2228 E Carson St, Pittsburgh, PA | Directions 1520340.428230 -79.973349
Neighborhoods: Southside Flats
An Extreme Disappointment – Being a latin and knowing the latin flavor, I was super excited to visit this place. Extremely disappointed. Besides the fact that the carpeting looks like its had urine and feces spread gingerly throughout, the food is below poor.
Each dish we got had a common taste. Dirty grill and spoiled oil. This place was a far cry from great latin food. About the only thing authentic in this place are the waiters.
But they themselves need to realize this is not a latin culture and quicker service would be appreciated.
A disappointment all around. You wont miss anything by passing it up.
Great atmosphere. Not fresh food. – The staff was excellent including a very friendly hostess. Despite the menu being only two pages, there was a HUGE array of daily specials without prices. Goat, lamb, pigs, seafood from all over... the list was way too extensive for a diner to contemplate and really know what they were having to pay. The serving sizes were huge; highly recommend ordering one dish per couple and sharing. Produce was not fresh - tomatoes served in salad were not ripe; side of vegetables (carrots, broccoli and snow peas) looked like they were of cheap quality, overcooked, previously frozen or all of the above.
Ordered the wild boar. While it was tasty, it wasn't as fresh tasting as I imagined it would be. With so many daily specials, such a small restaurant could only offer so many dishes if food was frozen, especially meats and seafood. Tried a scallop from my husband's dish; it was by far the least fresh scallop I have tasted in the Pittsburgh area.
Strongly suggest that the menu is made smaller and have 1-3 daily specials. MAKE SURE THE FOOD IS FRESH. More does not necessarily equate to better and so is the case with Mallorca.
Like Going Home Again – If you're from Pittsburgh you understand the feeling that's evoked by going back home to Mom's or Nonna's for a home cooked meal (I'm not sure what the Spanish word is for Nonna!) This is what it's like for me each time I visit Mallorca in the South Side. A warm, welcoming environment--a bit worn, yes, but the wear is from years of friends and families gathering to share, to laugh, and to enjoy tried and true recipes served with love and created with passion. The menu has bona fide Spanish fare, and I so look forward to the recitation of the specials (how _do_ they remember them all?) There are predictable house specialties: always, always baby goat is available. When's the last time you prepared _that_ at home? Not only do the waiters recite the menu with mastery, they never miss a beat--personally serving your appetizers and your sides. Speaking of the sides, the home-style, made-to-share presentation is also comforting--and the vegetables are always done just to perfection; no mushy broccoli here! Each entree is a delight to the senses and their wine list is exquisite (including my favorite Italian white--Terra di Tufi.) Be sure to leave room for the Almond Torte dessert. Mallorca doesn't actually make it on premises, I hear they import it from the Angels up in Heaven! This is the restaurant where I take visiting friends, colleagues, and family and it's a winner every time. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
This place is terrible!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! – This place is absolutely terrible. My seafood dish had an ammonia smell to it, and it tasted like it smelled. The waitstaff is professional, and the portions are big. However, the food is terrible and expensive. I wouldn't even send my worst enemy to this place!
Do not come here if you are looking for Spanish tapas – Mallorca was a disappointment. I recently moved to Pittsburgh and was excited to hear about this restaurant from my work colleagues. I lived in Europe for many years and perhaps this is why I have a different idea of what tapas should be like. For those who like to over-eat on cheap greasy food this is the place to go. It lacks the simple legance of true Spanish tapas.The service is pretentious and the staff poorly speak English. This led to confusion in our order which made me eat something I didn?t want which was utterly disgusting. The portions are too large. The aroma of tapas is drowning in too much garlic and grease. Their pastries are stale and if you don?t order wine you are ignored by staff. It was a very unpleasant and stressful experience. I would not recommend it to those who expect tapas. However, you can get an overpriced big greasy meal instead and think if was a good investment if you don't know better.
True Authentic Spanish Cuisine from true cuban – My fiance took me to this authentic spanish restaurant because she thought I would enjoy it. We were not dissapointed by any means, from the valet parking to the superior customer service and menu selections. I had the lobster and my fiance had the chicken and rice. Having eaten authentic spanish and cuban food for a good part of my life, I have to say that it was truly a great experience. The seating was comfortable for a friday night. We were dressed up but there were folks there in jeans and nice shirts. The atmosphere is casual dressy so one need not feel out of place just dressing nice. The servers were courteous and quite fluent in spanish as I spoke only in spanish to them. The food was just like the food mom used to make. I noticed in the reviews that some people said the food was not authentic or not very good. I say that they are nuts and wouldn't know authentic spanish food if it was staring them in the face !! In closing, Mallorca es la mejor comida espanola que hemos comido nunca y volveremos alli pronto. Hasta Luego
Very Classy – I couldn't verify as to its authenticity, but this restaurant had excellent food, service, and atmosphere.
A bit stuffy, perhaps - but if you are looking for a place to impress a date, check it out.
Pricey - sure, but for an extravagant night out, this place couldn't be beat!
I enjoyed a deliciously prepared platter of wild boar which had not the slightest hint of "boarish" taste - something to be commended as this can be tough to get around without proper preparation and butchering.
The vegetables were cooked to perfection, and everything involved in the meal had appealing flavors with nothing overlooked.
The authentic Portuguese liqueur to finish was an excellent touch!
Not even a little bit authentic – My family is from Mallorca (The island in spain) and I am always on the look for places where to enjoy authentic spanish food. I was appalled to realize how poor the service and the quality of the food are in this Mallorca restaurant. The servers are rude (no comparison to Iberic hospitality) and the food was awful! I ordered the paella which appeared to be some sort of soup (since it had plenty of water) and I ordered some tapas to start that were overcooked and not even pleasant to eat. I would think that for the price of the food, the service and servings would be a lot better than they actually are. I would not recommend this place to anyone.... Perhaps is the lack of options what makes this place one of the best, but I can assure you it is not even close to being good.
Not what I expected – I love spanish cuisine, and I have had it before, but this is not one of the best restaurants that I have been to. The gespacho was not the best (in fact, I think it was better at Hot Metal Grille, which is not spanish) and the paella was not all that pleasing either. I would not go as far as to say it was terrible, but if you are craving spanish cuisine, your money might be spent elsewhere. The service was friendly though, and the out door dining was a plus.
Fantastic – This place was recommended by the concierge at Holiday Inn Select Oakland when I interviewed for a position at the University of Pittsburgh. My wife and I have been there regularly over the past 4 years and have recommended it to out of towners. Never a problem. Not cheap. But not exorbitant either (better food for the buck than Mortons). One of the best spanish red wine I have had (rioja - Muga). There are a zillion specials - everything from Octopus to suckling pig - but waiter will repeat as many times as you want, and their suggestions are good, just tell them what kind of food you generally like or dont like.
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