Best restaurants in Arenal
In Arenal, your palate can travel the world in 80 days – or hours, depending on how long you’re in town. Its collection of streets boast cuisine from Japan, Morocco, Greece, Italy, Mexico and England – and that’s only scratching the surface. Although, if local flavours are more your thing, you won’t go wrong with the traditional Mediterranean paellas and tapas steeped in garlic.
Local catches at Restaurante Bar Andaluz
The bustling Restaurante Bar Andaluz has traditional Spanish tapas at its finest. Plates of grilled octopus, garlic prawns and cod carpaccio are paired with wines straight from the owner’s wine cellar. But be advised, this is an incredibly popular spot with locals, so arrive early to get a table.
Shareable seafood at Casa do Pulpo
Family-run Casa do Pulpo’s menu has a whole lot of seafood, featuring sharing platters heaving with prawns, oysters and fresh veggies, plus meat-centric meals like T-bone steak. It’s a bit off the beaten track, so you’ll find a much quieter dining experience here than at the places on the beach.
Everything but the kitchen sink at Restaurante del Sol
You name it, Restaurante del Sol has it. This two-storey restaurant boasts a menu with worldly cuisine, serving up everything from sushi to spaghetti bolognese, tapas to pizza. And they do them all remarkably well. Whatever you choose, it’s best enjoyed from one of their comfy sofas or out on the upstairs balcony.
Juicy kebabs at El Bistro
Full-sized pizzas are just €6 at this popular restaurant. Combine this with the stunning views on El Bistro’s sea-facing outdoor terrace and you can have a fantastic meal at a very reasonable price. Also on the menu are kebabs freshly carved from a spit, plus lasagne and rump steak.
Grilled fajitas at Tex Mex Restaurant
Tex Mex is the sister-restaurant to the popular El Bistro – this one, however, is inspired by Mexican cuisine. The restaurant features cheesy nachos, grilled fajitas, steak and chips as well as racks of ribs. Insider tip – if you get there before six o’clock, meal prices are significantly cheaper.
Home town pride at Liverpool Bar
England arrives on the shores of Majorca in the form of this popular ex-pat bar-restaurant. Here you can enjoy your favourite back-home bites like a full English breakfast with a hot cup of tea. They have a great selection of beers and ciders on tap too. And, as you might have guessed, the decor here is a giant, red homage to Liverpool FC, and you can watch all of the major matches on TV.
Meals and mojitos at Fresh
With a name like Fresh, you’d expect everything here to be freshly made from local produce – and it is. The menu here features pasta, seafood, hamburgers and tortillas filled with veggies and ham, among many other things. Fresh is located just along the waterfront, so its outdoor terrace is a great place to grab one of their impeccable mojitos and watch the world glide by.
Sky high burgers at Ristorante Pizzeria Coyote
As the name suggests, this bar-restaurant features freshly made pizzas plus pastas and lasagne. But it’s the burgers that steal the show, piled high with toppings and fresh buns. There’s also a pulled pork variation that’s equally delicious.
Pizza pies at Double Dutch
Double Dutch specialises in sunset-coloured cocktails and a good night out, but also serves pasta and pizzas that are big enough to share. The atmosphere here is always upbeat, with a great range of music and visitors dancing on the bar. Don’t forget to leave your mark on the blackboard ceiling covered in scribbles.
Tagines and mint tea at Mamita Marrakech
The gorgeous decor in this restaurant will transport you all the way to Morocco and keep you there with authentic, Moroccan flavours. You’ll have your pick with fresh, veggie-centric starters like orange, cinnamon and bean salad, plus traditional chicken tagines for mains. To round things off, you can indulge in a pot of piping hot mint tea and delectable pastries filled with honey and cream.