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“Great view, unfortunate meal”
Review of Duquesa de Parcent

Duquesa de Parcent
Ranked #193 of 294 Restaurants in Ronda
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
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Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed April 25, 2014

We passed this restaurant earlier in the day where some women recommended the paella. We returned at 9 p.m. And ordered the mixed paella for two. It came in a large traditional dish and had some clams, shrimp, pork, mussels. We were served about half of the dish with the remainder left at our table.. The waitress returned later and asked if we were ready to be served more. We were eating later than usual for us,mand we preferred to take the rest home for lunch the next day. Our poor Spanish and her poorer English crossed and she threw out the balance. Since this cost 35 euro, we were disappointed. We later saw similar paella being served in other restaurants for 20 to 25 euro. In addition, a10% tax was added. In other places, the tax was included in the published price.We had only water with our meal, and that was another 2,5€ for a half liter. After our paella was removed, we decided to at least eat the bread. Surprise. The waiter counted the slices we ate out of the bread basket and charged us for what we thought was part of the dinner. We did not know that practice--we are accustomed to bread brought to the table being part of the meal cost. 2 slices of bread were another 3,5€. So for a half order of paella, a slice of bread each and a shared half liter of water, we had a bill of 46,7€ before tip or about $60 US. If the paella had been exceptional, ok, but it was bland and contained very little seafood. We did get complimentary small plate appetizer that was good. If you are not very proficient in Spanish (or French for the one server), you will have difficulty ordering what you wish. We would urge you to avoid this place. The same views are available from the walk.

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Reviewed April 18, 2014

I was so excited to try this restaurant because it smelled so good and I knew it would have excellent views. The moment we walked in the host was very rude to my family and I. We sat down on the terrace and kindly asked our waitress if we could move down to a lower level where there were more comfortable chairs. She said we could but as we were moving there, the host rudely told us we couldn't sit there. After not feeling welcome there from the beginning, we just gave them our menus and moved on to a better restaurant. It's too bad really. It has potential to be a nice place to eat, but not with service like that.

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Reviewed April 17, 2014

We were in Ronda for just one day, and stopped by this restaurant because it is located at the edge of the gorge and wanted to have lunch with a view. The restaurant terrace provided us with a spectacular view of the bridge and gorge, but the food was mediocre to say the least. I ordered a chicken plate which was unremarkable, and my husband ordered pasta, took one bite and could not eat any more of it, since he said it tasted horrible, like canned tomato sauce. He told the waiter, who acted suprised because he said it was home made sauce. We didn't get credit or get offered a susbtitution for the untouched/uneaten plate, my husband just had to go without having had lunch and not wanting to risk ordering another terrible plate. A waste of money overall, I am sure there are better choices in Ronda.

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Reviewed April 13, 2014

We dined here twice during our stay in Ronda, mainly because of the incredible views. We were in Spain for nearly 3 weeks and food generally was disappointing, however the restaurant here compared quite well. We especially enjoyed the Palm Heart salad and vegetable paella. The service was also good - we were given a wonderful table and complementary sherry when we returned to celebrate my Birthday, We cannot understand why the bridge and gorge are not lit up at night, given that many of the other sites in Ronda are illuminated. So it is definitely worth getting a table on the verandah and watching the sun set,,,,and then move inside when the sun goes down, as April nights can be quite cool!

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Reviewed April 13, 2014

Having arrived in Ronda after a long journey our first nights dining was at the Duquesa de Purcent family run Italian restaurant. Okay it was unpretentious and hadn’t views of the gorge by the service and the food was beyond reproach. Family run with granddad cooking pizzas, grandma in the kitchen sorting pasta dishes and adult son waiting and managing -during the course of the evening a tiny granddaughter even played a visit to kiss her adoring daddy good night. It was a simple well cooked delicious meal of pasta and freshly cooked pizza and with wine all for under £15.

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