Combine Mallorca’s cliff-top coastline and turquoise water with its flourishing gourmet scene and it comes as no surprise that the island boasts oodles of restaurants that serve up inventive dishes with spectacular views. Read on to find out which are our perennial favourites for a meal to remember, both for their gastronomic delights and swoon-worthy panoramas.
For transfixing cityscapes
Hidden on Palma’s quiet Plaça Sant Francesc is the impossibly elegant Hotel Sant Francesc. Its rooftop, principally a pool bar (and a fine one at that) is our favourite spot to enjoy a light meal, expertly mixed cocktail and evocative city vistas. The gorgeous view of the gothic arches and rose window of the adjacent Basílica de Sant Francesc will clinch your resolve to sip on another Pink Hugo (rosé, lime, mint and soda) before ordering a steaming plate of paella “a la llauna”.
For dreamy sea views
Prepare to be blown away by ravishing sea views when you step onto Nautilus’ terrace, perched on a cliff above the entrance to Sóller’s port. Here, you can marvel over views of dramatic cliffs cascading into cerulean waters while savouring every mouthful of net-fresh fish. Nautilus is exactly the kind of place you come to linger over lunch. Expect an additional treat if you come for dinner as you can soak up the visual drama that unfolds at sunset.
For dramatic mountain views
You’ll find Oleum restaurant (part of the Gran Hotel Son Net) in one of the island’s most charming villages, Puigpunyent. As soon as you lay eyes on the jaw dropping view of the Tramuntana Mountains, you’ll understand why this is one of Mallorca’s best spots for a milestone celebration. The restaurant’s innovative Mallorcan menu is as impressive as its surroundings and revolves around locally sourced seasonal ingredients. The restaurant’s classic setting means that ladies can glam up for this one.
For sea views and people watching
The most perfect setting to combine sea views with people watching comes courtesy of ProSecCo, a tiny restaurant with charm to spare. Right in front of Portixol’s promenade, ProSecCo is blessed with sea views and oodles of people watching opportunities. Here, you’ll find Italian owner Sabrina engaged in friendly banter with regulars or cheerily showing future fans to one of the terrace’s high tables. Aside from gorging on delicious Italian fare you’ll be graced with an omni-coloured sunset that will stay with you.
For bizarre hole-in-a-rock views
Linger over to-die-for paella and glasses of chilled white wine at Restaurante Sa Foradada on Mallorca’s northern coast. Perched high on the cliffs and facing the small Sa Foradada peninsula, you simply can’t get a better view of Mallorca’s bizarre hole-in-the-wall rock formation. Add the panorama of the glittering Mediterranean Sea and you’ll have the perfect memory for when you’re back to the grind.
Note that Restaurante Sa Foradada is only accessible by boat or by means of a short (and stunning) hike.