2. Eat like a King in Fornells
Experience a typical ‘Caldereta’ (traditional fish stew made with either Menorcan spiny lobsters of shellfish) which originated in quaint fishing port of Fornells and made famous by the King of Spain. He is said to enjoy this tasty dish at the Restaurant Es Pla right on the water’s edge and if it’s good enough for him, then it’s good enough for anyone. Menorca-Live recommends the Restaurant El Pescador where you still get great views of the palm tree lined harbour, but the prices are better and the menu also includes a wide choice of fish and meat as well as a very well priced Menu del Dia (not available in high season).
3. Dramatic sea views at Mesquida
What better than to enjoy the freshest of fish accompanied by magnificent sea views over the coastline of Mesquida, near Máo. Cap Roig , This well established restaurant has recently been refurbished and now has two lovely outdoor terrace areas, offering a truly memorable venue for lunchtime dining.
4. Lunch in a lighthouse near Ciutadella
How many people can say they have eaten in a lighthouse…? Well, in Menorca you can. Es Far can probably boast one of the most spectacular locations for a restaurant with sea views that are truly breathtaking. With three magnificent terraces situated around the lighthouse, you can enjoy stunning sea views any time of day that stretch as far as Son Bou to Mallorca. The emphasis is on Mediterranean flavours where the fresh fish and traditional ‘calderetas’ (fish stews) and rice dishes play a starring role. As well as the main menu there is a special set menu and Menu del Dia. Menorca-Live also recommends evening drinks on the terrace as the sunsets over the water are amazing.
5. Snacks on the rocks at Binibeca beach
Los Bucaneros, this has to be Menorca’s most idyllic beach bar location with tables set out on the rocks overlooking the sea. The menu is simple with salads, burgers, quarter roast chicken, fried fish and chips etc as well as ice creams and drinks and you may have to wait for a table, but it’s worth it for the stunning location and beautiful beach.
6. Fresh fish in Ciutadella Harbour
The picturesque harbour of Ciutadella has a very different feel to that of the much large port of Máo at the other end of island, for one thing there is no traffic just a row of restaurants and bars lining one side and new restaurants now opening up on the other side. Fresh fish and shellfish and authentic tapas are the main focus, but for excellent grilled meats and steaks Menorca-Live recommends 5 Pórtes and for authentic Japonese cuisine Yuzu, both on the far side of the port from where the harbour views are fantastic. There’s no rush, you can just sit, enjoy your lunch and soak up the local atmosphere as the fishermen go about their business. Menorca-Live also recommends Café Balear at the end of the harbour, well established and a favourite dining venue for locals, so booking is essential especially at weekends.
7.Float on a pontoon in Mahon Harbour
Yes, you can…but only when the weather is fine during the summer months as otherwise both diners and waiters could end up in the water…! Part of the La Minerva restaurant, the decked pontoon dining area is very popular with holiday makers and regular visitors and so booking is essential. La Minerva specialises in fine dining and has an excellent choice of fresh fish and salads which are perfect at lunchtime. A lobster salad and glass of chilled white wine…need we say more…?
8.Extensive sea views of Menorca’s south east coast
The coastline between Punta Prima (Son Ganxo) and Binibeca offers a fabulous waterside setting for lunchtime dining and here can be found not one but two great restaurants to do just that, both with their own distinct personalities. En Caragol offers superb terrace dining in a relaxed and informal environment and with its French / Spanish origins, the focus is most definitely on the quality of the food, in particular the fresh fish and shellfish. Son Ganxo also overlooks the sea and is great for families as there is a swimming pool. The restaurant also offers fresh fish as well as meat and pasta dishes and a selection of snacks. Open lunchtime (evenings in August only).
9. Lazy waterside tapas in the fishing village of Es Grau
The quiet unspoiled fishing village of Es Grau is like taking a step back in time, where the pace of life is slower and the emphasis is on family and friends. Set within a the nature reserve of S’Albufera d’Es Grau, many Menorcans have a holiday home here. Es Grau is very popular with families as the sheltered bay is very shallow, enabling children to play safely while parents sit and watch from one of the waterside bar / restaurants. Menorca-Live recommends Bar Es Moll on the fisherman’s quay, where simply prepared fresh fish and tapas and perhaps a cold beer are just thing for a lazy lunchtime break overlooking the sparkling blue sea.
10. Watching the boating action at Addaia port
Against a backdrop of natural beauty and tranquillity, the small, picturesque port of Addaia has a lovely bar and restaurant with a covered dining area right on the water’s edge. La Cantina offers a good selection of fish and meat as well as paellas, tapas and snacks at any time of the day. A magical venue to take it easy, enjoy something to eat and drink and watch boating life take place around you.