Like everywhere around the world, summer started late in Ibiza this year and until recently, there have been remarkably fewer visitors than usual. The island known for its party scene won’t reopen its clubs either nor its infamous “party” restaurants like Heart. Having lived there for over six years, I’ve always said that Ibiza is the island of many faces. This year it’s showing its natural, more peaceful and high quality side.
LUNCH ON THE BEACH
Rustic chiringuito on the picturesque Calla Mastella serves traditional fish soup cooked over a wood-fire (bullit de peix) from the catch of the day. Book in advance for the second service at 2 pm when the two course dishes are on available.
Camino Cala Boix a Cala Mastella, 138T, 07850 Cala Mastella, Illes Balears, Spain
+34 650 797 633
Traditional seafood and rice restaurant with the stunning view of Es Vedra and it’s even more beautiful for sunset.
Playa Cala d’Hort, 07830, Illes Balears, Spain
+34 626 494 537
Simple, laid back restaurant on a very charming beach in Es Cubells. Make sure you are a good driver, as the road down is dizzying, but totally worth it. The restaurant serves traditional seafood and rice
SEAFOOD – TRADITIONAL IBIZENCAN
Traditional family-run Ibizencan in the very center of Ibiza town.
Traditional Ibizencan next to San Antonio.
Pou d’es lleo
Excellent rice and paella in the north. Perfect for lunch and probably my favourite wood fired paella on the island. They also have a chiringuito if you walk down the path towards the sea.
Traditional Ibizencan near Ibiza town. Excellent arros a banda and tomato salad from the owner’s garden (when in season).
Best jamon and bocadillos in the charming village of St Gertrudis. Love going for an aperitif there.
Traditional tapas and rustic tortilla overlooking the plaza of the sleepy Santa Agnes village.
Modern Argentinian grill and Mediterranean dishes served in a beautiful renovated space. Josper grill nights on Thursdays are a must.
Wood fire grilled meat institution. Chicken, lamb chops, potato chips as well as the fresh aioli made daily: a must.
Lugar Venda de Balafia de Dalt, 25, 07812 Sant Joan de Labritja, Illes Balears, Spain
+34 971 325 019
Ca’ n Pilot
Rustic Basque style asador known for its beef.
Family owned Italian – Mediterranean institution with Middle East influences in the shade of a beautiful garden in Sant Llorenc
Organic restaurant located in a farmhouse. Friday nights are for dancing.
A Mi Manera
Italian influenced Mediterranean from organic, “0km” ingredients.
Best Italian on the island with gorgeous tree-shaded terrace. Place to be on the hot summer nights.
Carrer de la Vénda des Poble, 8, 07814 Santa Gertrudis de Fruitera, Illes Balears, Spain
+34 971 197 835
Bottega Il Buco
Outpost of Il Buco NYC serves simple Italian fare as well as high quality Italian ingredients.
Go more for its vibe than the food. If you’ve been to Cipriani, you know what I mean!
Revisited traditional cooking from the very best what the Ibizencan sea and the land has to offer.
The only one Michelin starred restaurant serving Mediterranean cuisine from top quality ingredients.
Restaurant and a nightclub in the middle of Ibiza Town’s marina.
Contemporary cuisine with ambiance in Marina Botafoch.
Puerto deportivo Marina Botafoch, 110, 07800, Ibiza Town, Ibiza Spain
+34 971 311 107
Some of the most beautiful sunsets on the island and great music to accompany them. The food is the mix of Spanish and Asian. (go for the sunsets..)
Carr. de Cala Conta, s/n, 07829 Sant Josep de sa Talaia, Balearic Islands, Spain
+34 661 347 222
Vegan and lots of plant based cooking, great choice of juices.
The Giri Café
Cozy cafe in the village of San Juan offers seasonal, organic superfoods harvested from their own garden and local farms.
Menu focus is very much on plant based foods. Their specialties are juices, smoothies and superfood.
Multiple locations. Nicest I would say is in the marina with the view of Ibiza old town.