Ibiza is not a place usually associated with a dynamic culinary scene. Yet spots like Ibiza Town, Santa Eulàlia and other villages scattered around the island offer a wealth of gastronomic experience. We explore the top ten must-try restaurants here, from gourmet dining to home-style cooking.
Venture into the main city in Ibiza for a candid glimpse of life on the White Island far removed from the super club streets of San Antonio. Here you will find Mar A Vila, a well-renowned name in the area for serving high-quality tapas and pintxos (or small skewered snacks). For breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee, or even takeaway, Mar A Vila has an extensive menu to suit all meal times and taste buds. Its international fusion of flavors from around the world means you’re not bound to local cuisine. If sharing food isn’t for you, or you just have a larger appetite, don’t be perturbed by Mar Vila’s specialization in small snacks as you can order from the à la carte menu too.
Restaurante Mar a Vila, Avinguda Ignasi Wallis 16, Ibiza, +34 971 31 47 78
As far as renovation projects go, Sa Capella restaurant, a former church, is a roaring success. Surrounded by history and legend in a tranquil environment, Sa Capella offers a great variety of classic dishes, some of which haven’t changed since their inception 15 years ago, and some of which have been peppered with a contemporary twist to keep things fresh. From winter to summer you’ll see the menu change a little with the addition of expertly picked seasonal options. Something you can try all year round though is Sa Capella’s signature suckling pig, or the ox on a bed of a salt for something a little out of the ordinary.
Es Boldado enjoys views of the magnificent Es Vedrà rock, an island off the coast of Cala d’Hort which is shrouded in myth and legend. The enigmatic setting and isolation of Es Boldado, coupled with the fact there’s no phone signal, boosts its popularity with diners who want a peaceful retreat. Its position by the sea lends itself to serving freshly caught seafood including bullit de peix, a traditional Ibizan fish stew. Cropping up on the menu repeatedly is also arroz a banda, rice cooked in strong and flavorsome stock (not to be confused with paella!)
Es Boldado, Sant Josep De Sa Talaia, Cala D´Hort, Ibiza, +34 626 494 537
A glamorous marriage of sushi and cocktails can be found in the heart of Ibiza’s sunset strip in San Antonio. Catering to punters who like to party, Kama Sushi serves food until 1am with a resident DJ providing the soundtrack to the evening. In a similar way to traditional Spanish dining preferences, the Japanese fare at Kama Sushi is sociable with a focus on small portions ideal for sharing. Indulge in the Japanese classics such as yakitori chicken skewers, sushi and sashimi whilst testing out Kama Sushi’s signature exotic beverage, the lychee mojito.