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“Classic Mallorcan cuisine” 4 of 5 stars
Review of El Guia

El Guia
Castaner, 2, 07100 Soller, Majorca, Spain
+34 971630227
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Ranked #66 of 111 Restaurants in Soller
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Southampton, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Classic Mallorcan cuisine”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2012

traditional dining with an attentive and informed waiting staff, friendly hotel manager

Visited June 2012
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Great traditional mallorcan food + service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2012

This is the fourth year running that we have enjoyed delicious mallorcan dishes at the Ei Guia. The hotel and restaurant have a gentle old world charm - an oasis of calm close to the main square. The service is also really good - particularly the maitre d / head waiter who looks after his restaraunt and his patrons with considerable care and attention - in a very old school but nice and reassuring kind of way.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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UK
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30 reviews 30 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Next to Soller station”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2012

Unfiortunately, this restaurant in the El Guia Hotel seems to be overlooked at lunchtime. A small hotel next to the station, it is too tucked away for people to notice its restaurant when exploring Soller. So go and find it -you won't be disappointed. We had teh menu del dia and was very impressed with the quality. Unfortunately, they didnt have the dessert I wanted, but as it was baked apple and we turned up just before the kitchen shut, I was not really surprised.
If you get the train in from Palma and arrive at lunchtime, take a turn to the right and stop for lunch before exploring. I'm glad we did.

Visited April 2012
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Bath, UK
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Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
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“Food fantastic but atmosphere/service very uncomfortable”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2012

We tried this restaurant as it was recommended in our guide book.

The food was absolutely delicious and prices were reasonable.
However, we felt uncomfortable throughout our meal and as such would not go back.

The waiters were smart (white jackets) and the restaurant clean and smart. The head waiter made good recommendations for food and the house wine was good.

However, the service was very awkward and seemed very dated. There were only 2 other tables filled, but we were all put next to each other in the huge room (near the window!). Everyone felt they had to whisper and talking was very awkward. The service was too rushed: as soon as we finished a dish and put cutlery down, it was whisked away and the next dish arrived shortly afterwards. Bill was brought without us requesting it, straight after dessert. The waiter topped up wine glasses practically after every sip. He also paced around and around the dining room while we were eating, ready to pounce on plates/top up wine glasses.

This quality of the food and prices should mean this restaurant is packed every night which would improve the atmosphere. We tried to go on a week night earlier in our stay but chickened out when we couldn't see anyone in there. We went back on a Friday night.

They could improve the restaurant so easily: turn off the bright main lights, put some candles on the table; play some soft background music; and tell the waiter to sit down while people are eating!

Still, I don't think we've discussed a restaurant in such detail on any meal out! I was surprised to see so many good reviews on Trip advisor - but with very similar comments to ours!

  • Visited May 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Merseyside, England
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5 restaurant reviews
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
“An end of season treat: great food in a traditional setting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2011

As end-of-season guests in a virtually empty hotel we were at first doubtful about eating in the restaurant, but were encouraged by the good reviews to give it a try. We didn't regret it. The quality of the food together with the old-fashioned charm of the large dining room largely compensated for the lack of atmosphere due to the absence of other diners. Far from being intrusive the undivided (and it must be said very entertaining!) attention of the waiting staff added to our enjoyment. There was a limited end-of-season "menu de jour" comprising traditional local dishes. In our two visits we tried most of them between us and the quality of cooking and presentation was consistently excellent. At a basic 19 Euros excluding drinks we thought this was excellent value. There was a reasonable wine list and the house red proved so palatable that we stuck with it on both visits. So, whilst we enjoyed the atmosphere of al fresco eating and drinking at the bar/restaurants in the main square (even in November) none of those we tried came close to matching the quality of food at El Guia. Of course, our end-of-season experience may not be typical and needs to be compared with that of high season visitors.

  • Visited November 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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