Palma’s 30 ‘must-try’ Restaurants 2024

Find out which Palma restaurants made it onto HC's hot list for 2024

There are many, many average restaurants in Palma. There are even many good ones; but only a small proportion make the journey to greatness. In a city with a flourishing food scene which attracts a certain breed of well-travelled gourmet, a number of restaurants have made the grade. Food, ambience, décor and service combine to create that certain magic.

Over the years I’ve dined at more Mallorca restaurants than I can remember, but some I go back to time and time again. Here are my personal favourites of ‘must-do’ restaurants in the city of Palma.

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30. Isaan Thai Cuisine

Sometimes only great Thai will do, and Isaan delivers perfectly. A team of Thai cooks take great care in preparing real Asian dishes, served in simple, chic surroundings. You can opt to eat at a bar looking into the open kitchen if you wish, watching the chefs do their authentic Thai thing. An exciting new addition to the burgeoning Santa Catalina food scene.

29. El Camino

A relatively new concept in Palma, El Camino is much like a traditional tapas bar save for the bar itself, which is the longest bar you’ve ever seen. The team, led by Eddie Hart, is great, as is the ambience; the food wonderfully fresh and flavoursome. Tapas for taste and style aficionados. Recommended if you are 2 but for a large group it’s not conformable.

28. Aromata

Opened in 2014 by Mallorcan born, Michelin-starred chef, Andreu Genestra, Aromata is located in the historic Sa Nostra Cultura Centre in Palma. I especially love Aromata for its beautiful 17th century courtyard and big stone archways – it just oozes that feeling of being in the Med. Andreu Genestra is one of Mallorca’s beloved chefs, owed to his back to the land approach to cuisine. A real local favourite.
Restaurante Bondo Cocina

27. Bondo Cocina

Bondo Cocina is a family-owned restaurant in Palma’s Old Town, focusing on honest cuisine and high-quality ingredients. Combining Argentinian cuisine with Mallorcan inspiration and local market ingredients, this heartfelt restaurant can be found amidst the winding streets of La Lonja. The menu includes Bondo Specials, Tapas, and Plates, with dishes like sobrasada, shrimp croquettes, and garlic shrimp. Their innovative tapas-style dishes are made with love and passion, embracing all elements of the market-to-table experience.

26. Adrian Quetglas

This Argentinian-born chef is a big talent. He made his name on the tough Moscow restaurant scene and has not stopped since! His restaurant has shot to the top of our list for a superbly creative and well-priced lunch menu that should not go amiss in Palma. His food is reflective of his travels, bold in presentation and beautiful in flavour. If you have an important lunch date in Palma, Adrian Quetglas would be my top choice.

25. Dins

Dins is the new restaurant at the stylish El Lorenç Hotel which sees chef Santi Taura do exactly what he does best – deliver exceptional Mallorcan cuisine. Whenever Santi cooks there is always this lovely personal tone that makes you feel like he’s cooking just for you. Here it’s no different, Dins promises fabulous food from Mallorca’s most beloved chef. Read more

24. Fera

There are no shortage of eateries doing Mediterranean-Asian fusion cuisine, but Chef Simon Petutschnig is a master. Fera’s location is within a renovated palace just off El Borne. It has an exclusive air and lunch in particular is surprisingly good value. We’d certainly recommend dining in their beautiful garden, complete with tropical plants and palms. This restaurant is so worth a Michelin-star – we have our fingers crossed for them! Read more
Mar de Nudos

23. Mar de Nudos

This restaurant is loved by locals who book days ahead for chef Marco di Loreto’s Mediterranean-meets-Japanese menu. The waterfront location at the Marina Moll Vell means that your meal is accompanied by the sound of waves lapping the dock and a first line view of the marina. Enjoy the fabulous sea views and a fantastic fusion of Mediterranean, Italian and Japanese cuisine.

22. Vandal

Vandal is the wild card on my list. Imagine an edgy, busy, noisy restaurant in somewhere like New York’s Tribeca and you get the idea. The cocktails here are some of the best, inventive and absolutely delicious. The ambience here is dark and quite noisy which will not suit everyone but its highly creative cuisine and outstanding wine pairings definitely earn Vandal a top spot.

21. Sadrassana

One of my personal favourites, Sadrassana wins on every count for food, décor and ambience. With such sensuous surroundings – luxurious wallpaper, vintage mirrors and sparkling chandeliers – there’s a real sense of escapism when dining at the restaurant. This is the place to come at night for tapas and wonderful Mallorcan food (dinner only). Art takes centre stage beside the menu – one of Palma’s best-renowned galleries, Galeria Horrach Moya, is upstairs.
La Malvasia Restaurant

20. La Malvasia

Just minutes from Paseo del Borne and in the delightful shady square of Plaza del Mercat you can find this charming, bright red restaurant. Devoted to giving its clients a memorable experience, diners are spoiled with local wine and quality ingredients sourced from within the Mediterranean. Each section of their international menu is themed by land, garden and sea – are you ready to go on an international culinary adventure with them?
Restaurante Canela

19. Canela

Tucked away in Carrer Sant Jaume, one of Palma’s most beautiful streets, Canela opens the door to a cozy, almost intimate atmosphere within a traditional historic building. Exposed old stone walls and an impressive winery with more than 60 local and international offerings set the mood for this stylish culinary experience. The menu is an expression of Asian and Mediterranean influences with a common denominator: local, fresh and seasonal ingredients.

18. Brasa Madre

Hidden on a back street in the centre near La Lonja, you’ll find this family-owned Argentinian restaurant offering good cocktails and typical meat dishes. Known for their Dry Aged meats as well as fish and seafood from the Mediterranean. I loved the enthusiasm of the team and there seems to be many regulars when we visited.
Ta ke Sushiclub

17. Ta·Ke Sushiclub

Fantastic fusion dishes in an original atmosphere that transports you straight to Tokyo! Located in the multicultural neighbourhood of El Terreno, near Palma’s seafront, Ta·Ke Sushiclub is a hidden gem type of restaurant that all sushi and fusion food lovers in town must try.
Restaurant Kaizen Sushi

16. Restaurant Kaizen

In the Notting Hill of Palma’s Old Town, Santa Eulalia, is this hidden gem of a restaurant. Its cosy and stylish with Japanese wall murals, notably their version of the famous “Great Wave” by Hokusai. Their Japanese food experience serves you flavours that melt on your tongue, and each dish proves their commitment to their mantra: Quality Ingredients, Passion and Love. The perfect restaurant for sushi, sashimi and more in Palma’s Old Town.

15. Mr. Xiao

A stylish Chinese restaurant in Santa Catalina – there are so few good Chinese restaurants in Mallorca so check it out. Order the Peking Duck the day before – it’s not the best I’ve ever had (I like my duck shredded rather than sliced) but it’s certainly very good and possibly the best you’ll find on the island.

14. Sumaq

Sumaq is a Quechuan word meaning delicious or tasty, and the name couldn’t be more appropriate for this restaurant serving lunch and dinner, year-round. Owner and chef Irene prepares creative dishes with authentic ingredients from Peru, Japan, and China. Her vibrantly colourful fusion cuisine tastes healthy, fresh, and delicious.

13. Restaurant Xalest at Hotel Concepció by Nobis

The chef at the helm is Xema Álvarez who wowed judges at the 2019 TaPalma and won, beating 50 top chefs in the city. His menu at Restaurant Xalest is reflective of his creative talent, offering a colourful array of Mediterranean cuisine. I love the stylish décor and the food is great too! Perfect for sharing tapas.
Maria 5 Urban in Hotel Cort

12. Maria 5 Urban

Enjoying a meal in this vibrantly upscale Mallorcan atmosphere is an experience accentuated by the food – fresh, homemade, and curated by chef Max Werner. Outside terrace dining takes pride on Plaza Cort, with the famous ‘Olivera de Cort’ – a six-hundred-year-old olive tree positioned just behind. Taste the best of sea, land and farm in one of Palma’s prettiest plazas.

11. Bistro Esencia

This one captures everything I love to offer our foodie readers and followers – it’s small, it’s quite hidden away in Santa Catalina, and it’s the creation of a young talented couple who do what they do with such a sense of passion and heart. You’ll fall in love with them and the cute surroundings on the first visit and keep coming back because you like them. This year they’ve introduced lots of new vegetarian dishes.

10. Lume & Co

It’s very close to my neighbourhood and we have grown to love it over the past year. It’s very relaxed and easy going yet the food and service are slick and attentive. We enjoyed our Easter lunch here and we were very impressed with the confident management on such a busy day. A great place for a celebration with a big group of family and friends.
Arume Restaurant

9. Arume

Here, culinary influences from Japan, Thailand, Vietnam and elsewhere are combined with Mediterranean ingredients and techniques, resulting in innovative and memorable dishes. The chef specializes in the cuisines of Asia and integrates Spanish traditional ingredients – such as jamón ibérico and Mallorcan goat cheeses – resulting in fresh new flavours. The wine and sake menu is extensive and sophisticated.

8. El Txoko de Martin

The chef with his name on the door has countless Michelin-star restaurants across Spain, this is his offering in Palma and it is certainly top-class. Assured, undemanding cuisine made with top-quality ingredients and creative twists in all the right places. Check it out for the experience and you won’t be disappointed.

7. Urba

This is Santi Taura’s cosmopolitan offering at the stylist 5-star El Llorenc. Available for dinner and lunch, the restaurant offers a beautiful a la carté menu as well as an exciting tasting menu. Visit between May and October and enjoy their breathtaking rooftop experience. Delicious unpretentious food, memorable views and décor to die for!
De tokio a Lima

6. De Tokio a Lima

Indulge in a luxurious meal on the sandstone terrace of an elegantly restored 19th-century mansion in the heart of Palma. De Tokio a Lima’s cuisine is a fusion of Japanese, Peruvian, and Mediterranean with an à la carte menu – sectioned into starters, raw/marinated and from the stove. They serve some of the best caviar in Palma and offer a 22 year old roe (available only in season). On offer is a special menu that includes 4 glasses of Veuve Clicquote per person, which we’d recommend if you are dining in a group.

5. Mola

I love fusion food made for sharing and Mola certainly delivers. Its prime position opposite the Santa Catalina Market, seductively beckons passers-by to indulge in a long lazy meal. They offer a refreshing weekday ‘Lunchbreak Menu’ as well as an a la carte selection of firm favourites. Give Mola a try and it may as well become a favourite for you.

4. Le Bistro

Lucky ones might stumble across Le Bistro Ocho Kitchen – the cosy yet refined culinary offering from the boutique hotel, Ocho Suites. It’s my favourite relaxed place with chic design, fabulously attentive and friendly service, the best ingredients and delicious unpretentious food. Their citrusy and spicy oyesters have the reputation of being the best in town!

3. Nus

Girl power! This young talented local chef Irene Martinez has worked with some of the best chefs on the island and is now putting her unique stamp on the culinary landscape in Palma. Delicious red shrimp omelet, lemon fish nigiri, delicate tuna tartar or traditional Chinese sea bass are just some of her delicious creations. Check out NUS, you won’t be disappointed.
emilio innobar

2. Emilio Innobar

Located in a restored old building near Jaume III, the attractive restaurant Emilio Innobar is in a building full of character with huge windows, interesting art and attractive contemporary decor. Working with the simplest and freshest of high-quality ingredients Chef Marcus Cardoso creates superb cuisine, much of it uncooked. Dishes include sashimi, tataki, and ceviches based on tuna, salmon, prawns, a variety of white fish, and just a few meat dishes.

1. Mambo

Of all the restaurants I’ve tried so far this year, this is my favourite. Elegance, sophistication and refined food, it’s top-class from every perspective. A young, talented couple who are obsessed with getting the details right – the décor, the service, the food tick all the boxes. Check it out while you can still get a table. It’s my top recommendation for 2023 so far!

As you can see from this list, variety is what makes the modern Mallorca food scene in Palma so exciting. Eating terrifically well in the capital city can be done at all price points – it just takes a little insider knowledge. I hope you’ll relish the challenge of seeking out those places that deliver unforgettable dining experiences. And if you want to read more in-detail reviews of the restaurants that have made it to this list, you can find them all here.