Now that you no longer need to pay the tunnel charge on your way from Palma to Sóller, the interest in the town and port is growing rapidly. The latest hotel to open is Bikini Island and Mountain Hotel overlooking the port featuring NENI restaurant – the first one to open in the Med with eight other Neni restaurants in German-speaking countries. It’s cool, it’s chic, and it’s the place to see and be seen in Port de Sóller – so check it out!
In 2012, Dubai’s five-star Jumeirah hotel group opened its first Southern European hotel… in Puerto Sóller. A decade before then, it would have been an unlikely location for a luxury hotel: the port resort was past its prime, with heavy summer traffic fumes and noise detracting from its natural charms.
But serious investment in the local infrastructure put it in great shape for the arrival of the prestigious international hotel brand and, today, Port de Sóller is fit for the most discerning 21st-century visitor. Typical tourist eateries have been joined by restaurants and cafes with more panache and culinary interest. There’s now something for all tastes and budgets.
The hilltop 5-star Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa has three restaurants: Cap Roig Brasserie (for Balearic fine dining with fabulous sunset views), Es Fanals by Javier Soriano and Sunset Lounge Bar. The hotel has commanding views over the port and open sea.
Es Fanals by Javier Soriano, the restaurant on the top floor of five-star Jumeirah Hotel & Spa is a spectacular choice for those in Sóller. Overlooking beautiful sea views, enjoy Mallorcan-inspired dishes using only the best ingredients. Try the five-course tasting menu which changes weekly – a true culinary experience.
Es Fanals by Javier Soriano delivers not only in it’s top-class Mediterranean menu but also in its stunning location, where the mountains meet the sea. […] Mallorcan culinary magic at Es Fanals by Javier Soriano
German-owned-and-run Sa Barca is a must-visit for its exceptional cuisine. Opened in 2014, Sa Barca has a contemporary dining room and large front terrace with glorious sea views. Be sure to reserve a table in the summer months!
Sunset dining at Sa Barca seafront restaurant in Port de Sóller is a real pleasure. This seaside favourite serves wonderfully fresh Mediterranean cuisine with a touch of Asian flavour. […] Sa Barca Restaurant
Seafront Randemar has been a landmark in the port for 20 years but has a smart new image and trendy young owners. Barbra Streisand and James Brolin dined here on their Mallorcan holiday! Seasonal Mediterranean cuisine is served, with a good choice of dishes for vegetarians.
At the far end of the port (follow the naval base signs), there’s a parking area near a gleaming contemporary metal tree sculpture. Nearby, among an eclectic mix of eating places housed in quaint buildings, is So Caprichos. Open all day, its attractive terrace is decked with flowed-filled planters and offers glorious mountain views. Specials here are their hot-stone-cooked meats and set lunch.
The traffic-free harbourside road (Es Traves) is a pleasant place to stroll. Shops, restaurants and cafes along the way offer Sóller’s own renowned ice cream, but the delicious home-made ice cream from Io Gelats Artesans – strategically sited opposite the tram terminus – is a must. Flavours include coffee and brandy, mascarpone and fig, and chocolate and blood orange.
The port’s style icon is Hotel Esplendido. This mid-50s classic re-opened in 2006 as one of Mallorca’s coolest seaside hotels, after a major refurbishment by its new proprietors. The “modern-vintage” interior is the design of the owners – the Swedish couple who also have Palma’s Portixol Hotel and recently redeveloped Palma Sport & Tennis Club – and includes original 1970s Scandinavian art. The slick, bright Bistro serves great food, indoors or on the sea-facing terrace – including a lunchtime menu del dia. We liked the menu footnote: “VAT and smile included”.
A privileged setting on the promenade overlooking the beach of Port de Sóller gives this trendy bistro restaurant an edge. […] Hotel Espléndido – A modern vintage seaside restaurant in Port de Sóller
In a quiet back street the restaurant Airecel, is within the Hotel Aimia, with indoor and garden tables. They serve coffee and cake, snacks (soups, omelettes, sandwiches and pizzas) and a la carte Mediterranean dishes.
At Platja d’en Repic, on the other side of the harbour, smart Es Passeig is on a stretch of beachfront eateries, where chef Marcel Battenberg (who’s worked at Dieter Mueller’s German three-Michelin-star restaurant) prepares fresh creative Mediterranean cuisine and a popular three-course set lunch.
For fresh, wonderfully different Mediterranean food – prepared by a chef who has worked in some of the best kitchens in Europe – try Restaurant Es Passeig. […] Restaurant Es Passeig
Platja d’en Repic’s best restaurant location is that of Agapanto, where the large terrace offers breathtaking views. Owner Ana Maria Sturm has created an attractive decor and warm, welcoming atmosphere in which to savour Mediterranean Mallorcan dishes. Their beach sunbeds are perfect for a post-lunch chill- out.
Away from the port, two charming rural hotels are great prospects: Ca’s Xorc is a 200-year-old finca nestling in the mountains, whose restaurant offers a weekly-changing lunchtime Mediterranean ‘Bistro Menu’ (including their special Paella Ca’s Xorc), a weekend lunch ‘Surprise Menu’, and evening a la carte and tasting menus.
Ca N’Ai is close to Soller, accessed from the Deia road. Dating from 1723, this exquisite finca has a romantic outdoor terrace with views across the countryside to the town. Dinner reservations (Mallorcan cuisine) are recommended, as priority is given to hotel residents (the perfect excuse to stay the night).
Breathe in the zesty scent of citrus trees in the grounds of finca hotel Ca N’Ai close to Sóller, and there’s no mistaking you’re in heartbreakingly pretty rural north Mallorca. […] Ca N’Ai Finca Hotel
For gastronomic ‘new Balearic cuisine’ (and a great tasting menu) with the bonus of stunning Deia bay views, there’s chef Benet Vicens’ renowned restaurant Bens d’Avall – follow the signs from the Soller-Deia road.
Restaurants in the town of Sóller
The best restaurant in the town of Sóller is Danish-owned Luna 36 in the main street of the town which was recently expanded to seat over 100 diners in the rustic townhouse.
Modern Mediterranean cuisine with a touch of Asia, based on local products, is on the menu at this welcoming restaurant in the centre of Sóller. […] Smiles and great food at Luna 36 Restaurant
In a street, just off this main square, you’ll find high-quality, authentic Spanish food and wine at Casa Alvaro.
In Sóller town, Salvia Hotel houses one of the best Mediterranean restaurants on the island but be sure to book in advance – with only 30 places this eatery fills up fast.
This hideaway restaurant in a 19th-century Sóller mansion offers German chef Martin Winkler’s delicious, healthy and visually appealing cuisine. […] A highly rated gourmet treat at Sóller’s Salvia
Boutique hotel L’Avenida is housed in a retro-chic-styled Modernist mansion, built by one of Gaudi’s pupils. Their restaurant serves lunch only, alfresco in the summer. At Sa Tafona – the restaurant at Ca’l Bisbe Hotel (a former bishop’s residence) – dine indoors or on the tranquil terrace. The cuisine is based on traditional Mallorcan dishes. Overlooking Placa Constitucio is Toni Oliver’s La Vila hotel and cafe-restaurant, occupying a historic Modernismo mansion.
Ca’n Blau is the à la carte restaurant of the five-star but comfortably relaxed Gran Hotel Soller – a distinguished small palace built in 1880 as a private residence, later part-converted into a leather factory (which produced many of the boots worn by soldiers in the First World War). The restaurant offers Mediterranean fusion cuisine and excellent choice of wines. They offer both set lunch and dinner menus at reasonable prices.
If you love good food in great locations, there’s a fine choice of restaurants in Sóller and Port de Sóller to visit on Mallorca.
NOTE: Many of these restaurants are seasonal, and we recommend checking that they are open before visiting in the late autumn/winter months.
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