Avoid at all cost. After reading all these reviews I decided to give it a try. After that dreadful night, I am positive that the good ones are written by the owner and his family. It took a long time to be seated, I ordered the paella and found out that it was almost paella soup there were some sort of juices that the rice was sitting in, not even in china I've had spanish food that is so different from the real thing. Service that is pretty bad, I asked an arrogant spanish waiter for an explanation for the exorbitant check that I received and he was offended and plain rude. This can't possibly be one of Pittsburgh's best restaurants. Avoid at all cost.
Worse spanish cuisine I've had in my life!. Being half spaniard and having lived in Spain for 10 years, I was eager to try Mallorca due to the very good reviews I read about it and the comments I heard at work. I was very dissappointed to realize that nothing can be farther from the truth, the paella has to be the worse that I have tried in my whole life (this includes the failed attemps of my ex-wife in trying to cook it), the service was despicable and the attitude of the servers was completely arrogant, one of them became defensive and upset when I askd about a charge on my check! . Spanish cuisine has to be one of the seven wonders of the gourmet world, and this place does not do any justice to it. To me this restaurant is the taco bell of mexican food, but utterly expensive. Avoid at all cost. Hands down, the worse spanish cuisine I've had (A spanish restaurant I found in New Dehli is 500% better)
Great staff, nice setting..
We went to this place only because the French restaurant down the street was closed...
The food was okay, not great. I had the lobster and it was overcooked and VERY bland. My husband had the veal in what looked like honey mustard dressing, it was NOT pretty. It was actually a lemon sauce that wasn't very good and the veal was seriously overcooked. Our other dining companion had the chorizo which was good and the presentation was really unique. Our drinks came in a timely manner and the staff was superb. We may give them another chance but we would certainly order something different. The patio is really nice for outdoor dining.
Open a Box of Paella at Home - This is Stage Spanish. Well strictly this review refers not to Mallorca but it's sister restaurant next door which serves Tapas and is called Ibiza. Actually they should call it Crapas. I never knew you could screw up tapas so badly. The portions are too big, the ingredients inauthentic - that was kielbasa not chorizo - and the service surly and uninformed..."er I think it's a white wine". In addition it costs $100 for two to find this out. Avoid Ibiza at all costs. You could stay at home, open a box of Spanish rice and be closer to Iberia than any of this rubbish. I am from Europe and have eaten tapas in many different places. This does not deserve the name. It is not chic, not cool and most important of all - not tasty. Stay away in your droves.
Service, service, service and awesome food.. This place was marvelous. I eat out all the time and I was in Pittsburgh for a conference. I was a little worried about the possibility of getting to a great restaurant on a Sunday night, BUT after talking to a few people and concierges I settled on this. From cocktails at the bar, the marvelously trained waitstaff, and nice selection of wines I had a blast. My boss and I had a selection of delicious stuffed peppers, stuffed calamari et al. Then for my entree, I had something I can only describe as a large bowl of seafood with a light, white cream sauce with chopped parsely or dill. I ate forever and I still couldn't finish it. It was incredible though. We ate like kings. Then the finest touch... they offer an after dinner cordial complimentary. A marvelous chilled Almond liqueur. The first place I'd go or recommend if ever in Pittsburgh again. All you have to do is trust your waiters... I think each of them has been there since it opened. Marvelous.
Once again the meals were awesome. We enjoyed Thanksgiving at Mallorca. It was the 1st time any of us have ever eaten out on this day and picking our favorite restuarant made it very enjoyable. There were 8 of us, 4 parents and 8 children. Everything was superb, from the steak to the seabass, to the salmon to the lobster to the turkey and the sangria. Everyone actually shared their dinners and we were 8 very happy people. Going early with the kids was great. Our hats off to the entire staff.
I've given up all hope for this Pittsburgh restaraunt. Excellent service from friendly fascinating Spanish waiters was the highlight of the meal.
From the salad offered with mustard dressing (no other choices) to the main course nothing brought excitement to my tastes. I ordered the delmonico steak with gorgonzola ... my eyes bulged when it arrived and was approximatly 30 oz of beef. What a surprise I thought, however after the first few tastes I realized that the meat had no taste. Sampling other dishes at our table led me to the same conclusion from everyones meal.... salty tastless lobster.... seafood cream sauces that were just bland.
Wine list: Great INEXPENSIVE Chilean, Argentinean, and Spanish wines.. amoung others offered at over three times the retail price.
Much better than the reviews. I read some of the reviews listed here, and I didn't want to eat here. Our friends really wanted to try it. The service was exceptional. The appetizers were creative and unique, also excellent. All four main courses, duck, delmonico steak, salmon and quail (both stuffed with shrimp and scallops) were outstanding. The ambience could improve, but was very European. I'll definitely be back.
Yuck!. I truly was shocked when I read the outstanding reviews this restaurant had. I visited it after moving to Pittsburgh, and was truly more disappointed than I think I have been after going to a restaurant. The ambiance is not good! The decor is outdated, the lighting is wrong, the tables too close together! My salad was drowning in something that looked like thousand island and tasted terrible. My seabass was not fresh at all and my boyfriend's paella was simply overcooked seafood set atop saffron-flavored rice. No flavor, no style. It was just bad. They seem to make up for taste with quantity. We went to eat somewhere else after b/c I did not want to finish my meal. Perhaps it was just an off day, but wow they must have been really off. I do NOT recommend Mallorca to anyone. On a better note, the service was decent.
Poor service overshadows good food.
Went for romantic dinner with my husband after reading that Mallorca is rated as one of the most romantic restaurants in Pittsburgh...not sure on what basis it got this rating! The food was excellent and the wine list was impressive but service was poor (Spanish or Portuguese waiters a bit arrogant) and environment not that romantic: tables too close to each other.
If service improved and sitting spaces reconfigured, this could become the best restaurant in town!
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