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Reviewed April 7, 2024 via mobile

Two ways up. Hike or car. Make a reservation and time a 2 hour plus hike from the restaurant to the top and back. Very friendly. Lamb shank is very filling.

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed January 3, 2024 via mobile

The best lamb of my life…what a place!! Must visit when in Majorca and order the lamb shoulder! Would recommend walking from Alaro…takes approx 1hr 15 mins.

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed October 26, 2023 via mobile

Lamb shoulder ! Make sure you plan to do the hike to the castle before 1-1:30 Gréât typical food. We shared one plate for lunch and it was en ought

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed October 15, 2023 via mobile

Our third visit here and still as good as ever! Stunning location and food - simple but perfectly cooked lamb from wood ovens, homemade desserts, great staff and service. Other meals coming past looked just as good. Worth the drive up as all part of...the experience!More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed May 8, 2023 via mobile

To fully appreciate this place you must arrive by foot from Alaro, stock up on a hearty meal and finish your climb to the castle. Only then will you connect with the full meaning of these surroundings, their heritage and people.

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed April 25, 2023 via mobile

Amazing location for this restaurant based at a remote farm high up in the hills. I have walked, cycled or driven up there but a tough old road. Wonderful lamb and goat dishes

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed March 28, 2023 via mobile

We drove up and decided to hike to the castle then have lunch. By the time we arrive (around 1:30) they had sold out of the pig, so we ordered the goat, lamb and prawns. The goat and lamb were excellent, but the prawns were...just so-so. Given its remote location, the restaurant was packed and we sat outside on a cool day, so perhaps our service suffered as a result.More

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed February 10, 2023

Restaurant Es Verger is located high up the Tramuntana mountains, at the end more or less, of the hairpin road leading up from Alaro. But it is, either the walk or the drive, worth - you would have to try hard to find a more...authentic, beautiful and honest place. Inside the rustic house you find a lovely big fireplace, dark wooden furniture, sparsely adorned walls, and outside you are seated in the usual white plastic chairs at a white plastic table - no need for frills or decorations when you have the blue sky, the mountains, the fresh air - and not least, the most delicious food to enjoy: slow-cooked lamb's shoulder or goat (the speciality of Es Verger) served with a fresh salad and fries. Don't forget to enjoy a Crema Catalana for dessert! Do.book a table in advanceMore

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed January 27, 2023

Restaurant was full of character and we had a wonderful walk to it but have to say sadly that the braised lamb shoulder was a disappointment - it was reminiscent of school dinners or something served up in a cafetière in the UK! Salty and...overcooked, with a flavour-enhancer under taste. And it was very expensive - €22! If you want an experience go for it - but don’t get carried away by the rave reviews…More

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed October 31, 2022 via mobile

The perfect place to eat, especially after a hike to the castle. Warm servers, earthy atmosphere and scrumptious lamb. As a return tourist I'm so happy that they are always here.

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed October 15, 2022 via mobile

What an experience. It is like you enter a private family farm where they invite you for dinner. The food is as Authentic as it can be.

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed October 12, 2022 via mobile

We live in the " Campo" on the mainland of Spain so driving in the mountains we thought would not be a problem. Let me just say that it is not for the feint of heart! Nor should the driver drink, be prone to hysteria...or worse, have a dodgy ticker. We did finally arrived and the place was jumping. Some even arrived without a reservation. No, no, no. Do not got to all this trouble without being sure you have a table. I cannot imagine having to go back down without eating the succulent, slow roasted lamb. Service was a bit hectic as the young lad shot around the room trying to serve everyone. We decided on the lamb, suckling pig and steak. All were delicious, plentiful and reasonably priced. Oh and the drive down was just a bit less harrowing. Good luck!!!More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed June 13, 2022

I have visited this little restaurant in the hill above the inland town of Alaro on several occasions. However, on each of the previous visits I only went up the winding mountain road for the thrill of the drive, and also to see the views...from the restaurant car park, which are stunning. On this occasion my wife and I had intended to have lunch at another restaurant, in another part of the island, however we couldn't find it, so we decided that this time we would have a late lunch at Es Verger. That was one of the best decisions we made the entire holiday. The restaurant, I believe is a converted barn, with various wall hangings of old farm tools, and animal head plaques. when we entered the restaurant and asked for a table for 2, we were sat at a table in the downstairs part of the restaurant, with, of all people, the elderly lady owner of the restaurant, who was herself enjoying a meal. for those who don't know, the restaurant is very famous for its slow roasted lamb, which I believe is slow cooked over a wood fire for something akin to 24 hours, and has a little San Miguel added. After reading the menu, I opted to have the entrecote steak, with my wife ordering the lamb. While we waited, we were given a large basket of bread with some garlic mayonnaise, it was very tasty, and a good starter before the main dishes were served. We both had chilled coca cola with the meal, which again went down so well that we both ordered a second. However the best was yet to come. When the waiter brought my steak to the table, I thought someone was playing a joke on me. The steak on my plate was massive. I remember thinking 2 things, firstly, that I would struggle to buy this steak from the butcher for the price I was charged for the whole meal on my plate, and secondly, that i thought it looks like they had shaved the cow, snapped the legs off, cooked it and put it on my plate. I can also tell you that it was as delicious, as it was big, very succulent, and extremely tasty. I also got to try some of my wife's lamb dish, which lived up entirely to its reputation. I would have no hesitation in eating here again, though next time I will have the lamb, it is really special, and just fell off the bone. I did however have to admit defeat with the steak, it was so big that I just couldn't finish it, but I gave it my best shot. We both finished our meals with a piece of cake with ice cream, delicious. I have to say that everything about our dining experience was excellent. we were made very welcome by the staff, who were happy to help in anyway they could. As I said earlier, we had the owner sitting at the end of our table, she, despite her age is still very able, and still cooks the lamb herself. with her grateful permission, I was able to take her photo. The restaurant is very well known, 'world famous' you might say, and I wish to add my accolade to that. This is quite simply a tremendous dining experience, with the views adding that little extra to the occasion. One word of warning though, be careful on the winding road leading up the hill, which is quite narrow, and not in the best condition. Also watch out for the free roaming sheep, which can suddenly appear on the road. However, don't let that deter you from visiting Es Verger, one of the best dining experience we have had in Majorca. totally, 100% recommended. By the way, if you are a fan of Rick Stein, you can watch his visit to the restaurant in his travel programmes on Majorca, where he praises the food at Es Verger. The restaurant is also on the road that leads further up the mountain to castle Alaro.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed May 18, 2022

Look...if you're into hiking walk up. If you're not and you're the passenger, close your eyes...it's worth it. You may spot the Castle in the distance and think "That would be a nice dander before lunch" but unless you a hiker, leave it. For goodness...sake you survived the drive...you deserve this! Don't eat outside, eat inside the old barn. You can see the place where the lamb's cooked, you can enjoy the totally 1980s surroundings and photos and joy of a simple thing done really well. I can't add anything to what Rick Stein said when he visited....lamb so tender...and potatoes....brought to your table from that wood-fired oven. Bring a big appetite - they provide the toothpicks.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed May 17, 2022 via mobile

Amazing location at the end of a very tough track up in the mountains enjoying great views. Eating in the farmyard with sheep wondering about means that the lamb dishes taste even better!

Date of visit: May 2022
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No, it is cash only. The restaurant is very remote, but the views are fantastic.
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