Bodega Barahona Casa Manolo

Price guide: Mid-range

Plaça Bartomeu 1, Ses Salines, Majorca, 07640

Price guide: Mid-range

A village institution

By Tara Stevens, your Cala d'Or expert

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Recommended for:
Couples, Foodies, Mature travellers, Seasoned travellers, Sporty types, No fuss, People watching

Expert review of Bodega Barahona Casa Manolo

An island institution dating back to 1945, famed for its fresh fish and varied tapas.

Why the two names? Well, it started out as Bodega Barahona with a rudimentary licence for selling wine and liquor in 1945, transforming itself over the years into Casa Manolo: one of the best places on Majorca for home-cooked tapas and spanking fresh fish and seafood.

Food and drink: 

When second-generation Manolo took over in 1976, he proved himself something of a culinary whizz creating great things from the bounty of the sea and land. Don't miss the calamar potera (grilled squid caught just off the neighbouring island of Cabrera and dressed in its own roe and ink), arros de notarí (a rich, rice stew made with 12 different kinds of rock fish) or whole bream baked in salt.

Ambience: 

The restaurant is animated with dense nautical décor (the antithesis of modern design) and closely packed tables.

Service: 

Pride and passion hangs thick in the air and rubs off in a dining room oozing good cheer. Wonderful stuff.

Location: 

Bodega Barahona Casa Manolo is in the heart of the village of Ses Salines, close to the old church.

Price advice: 

Dishes are good value considering the freshness of the fish and the standard of the cooking. Expect to spend around 50 euros for a couple of tapas, a substantial main course and a bottle of house wine.

Tables to book: 

Have a tapa and a glass of cold, crisp Manzanilla around one of the tables on the pavement before heading inside for a proper, sit-down lunch.

More information on Bodega Barahona Casa Manolo:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Restaurant, Tapas bar
Food:
Mediterranean, Spanish, Tapas
Address:
Plaça Bartomeu 1, Ses Salines, Majorca, 07640
Telephone:
971 649 130
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Mon-Sat 1pm-4pm, 7.30pm-11pm. Closed November-April, and Sundays.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Suggested

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