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The Best Restaurants in Menorca, Spain – 7 Seafood Dishes you have to try!

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Restaurants in Menorca offer the hungry traveller a truly sensational eating experience. At the heart of any travel destination is food and this is especially true of Menorca; the cultivation, collection, variation, preparation and ultimately its consumption are the foundation for almost all activity on the island and the daily schedules of those who live there. Everything is planned according to when, where, what and how one eats, with food being much more than simply stuffing to fill an empty tank. In Menorca, eating bland, boring, or unhealthy food for the sake of it will simply not be tolerated!

The perfect year-round climate and the fertile land ensure that Menorca has a constant supply of fresh produce, including sun-ripened fruits and vegetables, almonds and olives, and a thriving beef cattle and dairy industry.

Of course, in true Mediterranean tradition, seafood takes pride of place on most menus in Menorca. Daily catches of lobster, fish and Calamari squid land on the docks each day and make their way from there to the local restaurants, where they are served to a steady supply of hungry customers from around the world! 

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Here is a selection of the best restaurants in Menorca and the seafood dishes you have to try there!

1. Lobster Soup at Café Balear

Why is it one of the best restaurants in Menorca?

After a slow wander through the winding streets of Ciutadella, a set of wide stone steps brought us into the marina where Café Balear’s boat, the Rosa Santa Primera has been bringing in a daily selection of freshly caught Mediterranean seafood for over 20 years. Directly on the water but tucked away in a narrow curve is the well-renowned fish restaurant that began life in the 70’s as a fisherman’s tavern and today, run by the son of the original owners, has diners lining up for hours for a spot on the waterside.

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The speciality here is lobster soup, which the master chefs prepared for us from start to finish, with us as their audience. This began by selecting the live lobsters caught that morning, which they then expertly chopped and prepared to be cooked inside the Tian (a large ceramic dish that enhances the flavour by retaining heat throughout the surface). This is a dish best shared and the size of the Tian depends on the group. For our group of 8 three whole lobsters went into an enormous Tian to be flambéed with oil and the house sauce (it’s a secret recipe) and finally simmered with plenty of fish stock for a further 30 minutes.

A dining experience here should not be rushed and we waited with much anticipation before the immense vat was brought to our table to be introduced by the proud restaurant owner. We were encouraged not to be formal and break into the huge chunks of lobster with our hands and slurp every last drop of the rich soup, a slightly messy but very rewarding and memorable meal!

2. Swordfish Carpaccio at Café Balear

Why is it one of the best restaurants in Menorca?

While our lobster soup was simmering we tucked into an impressive array of appetisers, the first being incredibly finely sliced swordfish, again freshly caught by their fishermen that day. The flavour is really delicate and, being so thin, won’t spoil your appetite.

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3. Venus Verrucosa at Café Balear

Why is it one of the best restaurants in Menorca?

While its name may not be too appetising this small, oyster-like member of the clam family is a local delicacy and due to its rarity is much more sought after than the better-known oyster. Ours were served incredibly fresh with a drizzle of lemon juice.

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4. Squid and Artichoke at Trebol in Es Castell

Why is it one of the best restaurants in Menorca?

The next day, after a full morning walking off the previous night’s lobster soup, we arrived in one of two pretty harbours in Es Castell, a small town in the south of the island. The wide, open promenade brings you the length of the harbour to Trebol, placed in perfect view of the many boats bobbing up and down on the calm, sparkling water. This is an idyllic lunch spot on a sunny day, where you can take in the view as you slowly make your way through the fresh fish menu. We started ours with huge helpings of baked squid and artichoke and plenty of olive oil and local mayonnaise which we learnt has its origins in Menorca and not France as most people believe.

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5. Seafood Platter at Trebol in Es Castell with freshly caught Scorpion Fish, Monkfish, Sea Bass and Bream

Why is it one of the best restaurants in Menorca?

If you haven’t overdone it with the starters like me, the main course is the real attraction at Trebol. Wide platters come stacked with various local catches including Sea Bream, Black Bream, Scorpion Fish and Monkfish garnished with bright langoustines.

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6. Mussels Baked with Breadcrumb and Tomato at Es Moli d’es Raco

Why is it one of the best restaurants in Menorca?

Moli is Catalan for windmill, and so Es Moli d’es Raco is very easy to find with its restaurant housed within the base of the original windmill in this working farm in the village of Es Mercadel.  Since their opening in 1982 their gardens have influenced the menu and stocked the kitchen for its classic Menorcan dishes of which we sampled many during a long, lazy lunch.  Their baked mussels are incredibly moreish with a topping of warm, crispy breadcrumbs and tomato sauce.

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7. Calamari at Es Moli d’es Raco

Why is it one of the best restaurants in Menorca?

All over Menorca you will find excellently prepared fresh calamari, as the local restaurants scoop it up off the docks as quickly as the fishermen can pull it fresh and alive out of the water! The dish is very much a staple of the local diet and at Es Moli d’es Raco they’ve perfected the dish by quickly frying it in a very light batter giving it the perfect texture and a light crunch, beneath which you find the pure taste of the ocean.

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  1. I have been to Majorca, but never Menorca! I now have added it to my list as some of these dishes need to be sampled….. by me!

  2. I’d love to try lobster and swordfish, I’m not usually a seafood fan but both of these dishes are on my food bucket list for sure, they look lovely! x

  3. YUM!!! All the food pictured looks amazing! It’s my dream to go on a foodie holiday around the world! Wold definiely go to places like these

  4. I haven’t been to Menorca since I was 10, but this post is making me want to go back. Even just for the food!

  5. Oh! How much yum is there here?! I’ve never been to Spain, but I’d love to go one day – just for the food!

  6. I am a veggie but I really do appreciate the freshness and quality of Menorcan cuisine. So much better than fast food.

  7. I’m not a massive seafood fan myself, but I have a friend who would love the look of all these places. Thanks for sharing!

  8. This sounds yummy. i love seafood and this sounds so tasty, especially the first two places/meals. I have not yet had lobster though and look forward to one day trying that!

  9. My eldest daughter is going to Menorca in July with her Dad and partner and sister. She is so excited. Those restaurants sound delicious

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