These days Ibiza is renowned as much for its culinary prowess as it is for its clubbing scene, and rightly so. In recent years, a slew of world-class restaurants have popped up across the island, adding a much-needed dose of diversity to its culinary landscape. That’s great news for foodies, but purists needn’t be concerned — there are still plenty of toes-in-the-sand gems and rustic, countryside treasures to keep everyone happy. Presuming you can tear yourself away from the dancefloor for long enough to pick up a fork, of course.
El Chiringuito Es Cavallet
Adored by the free-spirited bobos who bounce around the globe chasing the sun, El Chiringuito Es Cavallet is one of the island’s most famous restaurants, with a menu that simply begs to be devoured. By day, dine on the salt-kissed sun loungers sandwiched by sand dunes on one side and the Mediterranean Sea on the other. By night, head indoors to see the venue transformed by moonlight, candles, and unashamed romanticism. The seared tuna and the Black Angus fillet mignon cooked on the bespoke wood-fired grill are mouth-watering must-tries.
Best table: The much coveted table 12
Finca La Plaza
Located in the centre of Santa Gertrudis, widely regarded as Ibiza’s culinary capital, Finca La Plaza lies a stone’s throw from the village’s centuries-old church and the bustling main square. But stepping through its gates is akin to discovering your own secret garden. Ambient music plays, bulbs are strung between palm trees, and an air of Balearic magic hangs in the air. The menu is great too, and full of interesting flavour combinations. Both the fresh burrata with babaganoush and anchovies and the octopus with kumquat confit work particularly well.
Best table: Any on the terrace
Boasting some of the most impressive vistas on the island, The View’s location within the grounds of Seven Pines Resort Ibiza is unbeatable. Built on a clifftop near Cala Codolar, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea and the distinctive outline of the rock formation of Es Vedra beyond, it’s a beautiful spot at any time of day but particularly stunning at sunset when the sky glows ablaze. Wine, service and ambience are all exceptional, and the modern Asian menu is inspired — the smoke-infused fish cooked on the Japanese Robata grill is especially memorable.
Best table: At sunset, anywhere on the terrace. Indoors, the chef’s table so you can watch genuine sushi masters at work
Dining is a sensory experience and nowhere can send the eyes, ears and tastebuds into overdrive quite like Los Enamorados. With a seaside location in Portinatx, Ibiza’s northernmost beach, the alfresco restaurant here is really something else. Arrive at sunset to see the sky blush pale pink, and order cocktails before tucking into dishes including burrata salad, slow-cooked octopus, baked cauliflower and the much-loved gambas taco. The atmosphere is upbeat and the tunes are soul and funk-inspired; you can’t hear a kick drum for miles.
Best table: On the terrace
A firm favourite with locals (who'll find any excuse to get together), Es Boldado’s famous menu features traditional dishes like paella and bullit de peix, the quintessential local stew made with fish and served with rice. It’s a no-nonsense sort of place that boasts one of the best views on the island, overlooking the magical rock of Es Vedra and the Mediterranean Sea below. Open for lunch and dinner, it’s especially popular at sunset, when diners get to accompany dishes with a kaleidoscopic sky and follow it with a shot of local hierbas.
Best table: Anywhere on the terrace
A laid-back spot near the village of San Lorenzo, deep within Ibiza’s countryside, La Paloma’s charm lies in its simple, home-cooked style food that’s made using the very best organic ingredients and served beneath the shade of trees and blossoming flora. Sourced locally where possible, the menu changes weekly according to seasonality and availability. But the mixed salad, made with fresh veggies from the garden, daily baked bread, and two types of pasta are always available. Come for lunch and be sure to linger, this is rustic, authentic Ibiza at its best.
Best table: Anywhere in the garden
Perched on a hill overlooking the glittering lights of Ibiza Town in the distance, Casa Maca is a rural hotel based in a centuries-old finca that’s gained a reputation for a fabulous place to feast among friends. Plump organic veggies are plucked from the surrounding gardens and choice cuts of meat and fish are flame-grilled over charcoal — the emphasis is on quality, local ingredients cooked well, with international flair. Tuck in beneath a velvety black sky and nod along to the eclectic soundtrack — this is an outdoor dining experience worth savouring. Minimum spend of €150 per person.
Best table: On the outside terrace overlooking Ibiza Town
A lively, low-cost locale set among one of Ibiza town’s busy squares, Chidas started out as a small scale cantina but quickly grew into a full scale restaurant. Loved by locals, it’s low-fuss but high impact Mexican food that pairs tasty tacos with tequila and bulging burritos with mezcal and other agave spirits. Bustling from day to night, it’s a casual place where the dishes, drinks and tunes do the talking. That means that as well as being the best Mexican restaurant on the island, it’s also bundles of fun.
Set in the San Antonio countryside, Pikes is a boutique hotel famed for its hedonistic leanings and an eccentric setting that could jump straight from the pages of a Hunter S. Thompson tale. It’s also renowned for its flagship restaurant, Pamelas, which serves wildly satisfying Sunday roasts with all the trimmings (and tastes best accompanied by a Bloody Mary, a side of mischievous company, and an ambient soundtrack) in hot pink surroundings. The Love Food Ibiza brunch has become a daily favourite, don’t leave the island till you’ve tried one of Tess Prince’s epic sausage rolls.
Best table: Overlooking the famous pool from Wham’s Club Tropicana music video
A barefoot hangout located on the shores of Cala Molí on Ibiza’s west coast, El Silencio is the kind of beach club that leaps from the pages of a design magazine, with fringed parasols, bamboo shading and billowing seagrass lampshades. It’s a welcome antidote to the island’s usual preened glamour, channelling instead the free spirit of the seventies. Three-Michelin starred chef Mauro Colagreco showcases food cooked by the flame, while Remy Savage of the World’s 50 Best Bars whizzes up cocktails with a twist. It all leaves you feeling energised rather than depleted, a rarity indeed.
The Giri Café
An idyllic spot found in the sleepy village of San Juan, The Giri Café is housed within a 300-year old townhouse that’s set between the historic town square and a bountiful garden. The predominantly Mediterranean menu is etched in simplicity and sings with the freshness of its ingredients – think flame-roasted sea bass with red miso vegetables and Angus burger with kimchi mayo, cheddar, pickles. Enjoy in the afternoon with the sun grazing your face, or at night, beneath a sky of twinkling stars.
Best table: In the garden
Housed within the Ibiza Gran hotel in Marina Botafoch, La Gaia was recently awarded its first Michelin Star. It was a long time coming for chef Óscar Molina, whose creative skill and exceptional eye for detail was already island-renowned. Choose from two (very reasonably priced) tasting menus, the 10-course Tanit or 14-course Posidonia, and relish a carousel of plates that are as pretty as they are delectable. Fine dining on Ibiza isn’t as common as you might think, so this is a great option for a special occasion, especially when combined with the personalised wine pairing.
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A family-run affair with over two decades of history, La Escollera is a locals' favourite on the windy shores of Es Cavallet. The most famous dish is Yaya’s (the Catalan word for granny) paella, which was the first thing on the menu when the restaurant initially opened its doors, and remains a bestseller to this day. Another classic is the salt-baked sea bass, which is coated in a crust using the produce collected from the nearby salt flats. A seafood restaurant that makes you feel like part of the family, such laid-back charm is to be cherished on Ibiza.
Reservations: Essential – private events are held here, too
Best table: As close to the sea as you can get