Alcalde: Stylish and elegant with fantastic views over Arenal beach, Alcalde opened its doors in April for the third year under new management. This restaurant and bar really does have something for everyone, from those looking to dine al fresco or in the bright and airy restaurant, to those wanting a light lunch to those looking for a great place to enjoy early evening or late night drinks in the contemporary bar area – and all at affordable prices. Children are very welcome and catered for with a special menu and children’s play area with games, including an Xbox as well as Sky Sports. With a Menu del Día at €15 for three courses, bread and water and a special Menu del Noche at €19 also to include three courses, bread and water, Alcalde really delivers on quality and value for money in beautiful surroundings.
Venecia (Japi Bar): All changeD last year when Max, known to many from Acuario in Na Macaret, took over this restaurant in 2012, previously the landmark venue Japi Bar. This well priced, friendly restaurant still serves great homemade pizzas among other things and has proved to be a popular destination for holidaymakers and visitors to the resort. The views over the bay of Arenal are simply stunning. Open from May until mid October.
Smithy’s: Sadly, this restaurant / gastro pub has closed down and will not be open for the 2013 season.
B51 Irish Bar: Under new management for 2013, this busy bar promises to be just as lively for 2013 with party every night during the summer season and live music performances each week. Well priced drinks and Sky sports, it’s the perfect venue to enjoy all the big matches and summer sporting action in or out of the Mediterranean sun. Open from 17.00 hours on weekdays and from 14.00 hours at weekends in April and May, this popular Irish Bar remains open all day long during the summer months until late October.
In addition to the venues mentioned above, there are several other restaurants and bars, including the Mirador, a lovely spacious restaurant with its own swimming pool serving a varied menu with something for everyone, Sa Gavina specialising in grilled meats and fish, Romani in the commercial centre offering drinks on the terrace overlooking the sea and simple, well priced British and continental dishes, as well as various other beachside bar/restaurants offering a wide choice of meals and snacks.
Coves Noves Residential Resort: This commercial centre already appears to be buzzing, and it’s still only mid April. With a well stocked supermarket, a couple of restaurants, souvenir shop, two bars, café and children’s inflatable play area next door, not to mention live music performances by one of Menorca’s tribute bands each week and the new Aqua Park a couple of minutes walk away, it’s time to take a new look at this up and coming tourist centre. The centre is also very conveniently located being within easy reach of both the resort of Arenal d’en Castell and its magnificent horseshoe shaped beach.
Flamingo: This family run restaurant specialising in home made pizzas and other Spanish and Mediterranean dishes never fails to disappoint. Run with passion by owner Kiko and his wife Herminia, the food is freshly cooked and well priced and the atmosphere is friendly. Breakfasts also served during the summer months in addition to lunches and evening meals. A great stop off either before or after a visit to the beach and a firm favourite with local residents.
Backgammon Bar: Run by Jose and Alex again this year, this bar just gets better and better as more people get to know what it offers and how much fun it is. Open all day throughout the summer season, you can pop in any time for a quick coffee or drink and read the paper, grab a snack lunch, spend a leisurely afternoon with friends or watching the ‘big match’ on one of TV screens, enjoy early evening drinks while watching the children play safely in the inflatable play area next door or arrive late and party well into the early hours – the choice is yours.
Can Guixó: Previously shut for a few years, this venue reopened in 2012 as a traditional Spanish bar under the management of Toni and proved to be a great asset to Coves Noves. Family run, the atmosphere is warm and friendly, in fact Toni’s father is non other than ‘mine host’ Jaime who used to run the popular Es Raco bar in Na Macaret. Can Guixó is open all year round.
Chus Bar: Previously called Mi Pizza, this well well known bar / restaurant reopened under new management in 2012 serving homemade pizzas as well as platos combinados.
El Pirata: Well established restaurant serving a full menu including grilled meats, fish and their speciality kebabs as well as tapas and breakfast. A new chill out lounge area was added in 2012, perfect for drinks and snacks at lunchtime or in the evening. Open May to mid October.
There is also the Cafeteria Ebora, offering hot and cold drinks, ice creams and Mexican influenced snacks throughout the day.
Aqua Park: This new Aqua Park which opened last year, 2012, is part of the Hotel Marina Parc hotel complex and located right next to the Coves Noves supermarket in the commercial centre. While entrance is free for All Inclusive guests of the hotel, it is also open to non residents on a daily basis. Also, it has to be noted that the Aqua Park is probably more suited to younger children and ‘big kids’ prepared to muck in with the family, rather than those looking for the thrills and spills of sophisticated, white-knuckle water rides and chutes..!
Na Macaret Fishing Village: A visit to Na Macaret is like a step back in time away from commercialism and the hustle and bustle of modern life. A longstanding favourite holiday destination for Menorcans (many have a holiday home here even though it may only be a few kilometres away from their main residence), Spanish families and Brits who know a thing or two, it’s a great place to get away from it all where the only things to do are to relax on the small beach or enjoy a leisurely meal in one of the two restaurants.
Biosphera: Owner chef Raffaele promises a memorable dining experience combining a fusion of flavours to create Mediterranean dishes with an Italian twist from his homeland. The outside terrace overlooking Na Macaret beach is perfect for a long, lazy lunch or dinner with family and friends. Imaginative starters, pasta, fish and meat are all prepared with flair, a particular speciality being the parmesan risotto served in a real parmesan cheese…a real showstopper. Biosphera reopened in April and will be open for lunch and dinner every day throughout the summer season.
Acuario: Owned and run by Max for many years, this restaurant specialises in Menorcan and Spanish dishes with the emphasis on fresh fish. Opening for the summer season from 1 Ma until mid October, the terrace restaurant serves lunch and dinner every day throughout the summer season. Closed Tuesdays.
Other news from Na Macaret: Bar Na Macaret on the beach front has been sold and it appears that there are no plans for it to reopen this summer. Es Raco, the very popular ‘locals’ bar on the corner (hence the name) of the road that leads to the beach, is under the new management of Raffael, son of the original owner. Serving breakfasts from 06.30 hours and drinks and snacks throughout the day until late, this has become a busy meeting place for everyone, from fishermen and locals to regular visitors and holiday makers.
Addaia Port: If you have never ventured into Addaia, make sure it is on your ‘must visit’ list this year. Again, changes have only improved this small residential village which now boasts an Indian restaurant as well as two other bar / restaurants, a supermarket and souvenir shop / newsagents. The road out of the village centre winds down to what must be one of the most picturesque harbours imaginable with its slow pace of life as people tinker with their boats or simply sit and soak up its peaceful atmosphere in the bar / restaurant located there.
El Castillo: This popular ‘gastro’ bar bistro in the centre of Addaia village closed for the winter season, but plans to reopen in June 2013. With an outside terrace, main bar and covered dining area which opens up in the hight of the summer, El Castillo offers a full restaurant menu, snack menu and children’s menu, ensuring all needs are catered for. Specialities include the daily grill menu, homemade pizzas, Fish & Chips on Wednesday evenings, traditional Sunday lunch served all day into the evenings and a great British breakfast. NB: El Castillo is now only open during the summer months, 7 days a week.
Taj at Addaia: Opened March 2012, the ever popular Taj Indian Restaurant in Mahón relocated to the premises previously occupied by Bar Pins. Open all year round, seven days a week (evenings only), the extensive menu includes all your favourites as well as house specials to be enjoyed either indoors or outside on the large terrace dinning area during the summer months. More information to follow.
Corner Bar: Now it it’s third year under the management of Toni, this popular Spanish run bar and restaurant offers a well priced Menu del Día, snacks and A La Carte menu. Live music performances are sometimes held in the contained garden and terrace area at the back. The Corner Bar is open all year round and throughout the summer months remains open all day long, from early morning until late.
La Cantina: Idyllic, picturesque, relaxing, peaceful….the adjectives come easily when describing the setting and atmosphere of this wonderful bar and restaurant located outside the village centre, right on the harbour’s edge. Run with passion by owner Juan, La Cantina is just the job for morning coffee, breakfast, lunch or dinner, in fact, you don’t need an excuse, it’s great at any time of day. La Cantina offers an extensive menu with snacks and more substantial meals to suit all the family, from tapas and sandwiches to pizzas and pasta to fish and meat dishes. Open all day, every day throughout the summer.