The beautiful island of Majorca (Mallorca) is more than a popular holiday destination among visitors from Germany, the UK, mainland Spain and beyond: it is also a true food paradise. With an abundance of dining hotspots and Michelin-starred restaurants serving up a fresh, delicious fare rich in flavours, the island is increasingly positioning itself on the global food scene.
The typical Majorcan cuisine is a blend of Mediterranean and Spanish food, with Roman and African influences. Often referred to as ‘peasant food’, the traditional cuisine is characterized by its simplicity and good taste. Olives, almonds, and garlic are commonly used local ingredients.
Some of the most well-known Majorcan dishes are Arròs Brut, a kind of rice soup with different types of meat and vegetables; Pa amb oli, a traditional snack consisting of bread, olive oil and tomatoes; and Ensaïmada, a sweet, spiral-shaped pastry.
Excellent restaurants are found all over the island, and many hotels in Majorca also offer first-class dining experiences. Here are some of the best on offer to satisfy all tastes and budgets.
Astir: a meat lover’s paradise
Astir is a gourmet restaurant located in one of the Iberostar Hotels of Majorca, the 5-star Iberostar Grand Hotel Portals Nous in Calvià. The restaurant offers a blend of traditional and contemporary Majorcan cuisine. It is also the only place in Majorca that serves El Capricho; a particularly tender and juicy meat from free-range, grass-fed oxen in Jiménez, mainland Spain. The meat has been aged for up to three months and is considered one of the best meats in the world.
Address: Calle Falconer, 19, Portals Nous, 07181 Calvià
Price range: €40–€100
La Parada del Mar: fresh seafood
Majorca’s location on the Mediterranean Sea makes it an ideal place to indulge in first-class seafood. La Parada del Mar is one of Majorca’s most highly ranked and popular fish and seafood restaurants. Guests pick their fresh catch of choice at the in-house fish market, and enjoy a drink while their food is cooked to perfection. The atmosphere is casual and straightforward.
Address: Avinguda de Joan Miró, 244, 07015 Palma
Price range: €12–€25
Forn de Sant Joan: tapas with an Asian twist
Trying the local tapas is an absolute must when visiting Majorca, and Forn de Sant Joan is one of the best places to sample a Spanish-style mezze. Tapas are typical hot or cold Spanish appetizer- or snack-sized dishes that are enjoyed in the company of a good beer or wine. Forn de Sant Joan is an up-scale, family-run restaurant in the historic centre of Palma that serves innovative tapas with a touch of Asia, for example fried squid with tiger’s milk and kumquat foam, and battered langoustines in peanut-tamarind sauce.
Address: Carrer de Sant Joan, 4, 07012 Palma
Price range: €50–€60
Bar Día: traditional tapas in a rustic atmosphere
If you prefer more traditional tapas in a cosy and lively atmosphere, Bar Día is exactly what you are looking for. This old-style bar has served authentic Spanish and Majorcan food, such as garlic prawns and meatballs in tomato sauce, to locals and visitors for more than 35 years. The portions are large and very affordable, so make sure you are hungry!
Address: Carrer dels Apuntadors, 18, 07012 Palma
Price range: €2–€14
Zaranda: world-class tasting menus
Zaranda is the only restaurant in Majorca with two stars in the prestigious Michelin Guide. Following their motto “To be universal, you also have to be local”, chef Fernando Arellano and his team have created three outstanding tasting menus with refined dishes that feature the gastronomic richness of the Balearic archipelago. Menus are served to the whole table with a selection of matching wines.
Address: Castell Son Claret, Carretera Capdella – Galilea, Km. 1,7, 28010 Es Capdellà
Price range: 130€–170€
Wine Industry: tasting local bottles
Wine lovers will feel at home at Wine Industry, a wine and tapas bar in Palma with over 120 wines by the bottle and many by the glass. To accompany the wine, much of which is locally produced, a food menu offers small bites, appetizers and plates for sharing. Wine Industry also arranges tasting events with specific themes, such as Majorcan wines.
Address: Carrer de Pou, 31, 07013 Palma
Price range: €2–€15
Ram Bar: trendy New York classics
Ram Bar is one of the trendiest restaurants in Majorca right now. Established in 2017, this eatery serves dishes inspired by the New York food scene in a stylish décor designed to perfection. The menu contains everything from burgers and steaks, to pasta, fish and salads, as well as a wide selection of mouth-watering desserts such as raspberry pavlova, and tartlet with pistachios and strawberries.
Address: La Rambla, 20, 07003 Palma
Price range: €10–€40
The Duke: balanced ad healthy fusion food
The Duke is a fusion restaurant that serves healthy food with Mediterranean, Asian and South American flavours. Aiming to provide an alternative approach to modern dining, the Duke focuses on the balance between food, service, ambiance and location. The food is prepared using produce sourced from local farmers, butchers, sustainable fishing areas and the finest bodegas.
Address: Carrer Soler, 36, 07013 Palma
Price range: €8–€19
L’Artista Pizzeria Napoletana: real Italian pizza
It may be a bit strange to ask for a typical Italian dish when in Spain, but the hankering for a good slice (or whole pie!) can strike at any time. Inspired by their love for food and the craftmanship required to make a really good pizza, the chefs behind L’Artista Pizzeria Napoletana serve Neapolitan-style pizza and other classic Italian dishes. They even offer a unique combination of pizza and pasta — perfect if you cannot choose (and are really, really hungry).
Address: Avinguda de Gabriel Roca, 34, 07014 Palma
Price range: €3–€22
Villa Vegana: a vegan culinary trip across the globe
Vegetarian and vegan travellers certainly need not go hungry in Majorca. Villa Vegana is one of the best vegan restaurants on the island, and situated in a protected nature reserve with fantastic views over the Tramuntana mountains. With Egyptian lentil soup, Scandinavian ‘fish patties’ and Tex Mex burgers on the menu, guests are taken on a culinary trip around the world. After their meal, visitors can stay for the night at one of the first 100% vegan hotels in Europe, and partake in cooking classes and seminars.
Address: Cami d´es Pedregar km 2.2, 07313 Selva