Menorca’s 10 Local Restaurants And Tapas Bars To Try
A French-Spanish fusion restaurant, Pan y Vino serves food which takes inspiration from the local cuisine as well as that of the owners’ native France. Patrick and Noelia pride themselves on their artistically presented dishes with great attention to detail. The venue is set in a secluded location just outside the town of Sant Lluís. The interior and exterior of the restaurant both offer distinctly different but equally impressive dining areas for a smooth transition from season to season. In the winter keep warm and comfortable in the cosy old house, and in the summer dine alfresco on the terrace under the shade of a rustic pavilion. Patrick is constantly adding refreshing new twists to his menu, so you can visit time and time again.
Café Balear has gained such a reputable name on the island that it now has three premises, all serving the same high-quality seafood fresh from the Med. Café Balear’s unique feature is its own fishing boat, which catches the fish and shellfish daily to ensure maximum freshness and quality when it reaches the plate by dusk. This personal touch has led to Café Balear’s loyal customer base. The team’s signature catches are monkish and lobster for use in their celebrated casseroles.
Cafe Balear, Placa Sant Joan, Ciutadella de Menorca, Menorca, Spain, +34971 38 00 05
Steeped in history, Es Forn de Torre resides in a 300 year old building with a spacious and charming terrace that sits beneath two white-washed canopies. The romantic alfresco space is so striking it has helped the restaurant gain an exclusive status on the island. Working to maintain a high level of service is a dedicated team of professionals who pride themselves on their hospitality. We recommend anything off the grill including fish, meat and vegetables.
Mesón El Gallo
Literally translated as the ‘Cock Inn’, Mesón El Gallo’s charm lies in its endearing farmhouse setting and intimate vine-covered patios. The sprawling venue features terraces enclosed by white-washed walls as well as multiple indoor dining rooms. The 200-year-old house is full of character and in colder weather guests are invited to appreciate the charming interior architecture too and dine under the original vaulted ceiling. As the poultry-themed name suggests, Mesón El Gallo’s menu specializes in meat, which is usually charcoal grilled. Die-hard carnivores are spoilt for choice with, quail, pork, rabbit and veal to name just a few of the options on an exhaustive menu.
Restaurante Mesón El Gallo, Travessia Cala Galdana 5, Ferreries, + 34 971 37 30 39
Smoix is recognised by the Michelin Guide as one of the most outstanding restaurants on the island. Its pretty garden and courtyard make Smoix a popular romantic destination, in addition to the impeccably-presented gourmet fare. Neatly tucked away this place can take some finding although it is worth the effort. Smoix has a creative menu which conjures intrigue amongst customers who keep coming back for more. All produce is fresh and sourced from the local area on a daily basis and is therefore certain to please. One of Smoix’s signature dishes is a homemade hamburger wrapped in filo pastry.
For typical Menorcan fare and exquisite paella visit the traditional residence of Can Bep. Its ornate decoration and furnishings are a little out-dated but alluring all the same, and in fact totally unexpected considering the unassuming façade of the restaurant from the street. The traditional menu is rooted in home-cooked recipes which you can even access yourself online to imitate at home. The menu at Can Bep adheres to the life-prolonging Mediterranean diet of fish and vegetables, so do not book expecting a large selection of meat-based dishes.
Ses Voltes Espai Gastronòmic
A self-proclaimed gastronomy space, Ses Voltes sits in the heart of the old town behind the iconic arches of a narrow back street of the same name. Despite the archaic frontage, Ses Voltes is a modern venue accommodating customers for a casual coffee, meeting, family function or special occasion. Three floors of dining space include a terrace with an exceptional vantage point over the historical rooftops of the historical town. The minimalist interior at Ses Voltes is chic and pleasantly contradicts that of the authentic Menorcan façade.
Ses Voltes, Carrer Ses Voltes 16-22, Ciutadella de Menorca, +34 971 38 14 98