The Balearic Island of Mallorca, renowned for its stunning coastline and clear light that inspired artists such as Joan Miró, is unsurprisingly one of Europe’s top holiday destinations. The enticing scenery and climate is complemented by an equally impressive culinary, where seafood features very prominently thanks to its island status. Try out these venues to get your best maritime fix of luscious lobster and mouth-watering mussels.
Located on Mallorca’s north coast, Bodega Can Ferra is one of the oldest restaurants in Puerto Pollensa (Port de Pollença), pleasantly situated on a side street near the bay with views of the port. It features a small, pared-down interior with nautical themed décor and is known for the friendliness of its staff and its hearty, home-cooked fare. Look out for specialities such as the mariner’s style mussels, the grilled sole and cuttlefish and the zarzuela, a Catalan fish stew, as well as the carefully chosen selection of house wines.
Reputed to serve the best value seafood in Palma, La Parada del Mar uses the unconventional concept of a fish market. Queue up and choose your meal from a selection of freshly caught fish and seafood on display in front of the restaurant. Your selection is then prepared and served immediately along with a drink of your choice in the dining room at the back. All fish and seafood are charged by weight, making this some of the best value dining in town as well as the freshest.
Tucked away down a Palma side-street near the Portitxol Harbour, Sa Roqueta is an authentic, unassuming restaurant offering up luscious maritime flavours which belie its small size and conservative appearance. The lobster is of special note and said to be the best in Palma, although be careful to ask for prices beforehand as seafood is sold by weight and a heavy lobster can lighten the wallet. The fare is known for freshness and simplicity rather than variety, so the best option is to bypass the menu and follow the staff’s advice. Best enjoyed with some traditional starters or side dishes such as the padron peppers.
A family-run business since it was founded as a fishermen’s guesthouse and eatery in 1871, Restaurant Miramar is a local landmark and one of Mallorca’s top venues for fish and seafood, with views over Alcúdia Bay to match. Meals can be taken in the elegant indoor dining room or enjoyed on the terrace facing a palm-fringed beach and harbor lit up by night. Highlights include the Mallorcan lobster stew, Arcade oysters and grilled Mallorcan red prawns.
Located directly above Palma’s fish market, Ca n’Eduardo offers up an exceptional range of produce straight from the sea. Founded in 1943, the restaurant has recently been renovated and features two large dining rooms, a private dining room and a terrace with panoramic views of the harbour and Palma’s cathedral. Stylish crowds congregate here in the evening and the people-watching is guaranteed to be as satisfying as the house specialities such as spiny lobster and Mallorcan style sea hake.
One of the top seafood venues in Mallorca’s northern port city, recently refurbished La Llonja has maintained its traditional charm, view of the harbour and nearby mountains and most importantly, quality fresh seafood. Built in the style of an old fish market with an arched ground floor dining area and Mallorcan shutters, it also features an elevated terrace overlooking the bay, an indoor dining room and a cantina by the fishing port for picking up a quick drink or snack.
Ponderosa Beach deserves a mention for its selection of seafood, served up in a laid-back beach atmosphere. With live music provided by DJs on weekends, a cocktail bar and a commitment to sourcing fresh local ingredients of the highest quality, this is a funky and modern Mallorcan dining experience not to be missed.