Our guide to getting the best value eating and drinking for YOU from your holiday in Menorca. Provides an idea of your daily food and drinks budget.
Menorca is not a cheap destination, neither is it expensive but generally resort level prices will be higher than mainland Spain and Majorca. Obviously exchange rates play a big part as does your taste in food, branded drinks habits and how much you want to pay for 'the view'.
Whether you are staying B&B, Half -Board or 100% self catering nothing beats the pleasure of a good value meal or drink, freshly cooked away from the buffet queue or Villa kitchen. A rough daily budget including meal time drinks ( light breakfast, 1 sit down full fixed price meal with drinks and single course ) for 2 adults with two under 12's would be 80-100 Euro ( as of 2015 )
Alcoholic drinks tend to appear quite expensive on the bar list, but usually have much larger measures so are not bad. Imported UK beer and cider brands ( will have a significant higher price )
Local Beer is stronger at 4.5-5% ( Campo Cruz,San Miguel and Estrella ) pint 2.50-3.50 where as Imported Beer/Cider 3.50-4.50 , small glass (a Cana ) 1.50-2 Euro,bottle 1.60 Coke or Fanta about the same.
(Menu del Dia)12-16 for 3 courses with drinks and bread. Childrens Menus with drink 6-10 Euro
(Menu del Noche)About 3-5 more than lunchtime menus at around 15-20
Tapas 3-5 with bread, Hot 1/2 Baguette (Bocadillo) with fries 4-6
Beach Resort Price Guide
Fish tends to be more expensive than meat dishes.
Tip because they have local populations towns have a lot more 'Specials'. Menu del Dia/Noches in towns will also span a wider price range. You can be sure that a 25 Euro Menu del Dia in town is something special!
It cannot be stressed enough about Menorca. With the exception of Ciutadella, Menorca has no old towns on the coast so food shops and restaurants in beach resorts are seasonal( 6 months only ) and will be focused on holiday visitors - this all has an impact on prices.
It is wise to remember that you are effectively paying for your food and drink months in advance at changing exchange rates, unless you are upgrading to AI locally.
In towns lunch is usually from 13:00 to 15-16:00 , evenings from 19:00-midnight. In beach resorts these times may start and end a little earlier. A 5-10% tip may be left if you are happy with the service. Children are always very welcome on Menorca.
By law all bars have to publish in visible locations all their prices, they also need to advertise that they have complaint forms.
All Inclusive on Menorca - what to expect
Tends to be promoted as the 'low price' option in a standard hotel rather than as part of some package for extensive remote location stay. So if the half and full board guests are getting the same food (hotel has only one dining room ) expect that the drinks and snacks offerings could be offering unbranded drinks and budget end snacks to keep costs down.
The Menú del Día or Menu of the Day is a fixed price lunch time menu of 2/3 courses which includes drinks and is the most economical way to eat in a restaurant. They vary greatly, but are generally not about 'poor' food but value and a requirement of law to be offered. They are usually prominently displayed, if not ask!
What to expect?
The set menu will normally include 2 courses ( each with several options ) with or without dessert and may include bread, drink of your choice (usually water or wine) and coffee – all for one price including VAT ( IVA Incluido ).
The menu shown here is from Josefina/Maritim in Es Castell/Mahon and is an example of a quality menu for little money!
Menus will state 'con pan y vino/agua' (with bread and wine/water).
They often change ( even every day ). It is not uncommon to have items from the a la carte menu included for a lot less, is often a very good way to enjoy fish which tends to be expensive when ordered individually.
The menu del Dia's price will tend to show the quality and some restaurants have a low , mid-range and a higher price fixed menu which reflect the quality of the dishes on offer.
The first course is called 'Primeros Platos' , the second course 'Segundos Platos' and desserts will be under 'Postres'
You might be able to replace a dessert course with coffee if this was not included - just ask.
It is usually possible to order a different branded soft drink/beer - but not always the case, so again, ask otherwise you might find it as an extra item on your bill.
A trip by bus to the local town might yield your best value meal of the holiday!
The Menú del Noche or Evening Menu is generally offered less often than lunch time fixed price menus. It is also more expensive , but can also include better dishes than the lunch time variant.
Other than that they follow the same 'rules' as the Menu del Dia.
S/C does not meaning eating every meal out or cooking every thing yourself. 'Pimp up' a fresh ready made meal!
In recent years there has been a growth of little shops opening up specialising in pre-prepared meals 'Plats Preparat'. These can be great value to take back to your holiday home to enjoy there and in picknicks. These meals will be home made ( you'll probbaly see the kitchen from the counter ). With some places offering 2 or 3 courses as a "until we run out" (hasta la fin) special . The portion sizes means with bread you'll will have enough for two and a meal for less than 10€. The dishes will be visible so you can choose with your eyes too!
Supermarkets are increasingly offering local dishes in chill cabinets. They won't be as good as the specialist shops,but still very tasty and good value.
Sa Cuina de Mo Mare - Carrer Gran 32, Es Castell