Being a small island in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, it comes as no surprise that the Balearic Island of Ibiza has some excellent seafood restaurants. Fortunately you don’t have to break the bank to sample the best of it. From budget to blow-out, here’s our pick of some of the best seafood eateries around the island.
A worthy contender for best seafood restaurant on the island, Can Pujol is located in a simple, thatched, al fresco building right next to the water’s edge in the village of Sant Josep de sa Talaia. It’s well known for its excellent bullit de peix, a fish stew served with arroz a banda, a thin layer of rice cooked with fish stock and cuttlefish. The restaurant also serves delicious paellas and fish grills. In summer, reservations are a must.
Located right at the end of the small cove of the same name, and surrounded by pine forests and idyllic sea views sits Restaurante Cala Salada. A simple and rustic affair with plastic chairs and tables, this is a favorite with locals. Specializing in lobsters, which you can pick right from the tank, they also do delicious bowls of fresh mussels and mouth-watering paellas. Open for lunch and dinner, it’s also the perfect spot to watch the sun set while sipping a glass of wine.
Situated on the outskirts of Ibiza Town, choose to dine on the restaurant’s glass-fronted terrace or in their contemporary dining room with polished wood floors. This restaurant specializes in rice dishes such as paellas, fish, seafood and fideuas (paellas made with short noodles instead of rice). Try their traditional Ibizan dishes such as borrida de rajada (boiled skate with almonds), Ibizan-style spiny lobster or grilled clawed lobster with garlic.
A beach club serving excellent seafood, Es Torrent is located on the stunning Porroig Bay. Dining is right on the beach, so you can dig your toes into the sand as you munch on traditional plates of bullit de peix, black rice made with squid ink and lobster stew.
A chic and stylish beach bar, this is not strictly just a seafood restaurant as they also serve burgers and salads, however the majority of the menu features ingredients from the sea. Not focusing only on traditional Ibizan dishes, they also have seafood from Japan, Italy, the UK (fish and chips) and the rest of Spain. Choose from plates such as artichokes with black tiger prawns, Galician-style octopus, clams sautéed in white wine or sea bream fillet.
Located in Cala D’Hort right next to the sea, this restaurant offers one of the best views of the magnificent Es Vedra rock while you dine. They serve up every type of seafood you can imagine, from grilled grouper to fresh squid, steamed mussels, clams and typical guisado de pescado (fish stew). They also have a range of rice and paella dishes. Try the paella de espardeñas y gambas (paella with sea cucumber and prawns).
Located right on Cala Vadella Beach in the village of Sant Josep de sa Talaia, family-run Can Jaume was one of the first restaurants in the south of the island and has been going for around 50 years. As well as serving top quality fish and paella dishes, it’s a tapas and cocktail chill-out bar.