Restaurante La Guitarra (Menorca), culinary tradition

Interior del restaurante La Guitarra, en Ciutadella
Underground at La Guitarra, en Ciutadella

Here at Gusto Guides, we are fans of those bars and restaurants that are tucked away from the view of all but the most tenacious of day trippers, not least because they tend to be a bit quieter and better value for money.  Despite the tourist boom that Menorca has seen over the past couple of decades, many of its (generally very good) restaurants have been careful in conserving a local flavour, and some the most authentic are to be found in the backstreets of the beautiful former capital, Ciutadella.

One of the gastronomic highlights is restaurante La Guitarra, a restaurant tucked away on just one of these narrow streets.  The menu suits most tastes with a broad range of hearty Balearic meat and fish dishes as well as a selection of tapas that you can punk up to the bar and enjoy while the waiters breeze up and down the narrow stairs to the street.

La Guitarra has been run by the same family for decades, and the bare stone walls are studded with old agricultural tools, a nice way to remind punters of the sheer bloody-mindedness sometimes required to grow anything on an island like Menorca.  During summer, there are tables outside as well as the cool, cave-like interior although at busier times you may need to book.

If dinner at La Guitarra leaves you wanting more, try nearby La Margarete for a drink in their blissed-out garden, one of our favourite bars of all time.  Ever.

Our bill 

  • Sea bass
  • Local specialty roast chicken stew
  • White wine
  • Soft drink
  • Water
  • Chocolate brownie
  • Bread
  • Total: 38€

Best bits

We loved the relaxed tapas menu and focus on (sometimes fairly obscure) local dishes, as well as the authentic feel of the bar itself.   Also, the staff are a veritable goldmine of information about the Menorca of 40 years ago when their family arrived from neighbouring Mallorca.

More information:

Restaurante La Guitarra

Carrer de Nostra Senyora del Dolors,

07760 Ciutadella

Menorca

Tel: +34 971 38 13 55

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