Port Andratx is home to the island’s most mouth-watering dishes, made famous for their base of fresh ingredients and topped off with the day’s local catch. Lovers of seafood will not be disappointed here particularly when it comes to paella. Restaurante Club de Vela is well-known for its lobster paella, or otherwise its linguine with clams. Of course in Port Andratx where there is a good plate of food, there is a stunning sunset to match. Restaurants including Sumailla, Villa Italia and Barlovento are perfect for a romantic dinner with sea views and a glass of white wine.
10. Umami Fresh BistroMixing up Mediterranean, Chilean and Asian flavours, this small and friendly restaurant offers a limited but delicious menu. Food is healthy and very fresh, with options for vegans. All the staff have smiles on their faces which contributes to fun-filled relaxed atmosphere.
9. BarloventoNeighbouring the Club de Vela, this harbour-front restaurant has been serving up an excellent menu of Mediterranean favourites for over 40 years. Many of the dishes come cooked from their wood-fired oven or grill – the ribeye steak is a particular favourite with the added option of vegetables, rice or French fries.
8. Villa ItaliaGreat port views are guaranteed at this established hotel restaurant, which also offers fabulous a la carte Mediterranean cuisine, set lunch menus and romantic candlelit dinners. It’s also hugely popular with Brits for its traditional Sunday roast so booking in advance is recommended. Villa Italia ticks all the boxes for a date or special occasion thanks to its gorgeous views and intimate ambience. It’s no surprise that many couples choose to have their wedding here!
7. OliuAptly set in a former olive press, this refined yet relaxed restaurant features local olive oil in various forms, with impressive results. It is set on the road to Andratx town, so views from the charming terrace are the mountain variety. The restaurant décor is smart and contemporary with exposed stone walls, cream painted ceilings and beams, as well as comfortable seating areas. The kitchen – open to view – reveals a young team working their magic with their secret ingredient: local olive oil.
6. Restaurante Club de VelaDining at the Club de Vela marina is a sophisticated affair, with an excellent choice of seafood and one of the best paellas on the island. Harbour views combine with a good quality to price ratio. The luxurious interior is modern with a welcoming bar on entry, where diners will pass through to find the restaurant situated behind. It’s a large establishment that has nailed the art of quality dining – the attention to service here is some of the best.
5. VericoOverlooking the marina on the north side of the bay, this cosy yet chic restaurant offers some of the area’s finest authentic Italian cuisine. A daily tasting menu really showcases fresh local ingredients and the chef’s creativity. The interior of the restaurant is reminiscent of a family-run Italian restaurant you might find in Napoli. Expect an Italian feast here, where you can tuck into creamy pasta sauces and sweet tomato bases – one of the best places for a rather big slice of Italy (with extra toppings).
4. UrbanoMixing classic fine dining with innovative flourishes and beautiful presentation, Urbano has gained a reputation as one of the port’s finest eateries. The atmosphere is intimate with an impressive wine list and candlelit tables perfect for a romantic meal. It’s also a wonderful place to come for a celebration like a birthday or anniversary. The location near the water allows you the luxury of a stroll along the port before dinner.
3. La GourmedaFor warm friendly service, a charming garden, and exceptionally good food, La Gourmeda is a must-visit. Expect an expertly prepared menu with a focus on local products that include, of course, freshly caught fish. Many would say that walking into La Gourmeda is like walking into a someone’s home where plump cushioned seating and earthy colours make you feel instantly relaxed.
2. SumaillaThe trend for Japanese Peruvian fusion is going strong at this waterside restaurant, where outstanding sushi is accompanied by glorious bay views. Eat indoors where the décor is smart minimalist (courtesy of architect Jaime Garcia Ruiz) or on the al fresco terrace right on the waterfront, with lovely views of the port.
TIP: Best to book two or three days ahead – the restaurant is very popular amongst residents and tourists alike.
1. TrespaisThough tucked on the edge of town, this fabulous restaurant offers a wonderfully eclectic menu that includes Italian, German and Spanish cooking, plus a rather lovely courtyard garden. Trespais wins the top spot for being the perfect place for a romantic candlelit dinner! The menu changes every two-to-three months and includes juicy meat cuts, fish dishes (scallop and prawn pasta) and fine desserts. Owners Jenny and Domenico look forward to welcoming you to their humble Trespais.
Taste buds tingling? Stomachs rumbling? The culinary scene in Port Andratx awaits you! Or if you’re less about seafood and more about a chicken tikka masala or a bowl of steaming pad thai then Santa Catalina will more than satisfy, as will the centre of Palma where kitchens are ablaze with spices and flavours from all over the world.