Though famous for its music scene and stunning nightlife, the island of Ibiza is also home to a UNESCO World Heritage Site, stunning scenery and historic sites, and delicious food. Many travelers assume that they will find only the regionally famous tapas, paella and other favorites of the Mediterranean diet, but the island actually offers a wealth of must try restaurant options. Spread out from Ibiza Town to Santa Eulalia and several other smaller towns, these dining experiences will surprise you and delight you at all times.
Let’s first get you to one of the top tapas spots on the island. With a wine bar and “pick as you go” approach to dining, you will love the freshness of the ingredients and the laid back take on décor. Social and busy, you can sit outdoors and watch the bustle of Ibiza as you pop a delectable tapas and follow it with a sip of a flawlessly chosen wine. This Ibiza Town spot is at Carrer Bisbe Torres Mayans.
Set into the thriving San Antonio area of Ibiza Town, this restaurant is one of the finest dining venues on the island. Housed in a renovated, 400-year-old church, and surrounded by more tranquil buildings it focuses on serving classic Ibizan dishes but only those made with the freshest local ingredients. They are known for ox on a bed of salt and their signature suckling pig.
If the island had a famous restaurant, it would have to be this one. As one reviewer noted, “for 15 years, tourists and locals alike have continued to make the rather arduous journey through the Ibizan hills to Bambuddha to soak in the mystical atmosphere and sample the distinctive fusion menu”. A large and sprawling place, it offers a veranda, dining area, and even outdoor options. Dishes include a popular tasting menu, a group menu and a range of Asian-inspired fusion options that include soups, salads, noodles and rice along with curry, sushi, meat and fish.
In a true take on the Ibizan lifestyle, this Sant Joan de Labritja restaurant features organic gardens where visitors are welcome to stroll and even sunbathe in style. With a mission of environmentally conscious goals, the restaurant focuses on locally and seasonally grown ingredients.
Take yourself to one of the loveliest places on the island when you dine here. Located in Cala D’Hort, and looking out over the famous Es Vedra, this restaurant focuses on the freshest catch of the day and is well known for its famous fish stew – bullit de peix – which is an island favorite. If their menu happens to also feature their arroz a banda during your visit, you must sample this amazing dish.
Set in a refurbished farmhouse in Santa Eulalia, this European-styled restaurant is a fusion of both Spanish and French cuisines with a touch of Austrian flair. Specialties of the house include beef bourguignon, Serrano ham and chateaubriand. The setting is part of the unforgettable experience, including forest views from a terrace.
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Enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner or snacks from this unique spot. It too is a fusion of international options integrated into classic Ibizan fare. You will be able to enjoy tapas and pintxos or tasty coffee hour treats. It is so delicious that it earned a notice in a Michelin write up on the island.
Runners up in a list of must try spots include Kama Sushi, Sa Soca, Ca Na Ribes, Atzaro, BioLunch, Cicale, El Chiringuito and Plaza del Sol. Don’t limit yourself to these options though because Ibiza is quickly earning a reputation as a foodie paradise.