Planning a trip to Palma de Mallorca in Spain soon? That’s great! Prepared to be amazed by its superb beaches, unique Mediterranean vibe and, of course, incomparable gastronomy. If you’re a dedicated foodie, you might be wondering which are the best restaurants in Palma de Mallorca. In which case, let me tell you that you are in the right place!
Being an international hub for holidays, you’ll find all kinds of great places to eat in Palma de Mallorca. There are incredible local choices for tapas and paella, hipster hangouts for coffee and brunch, rooftop cocktail bars for sunset sipping, and Michelin-starred wonders in the high-end restaurants.
Below are 9 of my favourite places to add to your list for your culinary adventure around Palma de Mallorca!
NOTE: In peak season it’s necessary to book ahead for dinner as the popular places in the city get full up fast. Apart from that, happy eating!
Now, let’s find out about the 9 best restaurants in Palma de Mallorca:
1 - Bar Cabrera
Located in the district of Santa Catalina, Bar Cabrera specialises in the Mallorcan cuisine – more specifically their speciality called Pamboli. The concept is simple: slices of bread topped with local Spanish ingredients. Super delicious and so worth a visit! This is definitely one of the best restaurants in Palma de Mallorca (at least from what I tried) and it provides an incredibly local experience and great food for a relatively low cost.
2 - Adrian Quetglás
You’ll find this unique food place in all popular lists of the best restaurants in Palma de Mallorca – and with good reason! Adrián Quetglas is a Michelin-starred restaurant that gives you a fine dining experience without breaking the bank. You won’t often find this quality for this price, so if you’re a foodie, Adrian Quetglas is an obvious must-visit.
During lunch, they serve a five-course menu for 35€ and at dinner a seven-course for 55€. Pretty good for a Michelin-star restaurant, right? And so, so delicious!
3 - Bar España
This local bar is found in the centre of Palma de Mallorca and is among the most popular restaurants in town. The Spanish tapas (some of the best tapas in Palma btw!) combined with the smooth wines sourced from Mallorcan wineries make up the ultimate local meal!
4 - The Duke
© The Duke
Duke restaurant in Palma de Mallorca is known for its fun and vibrant atmosphere. The owners are passionate surfers and they designed a menu that blends the Asian, Mediterranean and South American lifestyle into their dishes. And let me just say this – they did so with great success!
5 - El Aquanauta
© El Aquanauta
El Aquanauta is one of the more popular restaurants in Palma, especially if you’re on a budget as they serve up amazing Mexican food for a great value. I’d recommend going for dinner and enjoying a cheeky margarita or two!
6 - Il Paradiso
With incredible views over the ocean from its dining terrace, the laid-back Italian restaurant Il Paradiso is the perfect place for date night! For a cheaper option, visit during lunchtime as they serve the most amazing Menu Del Dia. For 25€pp it includes a salad, main, dessert, wine, water and coffee.
Il Paradiso may come in a bit more expensive than other nearby options but the food is good and the view alone makes it completely worth it!
7 - La Molienda
La Molienda was my favourite brunch spot on the island. Their healthy, fresh menu made up of local, Mediterranean ingredients was the perfect way to start the day right. Make sure you try their amazing invention: the Nuttel-cino. Coffee served in a glass, lined with Nutella… need I say more?!
8 - Santina
Located in a visible, bright corner of Santa Catalina, Santina is one of the most popular options for brunch around Mallorca. Their international menu is made up of healthy favourites (smoothie bowls and avo toast) and also a couple of classic American treats (burgers and waffles). Simple and delicious, exactly as I like it!
9 - Santosha
In Yoga, the word Santosha is often referred to as “satisfaction” and Santosha sure lives up to its name! Locally sourced ingredients make up their drool-worthy dishes and their lovely, ready-to-help staff really make the space feel cosy and welcoming.
BONUS: Other notable restaurants in Palma de Mallorca
Now that I’ve shared with you my personal list of the best restaurants in Palma de Mallorca, let me add a few bonus places to check out while you’re here (especially good if you’re on your second, third or tenth visit):
- Fera – Fera is a contemporary restaurant close to Palma’s Old Town. Their menu is a fusion between Asian (Japanese) and Mediterranean dishes, all with a modern twist, created by their passionate chef. I recommend the tasting menu paired with your choice of wine. This is truly one of Palma’s most unique restaurants and I’m pretty sure it will be awarded a Michelin star soon!
- Marc Fosh – If you’re looking for the best restaurants in Palma de Mallorca where a renowned Michelin chef will cook for you, you just found it. I definitely recommend the tasting menu – Mediterranean ingredients, superb plating and lots of textures to play with. Menu Natural (their vegetarian menu) is an excellent, modern choice as well!
- Botànic – Really one of the top restaurants in Mallorca for healthy eating that isn’t actually tasteless! They use fresh, organic ingredients and everything is super delicious – and the price is accessible too!
- Dins – Located at El Llorenç hotel in the Old Town, this is the restaurant to go to for a contemporary chef’s table experience in Palma de Mallorca. Their menu is really unique and there’s room for only 16 people at once – needless to say that reservations are mandatory!
- Aromata – Incredibly delicious three-course menu for a really good price – what more can you wish for from such an elegant restaurant? Andreu Genestra is a Michelin-starred chef and the one behind their amazing menu. I recommend it for dinner, the atmosphere is so romantic!
- Café La Lonja – Located right in Plaça de la Lonja, this amazing restaurant is perfect for an affordable lunch paired with a glass of wine. They also have delicious Spanish tapas on their menu and, best of all, garrotines (stuffed baguettes – a must-try!).
- Forn de Sant Joan – a beautiful restaurant with three different areas, depending on your mood: a Red Room, a Crystal Room and a classic main room. The tapas here are a must, trust me!
BONUS: Must-try dishes in Mallorca, Spain
Palma de Mallorca is a foodie’s paradise! If it’s your first time in Mallorca, regardless if you’re visiting Palma de Mallorca or any other nearby village or resort, you MUST have a list of traditional dishes to try! Expect some yummy tapas, lots of seafood, Mediterranean flavours and fresh ingredients. Here’s my list of dishes to try while you’re checking out the restaurants in Mallorca:
I’m sure you’ve heard about this type of Spanish food before. Tapas are small plates with various snacks and they can include anything from sausages, oysters, olives, fries with different sauces, pan-fried Pimientos de Padron – and more. Going to a tapas bar in Palma is a must during your trip (and in any other place in Spain), so get ready for a table filled with goodies!
Cured sausage (similar to chorizo) in the form of a spread. You can add it over bread, eat it with slices of cheese, put it on top of pizza. Yum!
The Mallorcan take on the classic pizza. Really. It’s traditional, it’s healthy, it’s delicious and it’s usually made with fresh produce such as veggies and spices.
A type of spiral pastry made with pork lard instead of butter (read: it’s non-vegetarian), dusted with powdered sugar. Delicious food for breakfast, together with a cup of coffee.
The perfect dish to eat during summer – a salad made with fresh, juicy tomatoes, bell pepper, onions, salt. And lots of olive oil, of course! It may not be a modern dish, but it’s all you need on a hot summer day, trust me.
The Mallorcan version of empanadas, which are Spanish stuffed pastries. In the capital of Mallorca, they fill them with veggies and raisins – a unique mix!
This was my complete, subjective list of the best Palma restaurants! I have recommendations for all types of restaurants above in the capital of this Balearic island – fine dining, traditional Mallorcan cuisine, contemporary fusion food, affordable lunches and more. Plus, I’ve also given you my insider tips about which are the best dishes to try while you’re in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. In short, you have everything a foodie needs to know in the article above, no need to search anywhere else!
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