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.
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.
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.
If dining is a sensory experience, then 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 al fresco restaurant here is really something else. Arrive at sunset to see the sky blush pale pink, and order cocktails before tucking into tapas dishes including avocado gazpacho, tuna tartar and miso aubergine. Follow with the tuna burger Nikkei or the solomillo; then linger over the traditional Ibizan flaó (a cheesecake made with anise and mint). Your senses will soon be sizzling.
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.
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.
Perched on a hill overlooking the ancient walls of Dalt Vila, Casa Maca is a rural hotel based in a centuries-old finca that’s gained a reputation for fantastic food. The menu is overseen by acclaimed contemporary chef David Reartes, and features inventive dishes like creamy Burratina with papaya compote and snapper ceviche with mango dulce de leche alongside comforting homemade burgers and roast chicken. Breakfast is served daily from 8am, and the menú del día (menu of the day, available between 1pm-4pm) priced at €18 (£16), is one of the best on the island.
Room 39 at Pikes
Set among rolling hills in the San Antonio countryside, Pikes is quite possibly Ibiza’s most legendary venue. 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 restaurant, Room 39, 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). On any other day of the week stop by for a stellar breakfast, lunch or dinner made using only the finest local ingredients.
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 local, slow roasted shoulder of lamb with plum purée and asparagus. Enjoy in the afternoon with the sun grazing your face, or at night, beneath a sky of twinkling stars.
A family-run affair with over two decades of history, La Escollera is a local’s 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.