By vida villas | 7 February 2023 | pollensa
Nestled at the foothills of the Tramuntana Mountain Range, one of the most prominent parts of Mallorca’s natural landscape, you’ll find the idyllic town of Calviá. Located on the Southwest of this Balearic isle, and viewed as charming by its residents and visitors alike, Calviá is the beating heart of Mallorca’s south, with its municipality of the same name being the most popular on the island.
Aside from its lively and vibrant nature, Calviá and its surrounding municipality has much to offer those who want to experience a bit of everything that Mallorca has to offer in one place. Situated in a tranquil area of countryside brimming with natural beauty, the bustling town centre is lined with bars, restaurants, and clubs, and nearby you’ll find swathes of sandy shoreline, leaving much to be marvelled at in this part of the island.
Calviá’s prime location also makes it within easy reach of some of the island’s other most popular destinations. The capital city of Palma, for example, thrives as Mallorca’s largest settlement and attracts all tourists looking to learn of the island’s wealth of history and culture, and is only 22 minutes away by car. Also, Magaluf, one of the island’s most popular nightlife destinations teeming with parties, clubs and all those looking to have a good time until the early hours, is only a 12-minute drive away.
Whilst all of this, and more, has visitors flocking to Calviá every year, one thing that doesn’t get as much credit is the selection of Calviá restaurants and eateries, offering visitors some of the best opportunities to sample delicious local, traditional, and international cuisine during their stay.
From rustic family-run eateries that have been honing their craft in serving traditional Mallorcan dishes for decades, to contemporary restaurants serving up Mallorca and Spain’s best dishes with a modern twist, Calviá is home to some of the best restaurants in Mallorca and has something to suit every taste and preference.
We’ve highlighted some of the best restaurants in Calviá for you to sink your teeth into during your next trip to get taken on a culinary journey of Mallorcan cuisine.
A real rustic eatery in the heart of Calviá town, Bar Rosita channels real Spanish and Mallorcan living in every part of its charming interior.
From the worn wooden shutters on its windows to its rustic wooden chairs and tables, whilst it may not look like it’s had the most love and care in the world, don’t be fooled, as this is what makes it so charming and a real hidden gem for those looking to experience the best restaurants in Calviá.
Simple but well done is how you can describe the food served here at Bar Rosita’s. Home-made Spanish cuisine is largely on offer, and for Brits visiting from abroad and wanting to sample a taste of home, the restaurant even serves up some traditional British eats to satisfy any cravings during your trip away.
Bar Rosita’s is open for all of your lunch and dinner desires from 12 pm until 11 pm on Sundays, 10 am until 3 pm and 6 until 11 pm on Mondays and from 6 pm until 12 am on Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, as well as being closed on Wednesdays.
Mesón Ca’n Torrat is the perfect example of a traditional family-run Mallorcan eatery. Family pictures frame its indoor archways and timber ceilings and tiled flooring compose its interiors, allowing its guests to experience a true Mallorcan dining experience.
Here, the tapas are the star of the show, so if you’re only feeling peckish enough for a small bite to eat, or are looking to sample a variety of local and traditional Mallorcan tapas, this is one of the best places to go. Other highlights on the menu include tender meat dishes, and a selection of homemade desserts for those with a sweet tooth to satisfy.
The restaurant also has an outdoor terrace in which its patrons can seek respite with a bite to eat and something to drink, either to escape the beating Mallorcan sunshine during the day or to indulge in the milder breezes at night.
Mesón Ca’n Torrat is easily one of the best restaurants in Calviá, for its ability to create a homely atmosphere than showcases what real and raw Mallorcan cuisine and dining is all about. The restaurant is open from 1 pm until 4 pm and from 7:30 pm until 11:30 pm on Saturdays and Sundays, and is open from 7:30 pm until 11:30 pm on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, and is closed on Tuesdays.
Nestled just outside the main town of Calviá’s busy streets you’ll find Aromes Gastrobar. This restaurant is in a unique location in Calviá, set beside the settlement’s Municipal Park, one of the most popular local green spaces in the area.
Thanks to its prime location, those who visit Aromes Gastrobar, should they choose to sit outside, can savour the beautifully manicured garden scapes, alongside verdant shrubbery and vibrant wildlife, that is set right beside its outdoor terrace space, which has ample seating for groups of all sizes.
Serving everything from tapas to brunch, light lunches and dinners, there’s an assortment of delicacies available on Aromes Gastrobar’s menu ranging from international cuisine like burgers and Asian-style eats to more local and traditional Mediterranean dishes.
The restaurant is open from 12 pm until 5 pm on Saturdays, from 7:30 am and 5 pm from Mondays to Fridays, and also from 7:30 pm until 11:30 pm on Fridays, whilst being closed on Sundays, and is perfect for those looking for a bite to eat amidst the scenic green spaces in Calviá.
Located only a short 5-minute walk from Calviá town centre (or a 40-minute walk for those looking to get their steps in!) you’ll find Restaurant Bar Nou. Whilst it may not be one of the best restaurants in Calviá, it’s certainly one of the best restaurants near Calviá.
The eatery has developed a reputation for being a meeting point near the town, particularly favoured amongst hikers and cyclists who work their way around the many ideal hiking and biking routes surrounding Calviám having therefore worked up an appetite in the process.
The foods that are particularly popular, and that the restaurant has developed a reputation for, include its garlic prawns, juicy and drenched in garlic butter, and its slow-cooked lamb which is full of flavour and falling off the bone.
This eatery is another charming and traditional Mallorcan restaurant, making for a comfortable and friendly dining experience for all those who cross its path. Restaurant Bar Nou is open from 9 am until 10:30 pm on Saturdays, Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and is open from 9 am until 4 pm and from 7 pm until 10:30 pm on Mondays and Thursdays.
Located just off of Calviá town’s main street, the Ma-1016, close to both Bar Rosita’s and Mesón Ca’n Torrat, is Sa Central, a bar and grill that is one of Calviá’s best restaurants and bars.
The eatery has indoor and sheltered outdoor seating space available and has developed its reputation for having a friendly and welcoming atmosphere, with its bar and serving staff being attentive and experienced.
Again, much like the aforementioned restaurants in Calviá, Sa Central is a traditional spot that encapsulates the simple beauty of Mallorca’s foodie scene - hearty grub paired with thirst-quenching drinks, all consumed whilst being in good company.
You’re in a prime position here to simply watch the world go by, for those who like a spot of people watching, and you’re never far from Sa Central should you be exploring the shops, bars, and eateries on offer in the centre of Calviá and along its main street, making it a convenient dining option also.
Sa Central is open from 3:30 pm until 12 am on Saturdays and from 4 pm until 12 am from Sundays through to Fridays.
For those looking to sample a little bit of luxury and fine dining during their visit to Calviá, whilst you may have to venture slightly further afield than the confines of Calviá’s charming and historic old town, this eatery is certainly worth it.
Restaurant Olivera is located in Castell Son Claret, a spectacular 15th-century countryside Mallorcan estate situated a mere 7-minute drive, or an hour’s walk, from Calviá town. The property is now one of Mallorca’s most luxurious hotels and is within 326 acres of untouched countryside beneath the La Tramuntana Mountain range.
The restaurant itself is one of two located within Castell Son Claret and offers superb gastronomy for those who seek to indulge in the finer cuisine offered on the island. Restaurant Olivera seeks to channel the beauty of Mallorca’s cuisine whilst doing this in a luxurious way to take its patrons on a journey of gastronomic discovery as they experience the best of the Mediterranean.
Led by Chef Pep Forteza, who utilises the beautiful bounty of the Mediterranean ocean in harmony with the crop and produce of the local fields and orchards that surround the Castell itself, you’ll experience fantastic fine dining with the Mediterranean and Spanish dishes served. The onsite sommelier is also available to assist those who want to pair their meals with any one of the more than 600 wine references available, from delectable reds to sweet whites.
The eatery has a marvellous outdoor terrace which overlooks the pristinely trimmed shrubbery and verdant acres of land that surround the Castello, lined with palms, from which you can see the imposing and impressive Tramuntana mountain range from.
Olivera is open from 1 pm until 6 pm and from 7 pm until 11:30 pm every day of the week.
Whether you’re looking for a long break in Mallorca, for a week or two for instance, or just a short weekend break to seek the sun, Spanish culture, and the Mediterranean way of life that Mallorca is best known for, Calviá is a fantastic destination to visit that will leave you longing for its relaxed atmosphere, picturesque old town, and mouth-watering restaurants and eateries long after you leave.
Whether you like the sound of traditional, rustic eateries lining Calviá’s historic town streets, or you’re someone who is looking to savour some of the finer cuisines on offer in its stylish and modern eateries, there’s an assortment of options available in Calviá town and its surrounded areas that are bound to suit whatever your preference may be.
So, Calviá is easily a foodie delight showcasing some of the best Mallorca restaurants for locals and visitors alike to savour during their stays with unique and incomparable dining experiences, making it a must to add to the list for those planning their next stay in Mallorca.
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