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“Don't believe the hype - go somewhere else”

Restaurante La Boveda
Ranked #321 of 2,267 Restaurants in Palma de Mallorca
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Description: La Boveda is a popular tapas restaurant in Palma de Mallorca. With a privileged location in the heart of the city and next to the Cathedral of Mallorca, the restaurant La Boveda is the ideal place in which to enjoy a glass of wine and relish the variety of tapas on offer.
Reviewed November 1, 2013

I have eaten at La Boveda before and normally try to go back on a visit to Palma as the atmosphere can be amazing as its always full to the rafters. This time was the last time as the booking system, which was always poor, has got worse and the place was full of angry people queing up and not understanding why others were being seated first. We had booked but an hour after we came in we hadn't even got a drink despite talking to the "manager" three times who all but shouted at us and clearly didn't care if we stayed or not. We would never go again and it genuinely is not worth the stress of queing and arguing about your reservation. There are much better tapas restaurants close by in the old town.

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Reviewed November 1, 2013

We read the mixed reviews & were a bit wary but thought we'd give the place a try anyway hoping to be one of the lucky ones. Unfortunately not. Yes it was busy and we don't normally mind waiting but being busy doesn't justify the rudeness of the staff. We'd booked a table but it wasn't reserved for us, the food around looked distinctly average. All staff we saw looked miserable. Really glad we didn't bother to wait for our table. We left and went back to Bar Espana where we were welcomed with food, beer, wine and a smile. If you want a real authentic tapas night forget this place and seek out Bar Espana!

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Reviewed October 26, 2013

This restaurant was recommended in a newspaper article and was busy. We got a table in an area off the main dining area which had 6 tables for people who hadn't reserved. But had a depressing atmosphere. We got a mixed tapas starter which was alright but had better in Scotland. Eventually had to opt for beef as a main because got no suggestions from waiter on a hot dish and any suggestions we made were told they were cold or in the mixed starter. Worst meal of our holiday.

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Thank Duncan G
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Reviewed October 17, 2013

La Bodeva was recommended by some locals and we turned up without a reservation for lunch
It was not crowded, we were seated immediately and drinks arrived while we decided our meal.
We chose the squid and steamed mussels as well as the mixed salad. The squid was superb, as was the large dish of mussels in tomato broth . The mixed salad was crisp and fresh.
The staff were attentive and accommodating, and I was surprised to read the negative reviews in Trip Advisor, as it certainly was not our experience . We enjoyed the meal so much we returned the next day and did all over again, with a similar pleasant experience
John D, Sydney

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Reviewed October 10, 2013

We came when the doors opened at 2000, and got seated by the bar by a stressed and grumpy waiter. After 30 min all the other guest had got their first serving. We hadn't even managed to get in contact with the waiters! After another 10 min we just left. We have never been disapointed, when dining in Palma, but this place just... There is lots of other places with exellent food and atmosphere.

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