A popular waterside restaurant for many years, Ca’s Patro March – perched at the side of the rocky Cala Deià in Mallorca’s Tramuntana mountains – has always been a place where you might spot someone famous enjoying lunch (or dinner during July and August). In 2016, its popularity skyrocketed, thanks to a TV thriller.
Ca's Patro March
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Ca’s Patro March was the location of some scenes in the internationally screened TV mini-series ‘The Night Manager’, based on the John Le Carré book and largely filmed on Mallorca. The drama of the fake kidnapping attempt wasn’t all that had viewers mesmerized: suddenly everyone wanted to eat in this idyllic spot by the crystal-clear Mediterranean.
On screen and in photos, this place looks fairly remote, but it’s not difficult to reach. You can arrive by boat, then climb the stone steps up to the restaurant, or drive down to Cala Deià, parking about a five-minute walk from the restaurant. If you want to earn your lunch, stroll down from the village of Deià, which takes around 30 minutes; wear decent shoes for walking as the path can be stony in places (and slippery after rain).
This rustic seasonal restaurant isn’t fancy, but you come here for the location and the excellent fresh fish and shellfish, caught on the day. The furnishings are simple and the ‘roof’ over your head wouldn’t keep out a sudden downpour, but who cares when the seafood and location are so appealing?
If fish isn’t your preferred type of food, the menu includes some meat dishes. Wines include some labels from Mallorca. Prices are on the high side: you are paying for the location, the quality of the seafood, and to eat in one of the hottest filming locations of 2016.
Service can be a little slow during the height of the season, when Ca’s Patro March gets very busy. But why be in a hurry when you can sit here and gaze at the Mediterranean?
Our recommendations are to book well ahead if you want to eat here (especially since ‘The Night Manager’ was screened) and check the weather forecast for the day of your visit. Oh, and take plenty of cash: Ca’s Patro March does not accept credit cards.
We love: The freshest of seafood – and possibility of spotting someone famous from Deià!