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“Great food, good prices, fantastic hosts!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Smugglers

The Smugglers
Passeig Maritim, Binibeca, Minorca, Spain
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Ranked #3 of 10 Restaurants in Binibeca
Cuisines: British
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
London, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“Great food, good prices, fantastic hosts!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

We initially went for dinner at Smugglers as it was a stones throw from the villa where we were based for our week in Minorca. Well what a find! We were greeted warmly by the owner John who handles all front of house activities and we were seated quickly in the downstairs part of the restaurant. Drinks arrived within 5 minutes of being ordered and food order taken by friendly staff. The food is great, decent portions (a proper plate-full if that makes sense) at fair prices with choices to suit all tastes including kids and veggies. There is also a nightly special (I had the pork knuckle during our stay - delicious). During our week we had dinner 5 times (we won the quiz during our visit, that was a good night!) a lunch on our penultimate day and breakfast on our departure day. So I can honestly say all the food offered here is good! And if you like Liquor coffees, I definitely recommend trying one here for a twist on the normal presentation. Not only do they achieve the perfect division between coffee and cream but also coffee and spirit - amazing! And still tastes great. Evelyn is very much back of house and in charge of the kitchen and the pride she takes in her food is obvious. Every evening she will come out and those that are still in the dining areas, are asked if they've enjoyed their food and for feedback. A lovely touch during one of our visits, was when discussing the next nights special (Balmoral chicken) which my father wasn't too keen on (not a haggis fan....), Evelyn popped down and said she was going to the butchers the next day and would he like some lamb chops instead? How lovely is that?

And to clarify a point that I picked up on in other review:
Yes downstairs is a touch on the warm side when full - but there is an air conditioning unit installed and John is very aware of the ambient temperature and will adjust to ensure that all diners are comfortable.

I couldn't find fault with this restaurant or its lovely owners - can't recommend highly enough.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Manchester
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Nice little place”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013

We visited on previous good reviews, we found that it was a nice little place. The food was relitavely cheap - 3 courses for 12.50 or 2 for 10 euros. The food was nice and the owners did what they could to make you feel welcome

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Smugglers provides good food and good prices and the atmosphere is great.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013 via mobile

Agree with Ian J, we have been coming to Menorca for 8 years. During the course of this time it has been safe to say the food has been very good. John & Evelyn and the staff have never anything other than friendly. As we go away in August my son has his birthday and we go to Smugglers to celebrate, John goes out of his to arrange for a birthday cake. Can't wait for our first visit in August this year!!

  • Visited July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Good food good hosts”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013 via mobile

We have visited binineca on many occasions. We have just returned after another week there, we found the smugglers to still be the most consistent for good food and value for money with friendly staff with John still doing an exelent job on front of house service. Saturday night was karaoke night what a good night every one enjoyed it with a mixture of age groups well done smugglers.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Paisley, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Excellent food excellent hosts excellent staff and excellent food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2013 via mobile

Been coming here for 5 years and cannot believe review by mike r. Have tried most things on menu and every time quality and quantity has been excellent. John and Evelyn are super hosts and always go out of there way to make you welcome. All of the staff are always extremely friendly and helpful also. I would strongly recommend the smugglers to all visitors if in the area don't avoid don't avoid don't avoid calling in for a meal and drink as you will be made most welcome .

Visited June 2013
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