Our mission at abcMallorca is to present you with a wide selection of the best restaurants in Palma. The restaurant landscape is constantly evolving and in the last few years it seems to have really exploded!
We have reviewed more than fifty top-quality restaurants in the city and, with great new eateries opening all the time, this number will certainly continue to grow.
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Palma eating-out districts
It is a challenge, but we make sure to personally try out every one of the top restaurants recommended here. We think this is what makes the abcMallorca restaurant selection unique: our first-hand local knowledge of the restaurant scene on Mallorca.
Restaurants in La Lonja
La Lonja is home to well-known tapas restaurant Forn de Sant Joan, while Italian Ribello has also built an excellent reputation over the years. Ritzi Palma – like its sister restaurant Ritzi Portals – serves authentic Italian cuisine in a sophisticated setting inside boutique property BO Hotel.
The trendy Purohotel Palma bar and restaurant is also inside a boutique hotel: Purohotel Palma. The very popular tapas bar La Boveda is always packed and Koa, from the same owners as Forn de Sant Joan, is one of the coolest in the area. La Taperia is German-owned and offers high-quality tapas in a homely Spanish setting. Just outside La Lonja, Ombu offers creative tapas, and Bruselas is a find for steak fans.
When the location scouts for the TV series ‘The Night Manager’ – filmed largely on Mallorca – needed a restaurant that could pass as a stylish Madrid establishment, they chose Sadrassana. The film crew probably also appreciated the excellent food here. One of the newest dining options to open in this neighbourhood is the Can Marques Restaurant, offering superb classic French cuisine in an 18th-century palazzo.
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Restaurants in Santa Catalina
The other main area in Palma for restaurants is Santa Catalina which is famous for its food market Mercat de Santa Catalina where you will find lot of interesting stalls selling fresh fruit, vegetables and fish as well as the more recent trend of eating at one of the restaurants within the market.
Interesting restaurants in Santa Catalina include the small family-run Italian restaurant A Casa Mia which opened in 2014, the Indian restaurant Basmati, and Peruvian-fusion Sumaq. Laid-back surfer’s paradise place Duke continues to be popular. For delicious street food, head for Naan Street Food or Amaya, while for a Parisian bistro-style menu inspired by fresh market produce, Smack Mallorca is an excellent option.
For an international culinary experience, try Vandal, whose chef takes inspiration from his Argentinian heritage as well as other cultures such as Peru and Russia. Nuru offers delectable Asian fusion made with seasonal and locally sourced ingredients. Sa Fulla is an intimate space with a bistro-inspired style mixing Mediterranean and Latin American flavours.
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Good restaurants for lunch in Palma
If you are in Palma during the day and fancy a nice lunch we recommend luxury lifestyle store Rialto Living where you can dine in their attractive restaurant-cafe. Enjoy chef, Tina Bestard’s contemporary cuisine within the patio of a 13th-century Mallorcan palace at Can Cera Gastro Bar in Palma’s old town.
The small innovative restaurant Canela is a favourite of ours for lunch, where you can enjoy lunch for a very good price in beautiful surroundings. On the same road, Carrer de Sant Jaume, and in the hotel of the same name is the Fabiola Gastronomic Garden, featuring a delectable sharing menu with fun garden-themed interiors.
For authentic Mallorcan cuisine Casa Maruka is a great choice for lunch or dinner. Beyond Palma’s outer ring-road is Xino’s, run by German chef Gerhard Schwaiger and offering a daily-changing three-course lunch. Also a little out of town, the marina-front Muelle 327 Gastrodock offers Mediterranean-Asian fusion cuisine in the swish Calanova port.
High-end restaurants in Palma
You’ll find something a little extra special at these fine-dining establishment, some sporting Michelin stars, others with Michelin-star chefs at the helm. Two one-star Michelin restaurants that can be found in central Palma include Marc Fosh (previously named Simply Fosh) and the eponymous Adrián Quetglas.
Michelin-star chef Andreu Genestra is having a lot of success with his city restaurant Aromata, while chef Genestra brings experimental quality cuisine to Bala Roja on the edge of old town. Emilio Innobar is another fabulous upscale dining experience, where the menu fuses various cuisines from around the world. For refined dining overlooking the Paseo Marítimo, head to the Bahía Mediterráneo with its top quality menu served in authentic 1930s surrounds.
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Fish restaurants in Palma
If you fancy fresh fish then Can Eduardo is one of the best, or check out Pesquero on the waterfront. Right in Portixol, you can find the sea view restaurant Ola del Mar, where you can enjoy local fish at its best. Head to Pura Louzao for seafood with a distinctly Galician leaning, with fish and shellfish freshly sourced daily.
A little bit further out of town is A Popa which is part of Nixe Palace Hotel. You can enjoy an amazing location overlooking the white sandy beach and palm trees while eating deliciously prepared fresh fish.
Great value for money restaurants
La Mémé, on the Avenidas, is a stylish eatery offering a great value menu and is a particularly popular restaurant with locals. The contemporary-style La Parada is close by in Plaza de España, housed in Palma’s original colonial-style railway station building on the Avenidas.
Tapas in Palma
When in Spain why not try tapas – the very trendy Tast Club is one of the most popular with well-to-do locals but it is difficult to get a table so reserve in advance. The Tast Group opened the stylish Ram Bar on La Rambla and is a must-visit place. The restaurant of Hotel Cort – opposite the town hall in the centre of the city – serves excellent tapas in a stylish interior (or al fresco on the front terrace).
Vegetarian restaurants in Palma
For vegetarians we recommend the well-known restaurant Bon Lloc (four-course menu del día), the first vegetarian restaurant in Palma and still up there with the best.
For Italian go to A Casa Mia or Ribello. If it is Japanese you are lusting after, favourites are Arume, or Daruma. The best Chinese restaurant on Mallorca – Made in China – offers excellent Peking duck.
Try De Tokio a Lima, within Can Alomar Luxury Boutique Hotel, for Japanese/Peruvian fusion cuisine, overlooking the smart Borne thoroughfare. At La Despensa del Baron, Argentinean chef, Matías Povvidenti applies his expertise in Asian, South American and Mediterranean cuisine to his signature dishes.
Restaurants by the sea
In a prime front-line position on the Bay of Palma can be found at Katagi Blau, boasting sea views and a luxury hotel location in Hotel Llaut Palace. The menu leans towards Asian fusion and the restaurant boasts out of the best sea-view rooftop terraces in the area.
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This collection of restaurants are not the most simple to find, but certainly worth seeking out. While centrally located, the understated Canela restaurant is easy to miss, but offers great food in an intimate setting. Tucked away nearby, on a side street just off busy Jaume III, Fera delights the senses with a superb menu of Asian-Mediterranean fusion.
Set in the Posada Terra Sant boutique hotel, La Despensa del Baron offers Mediterranean cuisine with South American and Asian influences. The M House Café Bistro can also be tricky to locate, but offers outstanding Modern Mediterranean cuisine in a secluded terrace in central Palma. Heading to the acclaimed Hotel Sant Francesc and you the choice of two hidden gastronomic gems, in the fine dining Quadrat and their rooftop Sushi Bar.
Clandestí aptly means ‘secret’ and there’s a hideaway feel to the Clandestí Taller Gastronòmic restaurant, which is owned and run by two talented young chefs and located in Palma’s Bon Aires neighbourhood.
When you want to escape the crowds and find a hidden-gem eatery, head for one of these recommended places located around the island. […] Best ‘hideaway’ restaurants on Mallorca
Market dining in Palma
There are various options for dining in a buzzy market atmosphere, either in an authentic Palma markets amongst the fresh produce or in market-style spaces lined with food stalls. Santa Catalina and the centrally-located Olivar markets are the former, with both offering excellent sushi options (with Santa Catalina highlights including Es Racó d’es Sushi and Arume sushi bar). The San Juan Gastronomic Market has almost 20 stands offering everything from Thai to freshly cooked seafood, while Mercat 1930 is a smaller version on the Paseo Marítimo, both can get lively late.
Not only does St. Catalina market offer everything from fresh fish to flowers, it’s a hotspot for weekend tapas. Read on for more info and opening times. […] Experience the food market at Santa Catalina
Spend a whole morning wandering around Mercat de l’Olivar, browsing, buying, and soaking up the atmosphere over a snack or drink. […] A Morning at the Market
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