Cafe Ronda
Cafe Ronda

Cafe Ronda

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.caferonda.com/
  • Phone: 2125799929x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 9:00am - 4:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 9:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm- 11:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:30pm; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 9:00am - 4:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Argentinean, Spanish
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Parking: No
  • Parking Details: Train 1, 2 and 3 to 72 street and Broadway

    Train B, C to 72 and CPW


    Bus M7 M72
A word from Cafe Ronda
Ronda, is a Spanish restaurant featuring the flavors and traditions of every region of Spain.
Our wine list has been carefully chosen offering new experiences in flavors from the Old World along with quality and price.
Our team brings you a special menu with pairing wines from Andalucia, Basque country and Catalunya. Please check schedule with our restaurant. In Spring and Summer enjoy our very unique sidewalk...
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Cafe Ronda reviews from OpenTable diners
28 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.9
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (11)fit for foodies (9)great for outdoor dining (7)vibrant bar scene (5)late-night find (4)romantic (4)special occasion (4)great for brunch (3)notable wine list (2)hot spot (2)good for groups (1)Show More
  • Never dissapoints
    VC93003VIP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Come here every year while in NYC. Love it every time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic cuisine, noisy bar
    JoanVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Paela, vegetables, wonderful dessert reminiscent of recent trip to Spain. Bar very noisy inescapable in the small restaurant
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Have been here a few times
    tvmannVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    My first few times visiting here I enjoyed the variety of foods "tapa" like and a bit Spanish. The menu has evolved to Pan-Hispanic and not a bad thing, but items like a burger just didn't really work. The Gambas shrimp keep getting smaller and smaller and the Spanish Tortilla has disappeared all together. Food is still tasty, but not the draw for me it once was.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food!
    hoohoo
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Everyone loved their food. The Dulce appetizer was really great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cafe Ronda Rocks
    dasilvadigital
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Love it here, been going for years - the corn tapa brings me back every time "Maiz Asado" > Corn on the cob with crema, Cotija cheese, lime, chile dusted...... but the $40 pitcher of Sangria was only ok.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • tenacityVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    My son lives on W 74th so we are in the city OFTEN. First time here and loved everything about it. Will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • SeanoNYCVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    I have been to Ronda many times and have come to expect fantastic tapas and great drinks. This week, I joined a friend for a table outdoors. The food, as always, was great. The cauliflower and albondigas were awesome. The lasagna was out of this world. But the service during this visit was so off; it was distracting. I am hoping this was a one time issue.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Paella as tapas
    RSB1VIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Everything including grilled octopus (which was nicely prepared) was served at room temperature. The paella for one was an appetizer sized portion at best and was lacking a "crust" i.e. it was soggy. If I were to return, which is unlikely, I would stick to the tapas which were all tasty.
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  • always good
    jodi
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    I love eating at Ronda. The waitstaff is the best. A little Sangria, a little octopus, and I am happy.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Cafe Ronda was excellent, from the menu to the service. The staff was extremely accommodating and there were no issues through our dinner service. Flawless.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • where is the paella?
    mermaidVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    I have enjoyed Cafe Ronda for many years, and always looked forward to sharing one of their paella's with friends. I loved the one with black rice (squid ink), and that disappeared from the menu. This last time, there was no paella at all, a huge disappointment. I realize they were commemorating the World Cup with a Brazilian menu, which was excellent, but my primary reason for visiting Cafe Ronda was their paella. I hope they bring it back. The service is excellent, and the food is very good, but....
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • YUMMMMY meal
    Lynnie
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Delicious dinner and I had to have another order of mouthwatering empanadas!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent tapas
    AnonymousVIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Very carefully prepared, nice selection, our vegetarian was thrilled with the codices. Lamb-veal meatballs particularly good. Desserts were also excellent.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 15 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.7
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance3.4
    • Service3.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 144 reviews are from the Cafe Ronda reviews archive.
  • Great Food
    WHG1
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    The food and sangria were great. It's alittle noisy inside but worth the trip. I will be back soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful Food
    KayDee
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    We had a great meal and the staff was helpful, pleasant and attentive. Unfortunately our next table neighbor was speaking very loudly about what an important businessman he was, punctuating every other phrase with a colorful swear word, and we were dining with our tween daughter. He doesn't reflect on the quality of the restaurant, but he sure put a sour finish on our meal. I'd like to visit Cafe Ronda again sometime without the jerk factor...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Katerina
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    I dined in this restaurant before and had the best paella. I was so disappointed that it's no longer on the menu since it's a Spanish restaurant. Also the didn't have the wine that my friend wanted though they did have it last time. The food that we ordered was good but nothing special. I had better taps in other Spanish restaurants in nyc.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Downhill
    UWSEKVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Went here once two years ago and really like it. This time around it was not very good. Menu changed and frankly makes no sense. 1/3 of the dinner menu is actually the brunch menu that you any order from. They got rid of paella and now offer burgers, which is odd for a tapas place. Food was mediocre at best but mostly not very good. Waiter forgot to bring us bread, forgot glass if wine, had extra item in check we didn't order, then took 15 min to correct that and only 15 min b/c I got up ton talk to the manage since we hadn't seen our waiter for 15 min.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Tapas uptown NYC
    LoveVariety
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    This was my first visit to Café Ronda. The restaurant was smaller than what I was expecting but it was still inviting. I was looking for Spanish cuisine and found them to have a great tapas list. I was looking forward to the paella but unfortunately the paella was removed from the menu and not offered. The tapas were very tasty and I would come back again for them. I hope they offer paella next time.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service has declined unfortunately
    ClassicVIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    The food is still very good. The only disappointment is that they took Paella off the menu. We were told that is temporary, really?
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noisy but nice
    hdstein
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Excellent Tapas and grill but noise level prohibits conversation.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food is good but ...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    We live nearby but our first time for early Sunday dinner (empanadas, skirt steak, salmon, dessert) - in and out just under one hour because the hard seats and small tables were very uncomfortable. The menu online listed paella but there was no paella on the dinner menu at the restaurant. I did like the food and it was enough for two of us, but portions are not generous - the rest of our family have bigger healthy hungry appetites. With no upbeat vibe or a comfortable ambiance inside to compensate, I would probably opt just for tapas and wine sitting outside (when sidewalk construction ends!)
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not What It Used to Be
    fandoxVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    The food was great here 5 months ago. The menu had changed significantly. No longer any paella option on the menu (probably the best and most popular dish). The first two drinks we ordered were satisfactory but the second were much weaker. Because of no paella and a scarce entree selection, we decided to order tapas. The food had no flavor and was not what we were expecting due to our previous experience. We couldn't eat there any longer and finished our dinner elsewhere. After asking, we were told that the restaurant has a new chef and is under new management. The only positive was the friendly staff and that is not enough for us to return to this restaurant. On top of all that, we were served cold bread and never received any tap water.
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  • YUM!
    RonnieVIP
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    Love coming to Cafe Ronda - always great service and good food and wine. Thanks for being a special place for me !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Casual tapas
    CapePrincessVIP
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    I've lived in the neighborhood for 6 years and just got around to trying Cafe Ronda. I can now add it to my list of go-to places. You can do tapas or a regular meal. The cocktails are fun and beautifully presented. The food is food, tasty and priced well. The vibe is good-high energy, casual. The service is mixed-they seem to be in a hurry and then forget all about you. The food came out in backward order-appetizers after the heavier choices. But overall, a good neighborhood place.
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  • Always good
    barL
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    The table next to us had the strip steaks which smelled amazing - but couldn't resist ordering a bunch of small plates. Next time I'll try the steak.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Slow service and uncomfortable
    NYCResident
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Slow service and uncomfortable chairs. Food was great though.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tapas on the Upper West Side
    AnnM
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed dinner at La Ronda before an early show at Lincoln Center, which is six short blocks away. We tried three different Spanish red wines. Four of the small plates were surprisingly large-- fried artichokes with aioli, roasted cauliflower with marcona almonds, mushrooms in sherry, and a tiny eel-like fish that looked and tasted more like pasta than fish. The bacalao croquettes were on the bland and bready side, but everything else was absolutely delicious and obviously made to order. The service was charming, and all the young servers seemed to cover all the tables so someone was always paying attention. The outside of the restaurant is uninspiring but once inside, it feels very much like Spain.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • YUM!
    savvy
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    Great neighborhood place, romantic ambience. Staff extremely welcoming and caring, asking often if you're enjoying. Great chorizos, shrimp/clams in green sauce, octopus. And the waiter was very knowledgeable in recommending wine by the glass, as we needed both red and white. Martinis however seemed a bit watery.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome experience
    pancakedream87
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    My friends and I were scrambling for a spot to host a last-minute get-together. Thanks to OpenTable, I was able to quickly secure a spot at Cafe Ronda. When we got there, we were seated promptly and attended to quickly by our friendly server. The food was delicious; my favorite was the chicken and chorizo paella and the ice cream sundae, clearly homemade. We also enjoyed the appetizers and the sangria was a much-needed salve for our brutal week. All in all, great experience and we will be back soon!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A really great find
    Restauranteur
    Dined on 2/2/2014
    We were looking for something inexpensive yet different. Little did we know that Cafe Ronda would fit the bill and then some. The small tapas dishes we expected were more like individual servings at other restaurants. Everthing was cooked to perfection & I'd highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very impressed
    MistressStomach
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    I've been here once before for brunch and I loved their baked egg dish, so I decided to come here on a date for dinner. The reviews for dinner on Yelp weren't very encouraging but I thought I'd try it anyway. I very pleased. The waiter recommended specials were excellent and so were the tapas. The only reason I gave this place a 4 star rating and not 5 was because I felt like there was something missing in the ambiance. It seemed too much like a cafeteria and less like a restaurant. Would definitely come here again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good tapas
    Eastsider
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    Tapas were really good. Sherry was outstanding. Only complaint is noise level - very lod due to many tables ina small space pushed close together
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Would've been great...
    Suec
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    First keep in mind it was New Year's Eve. We were a party of 7with 3 kids in our party. The waiter was a little harried and mixed up our order a little bit. It wasn't a big deal and we realized it happens. The food started out great except I felt something hard while I was chewing my spinach salad. What I found was a hard sharp piece of clear plastic. I was a little freaked just thinking I might have swallowed it and it could've done some damage. I didn't say anything because I know the waiter was already stressed, I should've though. After that I was entirely turned off of the spinach salad and couldn't really enjoy the other food. Everyone else did though. They raved about it. Not sure I'll be back.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Favorite restaurant on the
    Philip
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Favorite restaurant on the upper west side. Best tapas I have ever had. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Phenomenal find!
    Jamie
    Dined on 12/29/2013
    We were looking for a restaurant near the apartment we are staying in and lucked into Cafe Ronda. DELICIOUS! We shared tapas and a special full of Spanish and Argentinian meats. The chicken breast was one of the best things I've ever eaten.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal, kind of rushed service
    nyclatina
    Dined on 12/19/2013
    We decided to go to Cafe Ronda last minute due to the great reviews. It started off questionable when they brought over plain bread and bland olive oil. They really should try to flavor the olive oil with rosemary, or garlic, or red pepper flakes - something. We got their special of the night - Argentine parrillada for 2. That's where things got better - it was delicious. We ordered the dulce de leche crepes for desert - again, delicious. Ambiance was nice. Overall, we had a great evening, though we felt a little rushed through the service.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • a neighborhood gem
    avivac75VIP
    Dined on 12/17/2013
    This was our first visit to Cafe Ronda and will surely not be our last... we loved the place! we were greeted warmly upon arrival - it was early.. not too many diners at 6 PM... the staff was courteous and congenial, the tapas and sherry were excellent -- olives and sherry, little codfish cakes, the torta, and the empanadas - chicken and beef.. our waiter Jorge was charming and attentive, and we actually discovered that we had friends in common... all in all we are coming back soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really accommodating
    YoungprofdinerVIP
    Dined on 11/27/2013
    Food was excellent and they were especially accommodating with our large group
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, good for groups, special occasion, great for brunch, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • LOVE this spot!
    CPnyc
    Dined on 11/25/2013
    Perfect Spanish gem on the UWS... Great wine and amazing paella! Definitely a neighborhood hot spot!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent pre-opera dinner!
    SteveM
    Dined on 11/25/2013
    My daughter and I ate here before a 7 pm opera., so it was quite a bit earlier than usual. We arrived about 15 mins before our 5 pm reserved time, kitchen wasn't open yet but staff was welcoming and accommodating. Started out with some dry sherries (one manzanilla and one fino) and a couple of tapas. The marinated Spanish olives were to die for, the fried artichoke hearts crispy and just salty enough. The "fugazetta", an Argentinean empanada with onions and cheese, were absolutely delicious. I had a skirt steak which was cooked to perfection (rare), and the house chimichurri was an excellent condiment. Wine list is small but well chosen. This is our second experience here, and I am looking forward to going back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.