Mallorca’s burgeoning gastronomic scene has its heart in the cosmopolitan capital, Palma, which saw an explosion in new eateries and exciting culinary concepts during 2015. The city named the best place to live in the world by ‘The Sunday Times’ has become a gourmet paradise.
Three distinct areas of Palma are hotspots for dining out: the bohemian Santa Catalina (with a vibrant indoor market at its centre), the narrow lanes of La Lonja, and old fishing village of Portixol. But other parts of the city also have plenty to offer.
Full of character, delightful shops and amazing eats, the Santa Catalina area of Palma deserves a special look. Here, we tell you all you need to know! […] Discover Santa Catalina!
La Lonja in Palma is famous for its lively nightlife – full of restaurants, bars, cafes and clubs. Here is your complete guide to La Lonja. […] La Lonja Palma
The former fishing village Portixol is a very popular suburb of Palma de Mallorca. Trendy bars & restaurants make this an amazing area to live or visit. […] Portixol in Palma de Mallorca
Traditional – but with a twist
Mallorcan chef Andreu Genestra, whose rural restaurant near Capdepera has a Michelin star, owns Aromata, this Palma eatery, located within Sa Nostra Cultural Centre. The handsome building’s former courtyard has been turned into a contemporary dining space, buzzing with conversation – particularly at lunchtime, when the two set menus offer excellent value.
If you would like superb views of Palma city and the bay beyond with your lunch, head for Cuit on the 8th floor of the smart Nakar Hotel on Jaime III. The cuisine here is modern Mallorcan from the well-known local chef Miquel Calent.
The traditional Casa Maruka offers Mallorcan cuisine with an added dash of finesse.
Michelin starred chef, Tomeu Caldentey, opened Tomeu amb Arrels (Tomeu with roots), in the newly opened Sant Jaume Boutique Hotel. In this chic restaurant, Tomeu is reinventing Mallorcan heritage cuisine, using traditional recipes and seasonal ingredients to create a memorable food experience.
Michelin-star chef Andreu Genestra’s second restaurant is in Palma, offering affordable cuisine that delivers the essence of Mallorca.
[…] Aromata Restaurant in Palma
A respected local chef runs the contemporary Cuit restaurant, offering modern Mallorcan cuisine within Palma’s trendy Nakar Hotel. […] Palma views from Cuit Restaurant
The team at this insider-tip Mallorcan restaurant pride themselves on their excellent food, friendly service, and keen prices. […] Casa Maruka Restaurant Palma
A memorable experience
For gorgeous waterfront views, there’s smart Mar de Nudos (choice of Japanese or Mediterranean cuisine), Ola del Mar (in Portixol) or Taronja Negre Mar. Have dinner al fresco on the classic-style terrace at Ikatza – the Basque-cuisine restaurant at the 5-star hotel Gran Melia Victoria – and you’ll have superb Mediterranean views, with a panorama stretching from the Cathedral to the area where the cruise ships dock.
Memorable views also accompany sushi and other delicious Japanese treats on the stylish 5-star Sant Francesc Hotel Singular’s rooftop terrace in the Old Town.
Mallorca’s stand-out Indian restaurant Basmati is in Palma’s Santa Catalina and offers authentic Indian cuisine in a romantic rose-petal-strewn setting. The friendly Bangladeshi owner/chef Shahin Awal creates a delicious daily changing tasting menu, including red wine and coffee. Much of the fresh produce he uses comes from his own vegetable garden. Nuru in Santa Catalina has a cool ambience and delicious photo-worthy food.
In Santa Catalina feel at home in the cosy family restaurant A Casa Mia, enjoying warm Italian hospitality and mama’s made-with-love cuisine; or dive into Duke for surfing vibes and international food. For some classic Gallic dishes with a twist, head to Le Bistro Bleu in Santa Catalina. Il Tano is a must for Italian food lovers. Both the original restaurant in Santa Catalina and a newer one in Palma Nova, are casual and authentic, family friendly with a welcoming atmosphere that stays true to the Italian spirit, including the much loved red and white chequered tablecloths. Vandal is a contemporary restaurant with an international vibe featuring a menu that touches on culinary flavours from around the world, and the large restaurant has a lively atmosphere with a stylish, dark interior décor and a friendly wait staff.
La Perla de La Habana, is a warm and welcoming restaurant in Santa Catalina, with a cool, casual style, serving authentic Cuban Food.
It’s not every day you can eat in a former Mallorcan palace that dates from the 13th century. At Can Cera Gastro Bar, located in the Can Cera boutique hotel in Palma’s old town, you can enjoy chef Tina Bestard’s contemporary-Mediterranean cuisine while sitting under the arches in the beautiful, old stone patio.
On the outskirts of Palma, A Popa at the Hotel Nixe offers dreamy Mediterranean views… and great fish.
This restaurant in the waterfront boulevard of bars and restaurants is known as the extension to the golden mile, at the end of Borne. Book NOW!
[…] Mar de Nudos Restaurant in Palma
Representing the best of Portixol, Ola del Mar Restaurant, directly on the waterfront, specialises in first-class seafood paired with exemplary service. […] Lunch at Ola del Mar Restaurant
Sample the magic of Mallorcan chef Tomeu Caldentey, whose Taronja Negre Mar restaurant in Palma offers a fun dining experience to please all of the senses. […] Taronja Negre Mar – the Black Orange Restaurant
Perfectly grilled top-quality meats are a speciality of Palma’s Ikatza restaurant, where wonderful elevated views over the Med are a bonus.
[…] Ikatza Restaurant
Enjoy spectacular by-night views over Palma’s atmospheric Old Town, sushi, and drinks, on the rooftop terrace of the 5-star Sant Francesc Hotel Singular. […] Sushi Bar Rooftop Terrace at Sant Francesc Hotel
Daring food, creative cocktails, and a funky-stylish interior all make Vandal a fun dining experience. Located in Santa Catalina, go with friends or on a date. […] Vandal Restaurant Santa Catalina
Basmati Indian Restaurant in Santa Catalina in Palma has a romantic intimate feel serving authentic homemade food presented by the charming owner. […] Indian tasting menu at Basmati in Palma
Nuru restaurant is considered to be one of the best new eateries in Palma. Amazing flavours, freshest ingredients and warm, friendly service. […] Nuru Restaurant in Palma
A Casa Mia Restaurant in Santa Catalina in Palma is a family affair offering authentic Italian cuisine fused with a Mallorcan influence. It’s an entertaining place! […] A Casa Mia Restaurant Palma
Duke restaurant in Santa Catalina in Palma is surfers paradise with an informal relaxed vibe where you can enjoy great food and service. Highly recommended. […] Duke Restaurant in Palma
Gourmet Gallic cuisine in Palma? Le Bistro Blue, the cosy French restaurant in Santa Catalina satisfying those in search of winning French classics. […] Le Bistro Bleu Restaurant
When you want to eat close enough to the sea to hear the water lapping on the sands, head for this seasonal restaurant at Palma’s Nixe Palace Hotel. […] Dinner with the soundtrack of the sea at A Popa
Using only authentic Italian ingredients, Il Tano gives you a choice of 98 pizzas, exquisite pasta dishes, tasty platters and an excellent wine list. Find out more. […] Italian lunch at Il Tano in lively Santa Catalina
Get inspired by the colour and flavour of Cuba at La Perla de la Habana in Santa Catalina with its traditional, home cooked food, mojitos, and live music. […] Restaurante La Perla de La Habana
New & noteworthy
The Mercado Gastronómico San Juan, which opened this summer at S’Escorxador, brought a popular European eating-out market food concept to Mallorca – and it’s booming. When the 5-star Sant Francesc Hotel Singular opened in spring 2015, it revealed the excellent Quadrat restaurant – with well-priced creative cuisine.
Innovative chef Adrian Quetglas opened his eponymous restaurant on returning to the island after a decade in Russia; after making his mark on Moscow’s culinary scene, he’s doing the same here, with his one-Michelin-star Palma restaurant.
Nuru – in Santa Catalina – offers exciting contemporary fusion cuisine that consistently delights. Highly respected Mallorcan chef Tomeu Caldentey – whose Bou restaurant in the Llevant won its first Michelin star in 2004 – opened Taronja Negre Mar in the Club de Mar, with a new food-sharing concept (and spectacular nautical views).
Colombian cuisine is exciting and based on flavourful and exotic ingredients – some with names you probably don’t know. Taste the best cuisine of this South American country at Millo, opened in December 2016 in Santa Catalina.
Opened in the Summer of 2015 this restaurant within the award-winning 5-star Sant Francesc Hotel Singular has a tranquil garden in Palma’s Old Town. […] Quadrat Restaurant at Hotel Sant Francesc
Great-value tasting menus and innovative cuisine for lunch and dinner at the one-Michelin-starred restaurant Adrián Quetglas in Palma. […] Adrian Quetglas Restaurant in Palma
Lunch for less than 20€
Outside the main areas of visitor interest are two great-value places – both a magnet for local business people. Basic Restaurant may be tucked away in a side street but the suited-and-booted brigade throng there for the great three-course lunch (less than 14€).
On Palma’s inner ring road La Mémé has a surprisingly stylish décor, smartly uniformed waiting staff, and a lunch menu at a similar price to Basic’s.
In the city centre, high-profile local chef Andreu Genestra’s restaurant Aromata offers a ‘menú del día’ (including a drink) for around 16€. Japanese/Med fusion is on the menu at Arume.
A relatively new restaurant in Palma, La Mémé is very stylish offering excellent food at amazing value. Highly recommended. […] Restaurant La Mémé Palma
Arume Sushi Bar in Palma Mallorca is a Japanese-Mediterranean restaurant. […] Arume Sushi Bar and Restaurant
This Swedish-owned restaurant is in the hotspot eating-out district of La Lonja and is one of three there under the same ownership. Smart, stylish, and with several eating areas, Chez Camille is best known for succulent meats – cooked on a Monolith Kamado grill, oysters, and choice of champagnes and cavas.
Chez Camille is a master at slow-cooked, flavoursome meats. Every Thursday, order a succulent hamburger and you’ll receive a free beer. […] Chez Camille Restaurant & Bar
It’s worth the short walk from the city centre and across the Avenidas to try this place, blessed with a courtyard garden oasis behind it. Mediterranean market cuisine is on the menu, with a great-value set lunch and dish of the day. Claxon’s Dinner served from Thursday to Saturday nights only.
Claxon Restaurant in Palma is a cool, fun place run by three enthusiastic guys who are passionate about the food they serve! Highly recommeded. […] Claxon Restaurant in Palma
An elegant high-ceilinged building with traditional architectural features is home to chef/owner Emilio Castrejón’s ‘fine fusion’ cuisine from Emilio Innobar. He developed his unique culinary style – and particular knife skills – working in the USA, Germany, and Japan; he uses the freshest high-quality ingredients to create memorable and visually-appealing dishes – many of them uncooked.
If you enjoy creative Mediterranean cuisine, tapas, and cocktails – and the prospect of eating in one of La Lonja’s most interesting 14th-century buildings – book ahead to eat here, in Forn de Sant Joan. The Baqués brothers run a slick operation at their family-owned cocktail bar and restaurant, which has three distinct and intimate dining spaces.
Named after its Italian owner and a short stroll from the main shopping area, Sandro offers ‘la dolce vita’ on a plate. The good-value three-course lunch will impress and the classics of ‘cucina italiana’ feature on the à la carte menu. Connoisseurs of Italian fine wines will be happy …
This cosy contemporary-style Italian restaurant offers one of La Lonja’s more sophisticated dining experiences. Highly recommended, Ribello‘s cuisine includes an acclaimed lasagne, classic ‘vitello tonnato’ – and a pizza that could spoil you for any other. The owner’s warm hospitality, friendly attentive staff, and the smart décor add to the dining pleasure.
Italian restaurant Ribello in the tourist area of La Lonja in Palma offers delicious food, sophisticated ambience, an elegant venue and delightful staff. […] Stylish Italian Restaurant in La Lonja
The best ‘menús del día’ in Palma
- La Mémé
- La Taperia
- Made in China
- Mari-lin Cafe
- Rialto Living
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