Image coutesy of Q11 Restaurant
Life in Pollensa revolves around the Plaza, it's main square, lined with cafes and restaurants, icecream parlours and wineries. It is a beautiful place to sit and sip a chilled drink at any time of day, but it does get busy during summer, so I have steered away from it's most popular restaurants, as they are easy to find and need very little introduction.
Just a few roads back there are other places to eat, less visible and worth checking out. Often it is here in the shaded small lanes of Pollensa's old town that you will find the tranquillity and local flavour you are looking for.
If you do a quick search online you will be presented with hundreds of restaurants and cafes in Pollensa, but they are not always located in the old town at all, but rather in the Port - Puerto Pollensa - another fabulous place to go out to eat. Staying in a holiday villa in Pollensa however means you will be wanting a place to eat out within walking distance, and so here are our 18 best spots to taste and savour delicious dishes on your next holiday in Mallorca.
The order of these restaurants in Pollensa is by no means indicative of preference or quality, it is purely random, as they popped into my head. Some are open all year round, while others open for the holiday season and rest during the winter. There are all kinds of eateries here on the list, from simple backroad cafes serving snacks and local tapas to top restaurants with menus resplendent with high end cuisine and fine wines.
Restaurant 365 belongs to the Hotel Son Brull, a luxury boutique on the Puig Maria side of town and prides itself on being the finest organic restaurant on the island. Head chef Rafel Perelló sources the most exquisite local seasonal produce from the hotel's own garden and from local farms and fishermen. The hotel has three separate eating areas; the cafe, the bistro and the restaurant, which offers fine dining in exclusive tranquillity outside town.
The Moli is a Pollensa institution, the place to go for a set menu lunch that is both fullsome and reasonably priced. The establishemnt is an old mill and elements of its former life are still visible along its walls. The owners, husband and wife team Franc and Marga have been running the place for years and it packs a eclectic clientele. They serve typically mallorquin dishes with a French twist, thanks to Franc's Breton roots. An added bonus are his dessert cakes. A three course set menu costs 12 euros and includes bread and olives, water and a bottle of red or white wine. On weekends the set price is higher and ususally includes suckling pig.
Adored for it's setting, friendly service and quality Mediterranean dishes, this is the restaurant attached to Sant Jordi Hotel, though run independantly as a private eatery. The menu is varied and full of fresh seasonal vegetables and fruits, local meat, fish and seafood cooked and prepared with simple and stylish flourish, it's no wonder its clientele keep going back year after year. Sitting out on the terrace is a pleasure and worth doing just for the tranquillity of the spot.
A few kilometers out of Pollensa old town, just off the Palma road, the Club House at Golf Pollensa is set on a small hill, surrounded by the greens and breathtaking views over the valley all the way to the Bay of Pollensa. Elegany and peaceful, the restaurant has a huge wrap-around terrace for outdoor dining and a pool for guests, which the kids love!
A slight deviation on the theme, The Bakery is a small and delightful cafe with a tiny outdoor courtyard and even smaller indoor space, serving delicious homemade cakes and teas. They will also bake you a cake for birthdays and special ocasions. The kids love it here, and they are afterall the best connosseurs of fine cakes!
One of the last of its kind, Pont Roma is on the side of town that rarely gets much attention, beside the Roman bridge, and thus a great find on a busy July day. Mainly indoors though there are few small tables outside, they offer a daily set menu which typically includes a starter salad, paella or soup, meat or fish for seconds and a simple dessert. Water and wine are included in the price, bread and olives, if you ask. A favourite with locals.
Tannat is many things, bar, cafe, restaurant, meeting point, music venue... but most of all it is a tapas and wine bar. Indoors is small with room for just a few tables, but the corner bar has tables all the way round outside, which in Summer is a lovely place to sit. Live music acts most weeks start around 10pm and this used to be the main attraction, but since their revamp last year the 2 Uruguayan brothers who run the place have turned the kitchen round and now serve top quality tapas, all homemade and beautifully presented. They also have an extensive wine list making this a great place to stop for a bite.
UPlaça on the main square of Pollensa is possibly the only cafe worth mentioning in the plaza. The menu has been prepared with care and includes wonderful tapas, both traditional Mallorca fare and elaborate fusions, as well as hearty pambolis made from local farmer's loaf and cold cuts, a stapple on the island. Besides, it's always a pleasure to sit in the square, even in the busier summer season. Great for families with young children.
La Trencadora never fails. Run with love and professionalism by Italian husband and wife team Marco and Giusy and housed in the old almond mill one road along from the square with the only interior garden coutyard in town. The cuisine is fervently Italian with homemade pastas, grilled meats and the best wood oven pizzas in the north of Mallorca. The property is owned by German rockstar Peter Maffay who also runs the Can Sureda organic farm on the old Campanet road, which means that fans tend to rock up looking for him, but also that all the vegetables, the lamb and some of the wines are organically and locally grown.
At the bottom of the square in Pollensa, beside the old cinema there is a small restaurant which runs along seemingly unaware of the bustle around. yes, they do have tables outside and the clientele is obviously European as opposed to local, but there is a certain air to the place that makes it more Mediterranean bistro than tourist trap, even here. The menu is Mediterranean too with big fresh salads, seafood, grilled meats and pulses, finely cooked and well presented, the food, the setting, the establishment as a whole exudes class and style.
The Club is the only place that remains resolutely open all year, and in winter, it's often the only place to have a glass of wine or lunch. The fireplace helps. And the old men round the big table by the bar, sipping coffee with a splash of cognac and reading the morning papers. On weekdays they serve a midday set menu, basic but does the job. Don't expect high end cuisine, more like rice soup for starters and fish or steak for sceond course. But the snack menu is good, with pambolis and burgers, salads, tapas and club sandwiches. You can eat outside on the huge open terrace at the foot of the square or indoors in the big hall. As far as feeling the pulse of the local life here, the Club is as close as it gets in the centre of town.
Mediterranean fusion is how I would describe the food here, lots of homemade pasta dishes, ragu vegetables, salads, burgers. It's light and fresh, perfect for a Summer's day and the setting at the bottom of the square is strangely tranquil even in peak season. The big attraction to this fairly new addition to Pollensa's gastro tour is the open kitchen which can be seen clearly from outside. Chef and staff are all Italian, young and friendly, always a bonus.
The Italian Argentinian trio of chefs and wine buffs opened two seasons ago on the main square of Pollensa, taking the place by a storm. The rather tired cuisine of the cafes and restaurants that usually open in the most popular part of town have traditionally relied on footfall more than quality products and cooking, so when Q11 rocked up, the bar was raised somewhat. Incongruous because of its setting, this is nevertheless one of the most highly acclaimed restaurants in the north of the island.
Run by the same team from Q11, Fogoneu is housed in the old Can Costa cinema on Pollensa's Calle Mayor. Open all year round, the place is fabulous and upmarket, perfcet for out of season trips to the island. In Summer they have a few tables out on the pavement for outdoor dining, but this is mainly an indoor locale.
More of a cafe than a restaurant, Monument, on the Monument square at the entrance of town is a bar on the outside and restaurant indoors. The menu is varied and especialises in Mallorcan tapas, rice dishes and snacks. They make great burgers and are popular with local families and groups of dining teens.
Just up from the main square, on the small square with the cockerel fountain, this is a restaurant that just keeps getting better every year. Run by a Uruguyan and English couple with a low key and friendly atmosphere, and masses of outdoor space for tables, they serve simple, healthy and consistently delicious meals. A great spot for an evening out in Pollensa, not as busy as round the plaza but still central and fabulously romantic.
Friendly low-key pavement cafe in the area of the Roman Bridge on the less travelled side of Pollensa. Cafe tables and chairs under parasols on the leafy street are a welcome break from midday sun and hordes of people. Noone comes much round here, so the locals do. They offer a set menu and make the best burgers in town.
Part of the Illa group, which also run a cafe in the main square, another on the front in Port de Pollensa and the Illa cafe at the foot of the Calvario steps, la Braseria is on the Pollensa roundabout however is very much a grill restaurant, and though the setting may not sound very glamorous, it's actually a really nice spot, as well as being excellent as a meeting point. salads, pambolis, seafood and lots of grilled fish and meat catagorize the evening menu, snacks menu for lunch, and a kid's menu of smaller portions.