One of the benefits of holidaying on the beautiful Mediterranean island of Mallorca is the abundance of premium quality fresh fish and shellfish, cooked to perfection and served with a selection of wonderful, locally sourced, vegetables.
Many of the island’s restaurants specialise in sea food, particularly those on the coast and Puerto Pollensa and Port d’Alcudia contain some of the best. Dishes are many and varied; as an example, choose from Cap Roig (a type of scorpion fish), gilthead bream, Gallo (John Dory), monk fish paella, calamari, red prawns, mussels and clams to the more adventurous sea urchin with scallop ceviche or cuttlefish carbonara. High end fine dining restaurants and the increasing number of Michelin starred establishments on Mallorca will almost always have at least one excellent fish course to tempt the diner.
The busy and friendly Restaurant Ca’n Josep, located on the sea front of Puerto Pollensa, overlooking the bay, can be found at Carrer Olivera 1 and specialises in traditionally cooked Mallorcan and Mediterranean dishes. The seafood paella is particularly good and very popular with both tourists and locals alike.
This reasonably priced restaurant is open daily from 12.30pm to 4.00pm and from 6.30pm to 11.00pm and is well regarded for both its meat and fish courses. Ca’n Josep is wheelchair accessible, credit cards accepted and is closed on Thursdays.
Meaning ‘Sea Breeze’, the Restaurante Brisa Marina overlooking Puerto Pollensa’s Marina at Paseo Saralegui 64, is a specialist fish restaurant although meat options are also available for non pescatarians! Choose from perfectly grilled hake, sole, bream or whatever the catch of the day may be to generous portions of seafood paella or monkfish kebabs and tasty shell fish platters.
Again, this restaurant is patronised by both tourists and locals which is always a good indication as to the quality of food served. Closed on Wednesdays but otherwise open daily from 9.00am to 11.00pm.
Overlooking Puerto Alcudia’s yachting marina at Passeig Maritim 2, Restaurant Miramar is renowned for its fish dishes that dominate its comprehensive menu. Why not start with octopus galician style, shellfish croquettes, grilled razor clams or arcade oysters then move on to a main course of Mallorcan langoustine casserole, baked hake with spinach or sole ‘Miramar’?
The menu is excellent but some dishes are on the expensive side. Meat options are available and the Miramar is open daily from 1.00pm to 4.00pm and 7.00pm to 10.30pm. This restaurant is definitely worth a visit, booking is advisable.
Across the marina from La Llonja is Restaurante Stay located on the jetty at Moll Nou. This moderately priced restaurant has excellent reviews and serves a wide selection of fish, meat and vegetarian dishes.
Unsurprisingly it is well renowned for its quality fish and seafood courses. Stay is open throughout the year from 9.00am to 10.30pm daily.
The restaurant boasts six separate menus, Menu of the Day and a la carte which are served from midday until 4.00pm and from 7.30pm until 10.30pm; a breakfast menu is available from 9.00am to 11.30am, a tapas menu and snack menu are both available from midday until 7.00pm and finally an afternoon menu which is available from 4.00pm until 7.00pm.
These menus encompass a full range of fish dishes and soups including sea bream, John Dory, turbot, monk fish, hake, sea bass, sole, haddock, sardines, whitebait, fresh anchovies, salmon, tuna, octopus, squid, lobster, langoustines, prawns, mussels and cockles. If you can’t find something from that list to entice you then you are not a fish lover!
Bodega Can Ferra at Calle San Pedro 3, Puerto Pollensa is a good value, traditional Mallorcan style family run restaurant with an excellent selection of fish and seafood courses. A speciality of the house is the fish bouillabaisse or try the seafood paella (minimum of two people) which is served in very generous portion sizes.
Alternatively give Can Ferra 24 hours notice and order the Lobster stew. The restaurant is cosy and unpretentious and also serves a selection of meat and typical Mallorquin dishes. Open daily from 9.30am to midnight except Thursday when it opens at 5.30pm closing as normal at midnight.
The sea front in Puerto Alcudia is the location of Restaurante Las Sirenas at Passeig Maritim 22, a chic establishment which brands itself as a Parrilla and Grill. A Parrilla is a type of Argentinian BBQ so its not surprising that much of the menu is cooked in this way. In addition to shellfish and fresh fish Las Sirenas also serves meat, pizzas and tapas.
There is a good selection of fish with at least 5 different lobster dishes and a number of seafood paellas. The seafood platter for a minimum of two people is strongly recommended. Open daily from 9.30am until 1.00am it is also an ideal place to pop in for a cold beer and light snack whilst watching the world go by!
A popular seafront restaurant at Passeig Saralegui 46 in Puerto Pollensa, Los Faroles serves authentic Spanish cuisine but is better known and visited for its fresh fish and seafood dishes. The John Dory, sea bass, monkfish, catch of the day and locally caught prawns are recommended as well as its paellas.
This is a child friendly restaurant, ideally located opposite the marina where over 80% of diners who expressed an opinion rated Los Faroles as exceptional or very good. The restaurant is open daily from 9.00am until midnight, closed on Tuesdays.
Pipper’s Restaurant and Sushi Bar located on Puerto Alducia’s beachfront at Carretera d’Arta 1, has something for everyone! Tasty pizzas, pasta, club sandwiches, authentic local meat courses and typical tapas with vegan and vegetarian options, but probably better known for its well presented sushi and seafood platters.
This isn’t fine dining but the quality of the food is good and reasonably priced. The venue is popular with younger tourists and families and the location is ideal for getting out of the sun and sipping a cold beer! There are few sushi bars in the area so give this one a try. Open from 10.00am until 1.00am.