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Trobar, Cala Ratjada

On a beautiful sunny day at a resort or port in Mallorca, it’s tempting to choose an eatery overlooking the Mediterranean. But at Trobar – a short walk back from the harbour in Cala Ratjada – you’ll barely notice the lack of a sea view.

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Trobar

Avinguda Cala Agulla, 18

07590 Es Pelats (Cala Ratjada)

+34 697 287 956

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Opening hours:
Thursdays & Fridays 19 – 01 h
Saturdays & Sundays 13 – 16 h & 19 h – 24 h

La Mallorquina, Colònia de Sant Jordi

It’s always a good day when you discover an eatery that surpasses all your expectations. That’s what happened when we met up with a dear friend for lunch at one of his local eateries, La Mallorquina, open all year in Colònia de Sant Jordi.

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La Mallorquina

C/ Gabriel Roca, 26

07638 Colònia de Sant Jordi

(+34) 971 656 704

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Opening hours:
Monday - Wednesday 9 - 17 h
Thursday CLOSED
Friday & Saturday 9 - 23 h
Sunday 9 - 19 h

Restaurante mÁxime, S’Horta

You don’t have to be a golfer to eat at Restaurante mÁxime, located on the upper floor of the Vall d’Or golf clubhouse. This smart restaurant is open to all – 365 days a year. It’s a good place to know about in the off-season when many restaurants outside Palma are either closed or open only on certain days of the week.

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Restaurante SaMo by Sascha, Sant Llorenç

The German chef/patron, Sascha, closed his Artà restaurant L’Atrio in November 2021. The following summer, he opened Restaurante SaMo in Sant Llorenç near Manacor, serving ‘soul food’.

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Restaurante SaMo

C/ Major 20

07530 Sant Llorenç

+34 637 826 743


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Open for dinner, Wednesdays to Sundays, 18:30 h - 23:00 h

Estragon La Plaça, Felanitx

The name and sign over the door of this restaurant in Felanitx may be familiar, but everything else has changed since I first visited in 2004. Today, Estragon has a smart, contemporary interior and has been in the hands of new owners since the beginning of November.

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Estragon La Plaça

Plaça Peralada, 14

07200 Felanitx

(+34) 601 996 930

Opening times:
Open from 18 h - 23 h (closed Tuesdays & Wednesdays)

Barefoot Restaurant, Portocolom

The word ‘barefoot’ conjures up memories of summer in Mallorca but is also a metaphor for a lifestyle that’s relaxed and closer to nature. ‘Barefoot’ seems an appropriate name for a restaurant that has the bonus of being in one of the island’s most picturesque coastal locations.

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Barefoot Restaurant

Rda Miquel Massutí Alzamora, 19

07670 Portocolom

(+34) 871 62 02 25

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Open daily for dinner 18 h - 23 h

Tomeu Caldentey Cuiner, Sa Coma

The resort of Sa Coma on Mallorca’s east coast appears almost deserted after the holiday season has ended, and the shutters are down at most businesses for the winter. But on Sunday lunchtime, we were in a line of several cars pulling into the free car park across the road from Tomeu Caldentey Cuiner.

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Tomeu Caldentey Cuiner

C/ Liles s/n

07560 Sa Coma

(+34) 971 569 663

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Opening times:
Friday, dinner only, two sittings: 19:00 h & 21:30 h
Saturday, lunch: 13:30 h, dinner 19:00 h & 21:30 h
Sunday, lunch only: 13:30 h

Port Verd del Mar, Port Verd (Son Servera)

The first of the late-summer storms has already visited Mallorca, but we can look forward to several more weeks of eating out by the Med, accompanied by the sounds of the sea and the scent of briny air. Perhaps at Port Verd del Mar – in the quieter area between Cala Bona and Costa de los Pinos?

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Restaurante 5’S Sant Llorenç

Creative cuisine is found in the most surprising places in Mallorca. Until May this year, I’d barely noticed the signpost to Son Penya Petit Hotel on the Ma15 roundabout near Sant Llorenç. In May, I had dinner there for the first time and when I heard that the hotel was 20 years old, I realised how many opportunities I’d missed to eat there.

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RESTAURANTE PEPERONCINO Son Servera

2023, May 22nd | by Jan Edwards

If watching recent TV travel documentaries about Italy has made you long for a taste of ‘la dolce vita’, set your GPS for the town of Son Servera in the Llevant area of Mallorca. In the heart of the town, Restaurante Peperoncino offers tempting Italian cuisine and warm Italian hospitality that’ll transport you – at least in spirit – to ‘la bella Italia’.

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Port Petit Cala d’Or

2023, May 15th | by Jan Edwards

For a high-quality restaurant to survive in Mallorca for 35 years, it must be something special. The smart Port Petit in Cala d’Or is such a restaurant. Not only does it have a great location and gorgeous views over the marina from its dining room and terrace, but also a well-deserved fine-dining reputation. It’s recommended in the Michelin Guide for 2023.

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Es Torrent de Son Carrió, Sant Llorenç

2023, May 8th | by Jan Edwards

A short drive from the east coast or the town of Sant Llorenç takes you to the small village of Son Carrió, where innovative cuisine features on this restaurant’s monthly changing tasting menu.

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Restaurante mÁxime, S’Horta

Soak up the panoramic golf-greens-and-Med view from the terrace of this restaurant near Portocolom

2020, Mar 9th

You don’t have to be a Vall d’Or Golf Club member to visit the clubhouse upper-floor Restaurante mÁxime. This restaurant is independently owned-and-run by chef/patron Máxime Deymier, whose international culinary career has influenced his cuisine. He’s worked in London, Paris, San Sebastian, and St Martin, but settled some years ago back on Mallorca – where he’d been born to a Canadian mother and French father.

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Osteria Dolores, Porto Cristo

2020, Feb 24th | by Jan Edwards

This new trattoria in Porto Cristo serves home-made pastas and pizzas and it’s one of the port’s few restaurants open daily throughout the year.

Porto Cristo has a new place to eat out and, unlike most eateries in the port, Osteria Dolores – which serves authentic Italian food – is open during the winter months.

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TOMEU CALDENTEY CUINER, Sant Llorenç

2020, Jan 20th | by Jan Edwards

Take a ringside seat for Mallorcan chef Tomeu Caldentey’s culinary action and enjoy a gastronomic experience right there in his kitchen.

Watching a chef at work has always fascinated me, which is one of the reasons I enjoy eating at Tomeu Caldentey Cuiner in Sa Coma. Here, you sit at one of the gleaming counters that border a modern, well-equipped kitchen. It’s your ringside seat for the culinary action of Mallorcan chef Tomeu Caldentey.

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HPC Restaurante, Portocolom

2020, Jan 13th | by Jan Edwards

This popular Mediterranean restaurant faces Portocolom’s picturesque harbour and is open all day and throughout the year.

Whatever the time of year, Portocolom is always worth a visit. Although the port never really feels crowded, on a sunny winter’s day there’s a tranquillity here that’s like a balm for the soul.

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Sa Llotja, Cala d’Or

2019, Dec 16th | by Jan Edwards

With views over the marina, this sister restaurant to Sa Llotja in Portocolom offers the promise of delicious cuisine, friendly service, and a stylish décor.

I’m always excited when I find a good restaurant by the sea that’s open in the winter – especially on one of those calm days when the sun shines from a clear blue sky.

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Cassai Beach House, Colonia de Sant Jordi

2019, Sep 16th

Stylish and situated right by the sea, Cassai Beach House is a relaxed place to enjoy tasty modern Mediterranean cuisine…

If you like to seize any opportunity to eat by the Mediterranean as summer slips into autumn, Cassai Beach House in Colònia de Sant Jordi is worth a visit. There’s an attractive nautical décor at this beachfront eatery at Cala Galiota. Three distinct dining areas are on different levels: the decked terrace is the lowest and closest to the beach.

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La Pérgola, Colonia de Sant Jordi

2019, Sep 2nd

Wine enthusiasts will appreciate the remarkable choice at this Colonia de Sant Jordi restaurant…

A family-run hotel in a Mallorcan resort may seem an unlikely place to find a restaurant with a cellar of 400 different Mallorcan and Spanish wines, but it’s the reason that Hotel El Coto in Colonia de Sant Jordi is known as ‘the wine hotel’.

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Sa Llotja, Portocolom

2019, Aug 26th

Restaurant with memorable views, delicious cuisine, and affordable set menus – at lunch and dinner times.

Portocolom has plenty of eateries facing the picturesque harbour, but my favourite of them all is set apart from the others and may easily be missed because it’s above street level.

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Bistro Senzill, Capdepera

2019, Aug 19th

Chef Andreu Genestra serves dishes based on local produce in a rural setting near Capdepera.

Mallorcan chef Andreu Genestra has two restaurants at the Hotel Predi Son Jaumell, in the countryside outside the northeast-Mallorcan town of Capdepera. The restaurant in his name has one Michelin star but, if your budget won’t stretch to Michelin-star dining, his Bistro Senzill at the same hotel offers an opportunity to eat Andreu’s cuisine at a more accessible price, in a less formal ambience.

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Cova Negra, Capdepera

2019, Aug 5th

Located in a former convent in the hilltop town of Capdepera, Cova Negra is chef Pablo Tamarit’s own restaurant – an exciting addition to the gastronomic offering of Mallorca’s northeast.

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Quince, Porto Cristo

A super-friendly and relaxed restaurant in Porto Cristo with fine views down over the marina, serving ‘soul food’. Be sure to book ahead for a table.

2019, July 8th

When Martín L. Segura bought the existing Quince Restaurante & Cantina in September 2015, his venture into restaurant ownership began. Today, the Argentinian owns four successful eateries in Porto Cristo and Porto Cristo Novo. Of them all, Quince is still our favourite, for its location, tasty international food, relaxed atmosphere, and super-friendly staff.

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VORO, Canyamel

A choice of two tasting menus of chef Álvaro Salazar’s signature cuisine make this fine-dining restaurant a reason to visit Canyamel.

2019, June 24th

When the smart restaurant VORO opened this year at the 5-star Park Hyatt Mallorca, in Mallorca’s northeast resort of Canyamel, there was no doubt that the cuisine would be exceptional. This fine-dining restaurant has a talented young team in the kitchen, led by chef Álvaro Salazar. He previously worked in Puerto Pollensa at Argos, which was still in its debut year when Michelin first awarded it a coveted star.

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Sa Punta, Son Servera

A popular Mediterranean restaurant on a promontory at Port Verd, near Cala Bona.

2019, June 3rd

If you knew Sa Punta a few years ago, you’ll find it’s changed quite a bit since then. Although still under the same ownership (a member of Rafa Nadal’s family), the restaurant was given a stylish new look in 2017 and positive changes were made to personnel and the menu. We visited after a few years’ absence and found a much-improved Sa Punta.

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Es Pati, Sant Llorenç

A cosy townhouse restaurant in the Llevant town of Sant Llorenç, offering a daily changing tasting menu.

2019, Apr 29th

A quirky painted sign of a sitting cat outside a residential-street townhouse in Sant Llorenç is your welcome to Es Pati, a cosy family-friendly restaurant that’s open only in the evenings and offers gourmet cuisine.

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L’Atrio by Sascha, Artà

Hotspot for steak fans in the North East

2019, Apr 8th

This restaurant is one of two in Artà owned by German chef Sascha – and a hotspot for steak fans.

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L’Atrio by Sascha

C/ de la Ciutat, 54

Artà

+34 971 15 29 27

www.nacreu.com

Opening hours:
Tuesday to Sunday
12:30 - 15:30 h & 18:30 - 22:30 h

TOMEU CALDENTEY CUINER, Sant Llorenç

A unique but affordable gourmet experience on Mallorca’s east coast

2019, Jan 7th

Tomeu Caldentey was the first Mallorcan chef to have his cuisine recognised with a Michelin star, which was awarded for 14 successive years. Last summer, Tomeu said goodbye to the star – releasing himself from its ‘golden shackles’ – and closed the doors of Bou restaurant in Sa Coma. He reopened the premises with a new simpler concept and name: Tomeu Caldentey Cuiner. Tomeu’s flavourful food – honest, seasonal, and based on top-quality local produce – is offered in an exclusive dining experience that’s affordable and therefore more accessible.

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