A guide to the best restaurants in Pollensa
Pollensa’s wide offering of restaurants and cafes includes many that are located in the main square and towards the famous Calvari steps. Several provide great people-watching opportunities and the buildings themselves are often old and atmospheric. As well as Spanish and Majorcan flavours, with plenty of tapas, the town has a particularly good choice of Italian eateries, as well as some French influences. You can also pick up delicious pastries and coffees at the Pollensa’s cafes and delicatessens.
Scotch delight at La Font del Gall
Just off the main square, you can expect a warm welcome at this homely restaurant serving Scottish-Majorcan fusion food. Run by a Scottish family, delights include smoked salmon with a spring onion pancake as well as perfectly-cooked steaks, delicious fish paella or a bit of haggis. Book ahead as it gets busy.
Grand French restaurant and patisserie at Il Giardino
This popular French-Italian restaurant in Placa Major in the heart of Pollensa is set in a grand limestone building with impressive arches and beamed ceilings inside. Their selection of pasta, meat and fish dishes is all freshly prepared. The restaurant has the added benefit of a patisserie and chocolate shop next door where you can buy French and Majorcan pastries and eat them at the restaurant.
Well-priced gourmet at Clivia
Clivia has earned its Michelin Guide recommendation due to meticulous table service and use of quality produce to create traditional cuisine. At around €30 per head for two courses it’s also reasonably priced. You can dine in the elegant and minimal dining room or on the terrace under its striking wood and glass light display.
French-Majorcan taverna at Celler el Moli
Celler el Moli is a cosy taverna on the edge of town near the Roman Bridge, with a few seats outside. The French chef plates up traditional Majorcan dishes with some French delights so the menu of the day could include cod with peppers or snails. The prices are remarkably low at €12 for three courses, wine and water.
A tasting menu of tapas at Manzanas y Peras
At the base of the Calvari steps this tiny restaurant has a menu made for sharing. It is known for its well-priced and tasty tapas, which costs around €10 per person for lunch or €28 for a ‘tapas feast’. You can get a set menu of the chef’s selection or alternatively you can have platters of meats and cheese. Booking is advisable for dinner as the place is both popular and small.
Valley views and fine dining at Restaurante 3/65
Out of town at the Son Brull Hotel & Spa, the short taxi ride is worth it for the gourmet food at Restaurante 3/65. Their terrace gives spectacular views over the valley and the menu consists of classic Majorcan dishes, such as suckling pig, which are cooked to the highest standard. The prices are above average at €35 for a main course.
Oriental tastes at Casa Asiatica
A change from the European food found elsewhere in town, eastern delights can be sampled here including Japanese, Chinese and Thai. Inside, the ceiling is hanging with foliage and there’s outdoor seating between the old, tall buildings which adds atmosphere to your dining experience. The menu is extensive and you won’t leave hungry as portions are well-sized too.
Italian in the courtyard at Cantonet
Walk into this family-run Italian restaurant and you’ll be greeted by two smiling sisters. In the heart of the Old Town and with a beautiful courtyard garden they serve delicious homemade pasta, meat and fish with tasty sauces. The complimentary prosecco while choosing your meal is also a nice touch.
Tapas in the square at Cafe C'an Moixet
Sitting quietly in the corner of the main square, C’an Moixet might not be an obvious choice, but this unassuming restaurant has excellent tapas and is a lovely spot for watching the world go by. Tapas dishes are around €6 and they do good morning coffees and pastries.