Es Cactus is a true family style restaurant, pizzaria and bar that really does have something for everyone at any time of day to suit you. With great views over the bay of Cala Tirant and towards Monte Toro at the front, an extensive menu with choices to suit all appetites and budgets and a warm welcome from owners Pili and Juan, you can feel at ease and savour the moment of relaxing with family and friends.
Now in its 18th year, Es Cactus has become a great meeting place with a homely, informal atmosphere that attracts regular customers each year who look forward to their annual get togethers. And, it’s easy to see why as nothing is too much trouble for Pili who ensures everything runs smoothly front of house, while chef Juan runs the efficient kitchen at the back, which stays open throughout the day.
This traditional restaurant in the quaint little fishing village of Na Macaret is what relaxed dining with friends and family is all about in Menorca. Set just behind the beach, Acuario has been run with passion and flair for the past 14 years by experienced chef and restaurateur Max and his wife Marta who understand exactly how to make their customers feel welcome.
Now in its twelfth year, El Pirata is the longest established restaurant and bar in Coves Noves, behind the resort of Arenal d’en Castell. Having worked there since the early days, current owner Toni took over the premises to develop the restaurant side of the business and become the popular El Pirata of today.
From day one, the emphasis has been on quality home cooked food using only the freshest meat, fish and other ingredients. The succulent kebabs of chicken, steak and salmon served with different marinades and sauces are a speciality, the chicken and lemon being a particular favourite amongst many.
This waterside restaurant, which was previously next door, has relocated this year to bigger premises with a superb outdoor terrace dining area, a reflection of its popularity with locals and visitors to Ciutadella. Now reopened as 5 Pórtes, named after its five door frontage, this completely renovated building is still the perfect venue to enjoy freshly prepared chargrilled meat and fish with lovely views over Ciutadella's picturesque harbour.
A fabulous waterside setting between Punta Prima (Son Ganxo) and Binibeca, 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.
There is a good selection of starters from €9.00 including mussels, goat’s cheese, prawns, squid, bresaola and salads. The fish, which will most likely be brought to you to inspect, is offered SPM (at market price) and dependent on the size and type, can be ordered cooked to your liking and to share at around €20.00 per person. The Curvina is well worth trying being similar to bass but firmer and more tasty, as is the Pelaya which is similar to sole, but with denser flesh.
There is something not just iconic but also romantic about the 300 year old converted windmill restaurant in Es Mercadal which has become one of Menorca’s most famous landmarks on the main road between Maó and Ciutadella. Having seen several changes of ownership since this restored windmill first opened as a restaurant 27 years ago, Moli d’es Raco (literally, windmill on the corner) is now run with passion by brothers Juan and Jaime who took over the premises four years ago.
The restaurant has always specialised in authentic Menorcan cuisine where the emphasis is on the freshest local ingredients, readily available from the fertile agricultural land surrounding Es Mercadal. In fact, Moli d’es Raco, goes one stage further having its own farmland which produces vegetables as well as lamb, pork and beef.
The clue is in the name and El Pescador or 'The Fisherman' delivers on fresh fish every time and much more besides, making it a great restaurant choice for all the family.
Located on the waterfront with great views over Fornells harbour, the restaurant’s large glass frontage opens up to create an outside covered terrace dining area, with heaters for cooler days in spring and autumn. Inside, the restaurant is bright and airy and the atmosphere is buzzing, which is hardly surprising when you consider the quality of the food and excellent value for money.
STOP PRESS: This popular restaurant has now moved next door to a bigger premises with a superb outdoor terrace dining area. Now called 5 Pórtes by Dioni, this is still the perfect venue to enjoy freshly prepared flame grilled meat and fish with great views over Ciutadella's picturesque harbour.
Yuzu has moved to a new and larger premises on Ciutadella Habour with a lovely outside terrace dining area that catches the sun all day long. Still offering the same high quality Japanese favourites and specialities, the move reflects the increasing demand for Yuzu's exciting, innovative and freshly prepared cuisine which can now be enjoyed on the water's edge.
Now well established under the professional management of owners Agustin Suarez and Teresa Sevilla, Alcalde Restaurant and Lounge Bar in Arenal d’en Castell is no longer Menorca's best kept secret, as more people get to know what a magical place this is. Having undergone a complete transformation, keeping only its original name and basic layout, this well established restaurant now offers superb outside terrace dining overlooking the magnificent bay of Arenal, indoor dining in the spacious restaurant, seating areas for more informal eating and drinks as well as a contemporary cocktail lounge. No detail has been spared to ensure your visit to is truly memorable. Children are also well catered for with their own play area and special menu.
A ‘gastro’ bar bistro in the centre of Addaia village attracting regulars all year round, both resident and holiday makers.
El Castillo (The Castle) is exactly what a local community bar and restaurant should be, a great meeting place to relax and have a drink or two with friends, a reliable venue for some excellent bistro style food and somewhere sociable to join in with what’s going on from sporting events on TV, quiz nights and winter darts tournaments to themed events and festive entertainment according to the season.
This idyllic bar and restaurant at Addaya Port has to be one of Menorca’s best kept secrets offering a large covered open terrace right on the water’s edge, perfect for drinks or something to eat at any time of the day. The small picturesque harbour of Addaya has always been well worth a visit for its natural beauty, charm and tranquillity, but now with the addition of La Cantina it’s even better for both boaters and visitors alike.
La Cantina opened in 2010 under the ownership of Juan who has put his heart and soul into creating a magical venue to relax and soak up boating life, whether it’s an early morning coffee and pastry or ‘pan con tomate’, a long lazy lunch, afternoon drinks or dinner with friends in the evening sunshine. The addition of the covered dinning area by the harbour and, new for 2012, the removable awning in front of the bar ensure comfortable dining with protection from the direct sunlight.