Imagine a plate of juicy ripe tomatoes covered in olive oil and coarse salt — each ingredient made within a 50 miles radius. Drooling yet? In Mallorca, it’s not only possible; it’s common. The cuisine here is island-grown more often than not, creating fresh and flavorful plates you’ll want to lick clean.
Mediterranean food is some of the world’s tastiest, not to mention healthiest. But Mallorcan or ‘Mallorquin’ food as it’s called locally is not strictly Mediterranean. Thanks to the thousands of years of invasions and settlers, other cultures, from Roman to Arab to Jewish, have influenced the island’s distinct cuisine.
You can find some of the island’s best food at our new Kimpton Aysla Mallorca’s, Saba Restaurant and Bar specializing in Spanish Asian fusion. If you’re looking to head off campus, our team can help you make reservations at some of the island’s top restaurants, from Michelin-starred meals to beloved tabernas.
1. Marc Fosh Restaurant
Mallorca has 10 Michelin stars, with Marc Fosh, the proud owner of one of them. Housed inside a former convent, this contemporary chic restaurant crafts gastronomic art using the highest quality ingredients from across the Balearic. Make a reservation for an award-winning lunch or dinner degustation menu.
2. Béns d’Avall
This family-owned restaurant has been in business since 1971, and there’s a few obvious reasons why. First off is its incredible terrace location perched above the Mediterranean. And the food here is second to none, using produce from their orchard and Mallorcan farmers to create beautiful area dishes. Béns d’Avall is a must-eat in Mallorca.
3. DINS Santi Taura
Steps from Palma de Mallorca’s famed cathedral is one of the island’s hottest restaurants. This Michelin-star eatery offers an eleven-course tasting menu served with a side of Mallorcan history. In addition, you can select options like stuffed snails Mallorcan style or a selection of Balearic cheeses. Sit at the bar to watch chef Santi Taura and his team work or in the dining room for a more intimate affair.
4. Ca’s Patró March
Situated next to the seaside, a seat at this rustic seafood restaurant is like winning the golden ticket. During peak season, book weeks in advance or try your luck by showing up to the restaurant extra early and putting your name in. You’ll be rewarded with fresh fish caught earlier that day, squid and clams cooked in garlic and incredible ocean views. FYI, this restaurant is cash-only.
5. Brut Restaurant
Twelve is the lucky number at this exclusive tasting experience. At Brut, they reserve just a dozen seats per night for their seasonal tasting menus. Inside a converted warehouse in a quaint, rural village, diners are centered around the kitchen where chefs explain each creative, sometimes experimental, course paired with their restaurant-made beer or kombucha.
This refurbished 19th-century manor is home to a lauded local restaurant and Galeria Horrach Moya, one of the island’s most renowned art galleries. The elegant ambiance and sumptuous decor make it the perfect spot for an evening of cocktails and tapas. Try the ceviche, grilled octopus and a variety of Mallorcan cocas, a type of flatbread.
7. Casa Maruka
Home-cooked traditional food is at the heart of this unpretentious Mallorcan go-to. For more than 30 years, the couple behind Casa Maruka has been perfecting a menu of popular Spanish and Balearic dishes like cannelloni, paellas and the restaurant’s signature apple pie. There’s also a chalkboard filled with specials depending on what comes to them fresh that day.
8. La Vieja de Jonay Hernandez
Quirky and cool come to mind at this trendy tapas restaurant. The menu here is an ode to the Canary Islands, Jonay Hernandez’s birthplace. The Spanish-style food is creative but not as creative as the dishes it’s served in. Shareable bites sit inside ceramic fish, bananas or the palm of a green hand, a nod to the superhero character and the restaurant’s signature dessert, the Incredible Hulk. Here, photogenic presentation is half the fun.