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Mediterranean, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Table Service
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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
Reviewed 1 week ago 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
Reviewed October 31, 2021

Rick Stein's video of this place was spot on: delicious roasted lamb shoulder as the main dish in a rural hillside setting on Mallorca. Very delicious as were the roasted potatoes and vegetables with it. Starters: Sopa Majorquina (Mallorcan Soup) -more of a vegetable stew...- and a roasted goat salad - both simple delicious also. Rosé wine to help it all along. The setting is not fancy but is charming since it's meters away from the family farm where sheep roam freely. Getting there is a challenge because the last part of the drive is on a narrow winding bumpy road but it went well in a standard car. Lots of hikers go by on their way to or back from the ruins of the Alaro castle and most of them stop for the lamb or at least a beer. Fun and lively atmosphere. A wonderful experience!More

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed August 13, 2021

Perhaps we went on a bad day but this was certainly not worth the effort to get to. We went around 6pm by car and were the only customers. There seemed to be less flies outside than inside so we sat outside amidst the sheep...poop. I think the two young lads would have preferred to continue to play on their phones so the service was curt but at least efficient. The difficulty to reach and the seemingly unhygienic conditions would have been bearable if the food was incredible. It was certainly not. The lamb shoulder we ordered arrived almost immediately. I understand that it was pre-cooked but at least heat it up beyond a lukewarm temperature. The taste was average and unmemorable. As for tender meat falling off the bone...lamb would generally do that if you cooked it long enough. The spinach salad with goat cheese had a generous topping of canned pineapples. Weird. Rick Stein, Is this really the best lamb you have every eaten?More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed April 28, 2021 via mobile

After hike to Alaro castle you should order lamb shoulders and goat with rosemary-both are delicious. We sat outside and it was nice although plastic chairs and uneven ground it is not a good combination. Staff is quite unfriendly but we were served with drink...and food in few minutes. Taking into account the taste the place should be rated with 5 if staff improves just a bit.More

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed December 3, 2020

We walked from the town to the Castle and had lunch here on the way back. Wow. Great lamb, excellent steak and escalope. Majorcan bread and alioli to start with - some decent (not house) wine to start with. Busy, even in these hard times....Food was well cooked, and presented and the service was very good too. Not overly expensive.More

Date of visit: December 2020
Reviewed February 17, 2020

As mentioned before by other reviewers, go early to be able to get up the one car width, two-way pit holed road, without having too many hairy moments reversing into any cliff edge layby. Large helpings of mass produced food, but quite tasty food, tho...with little imagination, in a very popular and noisy destination. Packed to the hilt, sitting on benches so effectively sharing the table with others not in our group, it was somewhat hillbilly, and incredibly noisy but the waiters were efficient if perfunctory, but I couldn't do their job shouting over the noise to hear and take orders….interesting event for a few good photosMore

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed February 5, 2020 via mobile

Very unfriendly, A terrible environment as it seems all the staff are arguing with each other and basically don’t give a toss. The food is very mediocre for the money and it’s just a tourist ripoff. They charge for stale bread and alioli and terrible...olives, it’s just not worth the terrible drive up a very bumpy lane only fit for horses, stay away.More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed February 5, 2020

This has been my ONLY disappointing restaurant in Mallorca, there are so many people who talk about the legendary lamb restaurant of Alaro, then try to find recent reviews that agree (especially on their FB page!) - When you first see the place its a...scruffy run down building, to be fair this didn't put us as we've learnt like most not to judge a book by the cover, upon entry no-one sees you so I went to the bar and said hi to the barman and that we have a reservation, I was rudely told no reservation, not possible, I said yes, I made it via facebook he said no, wait outside, while I was tempted to leave it I thought the guy may of just had a bad day so I showed him my phone with the agreed reservation to which he just said uh ok, you go over there and pointed to a table where there where 2 seats on the end of a group already eating, you then try to get the attention on a waiter who either ignores you or says No, wait? Then when they come there is no greeting, no basic service skills, its just like here is the menu see what you want, and then its a challenge to get a drink? We still put up with this, it was busy and with the food supposed being as good as we were told and the journey to get up there we decided to stay and hope the food was worth it, stale bread was brought out with olives from a jar, then we noticed how quick everyone was getting there food, no matter what they ordered, I mean these guys were like a mcdonalds, within 5 minutes we had the lamb shoulder and the lamb chops, both very overcooked, basic salad no dressing, bland potatoes no seasoning and the lamb was the worst Ive had on the island, so so very disappointing, all the way there, all the hassle and it was rubbish :( Visit the castle, the walk is great for walkers and the views are simply amazing but do yourself and favour and miss this place, don't even get me started on how rude they are to the people who need to wait for a table too! We found out more the locals after, including that the lady who used to run and oversee everything had passed, by all accounts a very loved persona and that whoever is running it now is doing so very different to how it was before, Alaro itself as a village has some great places to eat and binasalem close by also some true Majorcan magic but don't believe the hype on this place, Im guessing some people maybe visited on a quiet time and got lucky but in our experience it was terrible, I posted on the facebook page, they have now deleted it, if you check the ES VERGER FB page you will see there are No 2019 or 2020 reviews, they all get deleted, ours was deleted within a week, Im sure they will be busy for a long while due to the past reputation but thats shame as Im sure it would be better If they just did whatever it was they did before.More

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed December 20, 2019 via mobile

The trip there is best in a 4x4. Hairpin bends and unmade roads abound on the single track road. Make sure you can reverse and remember where the passing places are or could be! Its located en route to castell d'Alaró. Take it steady and...you'll be fine. There is an abundance of atmosphere, wood burners, ovens and trestle tables. The lamb is excellent and cooked traditionally. Slow braised shoulder,which falls off the bone, to chops. I'm sure the fish is great but this is a carnivores heaven. And if you can get it, crema Dilla is a twist on after dinner coffee. Cost? Ridiculously cheap and the view on a clear day is magnificent. If you feel inclined, you could drive a bit further and visit the castle, but it is a hike, but would improve your appetite. Enjoy it.More

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed November 23, 2019 via mobile

getting here was very rocky with a car, going up the hill on the direction to alaró castle. it can be scary, but for me it was fine. or you can try to hike up there. it was worth it though. had a great view...from there, and if you want a fancy restaurant, this isn’t the place to go, unless you’re looking for vintage and authentic and homely, which was what i prefer. it is located attached with their barn, so there are animals roaming, even their cattle so the meat is very very very fresh. the second size is quite big!! especially the big steak haha. it is a family run and owned resto so don’t expect a lot of staff, however the server we had, a boy, was very nice and quick, even ran for us, and the cook is the lovely grandma ( so you know for sure it’s very much a home meal ) my boyfriend and I, and his coworker loved this place and would come over and over again if we visit Mallorca again.More

Date of visit: August 2019
Reviewed November 9, 2019

This is an amazing farm restaurant above Alaro. The lamb is slow cooked in a way that has been handed down through the generations and melts in your mouth. The meal is served on shared wooden tables but don't let that put you off, you...get to meet all sorts of interesting people. Even in November the restaurant was busy with some people travelling some distance to get there. If you are within striking distance and like roast lamb definitely worth a look.More

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed October 24, 2019

The view alone is worth visiting this place. Its a beautiful working farm style restaurant.. Nothing here is pretentious . Its hearty, well cooked meat and two veg. Which i can imagine is very welcome if you choose to do the one hour hike to...the restaurant. i had the croquettes , the lamb and grilled prawns. the house wine was had either turned or it is just an awful house wine , but we switched to decent bottle as they have a few options on the wine list. the lamb falls off the bone. there was a slight bit of theater at the end of the meal when we were served ,what i presume is a local digestif. a flaming pot of coffee infused alcohol. an enjoyable meal with friends and a great view.More

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed October 19, 2019 via mobile

What a beautiful meal. We planned to only order appetizers as we were not very hungry after hiking up to the castle. Luckily, we were seated next to a lovely couple from Germany who said it was the best in Mallorca. Lucky us. Extremely tender,...fall off the bone, one of the best meals we have had. Portion was very generous. We shared as a couple being not too hungry and barely was able to finish it. Wish we had room for dessert, it looked fabulous as well.More

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed September 23, 2019

Im still going.That guy was having a bad lamb day ? The word is it is,and always has been, amazing. I like lamb which helps.

Date of visit: September 2019
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January 26, 2019|
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Response from Alex J | Reviewed this property |
No, it is cash only. The restaurant is very remote, but the views are fantastic.
June 30, 2018|
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Response from imeclaret | Reviewed this property |
Yes there is, when we went there was a large group outside celebrating some event so we sat inside.
June 3, 2018|
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Response from LoveBoulder2001 | Reviewed this property |
The road is gravel en stones, not likely to cause much damage to the car but a very narrow road. Walking up is also a possibility.
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