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.
The traditional Casa Maruka offers Mallorcan cuisine with an added dash of finesse.
Michelin-star chef Andreu Genestra’s second restaurant is in Palma, offering affordable cuisine that delivers the essence of Mallorca.
[…] Aromata Restaurant in Palma
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) 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.
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.
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
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
Basque cuisine and captivating panoramic views of Palma’s sweeping waterfront await you at this elegant 5-star hotel restaurant, open for dinner only. […] Dinner at Ikatza Restaurant
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, considered to be one of the best new eateries in Palma. Amazing flavours, freshest ingredient, and warm, friendly service…. means this is an excellent choice. […] 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
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.
If you’ve never been to Copenhagen for the country’s renowned cuisine, enjoy it here in Palma: Wilson’s Nordic Bar & Kitchen opened in spring 2017, bringing exciting delicious Nordic cuisine and new standards of hospitality to the heart of the city.
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
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
In 2004 chef/patron Tomeu Caldentey became the island’s first Mallorcan chef to gain a Michelin star. Here we review his restaurant’s Bou Concept menu. […] Restaurant Bou, Sa Coma
Discover new taste sensations in the colourful and exotic ‘cocina mestiza’ of Colombia – at this welcoming restaurant in Palma’s Santa Catalina. […] Millo Restaurant Santa Catalina
You don’t have to visit Copenhagen for memorable Nordic cuisine: Michael Wilson is raising the bar for eating out in Palma at his Nordic Bar & Kitchen. […] Wilson’s Nordic Bar & Kitchen
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.
Basic Restaurant in the heart of Palma offers high quality gastronomy, created from fresh produce by a top chef, at amazing prices. Very popular with locals. […] Basic Restaurant
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.
Emilio Castrejón creates amazingly innovative cuisine with the highest-quality ingredients; book well ahead to eat at this popular restaurant. […] Emilio Innobar Restaurant
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.
Forn is the ideal restaurant in Palma for a business or informal lunch, an unforgettable evening with your partner or to celebrate a special occasion. […] Forn de Sant Joan Restaurant
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 …
Warm Italian hospitality and probably the best authentic Italian cuisine in Palma await diners at Sandro Putignano’s delightful restaurant. […] Sandro Restaurante
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. […] Ribello Restaurant in La Lonja
The best ‘menús del día’ in Palma
- La Mémé
- La Taperia
- Made in China
- Mari-lin Cafe
- Rialto Living
- The Kitchen
More about the Best Restaurants in Palma de Mallorca
Your guide to the best restaurants in Palma for 2017, including new openings, a Michelin-starred restaurant, and a variety of cuisines. […] Best Restaurants in Palma
More about the Best Restaurants in Mallorca
The guide to abcMallorca’s recommended restaurants for 2016 in each area of the island. Sea front, city, or countryside… Bon profit! […] Best Restaurants on Mallorca 2017
More about Palma de Mallorca
The capital of Mallorca and the Balearic Islands, Palma is the pearl of the Mediterranean. Discover why it’s been named the world’s best city to live in. […] Palma
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