Must-Try Restaurants In Ibiza, Spain

Tuck in at one of the best restaurants in Ibiza
Tuck in at one of the best restaurants in Ibiza | Courtesy of Chambao / Expedia.com
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23 July 2021

Over the years, Ibiza’s vibrant culinary landscape has come to attract almost as much attention as its club scene. Top-drawer epicurean pleasures can be found across the island, as well as more pocket-friendly fare. Before you hit the nightclubs of Ibiza, swing by one of these top restaurants for innovative Balearic Island seafood and Spanish fusion delights, washed down with Iberian wine – here are our must-try restaurants in this Mediterranean hotspot.

Amante Ibiza

Restaurant, Cocktails, $$$
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Amante Ibiza
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This cliff-flanked, fine-dining restaurant, filling Sol d’en Serra inlet and spilling onto the seafront, will feed you enviable Formentera views and superlative seafood. Go for Josper-roasted squid with sobrasada (cured Balearic sausage) and salicornia seaweed, or plump cylinders of rotja fish cannelloni with sea urchin emulsion. Veggies are no afterthought: the proof’s in the burrata with tomato and black cherry salmorejo, and the thinly sliced beetroot folded with cream cheese, drizzled with lime and agave. To end on a high, doughy chocolate buñuelos with pumpkin ice cream are advised.

Casa Maca

Restaurant, Eco-friendly
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Framed by lavender fields and fig trees, this 300-year-old farmhouse beautifully interrupts the Dalt Vila skyline as it meets the shimmering Med. Among peaceful Can Palau hills, minutes from the airport, the whitewashed getaway – with preserved oil mill – fuses global gastronomy using ingredients farmed on site. Ditch the device, do a few lengths in the cucumber-cool pool and feast on fresh fish, carrots and corn hung to roast over the al fresco fire above stacked squash and spring onion. Sink your teeth into grilled aubergine with miso emulsion and supporting acts, such as sweet potato spiked with ginger and thyme oil.

La Torre

Hostel
4.5/5 (75 Reviews)
From $59 per night per room

You only have to divert yourself from buzzing San Antonio for a couple of kilometres to find yourself among Cap Negret countryside and Cala Gracio coves with enchanting aquatic views. The food at seafront-facing La Torre is tasty and reasonably priced. Opt for lobster rolls or order a shareable spread taking in umami-laden miso aubergine, Spanish omelette with Iberian ham and truffle, padron peppers and mussels with fennel and white wine. Don’t leave without devouring the caramelised milkiness of the dulce de leche ‘volcano’ for dessert.

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The Giri Cafe

Restaurant, Mediterranean, Fusion, $$$
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The Giri Café
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These guys are all about engaging the senses with gastronomy that begins in the Giri garden. With over 50 plant types – berries, herbs, leafy veg – it makes for a visible root-to-table ethos. Breakfast on eggs from Ibiza’s happiest hens, or mint tea chia pudding and sweet fermented amazake (rice drink). Best veggie picks include scrambled tofu, tomato and onion with burnt kale, and Andalusian mollete (bread) with olive butter or hazelnut praline. The tempo picks up at night – supper could be colourful codfish confit with orange peel, squid ink potato purée and green alioli once a few biodynamic Iberian wines have been imbibed.

Es Torrent

Restaurant, Seafood, $$$
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Making the Ibiza-Denia journey? Es Torrent – namesake of the south coast cove between beaches Porroig and Sa Caixota – is a perfect anchor point. There’s even an auxiliary boat to bring sailors to shore. Hop off and sample sautéed sea cucumber or so-called blind paella (free of bones/shells). Es Torrent is a lifetime’s experimentation with seafood – be it spiny lobster, razorfish, sea snails or monkfish. As for dessert, put a call in for the pineapple ‘au gratin’ with Cointreau and Catalan custard, or greixonera (bread pudding) made with day-old ensaïmada pastry, eggs, milk and raisins. There’s even a cigar menu.

Sa Soca

Restaurant, Mediterranean, $$$
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Run by the same family for years – opened by Antonia and Andrés in 1976 in a barn on their farm – Sa Soca’s inviting atmosphere makes customers feel like friends. The next generation, Andrés and Alicia, have inherited the place, with Antonia’s well-worn chef whites passed to chef J. Miguel Gonzalez. If you want hearty home-cooked meat or fish, hotfoot it to Sa Soca’s grapevine-garlanded terrace, where the menu combines warming stews with lighter seafood.

Chambao

Restaurant, Spanish
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Chambao
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At Nobu’s smart yet laid back chiringuito, you can wander in wearing flip-flops after lazing by the sea, and take in the laissez-faire vibe. It’s lovely for a leisurely lunch, with five types of paella on the cards, alongside fancier fare such as tuna parpatana partnered with kaffir lime, honey butter, and Cantabrian anchovies. Eggs and candied potatoes are the order of the morning, while asparagus and lobster tempura with romesco sauce ticks the suppertime box. Need some TLC? Get your hair done at the John Frieda salon or unwind with a sound healer.

El Chiringuito

Bar, Restaurant, Mediterranean, $$$
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El Chiringuito
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On Ibiza’s first nudist beach, El Chiringuito continues the spirit of tolerance and fun – don’t worry though, it’s not a naked dining deal. Pick up a morning bagel and watch the kids make bracelets in the sand. Vegetables – from the ecologically oriented Farm Agriculture Lab – take centre stage in dishes such as vegan pesto spaghettini with avocado, basil, nutritional yeast and almonds. Seafood aficionados can tuck into tuna burgers or French oysters, best with the champagne sangria. Pudding? The pecan pie pairs well with Pedro Ximenez.

Laylah

Restaurant, Fusion
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Beside Talamanca’s stretch of golden sands and azure marina, Laylah has been built around the universal hit trinity of food, music and connection. Grilled artichokes with parmesan share menu space with crispy, spiced chicken ‘cigars’, delicately made with filo pastry and tahini. Share endives with herb tabbouleh and roasted pecans, or take on silky tuna tartare solo. At the lounge bar – specialising in homemade tinctures and secret spice mixes – the pouring of a libation is full of ceremony. Pick your poison and watch mixologists work magic.

Pamela's

Restaurant, Snacks
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Pikes on Sundays by la skimal | © laskimal
Awash with bougainvillea-dripping balconies and mirror balls, Pamela’s is named after hotel Pikes’ 1970s bacchanalian muse. Dine on quirky à la carte caviar with crème fraiche and potato smileys – or slink in during Sunday lunchtime for roast dinner buns. Chef Tess Prince’s brunch offering features Ayurvedic and macrobiotic influences – expect banana with nut butter, hemp and cacao nibs on malted rye; manchego rarebit with black garlic; and, aiding morning-after recovery, vitamin-boosting pink pitaya fruit ‘nicecream’.

This is an updated rewrite of an article originally by Hannah Rose Symons.

These recommendations were updated on July 23, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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