There’s never been a tastier time to eat on this Balearic island. The city of Palma takes the crown for its forward thinking and cosmopolitan restaurants and even hosts some world-renowned addresses thanks to Michelin star chefs who have made their mark here. At the same time, many of the towns and villages on the island take pride in their restaurants and gastronomic offerings. Read on for the mouth-watering details.
If you are a culture vulture looking to tuck into traditional Mallorcan fare, we would suggest heading away from the typical resorts. Inland towns and villages claim the best restaurants serving authentic Mallorquin specialities like frit Mallorquín (fried lamb innards), cargols (snails) and arros brut ('dirty' rice).
Inca is a typical working town, away from the usual tourist trail and is a treasure trove when it comes to restaurants utilising seasonal produce. People travel from all across the island to visit its famous celler (old wine cellar) restaurants. Celler Can Amer housed in a 17th century wine celler, offers a refined service and has won awards for its traditional cooking and impressive selection of local wines. The suckling pig, shoulder of lamb and a confit of cod are just a few of its specialities. Restaurante Celler Can Lau offers a more rustic affair with home-cooked, hearty style of food. They are known for their caragols (snails) amongst other things. Restaurante Celler Ca’n Ripoll is another firm favourite, the ‘menu del dia’ keeps it busy throughout the year, but the charming terrace is especially popular in the summer months. Alternatively, there’s also the unassuming, traditional and rural village of Algaida which is in possession of some wonderful hidden gems that serve up no-frills, hearty home-cooked feasts. Rub shoulders with the locals at Ca'l Dimoni and encounter an all-round timeless experience.
If seafood is on your agenda, then Mallorca’s coastline is the best place to find some freshly caught local treasures. Whether your maritime fix will be satisfied by prawns, clams, octopus, seabass, or even a famed Paella, Mallorca will deliver.
The latest catch can be found in the ports, and for us Port d’Andratx is a top pick. From the picture-postcard setting these restaurants enjoy along the promenade, through to the quality and endless choice of restaurants serving fresh fish, it has it all! Walking along the promenade, the smell of frying fish will tempt you in! If you can make it to the far end of the promenade before being drawn in, Rocamar is well worth the wait. It has a loyal following amongst those living on the island, due to its unwavering quality and unparalleled service. Alternatively, Marisqueria Galicia is an old favourite, it offers a rustic setting and a friendlier price point for its offering and has a loyal following from locals.
A batch of quality seafood restaurants reside along the seafront in the pretty horseshoe shaped bay of Port de Soller. Keep your eyes peeled on the menu for Soller Prawns, as they are an island treasure and should be on any seafood lovers bucket list. The traditional style Restaurante Ses Oliveres nestled along the seafront has been a well-received for many years, and serves paella, prawn carpaccio, anchovies and andalusian style squid. Kingfisher Restaurant has a more modern flair and receives top marks time and time again for its quality of food, presentation, service and magnificent views over the harbour.
The swanky ports attract some of the world’s wealthiest humans to their destination restaurants. So it goes without saying that these serve up some of the best international cuisine on the island, complete with first class service and exceptional views overlooking the luxury yachts.
The glamorous Puerto Portals has a choice of international cuisine, Mediterranean, Asian, Indian – you name it, it’s here. They tend to have the following in common - first class service, glitzy clientele and dreamy terraces looking out over the marina. You need not look far to find quality seafood, without a doubt Flanigan has long been established as the King of the Sea here, you will find fresh fish, traditional Paellas and more. Ritzi is a long-standing favourite for classy Italian cuisine, and also brags a great al fresco style bar perfect for a pre or post dinner tipple. Whilst 2 Michelin Star chef Fernando P. Arellano has designed a wonderful menu at Baiben with Mediterranean and Latin-American flavour, and last but not least Tahini is without a doubt one of the best Japanese restaurants on the island.
Port Adriano is another port that is favoured for its gastronomic offering. Coast by East claims the idyllic position at the end of the Philip Stark designed marina overlooking the mega-yachts, and delivers a fusion of Asian-Mediterranean cuisine. We especially love its Robata style dishes! A taste of Italy is easy enough in this port, as Italian restaurants are plentiful, with Trattoria Vino del Mar positioning itself as the gourmet Italian restaurant whilst La Oca offers a family friendly, relaxed vibe.
The handsome blonde stone capital of Santanyi is home to a vibrant artistic community, emulated in its restaurant settings. In recent years, there have been some impressive additions to the town so it has made it onto our list of top towns and villages for foodies. From traditional Mallorquin cooking, authentic Italians, international fine dining establishments alongside specialist vegetarian alternatives, this town has it all! Here are a couple of names to keep an ear out for. For tapas Es Molí is a must, and we simply love its position within an old mill. East 26 Restaurant wins for its splendid courtyard setting and crowd-pleasing menu, the latter also has a fabulous ‘menu del dia’ offering which changes weekly.
As far as tourist resorts go, Cala d’Or makes an impression for its food offering and warm hospitality! Like most resorts, the restaurants are open during the summertime only, so April-October and a whole host of cuisines are available. Restaurant Diferent serves up innovative tapas and age-old favourite Spanish plates alongside some modern international additions to the menu. Meat Club is the place for hard carnivores, you won’t find a better T-Bone steak in this part of the island. Restaurant Soy is where it’s at for an Asian feast, its décor and sushi boats are Instagram worthy every time and whether it’s a pad-thai or a sushi extravaganza you are after, the kitchen takes great pride in their food, making it a delicious adventure every time.
We are just giving you a taster of some of the island’s best bits, so do take a look at our restaurant listings to find out more about the restaurants in your area.