I have a confession to make: Spanish food never excited me as much as other kitchens from around the world. Thai or Mexican would make my mouth water at the thought in seconds, but Spanish? It just passed me by… until I went out to eat in Mallorca.
It was in Mallorca that I discovered the real magic of tapas and Spanish seafood. I savoured flavours I’d never tried before, and ingredients I didn’t get to enjoy often, so Mallorca was a real eye-opener.
Of course, the eight restaurants that transformed my taste when it comes to Spanish food must be pretty good, right? Absolutely, so add these eight restaurants to your Mallorca bucket list right now – your stomach will thank you for it! These views are entirely my own and none of these meals were sponsored or free.
1. Boat House on the marina of Palma de Mallorca
The first place I chose to eat was a boathouse near my hotel. As the name suggests, this restaurant is located by the marina and many glorious boats, so the views are as good as the food. At first I was a little disappointed by the limited selection on the menu, but the food and service were great. We recommend trying the tapas. Made up of mini hamburgers, mussels and a club sandwich, it’s a filling lunch that could work for dinner, too.
2. Gaudeix in the city centre of Palma de Mallorca
This is the venue to choose if you want a perfect tapas dinner in Palma. As with all excellent places to eat in Mallorca, this restaurant gets busy in peak season, so make a reservation if you can, especially if you’re in a bigger group. We were welcomed by very friendly server, who explained that the menu is written on the wall! The choice was very satisfactory and the food faultless. We ordered bread, tomato salad, Mallorcan cheese and prawns in garlic sauce, all of which we loved!
3. La Molienda in Santa Catalina, Palma de Mallorca
Finding a good breakfast spot poses a challenge here. We were in luck the day we decided give La Molienda a try! A hipster style cafe, the menu is entirely in Spanish, so go armed with a phrasebook or Google Translate. We used the latter to order our breakfast of peanut butter and jelly for my husband and an avocado and egg roll for me.
4. Restaurante Bar Andaluz in El Arenal
I found this tapas restaurant just 10 minutes from the beach. Often, restaurants right on the seafront can be overly touristy and charge a premium for their location, so we were happy to head a little further out. Again, we were in luck, because every table other than ours was already reserved. Let the waiters give you recommendations – we did, and tucked into little meatballs, mussels, Spanish omelette, Spanish miniature sausages and prawns. Delicious!
5. Ca’n Pelut in the marina, Mallorca
This Italian restaurant was conveniently located close to our hotel. We chose it at random one night and it turned out to be a good decision – we returned there two more times for delicious cheese pizza! Sometimes it can be nice to change things up with non-local food. We also tried their Spanish ham served with melon, which was a surprisingly good combination.
6. The 50’s Dinner at the marina, Palma de Mallorca
This was another restaurant located near to our hotel. We only ended up here because my American husband got tired of eating Spanish food every day, haha! Here, you’ll find typical American options to eat in Mallorca. Think eggs for breakfast, burgers, hot dogs and salads for lunch or dinner, not forgetting the milkshakes. We ordered a French omelette and Nutella pancakes for breakfast.
7. Ses Oliveres in Port de Soller
After exploring the wonderful Port de Soller, I decided this would be the perfect place to try an authentic Spanish meal – paella! A dish made from rice served with meat, seafood or vegetables, this dish is iconic of Spanish cuisine. We chose the meat and seafood paella with a shrimp appetiser for our meal. It was definitely an excellent choice. Everything was perfectly cooked and seasoned, plus the restaurant had very lovely decor. This place definitely needs to be on your list of places to eat in Mallorca.
8. Restaurant Miramar in Port de Alcudia
We ate here for our final dinner in Mallorca, so we wanted to go somewhere romantic and atmospheric. Port de Alcudia was a beautiful place, so I knew we’d find a restaurant to suit. The restaurant we chose was located near the water, so as well as great food you also get spectacular views. Eat here and you’ll enjoy paella, fish or seafood, with just a small selection of meat available. We both ordered salmon in white wine sauce with mussels and garlic bread. Needless to say, it was one of the best places to eat in Mallorca. We loved it!
Are you planning a trip to Mallorca? Find out where to stay and how to get around with this Mallorca handbook.