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Ibiza Virgins' Guide: where to eat?

Something for everyone...

We all know how important food is when you are on holiday. Whether you want a slap-up meal on the last night of your holiday and fancy blowing the remainder of your euros, or if you want to grab something on the hop in between the pub and the party, it's not always easy to know where to go. So here's our comprehensive guide on where to eat, broken down into tasty, bite-sized categories that aim to assist you in keeping your bellies happy at any price...


On A Budget

Despite popular belief, it is possible to eat well in Ibiza on a shoestring. There are some seriously excellent restaurants offering smashing value and huge portions. There's absolutely no excuse for not eating whilst you're on holiday - everyone needs rave fuel! Look out for the ‘menu del dia' signs. Offered in most Spanish restaurants and cafes, this generally is a 3 course set meal at a bargain price.

Top Tips

Comidas San Juan - Ibiza Town. This tiny little family run eatery in Ibiza Town has queues around the corner for both lunch and dinner for a reason. Seriously tasty home-cooked Spanish food at knock-down prices. No reservations, but hold your patience and wait for a table.

Moe's SPORTSBAR AND GRILL - Es Canar. For wicked burgers, sports TV and excellent service at cheap prices, look no further.

Royalty - Santa Eulalia. This ex-pat institution serves up fab menu del dias for less than €15 under the palm trees in the centre of town. People watching central!

Chopstiqs - Playa d'en Bossa. Delicious noodles and Asian food at super-cheap prices. Also available to takeaway!

Ulivans - Santa Gertrudis. One of our favourite menu del dia spots on the island. Hearty home-cooked cuisine served in generous portions under the shadow of the church in the main square. Hugely popular with families, couples, workers and truckers alike!


Healthy

Just because you're in Ibiza, it doesn't mean that you can't be healthy. After all, a smoothie and a quinoa salad might be just what is required to negate the nights on the razz and to insert some much needed vitamins back into your system.

Top Tips

Passion Cafe - Marina Botafoch, San Jose, Santa Eulalia, Playa d'en Bossa. This Ibiza-born chain has taken the island by storm due to the extensive menu of salads, juices, smoothies and breakfasts designed to be not only healthy, but ridiculously tasty. Not the cheapest of the bunch, but hey! Who can put a price on replenishing your rave strength?!

Skinny Kitchen - San Antonio. Another old favourite, The Skinny Kitchen provides fresh food at reasonable prices and caters to all those gluten, lactose and dairy intolerants plus all the vegans out there...

Es Tap Nou - Ibiza Town. A cute cafe attached to a fruit and veg stall in the centre of the new town, this delightful little no-frills joint has been a local's favourite for years. Using ingredients from their own store, the fresh juices, salads and soups are a must.

Wild Beets - Santa Gertrudis. Specialising in raw food, their creative vegan and veggie menu is a breath of fresh air for those looking for something other than your average salad.


Traditional Spanish

So you're in Spain. Why not sample the local delights? Spanish food generally involves lots of meat simply grilled on a BBQ, tapas, paella and another tradition is the pintxo - small snacks served on a piece of bread to accompany beer! Filling and homely, a Spanish meal will always leave you feeling satisfied.

Top Tips

Can Pilot - San Rafael. This remarkably simple yet popular restaurant specialises in MEAT! You choose your cut and they either grill it for you and serve it with simple vegetables, or with some dishes, you get to cook it yourself at the table! Do book though as it is always full.

Can Toni - Santa Eulalia Road. A firm fave with truckers and labourers, and we can see why. The cabinet at the bar is overflowing with choices of both hot and cold tapas. Choose a few and revel in their taste and size! Not fancy at all, but a great atmosphere and lots of interesting clientele to watch whilst wolfing down your patatas bravas.

Es Boldado - Cala d'Hort. Arguably the best paella on the island, the view point from the cliffs over Es Vedra makes the whole dining experience super special. Great mojitos too!

Can Terra - Ibiza Town. A lively pintxo bar all year round, the Spanish flock to this place in droves. Sit at the bar and continue to graze on their vast selection of pintxos. Once you've had your fill, the staff count up the cocktail sticks that were nailing the toppings to the slices of baguette and you will always be surprised by how affordable a good feed is here. A very sociable way of eating!


Al Fresco

With Ibiza boasting 350 days of sun a year, it would be a pity not to take advantage of eating outdoors. Whether it be for a sunny breakfast, a BBQ on a balmy night, or a romantic meal under the stars, eating outside is a proper holiday must-do.

Top Tips

El Parador - just outside Ibiza Town. This Argentinian BBQ has a lovely terrace shaded by shrubbery from the nearby road. Be prepared to stuff yourself silly with amazing cuts of meat professionally grilled on the huge BBQ and basted in yummy beef fat. Great for big groups. Not so great for vegetarians.

Villa Mercedes - San Antonio. Upmarket Mediterranean cuisine served in a relaxed atmosphere overlooking the marina. Villa Mercedes also have live music in the garden to complete that wonderful al fresco affair.

La Paloma - San Lorenzo. Set amongst the trees of their own orange grove, this gorgeous restaurant takes its ingredients from its own gardens. Delicious salads and breads during the day and a more sophisticated dinner menu served under a blast of stars in the peaceful hills. A far cry from the clubbing towns in the south.

Bar Flotante - Talamanca. A local cafe with plastic tables and chairs set in the sand, this place is a social hub even out of season and serves great breakfasts and lunches at bargain prices, eaten with your toes in the sand and the sea at your feet.


Beach Lunch

There's no shortage of beach restaurants, but some can be disappointing and overpriced. So how do you sort the wheat from the chaff?

Top Tips

La Escollera - Es Cavallet. An absolute gem of a restaurant situated on one of the most beautiful beaches in the south, the impeccable service and extraordinary seafood makes this a regular dining spot for lots of locals. Although the decor is of the highest quality and the food feels high-end, the owners and staff do their best to create a relaxed atmosphere and will allow you to relax there all afternoon.

Yemanja - Cala Jondal. Situated next door to the world famous Blue Marlin, we prefer Yemanja due to it being slightly less well-known, but still serves food of the highest quality in a gorgeous setting. Do try the fish baked in salt and stick around for sunset.

Sa Caleta - Sa Caleta. Fresh seafood is the order of the day in this charmingly rustic restaurant set atop the red cliffs of Sa Caleta beach. Their special boozy coffee is a staunch tradition.

Babylon Beach - In between Es Canar and Santa Eulalia. Babylon Beach boasts its own organic farm from which most of their ingredients are sourced. Glorious food and cocktails are masterfully prepared and served up on their own private beach. Fabulous!


High End

If its a stylish meal you're after, and money isn't really an issue, then Ibiza has no shortage of places for the beautiful people to hang out and splash out on a magnificent meal. Ambience and food are both important, but you don't want to be ripped off or be offered bad service.

Top Tips

Pastis - Ibiza Town. This tiny little French bistro only sports 10 tables and has an open kitchen. Although not cheap, the food is of the highest quality and has an extensive wine menu to match.

Sa Capella - San Antonio. Set in a jaw-dropping old chapel on the outskirts of San An, this stunning old building has high ceilings, tables set in alcoves and a fleet of older, perfectly turned out waiters to cater to your needs. The suckling pig is worth a mention!

Bambuddha - San Joan Road. Spectacular Asian fusion food in a bamboo clad garden. Bambuddha is a fantastic dining experience with the food, service and drinks matching the sophisticated atmosphere.

Las Dos Lunas - Just outside Ibiza Town. This old Spanish finca has been transformed into a beautiful restaurant and the attention to detail on every level is exquisite. Delicious Italian cuisine, an extensive international wine list and the magical terrace make for a very special dinner.


Special Occasions

So you are here for a birthday, anniversary, or you just want to celebrate your holiday! Well why not!? There are a plethora of choices of places to go for a one-in-a million feast whilst being spoilt rotten.

Top Tips

Trattoria Del Mar - Marina Botafoch. A swanky Italian restaurant located with views of the yachts in the marina from the terrace and the old town as a backdrop. The food here is above-par, as is the service. Delicious pastas with lobster, perfect risottos and even dishes that you can shave you own truffles onto, you are in for a proper treat here...

La Oliva - Dalt Vila Ibiza Town. Nestled amongst the cobbles within the old castle walls, La Oliva has been family run for generations and the food and service never disappoint. Booking is crucial.

Lio - Marina Botafoch. If you like your fancy dinner accompanied by a cirque du soleil show with maximum production, then this is the one for you. A full evening of performances whilst you dine with Dalt Vila in the background. Just dazzling!


Hidden Gems

So you've heard about the mainstream places to eat on all occasions, but where do the locals go? What constitutes a fabulous dinner or lunch to those in the know? There are some absolute beauties scattered across the island for you to try. Just don't tell everyone!

Top Tips

El Deseo - Jesus. This recently opened Mexican cantina in the Ibiza Town suburb of Jesus is a real local's hangout. Authentic tacos, quesadillas, fajitas and ceviches served on a sun-drenched terraza, they also house a mammoth selection of mescals. The Margaritas and Bloody Marys are spot on here too!

1805 - Ibiza Old Town. Hidden up some cobbled stairs, this French bar is run by cocktail making extraordinaire Charles Vexenat and not only is home to his signature absinthe based drink The Green Beast, they also do the best Moule Frites in town.

Pikes Hotel - San Antonio hills. This hedonistic rabbit hole has been home to the stars for 4 decades already and there is always a party going on here. The pool was used in Wham!'s Club Tropicana video, but behind the scenes, there's a quality kitchen in full swing. Pikes On Sundays is our weekend hangout, where the original We Love... Space team hold a ‘no house music' policy and we groove along whilst eating the best Sunday roast on the island. You heard it here first...


Breakfast/Brunch

Some wise man once said that this is the most important meal of the day and the Spanish seem to agree. Much business and gossiping is done over coffee and ‘tostada con tomate' (a slice of toast topped with squished up tomato and olive oil) and breakfasts rarely last less than an hour or so...

Top tips

Ebusus - Vara De Rey Ibiza Town. Also lovingly known as the Old People's Home, the tables on the pavement are a magnificent sun-trap and prices are very low indeed.

Cappuccino - Marina Botafoch. Fab brunches with unrestricted views over the water to the old town. You may find yourself staying for lunch too!

Rita's Cantina - San Antonio. Big fry ups, eggs, smoothies and proper tea. Sometimes you just need a full English!

Croissant Show - Ibiza Town. With trannies coming to drink hierbas straight from the clubs whilst locals settle down for home-baked pastries, The Croissant Show is a true Ibiza institution.

Mariposa - Cala Llonga. All day breakfasts, Sky Sports and jovial British owners dishing up huge portions. A home away from home.


Fast Food and on the go

There's not always time to sit down for dinner, what with all the partying and sunbathing to do! It's absolutely essential to have a number of places to visit when you need a good snack in a rush.

Top Tips

Ibiza Rocks Diner - San Antonio and Playa d'en Bossa. The chicken pitas and burgers are legendary and filling.

El Pirata - Ibiza Town. Our fave pizza joint to grab a freshly oven baked slice!

McDonalds, Burger King, KFC - Island wide. Well, they are all famous for a reason, right!? There's even a drive through McDs in Figueretes!

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WORDS | Leena Sharma

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