Finding a place to eat with food to suit everyones tastes is sometimes difficult. Sharing plates called Tapas are delicious bite sized pieces of Spanish food. For example Albondigas (meatballs). Which are ideal to try for the first time, but be warned, it is easy to just keep ordering more once you start. Ask for tapas portions instead of Raciones (which are bigger). Some restaurants will have their own version of a typical tapa dish that has been passed down through the generations, along with a typical list of tapas served all over Spain.
Whatever your tastes are in food, Menorca has a vary varied offering. Recommending restaurants is difficult as we all have different budgets, taste & requirements. This said, we aim to show is a comprehensive guide, so whether you want fine dining, slow local food or family friendly, there is something to suit all tastes and budgets.
Location: Plaça de la Llibertat 1, Cuitadella Budget: €€
Comments: Fantastic tapas set in the old streets near the market, amongst the hustle bustle of Spanish life. A wide selection of both traditional and local tapas, but their seafood platter is a must. They also cater for Gluten Free.
Location: Cala Torret Budget: €€€
Comments: Combining traditional Spanish flavours with locally sourced and grown products to produce some colourful grown-up tapas. They offer some exclusive wines too, so sit back and enjoy the stunning views of the south coast.
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Taps Can Avelino
Location: Mahon Budget: €€
Comments: Creative dishes based on sharing. Rather like posh tapas, the quality of food to price is excellent. Staff are both friendly and helpful. Adapt to special dietary requirements. Best to go with a crowd…so you can try a bit of everything!
Menu del Día:
It is very hard to recommend restaurants because everybody’s taste is different. However a good indication of a popular restaurant is if it’s full of locals. There are many restaurants that offer “Menu del Día” which is a 2 or 3 course menu severed during at lunchtime and often very competitive in price. You can expect to pay from as little as 12€ up to about 25€. This is for many locals, their main meal of the day. This generally includes soup/salad, a main course with a side dish of veg or potatoes followed by a dessert or coffee. A glass of wine and water are sometimes included. Every restaurant have their different variations. It is a great way to try Spanish food and experience Spanish culture and good value for money.
Restaurant Bar España
Location: Carrer Victori, 48, Es Castell Budget: €€
Comments: One of the oldest in Menorca, it is a true locals restaurant with a hustle and bustle vibe, great for people watching. They offer a great value for money Menu del Día and make sure you save room for their baked Soufflé and ice cream for desert. It’s a must!
Location: Carrer Portal del Mar, 11, Mahon Budget: €€
Situated in the centre of Mahon, close to the Santa Maria Church, for over 10 years husband and wife Patxi and Maria and their son Martin, have been running one of Mahon’s favourite restaurants. Open for breakfast, lunch and evening meals, they serve a wide range of fresh Mediterranean dishes. Their Saturday lunchtime Pinchitos (posh tapas) are a must! If you ever see Almejas (Clams) or Mejillones (Muscles) on the Menu, you must try them. It’s worth a visit just for them! Patxi has one of the most extensive wine lists of any restaurant on the island, so if you’re a wine buff it’s the place for you.
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Corner Sport Bar
Location: Carrer Borja Moll, 17, Mahon Budget: €€
Comments: A varied menu of main courses, salads and baguettes, offering a Menu del Día. Not on your typical tourist track, but this vibrant local bar offers excellent, good, simple, wholesome food at a very reasonable price. Ask for a bacon and fried egg baguette!
Can Avelino 23
Location: Carrer Sínia des Muret 23, 07702 Mahón Budget: €€
Comments: An excellent choice for Menu del Día. Offer an ever changing daily menu, along with options for sharing or individual dishes. On the outskirts of Mahon, set along a natural rock face which provides a beautiful back drop for the large charming terrace. A great location in the warm summer evenings to pop and have a cocktail and a tapa or two.
Location: Centro Comercial Son Bou Local 57, 07730 Son Bou Budget: €€
Comments: Hidden in the Commercial Center of the resort of Son Bou, is a gem of a restaurant. One of our Menorca Live team has been going here for many years with friends and family alike. Their dishes are hearty and local, with their most famous being Chateaubriand, a must try! The staff are always very welcoming and happy to accommodate. They normally open May – October.
Cafe D’es Pla
Location: Plaça Es Pla de Sant Climent 6 & 7, 07712 Sant Climent Budget: €€
Comments: Family run restaurant in the centre of Sant Climent opposite the church. There are chairs and tables outside on the square and a garden terrace out the back. The owner Tolo and his staff speak fantastic English and they offer a take away service as well. You’ll find a range of tapas, menu of the day, suckling pig, paella and they’re Pizza’s are a must! Gluten Free options available and their home made desserts are irresistible!