Ibiza bites

Yeah, you might be in the land of superclubs, villa parties and never-ending raves, but the island's also got some spectacular dining spots, too. From old man tapas bars to dramatic clifftop dining to hidden gems in the countryside, you won't go hungry. And you will need to eat at some point, remember?

La Paloma

C/ Can Pou, 4, 07812 Sant Joan de Labritja +34 971 32 55 43

LaPaloma

Heading out of Ibiza Town and to the inland town of San Lorenzo, you'll find a little restaurant that's definitely worth the taxi ride (or bus, if you’re really on a budget). This is a lovely converted farmyard finca made over with the sweetest décor: it's all fairy lights, flowers and candles in the garden of an evening – so pretty. The food has an Italian twist but might offer mozzarella salad to start, or their famous grilled aubergine and tahini dish (the best) or some antipasti. The steak is unbelievably good here – charred and salty on the outside and perfectly pink in the middle – while the fish dish of the day will always be tasty, and make sure to leave room for dessert. It’s super popular with those in the know so make sure to reserve a few weeks in advance at peak holiday time. Dinner for two with drinks will be about €100. palomaibiza.com

 

La Bodega

Carrer Bisbe Torres Mayans, 2, 07800 Ibiza +34 971 19 27 40. Open everyday, 6pm-3am.

LaBodega

If you’ve been for a little walk around Dalt Vila or the Old Town, don’t bother with the touristy restaurants at the heart of it. Instead, walk down by the drawbridge of the fortress and visit La Bodega instead. Known for its hearty tapas, for fish lovers we’d recommend the octopus and ceviche, and you have to try the big, melting bowl of Provolone cheese, to be scooped up with fresh bread. The mini spicy sausages were super-tasty, as was the classic patatas bravas. It’s also worth sticking around after dinner, as it gets pretty lively at their cocktail bar later on. Dinner for two with drinks will cost around €70. labodegaibiza.es

 

Es Boldado

Camí de Cala d'Hort, s/n, 07830 Sant Josep de sa Talaia +34 626 49 45 37 

EsBoldado

After spending the day at the beautiful Cala D’hort beach (and watching the sun set over the mystical Es Vedra rock), you’re probably going to be pretty hungry. So for seafood with a view, hit up Es Boldado. Perched up in the cliffs, ask for an outdoor seat with a view and feast on plates of beautiful garlicky clams or mussels, whole grilled fish and their big, freshly made dishes of paella. You probably pay a little more for the view here, but you know what? We reckon the epic scenery makes the food taste all the better. Dinner for two with drinks around €120. restauranteboldado.net

 

Can Pilot

San Rafael cruce Santa Ines, 07816 Ibiza +34 971 19 82 93 Open everyday, midday until midnight.

CanPilot

Essentially, the greatest grill on the island. Based out in San Rafael, this is a no-frills, old-fashioned restaurant that’s honed its craft in grilling meat, fish and veggies to perfection. This is solid island cooking at its best and a favourite with the locals, who come back again and again for their grilled pork with potatoes, peppers and onion, T-bone steak to share and other traditional countryside fare. Booking is definitely recommended, and again, ask for an outdoor table: it can get super-smoky inside. Dinner for two with drinks will cost approximately €80. asadorcanpilot.com

 

Comidas Bar San Juan

Carrer de Guillem de Montgrí 8. Open Monday - Saturday 1pm-3.30pm and 8.30-11pm.

Just a few minutes' walk from the port in Ibiza Town, this joint is seriously old school. There’s no reservations and there’s often a queue out the door – but don’t be put off by this; it’s worth the wait as it’s decent, homely cooking at an even better price. Start off with their excellent croquetas, jamon or a whole Spanish tortilla, then move on to fried squid, steak or whole fish, all served with potatoes and salad. Order a glass of wine, and the whole bottle will be put on your table for you to help yourself – that’s just the kind of place this is. A full dinner for two with a bottle of wine will be about €50 in total. Yep, we told you it was good value.

 

 

Other special mentions:

Sa Caleta - It looks like a little beachside shack, but serves up some of the best fish on the island. It's not that cheap and a bit out of the way, but sunbathe on the beach first, then book in for a long, boozy lunch. restaurantesacaleta.com

Fish Shack - Hidden away on the far end of Talamanca beach is the Fish Shack. Again, another great place to stop by for the freshest fish after a day on the beach. A favourite with the locals. 

KM5 - Classic Ibiza. A bit bohemian, a lot fancy, you have to eat here once. A very see-and-be-seen place, the mainly outdoors restaurant serves modern Spanish food and, as it's Ibiza, posh sushi too. km5-lounge.com

Pikes Hotel at Ibiza Rocks House - This converted finca up in the hills is where Freddie Mercury, Grace Jones, Boy George and Kylie partied back in the 70s and 80s, and it's where Club Tropicana was filmed. So why wouldn't you want to come and hang out by the bar and restaurant? Check out if there's any parties going on in Freddie's Suite and feel the spirit of old Ibiza come alive again... ibizarockshouse.com

Atzaro - Another converted farmhouse into a luxury hotel up far away from the craziness of the party island. This place is super slick, super luxury and definitely worth popping in for some cocktails and sushi, if you're feeling all fancy. Also has a spa, too. atzaro.com