About choosing a Restaurant in Mallorca
There's a wide range of restaurants in Mallorca to suit all tastes and budgets, so we have compiled a guide to all the best places to eat and where to find your favourite cuisine
Lunch in Mallorca
Lunch is the main meal in the day for the Spanish, and it tends to occur between 13:00 and 15:00 on the island. At this time of day, many of the best restaurants offer a ‘Menu del día’, a set menu which usually consists of three courses and a drink for a fixed price, although this varies from restaurant to restaurant. Alternatively, a restaurant might offer a ‘Plat del dia’, one course and drink which are a great choice for a quick bite to eat. The price of these menus varies, with many places in Mallorca serving three courses under 10€, whilst some of the top restaurants on the island offer three courses for under 20€. At any rate, they usually are amazing quality and value for money in comparison to their à la carte and evening menus.
Lunch is the main meal of the day on Sundays, which means that many restaurants actually shut early, the norm being around 18.00. So don’t get caught out!
Dinner in Mallorca
The Spanish like to dine late so, whilst most restaurants open around 19:30 for their evening sitting, it's common for the more traditional Spanish restaurants not to open until 20:30 in the evening. It’s highly recommended to book a table in advance to avoid disappointment, especially in summer and at weekends.
In the evening, it is customary for the waiter to bring a liqueur with your bill. This is a 'copa', a complimentary treat courtesy of the restaurant, normally containing 'Hierbas Mallorquinas', a local liqueur aromatised with anise and other aromatic herbs and plants. Sometimes a restaurant will ask you whether you want a 'copa', while others will just bring these treats out with the bill.
Coffee the Mallorcan way
The Spanish are coffee lovers and offer a wide variety of ways for to serve the brew, which is commonly consumed after lunch. In Spain, asking for a coffee after the meal means only one thing: 'café solo', served short, strong and black. Other common preparations are 'café con leche' which is a normal coffee with milk, 'cortado' a short coffee with milk, and 'americano' which is a weaker black coffee. When asking for a 'carajillo' you will get the option to add alcohol to your 'café solo' (normally Amazonas, the local rum, or Coñac) and sometimes a bottle will be left on the table for you to help yourself. Add to your order the words 'con hielo' and they will bring you a glass with ice cubes to make your own iced coffee.
Mallorca has a relaxed vibe around the whole island so formal dress is rarely necessary. Unless dining at one of the more exclusive restaurants found in Palma, Deià and some of the prestigious ports located around the island, where a 'smart casual' rule sometimes applies.
Eating out with children
Children are always welcome except when dining in an adults-only hotel. Mallorca is a popular destination for families thanks to its fun, relaxed attitude, affordable restaurant selection and an assortment of child-friendly menus available. High chairs are usually on hand when needed although it’s best to call the restaurant in advance to let them know you are coming, especially in the summer months when the restaurants often get booked up.
Proper outdoor barbecue restaurants aren’t particularly common on the island, although many traditional restaurants have a BBQ-themed evening in the summer months. The few specialist BBQ restaurants you find in Mallorca tend to be pretty good quality. So, if you are in need of a good meat fix, then these restaurants are well worth the trip.
KOA Bar & Restaurant
Located in the heart of Palma’s old town, this trendy establishment offers an assortment of top notch food cooked in its charcoal oven. Fresh fish and good quality meat in the form of burgers, ribs and steak (you name it they have it) attract people to this restaurant throughout the year. Thanks to its good reputation and prime location this place is always heaving, so make sure you book a table in advance.
Set in trendy downtown Santa Catalina, this restaurant brings the heart of Cajun and Creole food, service and music to Palma. This place offers true good quality soul food and impeccable service, bringing people back time and time again. A recommendation for both meat and seafood lovers looking for lively flavours with their BBQ food.
Breakfast & Brunch
There is a wide variety of cafes located all around the island serving breakfast, even in the smallest of villages. Opening times do vary so it is best to check in advance but most places open at 08:00 or earlier.
Depending on the restaurant there’s a choice of different breakfasts available, although traditional Mallorcan and continental breakfasts tend to be the most common on the island. Traditional Mallorcan breakfast is a café con leche with an ensaïmada, a spiral-shaped pastry, or 'pa amb oli' (also known as 'pan con tomate' or 'pa amb tomàquet'), a simple slice of bread, which may or may not be toasted, with tomato rubbed over and seasoned with olive oil and salt. There tend to be breakfast deals in most Spanish cafés where it is possible to buy a coffee, orange juice and pastry or 'pa amb oli' for a reduced set price.
English fry ups and American pancakes are available at certain restaurants around the island, usually located in the more touristy resorts and Palma city centre. Brunches are becoming a widespread global phenomenon in recent years and Mallorca is no exception. It is well known that hotel brunches tend to offer a wider range of food at set prices.
Cafes & Bakeries
There are cafes and bakeries found on almost every corner of every village, town and city in Mallorca. Bakeries are the places to visit for fresh bread, pastries, cakes and other delicious treats, as well as the best place to get your hands on a traditional Mallorcan ensaïmada. Cafes are not only the obvious places to go for coffee but in Spain they are so much more. Great spots to grab a drink, breakfast or lunch, these places often feel like home away from home for locals and visitors alike.
Horno Santo Cristo Cafe
One of the most established cafes on the island, Horno de Santo Cristo has created authentic Mallorcan ensaïmadas since 1910. You will find these and varied selection of pies, cakes, sandwiches and desserts in each of their cafes located in Palma.
Located inside Rialto Living, the luxury department store found a stone’s throw away from Palma’s main shopping boulevard, this is the perfect place to take one of those much-needed shopping breaks. The beautiful architecture, homemade food, coffee and cakes make this a favourite spot in the city.
A well-known name on the island, these luxury cafes can be found in many of the islands hotspots including Palma, Puerto Portals, Port d’Andratx, Valldemossa, Port de Pollença and Palma Nova. They offer top quality coffee, food and drinks all through the day and into the evening. They tend to be spotted in the prime locations within each town and have impressive terraces, so they are the perfect place to kick back, relax and soak up the surroundings.
Located in the quaint town of Sóller, this little art-nouveau style café with an open air courtyard serves European and Mallorcan cakes, pastries and hot drinks throughout the day and into the evening. This place also offers lunchtime dishes and has become renowned for its vegetarian lunch options in recent years.
Giovanni L. Ice Cream Parlour
Famous for delivering their gelato into the royal Spanish household, this brand has developed into an international phenomenon. These ice cream parlours are located all around the island, including Palma, Santa Ponça, Artá, Valldemossa, Puerto Portals and Port de Sóller.
Can Joan de S'Aigo Cafe
For traditional Mallorcan pastries and other delights like gelato, this cafe in the heart of Palma’s old town is worth a visit. You can also pick up some of the best ensaïmadas on the island, with various fillings like apricot, chocolate and custard on the menu.
Mallorca is a child-friendly island, which means most restaurants welcome them with open arms. However, some go that extra mile to accommodate the little ones with outdoor playgrounds and indoor soft-play areas.
Balcón de María Restaurant
Located along the bay of Santa Ponça, this is one of the longest standing restaurants in the area. The menu has everything from seafood paella and Mallorcan 'pa amb oli' to pizzas. This place has a soft play area designed to keep the children happy for hours on end so the adults can enjoy a bit of peace whilst dining on holiday.
Meson Ca'n Pedro Restaurant
This restaurant has been bringing people to the tranquil area of Genova, just outside Palma, for 40 years. Here you will find a no frills BBQ restaurant with impeccable quality meat and fish offering something to accommodate the whole family’s needs. This family-friendly restaurant even has an outdoor playground for the children. Make sure you are hungry when visiting this place because the portion sizes are on the large side.
Los Patos Restaurant
Another established restaurant on the island, set in a tranquil oasis away from the touristy part of Port d'Alcúdia, this is the place to come for a hearty meal and some traditional Mallorcan cooking. Great for families, you will often see three generations all sitting at the tables together. Away from the restaurant, there is an outdoor playground and seating area so adults can sit and enjoy a drink after their meal whilst their little ones have a bit of fun.
Mallorca offers a whole host of good quality Spanish restaurants. Wherever you might find yourself on the island there will be a place serving delicious tapas or local delicacies nearby.
Quina Creu Restaurant
A favourite amongst the locals, Quina Creu is a quirky tapas restaurant hidden in Palma’s old town. The interior is chic and stylish with a mix of traditional Mallorcan style and modern funky furnishings. Dishes vary from tapas and pinchos (mini appetisers) to seafood. The flavours include classic Mediterranean styles, but also exotic dishes such the imperial curry.
Right in the heart of Palma’s city centre, stylish restaurant Ombu brings a modern twist to traditional tapas thanks to its interesting fusion of flavours. This is the place to go to sample some of the most creative tapas on the island along with spectacular wines and cocktails. It’s always busy so make sure you book in advance.
Ca'n Quet Restaurant
Set within the stunning mountains Deià, this restaurant offers first class views along with its first class food. They serve top quality fresh Mediterranean Market Cuisine either from the a la Carte or a seasonal Tasting Menu. A wonderful place to visit for a special occasion.
Italian & Pizza Restaurants
It’s perhaps because Mallorca is within such close proximity to Italy that makes its Italian restaurants so very good. There are many places to enjoy a pizza on the island and we will be surprised if you don’t find one close by.
A favourite spot in Portixol, near Palma, for al fresco, beachside dining and fantastic pizzas. Go for a stroll along the promenade before kicking back and enjoying the sunshine with an Aperol Spritz, delicious pizza or pasta. Relish the stunning sea views from this restaurant, whilst enjoying some home-cooked quality Italian food at extremely reasonable prices.
This edgy Japanese and East Asian tavern is located in Santa Catalina, Palma’s gastronomic district. This place is all about sharing and trying lots of different dishes on the menu. The food is all freshly prepared and guaranteed to add a little zing in your life. The Bao buns here are a must-try, along with their innovative cocktail creations.
For Asian food in Port d’Andratx, restaurant Sumailla is the place to be! Expect Japanese cuisine with a Peruvian twist in the form of mouth-wateringly tasty sushi, bursting with fresh and vibrant flavours. On the sea front like most other restaurants in the area, this place delivers the perfect setting overlooking the water, day or night.
Mallorca comes fully equipped with some of the finest dining experiences in the world thanks to a number of Michelin-starred restaurants firmly placed on the map. These establishments can be found in Palma and Deià and offer a more ceremonial dining experience, perfect for a special occasion on the island.
Located in Castell Son Claret Hotel and having been awarded two Michelin stars offers, Zaranda offers the most exclusive dining experience in Mallorca. Chef Fernando Pérez Arellano heads up the restaurant with a talented team that sources fresh local ingredients to create culinary masterpieces time and time again.
Marc Fosh Restaurant
This Michelin-starred gastronomic restaurant is hidden in the depths of Palma’s old town. Fosh serves exquisite Mediterranean cuisine with an emphasis on clean flavours and seasonal ingredients. Tasting menus are the way to go in this place, so come prepared to try something new.
Es Racó d’es Teix Restaurant
Located in the affluent mountain town of Deià, Es Racó d’es Teix is headed up by German chef/patron Josef Sauerschell. This is a man who prides himself on using local ingredients to prepare authentic Mallorcan cuisine with innovative flair to bring inspirational dishes to his guests.
Modern European & International Restaurants
Traditional dishes from around the world have been transformed with a contemporary twist in many restaurants. Fusion restaurants are causing quite a stir, with the island seeing a massive influx of them in recent years.
One of the most famous restaurants in Palma thanks to its immaculate service and top-notch food, this place simply doesn’t fall under one particular category but the style of cooking is nominally Belgian-French. Their steak tartar is a renowned favourite but they also have foie gras, duck, rabbit and so much more to offer.
This restaurant delivers some of the best dishes from around the world including Greek, Peruvian, Thai, Moroccan and so much more. With a relaxed surfer vibe, this place is famous for its ceviche’s, aubergine dishes and friendly service.
Can Cera Gastro Bar & Restaurant
A more formal dining experience set in the stunning courtyard of the palatial Can Cera Boutique Hotel, this restaurant has a diverse offering of modern European dishes with tapas, pasta and seafood prepared innovatively and presented elegantly.
Nikki Beach Restaurant
Nikki Beach is one of the most famous beach clubs on the island and comes with a fully catered first class restaurant. Expect signature tastes from around the world with sushi, tacos, pil-pil prawns, salads, pasta and ceviche all making an appearance on their extensive menu!
Coast by East Restaurant
Probably Port Adriano’s most exclusive restaurant, Coast by East serves a variety of dishes from first class sushi and Asian low-carb dishes to mouth-watering grilled delights. As a premium restaurant, this place has an exclusive feel to it and offers some of the best views over the marina.
Fusion 19 Restaurant
A modern and elegant dining experience in Playa de Muro near Alcúdia, this restaurant has an impressive selection of dishes and popular tasting menus available. Ranging from Mediterranean dishes with a modern twist to international dishes like sushi there is something on the menu to keep everyone happy.
Pubs & Gastropubs
Traditional English pubs and Irish bars can be found all around the island, especially in the holiday resorts. These are the places to find your home comforts like a typical English breakfast along with popular British and Irish beers and ciders.
One of the most famous Irish bars on the island, Hogans is located just off the lively Paseo Marítimo in Palma. Come to grab pub food like burgers, sandwiches and salads along with a good pint of Guinness. It’s alsopossible to watch your favourite live sports in the daytime or to stay on after dinner for one of their legendary live music gigs in the evening.
Whilst set in the heart of Palma’s old town, Lennox has a true pub-like spirit running through its veins. Here you will find typical pub nosh, like nachos, salads, pizzas, wraps and tapas thrown into the mix. This place is open 365 days of the year and shows live sports.
It should come as no surprise that the best seafood restaurants are found next to the sea in Mallorca. Being an island, there’s an infinite choice of restaurants to choose from, and ports, marinas and beach resorts are always a great shout for top quality seafood delights.
Located in prestigious Puerto Portals, this restaurant has been a firm favourite for decades. People come here for its fine dining, fabulous fresh fish and impressive port-side surroundings. Fresh produce is handpicked at the local market and dishes are generally prepared Mediterranean style with an international touch.
La Parada del Mar Restaurant
Situated opposite the royal Marivent palace near Cala Major, this is the place to come for a unique seafood rendezvous. There’s a relaxed, informal vibe here because it’s all about the quality of the fish. Pick what you want at the counter, choose the way you would like it to be cooked, then collect it and take it to your table.
One of the best-known restaurants in Port de Sóller, it serves great seafood and Mediterranean delights. The attractive seaside terrace offers stunning views over the port too, so it’s no surprise this place has people queuing down the street to dine here.
Miramar de Giuliano Restaurant
Set in the seaside fishing town of Port d’Andratx, this restaurant serves up some of the best seafood in the port. Lobster, paella, seafood platters... you name it, they have it. It’s a popular spot for both tourists and locals and has a great ambience with epic views as it is located on the waterfront.
Mexican & South American Restaurants
De Tokio a Lima Restaurant
Set within the luxury Can Alomar Boutique Hotel in Palma, De Tokio a Lima offers a first class fine dining experience with its fusion Japanese, Peruvian and Mediterranean restaurant. Here is the perfect place for a romantic meal for two, especially when it is warm enough to dine out on their stunning terrace.
El Aquanauta Restaurant
Mallorca’s best Mexican restaurant is located in Palma’s gastronomic district, Santa Catalina. As you step through its doors it’s like you are transported straight to Mexico, where you will be fed only the best tacos, quesadillas and margaritas. We recommend you book to avoid disappointment as this place is always overflowing with people
In recent years, sushi restaurants have been popping up all around the island predominantly in the large towns, seaside resorts and ports. It’s worth noting that there are different levels of quality and price depending on the type of sushi experience you are after.
Urban Sushi Restaurant
A hidden treasure situated on a low-key road within Santa Catalina district, this modern restaurant is an absolute treasure for sushi lovers on the island. They offer an excellent selection of consistently good quality sushi at reasonable prices.
Zhero Beach Restaurant
A holiday vibe in an unbeatable location, set on the water’s edge in San Augustin near Illetas is Zhero Beach Club. Kick back and relax with a cocktail and some scrumptious sushi whilst soaking up the glorious sunshine in the summer months on the island.
Lucy Wang Restaurant
Enjoy high-quality sushi coupled with a stylish and sophisticated environment in Puerto Portals. Classic Japanese sushi creations meet the elegant French cuisine as this premium restaurant gives you the best of both worlds. A favourite amongst yacht owners who travel far and wide to visit this restaurant.
There are lots of restaurants offering ‘take-away’ options in Mallorca. Even after a big meal, there tends to be the option of taking home a doggy bag. There are also a few restaurants dotted around the island specialising in takeaway food.
For the best takeaway pizza on the very edge of Santa Catalina in Palma, a trip to Pizza 8 is required. They have a wide range of pizzas all cooked in a massive pizza furnace oven. They offer a delivery service to the local area too.
With a few outlets in Palma and Santa Ponça, Ziva-To-Go’s concept is grab & go. Expect breakfast food like granola with almond milk, raw toast, and chia pudding, plus salads, raw pizza, raw desserts, juices and smoothies.
Located in San Augustin, Bon Thai is a great spot to grab Thai takeaway food. The usual favourites like Pad Thai and Thai Green Curry feature on the menu, along with a wide range of soups and woks.
Whatever your reason for giving up meat, gone are the days where it was difficult to find a vegetarian-friendly restaurant in Spain. There is a wide variety of restaurants serving vegetarian, vegan and raw dishes around Mallorca and the island is more than equipped to cater for the various 21st-century healthy eating phenomena that are taking the world by storm.
Bon Lloc Restaurant
One of the most renowned vegetarian and vegan restaurants on the island, it is located within Palma’s city centre. This restaurant is worth a visit whether vegetarian or not because the revolutionary dishes are fresh, nutritious and absolutely delicious.
Marsim Bistrobarante Restaurant
Located in Palma’s gastronomic district, the concept of fast food hamburgers is transformed here thanks to their use of natural and fresh ingredients to create unique flavours. Its wide variety of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options has firmly placed this restaurant on the map.
This top quality vegetarian restaurant in Port de Pollença has drummed up some hype on the island thanks to its extensive menu full of innovative dishes. With the ability to tempt even the most loyal of meat eaters and a pretty garden adorned with lemon trees, this restaurant is very popular. We would recommend booking to avoid disappointment.
Traditional Mallorcan restaurants
You will see the word 'celler' often used in the name of traditional restaurants. 'Celler' actually means old wine cellar, many of which have been converted into restaurants specialising in Mallorcan cuisine. Real basement 'cellers' have wine vats to prove it even if nowadays the term is used for any old-style restaurant. 'Cellers' are a great place to try Mallorcan classics like llom amb col (pork wrapped in cabbage) or frit mallorqui (fried offal). The best cellers are usually found in rural market towns like Inca and Sineu.
Celler Can Amer Restaurant
Locals travel far and wide to visit this restaurant in Inca to indulge in some of the best Mallorcan cuisine on the island.Set in a rustic celler, this is the place to come for an authentic experience with some fantastic quality traditional food and excellent service.