The ultimate guide to Ibiza – Restaurants
With globally popular parties, breathtaking beaches and those infamous Ibiza sunsets taking the limelight throughout the summer, the island is rarely associated with an incredible cuisine scene. But through recent years, the increase of holiday makers wanting an all-round experience while on their trip to the White Isle has caused a welcome rise in top level restaurants, global brands and traditional eateries all catering for those with a taste for the finer things in life.
Whether you’re looking for a beach-side lazy lunch, or a wild party brunch, Ibiza has finally caught up to speed and has some world-class options on offer to you.
The Lively Ones
Situated in the modern marina area of Ibiza Town, Lio (part of the Pacha Group) has combined dining with entertainment, perfect for a special night out or a group get-together before heading out to one of the super clubs on the island. With both a stage and a pool, Lio’s cabaret offers a modern and sexy twist on the classic ‘dinner and a show’ combination. The menu is made up of perfectly curated Japanese fusion dishes, with a stunning list of drinks to match, and when the venue transforms into a club come 1am – you might find it hard to want to leave!
Another Marina Botafoch favourite, STK, offers awe-inspiring views over the marina, the old port and Dalt Vila, and fills its weekly schedule with events all throughout the summer. Brunches, dinner discos and ladies night (with an astonishing drag act to boot) all make for a fun and exciting evening out this globally-recognised eatery. The clue is in the name when it comes to cuisine, specialising in the finest cuts of beef, but the menu also caters for those who aren’t a fan of red meat (and the truffle fries are to die for!). The menu also boasts giant 3 litre cocktails to share with your whole table, so we’re pretty sure all bases are covered.
When a restaurant concept is created by two world acclaimed chefs and a man of Cirque de Soleil fame, you just know that you are in for a life-changing experience. Heart promises to bring you just that, and completely change your opinion of late-night dining fused with amazing entertainment. Featuring an innovative menu and a jaw-dropping show while you eat, head chef Rafa Zafra has said that ‘you really have to live it to understand it’. So, let yourself get carried away in the HEART Ibiza experience and allow yourself be surprised and delighted at a night at this Marina based restaurant.
The Healthy Ones
Aubergine in San Miguel offers seasonal Mediterranean dishes, with incredible vegan and vegetarian options. Their ‘farm to table’ ethos means that all of the vegetables used in the dishes come from neighbouring and local farms, and the menu items are simply fresh, colourful and inviting. Housed in a traditional finca, a dining experience at Aubergine removes you from the wild side of Ibiza and transports you into tranquility and simplicity. Think airy terraces and relaxing lounges – the perfect lunchtime or evening escape.
Raw, vegan and plant-based cuisine takes center stage at Wild Beets in Santa Gertrudis. Offering organic, locally sourced and healthy meals daily, the team at Wild Beets are committed to making exquisite dishes that are not only good for the body but taste absolutely delicious too. Each item on the menu has been carefully calibrated to ensure maximum nutrient density and flavour. Combining science, nutrition and a love of good food to bring a healthy awareness to the table. Relax in the bright and spacious courtyard whilst embracing the holistic side of the White Isle.
A very modern take on the fitness foodie scene is Skinny Kitchen, a healthy hangout serving clean, fresh dishes all day long. Looking out onto San Antonio’s marina, Skinny Kitchen is a health food cafe with the motto ‘Eat Clean, Rave Dirty’. The Skinny Kitchen took Ibiza by storm when it opened back in 2014, by husband and wife team Joel and Lois Belchem, inspired by their love of fitness, clean food and of course Ibiza! But don’t worry, between the smoothies and the protein shakes are some incredibly delicious skinny cocktails, healthy twists on desserts and feel good food to help aid that Ibiza hangover.
The Upmarket Ones
A former church on the outskirts of San Antonio has been incredibly restored and is now home to restaurant Sa Capella. Offering classic Spanish dishes with modern twists, this dining establishment is perfect for those special occasions. Inside you will find gothic chandeliers and glowing candlelight, or alternatively choose to sit outside in the courtyard under the stars while you sip Sa Capella’s homemade hierbas or try their famous suckling pig. Open for most of the year, this restaurant is a firm favourite with locals and residents.
Few things are more quintessentially Ibicencan than dining at the beach and few beach clubs are more blissful than El Chiringuito. Situated on the beach of Es Cavallet, El Chiringuito is a hub for relaxed seaside dining, with a mix of French and Moroccan cuisine and lots of seafood, with dishes to share, drinks to enjoy and always with a tiny threat of hedonism lingering in the background – it is Ibiza after all. Whitewashed daybeds and decking facing the ocean make for the perfect daytime hangout or arrive for a late dinner and sit under the stars whilst listening to the waves lapping gently on the shore.
Globally recognised restaurant brand Nobu is situated on the Talamanca beachfront. Nobu Matsuhisa’s signature Japanese dishes fill the menu, including Tiradito, Yellowtail Sashimi with Jalapeno and Black Cod Miso, as well as dishes inspired by the island. Team this with expertly blended cocktails and the option of dining casually poolside or more formally in the main restaurant, and you have yourself a winning combination. The views from the restaurant themselves will simply take your breath away.
The Favourite Ones
Tapas Restaurant and Lounge
A firm favourite for the San Antonio crowd, Tapas Restaurant never admits to being a traditional Spanish tapas eatery. Instead, it offers small plates of amazing food, adding in a sprinkling of innovation and a whole lot of fun. Add a flair behind the bar (the cocktails are ah-maazing) and you’ve got yourself a perfect atmosphere the enjoy the sharing experience that they have created. There’s even a shisha lounge and bar for pre or post-dinner relaxation, so make a night of it. Booking in the height of summer is essential.
One of the many beach bars located on Playa D’en Bossa, Beachouse has become an established island favourite, offering exquisite food and inventive cocktails served in a welcoming environment of laid-back luxury. Chic, sandblasted décor, a cool crowd and buzzing atmosphere, Beachouse is the perfect stop off for a lively lunch or dinner with friends. Thanks to an incredible menu of simple, authentic, Mediterranean dishes, it’s popular with tourists, locals and residents.
Situated off a dirt track road, Bambuddha immediately makes you feel as if you have left the party island of Ibiza and have been transported to the calm, spiritual oasis of Bali’s Ubud. Bamboo shoots rise between incredible Buddha statues, and private dining areas split off from the main restaurant, allowing the perfect spot for a group dinner. Lovingly created food and cocktails mix Asian and Mediterranean cuisines, offering specialties from Thailand, Japan & Vietnam. Bambuddha is the perfect spot for vegetarian and vegan options, as traditionally made and beautifully tasty.
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