About choosing a Restaurant in Mallorca
There's a wide range of restaurants in Mallorca to suit all tastes, and budgets. Read our guide on all the best places to eat in Mallorca and where to find your favourite style of cuisine.
The Spanish like to eat late - many restaurants do not even open until 8:30 in the evening, and fill up an hour or two later. It is a good idea to book a table in advance, especially in summer and at weekends. Formal dress is rarely necessary, even at the best establishments 'smart casual' is the rule and children are always welcome!
In Spain, a coffee after the meal means only one thing: cafe solo, served short, strong and black, with sugar. Ask for a carajillo and it will have brandy added, or a bottle of Coñac left on the table for you to help yourself. If the waiter brings a liqueur with your coffee, this is a Copa, a treat on the house.
A celler is an old winecellar converted into a restaurant specialising in traditional Mallorcan cuisine. Real basement cellers have wine vats to prove it, but nowadays the term is used for any old-style restaurant. Cellers are good places to go in order to try Mallorcan classics like llom amb col (pork wrapped in cabbage) or frit mallorqui (fried offal). The best cellers are found in market towns like Inca and Sineu.
Parrilla Buenos Aires is an Argentinian-style steak house serving quality cuts of beef slow-cooked on a traditional Argentine grill, giving it that delicious barbeque flavour. They offer great value food with a excellent daily special of a cut of beef served on a wooden board with a baked potato, traditional chimichurri sauce, a green salad and a drink. For those with a larger appetite there's an all you can eat grill, 'La Parrillada Libre', which includes various cuts of meat, creole sausage, empanada and pizza. All the meat is sourced locally from one of the oldest butchers' on the island, with the exception of the Angus steak from Ireland and Argentine Entrecote.
Breakfast & Brunch
El Bistro in Puerto Pollenca offers a decent breakfast menu with fried, continental, Mallorcan and English offerings from around the 5€ mark.
Neptuno in Puerto Pollensa is popular with families for its fun relaxed attitude and child-friendly menu. There are only four specific children's dishes but the wide range of tapas dishes means that you can mix and match small portions to suit everyone's tastes. The waiters here are excellent with children and high chairs are on hand when needed. The quirky décor of the place is will keep kids amused and the nautical theme stretches to the waiters, all clad in stripy sailor t-shirts. Go if you want great entertaining customer service and an affordable family friendly intro to Spanish cuisine, avoid if you enjoy a more elegant style of cuisine.
Italian & Pizza Restaurants
Osteria N15 in the market square of Puerto Pollenca offers fine dining with cheerful service and Italian food made from fresh local ingredients. Their cuisine is classic and modern Italian food paired with a great selection of Italian, Spanish and Mallorcan wines; the menu includes dishes such as pork belly with truffle honey, lamb with rosemary sauce, John Dory with olives and fresh tomatoes, ravioli with walnut pesto, as well as delicious olive bread. For a great value meal, don't miss their Early Bird dinner special, served daily until 8pm.
Situated at the very bottom of the 365 Calvari steps in with a massive outdoor seating area is La Scalinata, a people watchers paradise serving excellent pizza. Their food menu is extensive offering plenty of sandwiches, burgers, salads, crepes, etc but the real reason to visit is their pizzas. From a menu of over twenty pizzas, you’ll be hard pressed to select one but it’ll be worth it for the fresh ingredients on a thin crispy homemade base with a beautiful golden doughy crust.
For something a bit special, there are two Michelin starred restaurants in Mallorca - Simply Fosh and Es Racó d'Es Teix.
Simply Fosh is a charming restaurant with a surprisingly modern vibe, considering it is housed in a 17th century convent in the old town of Palma. Reasonably priced for such high-end cuisine, Simply Fosh specialises in modern Mediterranean cuisine made from local seasonal ingredients. Traditional ingredients such as rabbit and venison are given a contemporary twist with fancy-sounding flavours along the lines of green apple-sea fennel jelly, parsley-liquorice chlorophyll and pearl barley and harissa yoghurt. They also offer an excellent choice of vegetarian dishes that go way beyond the usual veggie lasagne.
Es Racó d'Es Teix is a family-run restaurant with a rustic farmhouse atmosphere, serving classic Mallorcan cuisine with a very "gourmet" influence. Classic Spanish ingredients such as quince, fig and lentils are given the gourmet treatment to create hearty decadent dishes.
Modern European & International Restaurants
The Royal Beach bar and restaurant is an elegant funky eaterie located right on the beach at Platya de Muro, serving an eclectic menu of Japanese, Mexican and Spanish cuisine. The snack menu features burgers and sandwiches, nachos and quesadillas, sushi and gyosa, patatas bravas and pamboli, all of which come beautifully presented and are not too expensive, the most costly item on the snack menu is the €15 Oriental tasting platter and it is well worth it. The dinner menu features such delicacies as beef carpaccio, monkfish ravioli with king prawns, and mango foam with white chocolate cake. The whole menu is available whatever time of day you choose to eat so if you fancy a three-course lunch or a light sushi dinner the choice is there, but what ever you eat you’ll want to accompany it with a fabulous cocktail.
Located between the two sandy beaches of Ca’n Picafort and Son Baulo on a rocky outcrop, Mar y Paz serves an international menu of Mediterranean/Asian fusion with a heavy influx of fresh seafood such as their pasta laden with clams in their shell, crab and lobster rice, grilled cuttlefish or wasabi prawns. There’s pad thai, tandoori chicken, pamboli or paella, and salads with cod flakes or goats cheese, apple and walnut. Their large homemade burgers are a blend of ox meat and pork and the Bisti burger is spicey and packed with chillies, capers and gherkins - they’re all served with a neon basket of fries. The outdoor swimming pool and fun atmosphere makes it great place to hang out whilst listening to live Cuban or Reggae music.
For something a little bit different check out Tiberi, a relaxed and friendly restaurant in Puerto Pollenca serving an eclectic mix of tapas, burgers, meat and fish dishes, stir-fries and crepes all hinting at a fusion mentality and dotted with Asian flavours. The star of the show is the stir-fries; choose your base of vegetables, chicken, pork or seafood and then decide which sauce you want - coconut, yellow curry, sweet chili, etc. Plenty of options to suit everyone and the service is very friendly.
El Bistro is a chilled out surf bum of a restaurant on Puerto Pollenca’s waterfront strip, mainly because it’s run in conjunction with the Sail&Surf school opposite. The beach vibe is evident in the surfboards, blue and white awnings, and mellow mood. The menu is unpretentious and the food is excellent with daily specials of fresh fish and seafood dishes such as freshly grilled tuna and sea bass. The menu is simple and uncrowded but there are several variations of each dish, making for plenty of choice and tricky decisions. As well as seafood they also offer tapas, burgers, salads, steaks and pasta dishes.
Spanish & Mexican Restaurants
To sample one of the best paellas around, head to Restaurante Bugambilia in Cala Major, an unpretentious, open-air seaside bar where you can eat in your beachwear. Their specialties are grilled fish, homemade burgers and excellent paellas for two people to share - succulent seafood and perfectly cooked rice make the paellas at Bugambilia both flavoursome and filling. They offer an excellent value set menu of three courses and a drink for around 15€.
Set in a 19th Century Mallorcan house, Miceli is an authentic Spanish dining experience in the village of Selva. The restaurant has a rather modern style with features such as the traditional wooden beams lending an antique twist. There is no menu as such, the chef goes to the local market each day and sources the freshest produce available to prepare something new and different and you'll be told at the table what is available. The cuisine is along the lines of olives along with crusty homemade bread, fresh fish dishes, traditional meat dishes and decadent desserts. During the summer there is an outdoor terrace with views of the countryside during the day and the lights of the village at night. Seating is limited, so book in advance.
Tucked away in the back-streets of the old town, Gaudeix is another of one of Palma’s gems - a super cosy restaurant serving the best tapas in town. Inventive versions of typical Spanish tapas such as seared tuna marinated in orange and coffee, black pudding truffles, seared scallops with couscous, grilled squid stuffed with prawn, as well as more classic dishes such as croquetas, chili garlic prawns, and so on. The vibe is friendly, chaotic and fun with very enthusiastic staff - booking is advised as it is very popular.
Sushi Chef is a lovely sushi restaurant in Port d'Alcudia. The menu is extensive and takes some reading if you’re not immediately sure what you’re after. Page after page of sushi rolls, nigiri, sashimi and specialities are displayed with glossy pictures and descriptions helping the uninitiated to figure out what they’re ordering and how it comes. If you’re not sure about sushi then not to worry you can also find Japanese salads, sides, noodle and rice dishes as well as teriyaki and tempura meat and vegetable options. Minimalist and classic in décor Sushi Chef’s interior is dotted with simple black and white tables and one wall papered with stark trees and Japanese blossoms. High stools line the bar where you can sit and watch the sushi chefs in action or you can sit out on the small terrace that can be covered in case of dodgy weather or left open to the sun. The sushi is elegantly displayed upon black or wooden trays with side plates provided for each diner, perfect for sharing and experimenting, as are the mixed platters which come in several sizes and are a perfect intro to Sushi for anyone wanting to try a bit of everything. Prices vary and you can spend as much or as little as you wish, a simple dish of 6 maki rolls is under €6, and mixed platters start at €9.95 and go all the way up to €98.80 for the 8 person special menu. If you fancy it try a Japanese beer, sake or cold green tea with your meal and deserts are available in the shape of ice cream or fruit sushi; mango, pineapple or banana rolled with rice and chocolate. Open 12-midnight you can wander into Sushi Chef for lunch or dinner or something in between and their full menu is also available for takeaway.
If you’re looking for a restaurant that stands out from the crowd look no further than La Botigueta & Sushi in the centre of Pollenca. Located on a busy street between the main square and the Calvary steps, La Botigueta have recently added ‘& Sushi’ to their name and offering where they used to serve solely Spanish cuisine. As the only sushi spot in Pollenca, it’s given this restaurant a new niche role in the over populated restaurant world. Making a sensible choice to keep tapas on the menu too, this is now a great spot to bring a crowd who can't make up their minds, since you can mix and match from the two menus and also have the option of ordering pizzas and pastas from the sister restaurant La Penya Pizzaria next door. The sushi is made with skill and precision, packed with fresh ingredients and cooked to order by the sushi chef working on display inside the restaurant. The sushi menu is extensive offering many different combinations of flavours in traditional sushi rolls of several different sizes and styles plus sashimi and nigiri, offering such fish as salmon, tuna, sea bass, octopus, eel as well as meat and vegetable options. The menu is easy to read, explanatory without being patronising and each section has a simple decorative drawing next to it depicting the style of sushi so that any one branching out for the first time knows exactly what they’re ordering. In addition the traditional sushi items La Botigueta also offers noodle and rice dishes, grilled fish and meats, tempura battered fish meat and vegetables and an impressive choice of 6 tartars – raw fish or beef marinated and dressed in a variety of beautiful and elegant flavours. How much you spend is up to you, a tartar or noodle dish will cost you up to €15 and is suitable for a small main meal, the sushi comes in arrangements of 1 – 9 pieces and can cost you €5 a piece or €5 for 6 pieces depending on what you’re ordering. Open for lunch and dinner La Botigueta is well worth a visit for something a bit different.
For a gourmet vegetarian experience, without even a mention of spinach or ricotta, head to Simply Fosh in Palma. This Michelin starred restaurant has an entire vegetarian section on their menu, featuring fascinatingly fancy fare such as beetroot gazpacho with horseradish “ravioli” pistachio & mandarin; slow cooked organic egg with wild mushrooms, roasted potato & truffle espuma, pumpkin gnocchi with sage and smoked Idiazabal cheese and other meat-free delights. There is no mention of specific vegan dishes on their menu, but we imagine that such an inventive chef could come up with something pretty special. Call in advance to play it safe.
5Oceanos Restaurant and Chill Out in Mal Pas is almost unbearably cool; the Bali beach lounge décor, fusion menu, funky music, fresh fruit laden beach bar, waiters sporting edgy tattoos and weird hair... However, the menu is a clever compilation of health foods and vegetarian options interspersed with steak, burgers, duck, fries and a kid’s menu available on request. The drinks menu is a fabulous collection of fresh fruit cocktails and health juices next to a large beer selection and you can get your cocktails by the litre, drink while you lounge on a beanbag or sit at a laid up dining table, the choice is yours. They have a fabulous tea menu including green tea with cherry pieces, black tea with vanilla bourbon, tea with pepper, rose petals, sunflower petals, hemp, papaya, ginger, raisins... There are plenty of delicious meat-free options that won't break the bank and the cool beach vibe makes it one of the nicest places to kick back and relax.