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La Taberna De La Boveda
Ranked #219 of 2,177 Restaurants in Palma de Mallorca
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $22 - $29
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations
Neighborhood: La Llotja-Born
Description: La Taberna La Boveda is a known Basque-Spanish restaurant in which you will find many traditional Spanish tapas, such as snails, garlic prawns, the classic bread with local oils or small chorizo sausages, as well as a long etcetera of other dishes and tapas. The restaurant has a privileged terrace on which you will be able to enjoy the nights of Palma while enjoying a quiet meal. The solid wooden tables and large barrels create the much sought-out tavern atmosphere. Furthermore, the restaurant is located in a central area in which you can enjoy a pleasant stroll near the old Palma de Mallorca market, the Cathedral and its surroundings or the Borne promenade.
Cheshire
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69 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Thank goodness for Trip Advisor.......”
Reviewed January 15, 2013

Because below par restaurants like this would not be 'outed' for serving very poor food by surly staff and complacent management who trade on the 'this is the best place for tapas' handle. Truly appalling garbage served up yesterday - spoiling what was an excellent weekend break to Palma.
There are many more and far better restaurants than La Boveda, just take your time to search them out, but avoid this one that sits fat and proud in a nice location but the reality is it offers very little in the way of quality.........

  • Visited January 2013
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Hove, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“The best tapas in Palma.”
Reviewed December 8, 2012

A great location in the corner of a little square off the Paseo Maritimo, La Boveda looks (and probably is) the real thing with its tiled bar, barrels, and vaults. Very crowded, as you'd expect. If you haven't made a reservation then get there as it opens, at 1.30pm or 8.00pm. A comprehensive traditional tapas menu, everything cooked and presented just as it should be, service very fast and efficient, waiters almost running carrying huge piles of dishes, noisy (with voices not music), busy, cosmopolitan. We've been to all sorts of tapas bars in Palma over the years, and often disappointed, but our search is over now. This is the one for us.

  • Visited November 2012
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Jerusalem, Yerushalayim, Israel
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5 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Heaven on earth”
Reviewed November 11, 2012

One of the best places to eat
everything was wonderful
The smoked ham with dates is especially recommended

  • Visited October 2012
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Stockholm, Sweden
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95 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Classic tapasplace in great location”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

I have visited La Taberna de La Boveda many times and it is definately the best tapasrestaurant on the island. The place is always crowded so book a table or come early. Dates with bacon, tortilla, croquetas de jamon, piementos de padron and gambas al ajillo are some of the "must" dishes. Service is fast and correct although not always personal.

  • Visited July 2012
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Thank Byonda
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Chester, England, United Kingdom
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“Food excellent, service so-so, value good”
Reviewed November 1, 2012

Easy to find location set back a long way from the traffic on the main coast road on the edge of the La Llotja district in central Palma. Nice outdoor tables with decent people-watching potential.
We stopped for lunch and were able to get one of just three empty tables without booking. I ordered lamb chops and they were the best I've ever had. Five slim pieces perfectly seasoned and served with padron peppers and stunningly good chips. My wife had what they call lampuga, which the waiter told us is a local fish. It translates as dolphinfish but that probably dosn't help very much! It's a big meaty fellow served here in a sauce of olive oil and garlic and peppers. It too was very good.
Service was a bit cocky. Our waiter was pretty big on character but not so helpful when talking about the food itself. When I asked what the cheeses were on a mixed plate, he gestured blithely and said 'different Spanish cheeses' - (one was clearly Stilton)!
Good wine by the glass and prices reasonable for the quality you get.

  • Visited October 2012
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