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 2018. The city named the best place to live in the world by ‘The Sunday Times’ has become a gourmet paradise.
Four distinct areas of Palma are hotspots for dining out: The historical Old-Town of Palma, 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.
Palma’s old-town is home to some of the top restaurants on the island and many award-winning chefs. It’s the perfect place to begin a gastronomic tour. […] Palma Restaurants – Old Town
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
The former fishing village Portixol is a very popular suburb of Palma. Trendy bars & restaurants make this an amazing area to live or visit. […] Portixol
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.
For a taste of the Canary Islands but with something a little different thrown in head down to La Vieja de Jonay Hernandez in the district of Gerreria which offers traditional Canarian cuisine served in a quirky yet delicious style.
A memorable experience
For gorgeous waterfront views, there’s smart Mar de Nudos (choice of Japanese or Mediterranean cuisine), Ola del Mar (in Portixol). 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.
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.
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
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.
Exquisite dishes prepared by Chef Bernabé Caravotta are married with delicious cocktails at this avant-garde restaurant in Santa Catalina. Book Now! […] Lunch at Vandal in trendy 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.
La Perla de La Habana, is a warm and welcoming restaurant in Santa Catalina, with a cool, casual style, serving authentic Cuban Food.
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
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.
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
The Mercado Gastronómico San Juan, at S’Escorxador, brought a popular European eating-out market food concept to Mallorca – and it’s booming.
Open every day, all year, the new San Juan Gastronomic Market at S’Escorxador in Palma de Mallorca is a must-visit for a variety of foodie experiences. […] San Juan Gastronomic Market Palma
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. 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.
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.
Near Es Baluard Museum, Saranna Cafe and Gastrobar has everything from sandwiches and salads to excellent, authentic main dishes with a South-American flair for a very reasonable price.
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 less than 20€.
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.
Fast gaining a new reputation for its meat dishes, this La Lonja restaurant is using the trendy super-efficient Monolith Kamado grill. Find out what we discovered when we dined there. Book Now! […] One of Palma’s best steak restaurants!
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.
Emilio creates unfussy but delicious food – mainly sashimi and fish dishes – from the best of ingredients, in the heart of Palma de Mallorca. […] Emilio Castrejón’s restaurant in old Palma
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.
Dining is on three distinct floors: the Celler, Cristal room (complete with chandeliers), and romantic top floor Red Room. Great for tapas too! […] Restaurant Forn de Sant Joan Palma
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.