the food was impressive and not bad value for the quality and quantity. In fact we only had room for two courses
We ate inside as there was a chilly wind on the outside terrace that abuts the paseo maritimo. The decor is modern, spacious and stylish to accompany the style and presentation of the food.
What was surprising for a Sunday lunchtime was how peaceful the place was - maybe we were lucky, perhaps this restaurant doesn't attract families with lots of children or cater to large parties all trying to be heard from one end of a table to the other. Or maybe the seasonal expenses kept large families at home for the first Sunday lunch of the year.

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Reviewed August 15, 2009

La Rada is situated on the Via Espana opposite the beach as you enter Estepona town from the East. I have visited the place many times over the years for and have always enjoyed the fresh seafood.
I recommend arriving early or late if the restaurant is busy as the acoustics are poor and the noise levels can be very high.
If you enjoy eating brunch, try the Revuelta which consists of mixed scrambled eggs,green garlic shoots and baby prawns. Shockingly good ! It sooths the stomach better than a fry up and is very filling.

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