It’s no secret that Ibiza has become one of the world’s most extravagant gastronomic hotspots. Foodies flock here in their droves because the white isle offers something for everyone – from vegan to high end to locally authentic, beachside to farmland to cabaret – whatever culinary creations and landscapes you’re in search of, the island serves it up. So if it’s a casual, quintessential long lunch with friends, or a glamorous five-star affair for a memorable birthday, we are on hand for recommendations. To get you started, here’s a selection of our favourite Ibiza town picks to help you choose the best dining option for you. And if deciding is proving too much, probably best to just try them all.
Why: Something special for a celebration
What’s the cost? : €€€€€
The ultimate cabaret experience, Lío is a show-stopping affair thanks to an array of supremely talented acts. Think singers, dancers, contortionists and acrobats, all doing in their thing in all-encompassing performance that takes place in and around your table, high up in the air and in any other available space, all while you dine on five-star cuisine. And if you can tear your eyes away from the show for a minute, Lío’s location in Nueva Marina means it has stunning views of Ibiza town in the distance. Needless to say, this is one of the most popular places to dine on the island and tables are often booked up months in advance, so get in touch early to make a reservation.
Where: Pacha restaurant
Why: Free entry to Pacha Nightclub*
What’s the cost? : €€€€
Not content with owning Ibiza’s oldest and most glamorous club, Pacha also has its very own spectacular restaurant where clubbers dressed in their finest dine before spending a fun-fuelled night on the dance floor. Cuisine is a delicious combination of Mediterranean flecked with Japanese flair, and if you have dinner at the restaurant you get free entry to the club. So it’s a win-win situation, really. Especially if you’re a big fan of Sven Väth, Solomun and co, who all have weekly residencies.
Where: Plaza del Sol
Why: Last minute reservations
What’s the cost? : €€€
It should come as no surprise to anyone that Ibiza town’s historic Dalt Vila is an extremely popular choice for dining. The cobbled streets, the majestic castle walls, the atmosphere at night when the streets are lit by moonlight, and of course, the stunning port views – there’s nowhere else on the island like it. But due to the nature of the narrow, winding streets, it’s tricky to find a restaurant that caters for big groups. And that’s where Plaza del Sol comes in. Set high within the castle walls and always lined by a stunning array of brightly-coloured florals, Plaza del Sol’s alfresco terrace is the perfect place to enjoy the Balearic night alongside your nearest and dearest. A wonderfully authentic experience.
Where: Can Terra
Why: Perfect pintxos & keeping your wallet in tact.
What’s the cost? : €€
This bustling little tapas joint is one of the most popular restaurants in Ibiza town, particularly on weekends, when locals flock here en masse to celebrate the start of the weekend. What’s the attraction? Thanks to a multitude of delicious pintxos plates stacked on the bar (proper Spanish style), it’s the perfect place for grabbing a quick bite, or you can book a table and settle in for the night, working your way through the pintxos or dining on something more substantial while soaking up the lively atmosphere. It can take a while to get served here due to the nature of the service, so don’t come in a rush. But if you’re up for snacks and glasses of wine that only cost 1€, there’s nowhere better!
Where: La Bodega
Why: Unbeatable tapas & atmosphere
What’s the cost?: €€
With an unbeatable location at the bottom of the rampart that leads up to the toweringly majestic Dalt Vila, La Bodega has long been a locals’ favourite. Set back on a cobbled side street and with hanging baskets flowing from its window frames, it’s charming on the outside as it is indoors. But it’s the tapas menu here that’s the biggest draw – order as many plates as you want (now’s not the time to hold back) but just make sure the authentic albondigasand chorizo are among them – these delicious meaty dishes aren’t to be missed. There are a few tables on the outside terrace that are perfect for soaking up Dalt Vila’s incredible atmosphere, but naturally they get booked quickly, so booking is essential if you’d like to dine under the stars.