about MAJORCA

Majorca is Hartford's newest and hottest Mediterranean and tapas restaurant, bar and private event location.

Our mission is to present the best, freshest, local ingredients into an innovative cuisine, paired with wines from Spain, California and other parts of the world in a contemporary and inviting neighborhood atmosphere.  

When you step into Majorca, you feel as if you have been swept away onto the island itself.  From the light, breezy whites and creams of the decor to the rich exposed brick outlining the bar, dining room and outdoor patio, Spain's premier destination island is visible at every glance.

The lounge is a bustling upscale-casual tapas and wine bar with unique cocktails and local craft beers that serve as host to a lively after-work and weekend bar scene. The dining room is spacious and elegant, with rich copper and burgundy accents and flickering candlelight.  

At the far end of the dining room, a vintage bank vault is the unique home of the wine "cellar". Adjacent to the main dining room is the Majorca Room, a private space that can accommodate up to 20 guests with custom menu options and audio visual equipment available upon request.

And then there’s our Valencia Room, Hartford’s most coveted venue for private events. With a private bar and individualized menu options, the Valencia Room accommodates events for from 75-100 people.

From corporate catering to political fundraisers, wine and beer tastings, weddings, showers and birthday parties, this space is indeed, quite special. Catering and event coordinator Rachel Markoja takes a hands on approach to creating one-of-a-kind events that exceed your expectations.

MEET OUR TEAM

RICHARD PEREZ

Owner Richard Perez was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico where his love for food was instilled in him at a young age by his grandmother, mother and father.

He and his father fished together daily in the Caribbean Ocean and often ate their meals right out of the sea.  Rich and his family emigrated to the United States in 1984 and settled in Hartford.  His career in the restaurant industry began at age 16 as a dishwasher at the legendary Carbone's of Franklin Avenue.

He worked his way up to a a prep cook position and then tended bar at several of Hartford's hotspots before starting a career as a restaurant manager with Hartford Restaurant Group that spanned over a decade.

Rich's lifelong dream had always been to open his own restaurant. In 2014, working together with longtime friend Bronislaw Gorski, that dream is fulfilled.. Rich and Bernie’s friendship, passion for the food and their common interest in community involvement come alive in Majorca.

BERNIE GORSKI

Chef Bernie Gorski is a Hartford area native, whose culinary career has spanned three decades and several countries. A graduate of prestigious Johnson & Wales University School of Culinary Arts, Bernie went to San Francisco and worked under famed chef Jeremiah Towers at the ground breaking “California Cuisine” restaurant Stars, and then with French master Chef Bruno Tisan at landmark restaurant Ernie's.

Bernie then traveled to New York City where he became the head chef at the popular Upper East Side Bistro Island. He left New York to travel abroad, honing his skills at restaurants in England and France and then journeying to South America to study the local cuisines of Brazil and Argentina. When he came home to Hartford, he quickly made his mark on the local restaurant scene guiding restaurants such as Max on Main, Peppercorns Grill, Black-eyed Sally's, and Pastis Brasserie with his broad culinary vision.

He then was a partner in the opening of several downtown restaurants  --The Red Plate, Agave Grill, and Vaughan's Publick House. Most recently, he worked with Chef/Owner Billy Grant at his trio of Hartford area restaurants.

These two dynamic restauranteurs hope to set a new standard for ingredient-driven neighborhood dining. They present you with Majorca, a combination of excellent design, sincere hospitality, creative and seasonal cuisine and a unique wine and beverage