This Balearic island attracts tourists from all over the world for its bustling nightlife. But a short distance from the party scene are some of the most breathtaking, peaceful beaches of the Mediterranean. These restaurants are the best places for diners to admire the scenic coastline while sampling the island’s vibrant cuisine.
Es Fum is a must for those in search of chic fine dining. The stunning views of the Mediterranean create the perfect atmosphere for a romantic dinner. The scenery is matched, or possibly even outshone, by the presentation of the culinary masterpieces served at this Michelin star restaurant. The innovative Catalan chef, Rafael Sánchez, fuses international and Mallorcan cuisine and the result is a refreshing dining experience. The tasting menus showcase the fresh, local ingredients that the island has to offer.
Carretera Palma-Andratx 19, Costa d’en Blanes, Palma De Mallorca, Spain, +34 971 62 96 29
Es Faro, which takes its name from the lighthouse that towers over it, offers an unbeatable panoramic view of the Port de Sollèr. Its quiet, secluded location makes this restaurant the perfect place to relax and unwind with a glass of wine from their extensive selection. Unsurprisingly, considering its proximity to the port, the seafood is the star of the menu. Their commitment to serving freshly caught local fish allows patrons to savour the delights of the Mediterranean both in the views and on the plate.
Cap Gros de Moleta, Puerto de Sóller, Mallorca, Spain, +34 971 63 37 52
The Mallorcan clientele is a testament to the authenticity of Es Vergeret. Those who wish to dine among the locals should head to the countryside, where this restaurant is nestled. Its large terrace overlooks the cove of Tuent and is shaded by greenery, allowing patrons to enjoy the views while being shaded from the Spanish sun. The rustic vibes created by the location and the vegetation are matched by a rustic menu which showcases the local gastronomy. The seafood paella in particular, is worth the climb up from the beach.
Carretera Cala Tuent S/N, Escorca (Cala Tuent), Mallorca, Spain, +34 971 51 71 05
Restaurant, Italian, $$$
Il Paradiso is the place to go when you want a break from Spanish cuisine. Perched on a hill above the Cala Mayor, this restaurant lives up to its name. In summer, diners can admire the spectacular scenery from the terrace, and in winter, the ornate interior of the restaurant will transport them to Italy. Despite the elegant setting, friendly staff create a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. An extensive list of predominantly Spanish and Italian wines will keep you going throughout the night as you sample some of the best Italian food the island has to offer.
Joan Miro 243, Palma de Mallorca, Spain, +34 971 10 33 79
Béns d’Avall is a family-run restaurant that was born out of a desire to celebrate the landscape and the produce of this picturesque Balearic island. Innovative elaboration of traditional Mallorcan delicacies illustrates the family’s respect for local cuisine. Special prices for locals ensures an authentic atmosphere which enables tourists to experience a side of the island that is not often accessible to them. The attention to detail highlights the love that the creators of Béns d’Avall have for their island and the view of endless sea captures the hearts of diners in the same way.
Urb.Costa Deià. Ctra.Sóller-Deià, Soller, Mallorca, Spain, +34 971 63 23 81
Both the atmosphere and the menu at Es Passeig reflect Mallorca’s multicultural demographic. The German head chef blends Mediterranean flavors with staples from all over the world, such as Asia. The product of this experimentation is an exciting dining experience. The menus are extensive, with options that include high-quality food which caters for all tastes. To make the most of the variety of tasty dishes on offer, order from the tapas menu. Each item is a testament to the restaurant’s attention to detail.
Paseo De La Playa, 8, Passeig De La Platja, Port de Soller, Mallorca, Spain, +34 971 38 63 25
The location of Sa Llotja, overlooking the bustling harbor of Porto Colom, means this restaurant has a lively atmosphere, which makes it the perfect place to begin a night out. The minimalist interiors reflect the sophistication of the food. They change their sampler menu weekly and keep their specials list updated so you can never get tired of visiting. Their seafood is caught locally and a respect for the high-quality products on offer in Mallorca is maintained in evident in their dishes.
C/ Pescadores, s/n, Porto Colom, Felanitx, Mallorca, Spain, +34 971 82 51 65
La Gran Tortuga
La Gran Tortuga boasts panoramic views of the bay of Paguera and the Malgrats Islands, providing the ideal backdrop for the experimental dining experience on offer. Their menu is a fusion of tradition and innovation in which local ingredients are combined with originality. The seafood couldn’t be any fresher, given that you can choose your lobster from the restaurant’s tank. The wide selection of wines, stored in the restaurant’s own temperature-controlled wine cellar, makes an excellent accompaniment to the creative and varied menu.
Ctra. Cala Fornells, 37, Paguera, Mallorca, Spain, +34 971 68 60 23
Miramar opened in 1871 to cater for passing fishermen and since then has become one of the most iconic venues in the buzzing port of Alcudia. The restaurant has been passed down from generation to generation and the result of the family-centred ethos is a friendly and relaxed atmosphere as well as second-to-none hospitality. Try one of their renowned steaks and wash it down with a Mallorcan wine from their own cellar as you watch life pass by in the harbor.
Passeig Maritim, 2, Port d’Alcudia, Mallorca, Spain, +34 971 545 293
If you’re looking for a restaurant in which you can literally feel the sand between your toes then Ponderosa Beach is the one for you. The delicious cocktails and the bohemian vibes will send guests straight into holiday mode. Thanks to their eco-friendly ethos, the food is locally sourced and often organic. On the weekends during peak season, they bring the party to you with DJ sets. Famed for its first-class customer service, Ponderosa Beach entices you to stay on after your meal and enjoy the vibrant, youthful ambience.
Ses Casetes des Capellans, Playas de Muro, Mallorca, Spain, +34 971 18 41 18