Puerto Pollensa is one of the best destinations in north Mallorca for eating out with a reputation for both quality, value and a remarkable choice of cuisine. Diners are catered for with a wide range of restaurants from simple traditional family fare to superb menus featuring the very best in gastronomy. Mallorcan cuisine is both imaginative and traditional using its local produce especially port and olives and here in the north goat. The locally produced wines such as Mortitx and Can Vidalet are in many of the local eateries.
Founded in 1962 by the current owners’ grandparents, Celler La Parra continues to serve the very best in traditional wood-fired Mallorcan specialities using the freshest locally sourced seasonal produce. They serve excellent lamb as well as a very good paella and is well known for its excellent value house wine. It sells at only 5.5 euros a bottle and is very popular with everybody. With a high standard of customer service, Celler La Parra is a popular venue for both locals and tourists alike and some customers have been returning for over ten years.
Los Zarzales Mallorcan Restaurant is perfect if you’re looking for a typical taste of Mallorca, serving excellent wine from local vineyards including Mortitx, whose quality wines have a growing reputation within the UK. On Thursday evenings during peak season there is flamenco dancing in the courtyard and the service from Yolanda and her staff is always as good as the food.
The IRU is one of the oldest Mallorcan restaurants founded and run by the Escandell family since 1944. Located on the promenade and having been recently renovated its menu offers innovative cuisine combined with traditional dishes. The excellent food is served in a relaxed and stunning environment looking out to sea with exceptional service from Carlos and his team.If Italian tickles your taste buds why not try Osteria N15, a beautiful restaurant in the main square with exceptional service and fantastic food cooked by Italian chefs? Osteria N15 opened in 2013 with the sole intention of combining authentic Italian flavours with great service in a great location. The chefs Roberto and Stefano partnered by Dana have certainly delivered this. The sea bream in a lobster bisque is wonderful!
Just off the square is the restaurant Centric which is renowned for its quality food and is very popular with the English.
Around the harbour there are at least three quality dining establishments including the Real Club Nautic set in modern surroundings with its most popular dishes being lobster stew and paella.Popular with returning tourists, Stay Restaurant located on a jetty within the marina is open 365 days a year and serves a choice of menus from modern Mediterranean, to à la carte or tapas.Facing the harbour on the corner is the recently opened Norai Tapas Bar which is proving to be very popular with its excellent location and great value food. On selected nights it also has live music which creates a great atmosphere and customers return night after night.
On the edge of town situated on a small hill overlooking the Bay of Pollença, the Llenaire is a small luxury hotel on the edge of the Tramuntana mountain range, set in these tranquil surroundings the whole experience of wonderful food and great service leaves great memories.For a great vegetarian experience, try Bellaverde Vegan and Vegetarian Restaurant in Carrer de Les Monges where you can dine in a beautiful garden in the shadow and shelter of century old fig trees. The attention to detail by Svenja and her chefs and the quality of ecologically grown produce ensures not only a tasty and pleasant dining experience but also a very healthy one. The service here is something you never forget and many people have the Bellaverde as their favourite place in the port. On a hot sunny day sat in the shade of the trees drinking homemade lemonade and eating some exquisite food guarantees it will always be very popular.
To the north of the main square, there are many small cafes and bars where the locals take breakfast and socialise in the evenings. Additionally, tapas bars are common with one of the best being La Bodeguita which is part of the Tapas Route on Thursday evenings but very busy. In the evenings the Cafe d’eu Moll is good for Spanish football and has recently started to have live music on Friday evenings served with good snacks.
If it is watching sport then there are two Irish bars located just off the main square O’ Haras and Mulligans both showing Sky Sports and BT Sports inside and out. Australian Boulevard, a bar run as part of O’Haras, also shows Sky Sports thereby offering a choice of venues and fixtures. These two bars also have live music on selected evenings and are open until late in the evening during the busy season. O’Haras also has special event nights and can be very busy with cyclists.Satellite sports are also on view at the excellent locally owned and run Mombasa bar located on the sea front. Serving a selection of bottled beers including English real ales, Mombasa is located next to the Torre Playa Restaurant which is on the corner of La Gola Ornithological Centre.In the last year Puerto Pollensa has seen several new restaurants open and it has been a long wait but now an excellent Indian restaurant called the Himalaya opened serving really authentic food. On the main street a new Italian called the Portofino is great value and very busy at the weekends serving both Italian food and amazing pizzas from a wood fired oven.Recently there have been three new additions to the Port, all offering something different. No. 31 Restaurant which is an English restaurant run by Siobhan and Kevin, is in a lovely setting with an outside courtyard. It serves excellent steaks as well as offering a great carvery at the weekends during the tourist season.The Terrae offers a tasting menu as well as serving traditional local dishes using local ingredients. It is situated close to Liberty’s but you will need to book as most nights it is full. There is an excellent new bar called Tecun, with a great atmosphere, amazing service, live music and a DJ. The name of this highly recommended bar is Columbian, no surprise here as it is owned and run by Bibi who managed O’ Haras for many years. It is located in what used to be the Manduca opposite the Mar Calma Hotel and is open in the evenings after 6pm.Puerto Pollensa is without doubt a great place to eat out in Mallorca.