The best restaurants in Menorca keep things simple. Ocean scenes. Minimalist decor. And the freshest produce. When the sun’s shining – as it so often is, you’ll not be seeking out restaurants that have plumped for lush, cosy interiors. Here, you slink into the cooling shade of an ocean-side terrace and prepare to have your seafood served by the KG. There are, of course, places that focus on something other than Menorca’s fruits de mer, but they, at times, seem few and far between. We’ve handpicked a little of everything to make sure your Menorcan menu never gets old.
Take a morning amble to the pancake laden tables at Venus Garden. This vegan sushi spot in Es Castell has just released its brunch and breakfast menu and it’s fair to say it’s not to be missed. A cute little cafe that comes with all the expected health boosts from a plant-based eatery, with lashings of calories if you want them. As well as towers of pancakes smothered in chocolate and fruit, the toast toppings are tempting. Go for the classic smashed avo or switch it up with a PB, banana, blueberry and syrup combo. Venus also welcomes dogs – so there’s a higher than average chance of having your breakfast alongside some of Menorca’s cute and cuddly pups. Can there be a better start to the day?
Orbzii tip: Pop back to Venus Garden for dinner. Their vegan sushi menu seems simple, but the flavours will wow everyone, including confirmed sushi traditionalists.
Pipet & Co
If you’ve helped yourself to a slice or two of Menorca nightlife, the soothing pastel tones of Pipet & Co in Mahon will be a welcome sight. Dreamy interiors (with a hint of gallic chic) come with meals to suit all appetites. From light and fruity superfood bowls, to buttery croissants and sizeable omelettes, Pipet manages to pitch their menu perfectly. Homemade cakes, French toast and eggs benedict weigh in nicely with those holiday-only treats to indulge in. And, as you’d expect from one of the best breakfast restaurants in Menorca, the drinks menu doesn’t disappoint. Good, strong coffee hits the spot, while a cracking range of teas – and the delightfully on brand pink lemonade adds a lighter touch to brunch.
Harbour side views. Fresh seafood. Booked a table yet? Trebol is the triple threat of holiday lunch destinations. It’s got the Es Castell marina vibes, locally sourced ethos and a cracking menu. We could really stop the overview right here. After all, the menu’s a simple affair. For the main course, you’re looking at grilled fish, chicken or steak. But, the skill is of course in grilling it well. Naturally, Trebol’s got that covered. Starters do allow for a little more leeway, and you’ll find it hard to resist the classic Gambas al Ajillo (garlic prawns). There are a few nods to a retro menu too. Glad to see prawn cocktail and Iberian ham with melon making a comeback here. Flavour combos like that really should never go out of fashion.
Es Tast de na Silvia
You’ll not struggle to track down seafood restaurants in Menorca, but Es Tast de na Silvia is a rare find indeed. One of the few Slow Food establishments on the island, this is the place for local food and traditional cooking. Almost zero food miles, seasonal produce and a warm welcome are the mainstays here. The light and bright restaurant is decked out with herbs on the walls and some rather interesting artwork. No spoilers, but there are aubergines involved. Pull up a chair and revel in the chance to try some Menorcan cuisine.
Step through the doors of Mon Restaurant and marvel at a few things. Firstly, the prices. We know it’s not really the done thing to focus on. But here, you’ll almost feel like you should add a little more to the bill. It’s all part of the hospitality. Part restaurant, part boutique hotel in Ciutadella, at this west coast winner, you almost feel like you’re dining in someone’s house – if the host happened to be a celebrated chef with a sense of interior design minimalism. There are no Michelin stars on Menorca but this spot is, quite rightly, on their radar. After all, chef Felip Llufriu has been awarded a star or two in the past. Book a table for dinner and, if you feel inclined, try the tasting menu. A steal at €60.
The best restaurants in Menorca do seem a smidge obsessed with seafood. If you share that obsession, skip along to Cap Roig’s ocean front terrace in Mahon and tuck in. The menu is suitably stocked with the local catch. And, helpfully, if you’ve not sampled the local fish before, there’s a line or two about the unique flavours and textures to expect. Of course, you could or the mussels, paella or the fish soup. Most likely, you plump for a fish you simply can’t eat enough of. Pleasingly, it’s sold here by the kg, so you can budget for your wallet and your waistline. Prices are reasonable, given the fact anything served on the terrace – at the right time – comes with a side order of sunset.
Orbzii tip: Whether you try it here or at another coastal seafood spot, do try and sample the Caldereta de Langosta. In simple terms, it’s a lobster stew. But there’s nothing simple about this flavourful Menorcan favourite.