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The 18 Essential Ibiza Restaurants

Where to find crisp focaccia, freshly-caught seafood, and local wood-fired steaks on Spain’s Illa Blanca

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Ibiza’s reputation as a premier destination for unabashed hedonism almost always precedes it, but there is a lot more to the small Balearic island than elite partying. Along with all of its outstanding natural beauty comes a rich fishing tradition and fertile rust-red soil, making the island as excellent a place to eat as it is to frolic. A steadfast group of historic restaurants preserve its classic cuisine, while a spate of buzzy newcomers keep the influx of international revelers well-fed.

With that, behold Eater’s list of the 18 essential restaurants of Ibiza.

Editor’s Note: Eater is not updating international maps at this time given disruptions to global travel during the COVID-19 crisis.

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1. Es Boldado

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Playa Cala d'Hort, 07830
Illes Balears, Spain
626 49 45 37

The rock of Es Vedra is said to be one of the most magnetic places on earth, and if you are able to secure a table on the terrace of Es Boldado at sunset, it is certainly one of the most majestic. Perched high on the cliffs overlooking the mystical mount, this long-standing restaurant specializes in large-format seafood dishes to share, such as the excellent guisado de pescado, a rich fish stew that lives up to the spectacular vista. [$$ - $$$]

Es Boldado
Photo: Es Boldado official

2. Can Domingo Restaurante Italiano

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Carretera Ibiza-San Josep, Km 9, 8, 07830 Sant Josep de sa Talaia
Illes Balears, Spain

Hidden away in an idyllic corner of San Josep, chef Giuseppe Vivacqua prepares some of the island’s finest Italian food. Dishes skew Calabrian, but the menu also features nods to regional cuisines across Italy, made with a mix of imported ingredients and organic produce from the restaurant’s own garden. The rotating roster of house-made pastas is always a highlight. [$$]

A pasta dish at Can Domingo
Photo: Can Domingo/Facebook

3. Eat Is Life

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Spain, Av. la Pau, 1, 07800 Ibiza
Islas Baleares, Spain

The healthy food coming out of the open kitchen stems from an ever-changing menu of mix-and-match proteins, whole grains, and vegetables. Try a combination plate of carrot and cabbage with an umeboshi dressing, or polenta with mushrooms and grilled eggplant, topped with tahini-yogurt sauce. Prices are more than palatable, especially for ingredients this good. [$]

Salads spread at Eat Is Life
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4. Bottega il Buco

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Carrer Vénda de Parada, 12, 07814 Santa Gertrudis de Fruitera
Illes Balears, Spain

A sibling of New York’s famed Il Buco family of restaurants, Ibiza’s Bottega il Buco offers islanders a chance to sample chef Guido Trombettoni’s Roman-style focaccia. Using ancient whole grains from Sicily, the breads are served fresh from the oven and sold by weight. Other offerings include an impeccable selection of salumi and cheeses and a wine list that leans toward natural and biodynamic bottles from Spain, Italy, and Portugal. [$ - $$]

Sardines at Bottega Il Buco
Photo: Bottega Il Buco official

5. Wild Beets

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Carrer Venda de Llatzer, 9, 07814 Santa Gertrudis de Fruitera
Illes Balears, Spain

Centrally located in the picturesque village of Santa Gertrudis, this vegan venture specializes in health-focused fare with an emphasis on raw food and cold-pressed juice. The creative and nutrition-conscious cuisine is available all day. Try one of the outstanding salads, like the quinoa and hempseed tabbouleh with marinated tempeh, spicy kale, shredded cabbage, and spicy cashew dressing. [$ - $$]

A salad at Wild Beets
Photo courtesy Wild Beets

6. Nagai Restaurant Ibiza, Sushi & Fusion Cuisine

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km.9, Carretera a Sant Joan, 5, 07840
Illes Balears, Spain

For an example of fusion at its best, visit Nagai, where chef Reina effortlessly melds her Japanese heritage with global inspirations. The result is a menu of wholly original and wholly pleasing dishes served alongside an assortment of sushi and creative cocktails. [$$]

Sushi at Nagai
Photo: Nagai/Facebook

7. Restaurante la Paloma

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Carrer Can Pou, 4, 07812 Sant Llorenç de Balàfia
Illes Balears, Spain

In its 14-year history, La Paloma has maintained its position as the island’s most perennially popular restaurant among locals and in-the-know visitors. Part of its popularity can be chalked up to its charming location in an ancient finca (estate) and its surrounding gardens, but it’s the Mediterranean menu, mixed with international influences and impeccably sourced ingredients, that cements its place as one of Ibiza’s most consistently enjoyable dining experiences. The affiliated cafe is open during the day and serves exceptional smoothies, salads, and sandwiches — much of it with Middle Eastern touches. [$$ -$$$]

La Paloma
Photo courtesy La Paloma

8. Balafia

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07812 Sant Llorenc de Balafia
Balearic Islands, Spain

The enduring success of this family-owned restaurant can be credited to its simple formula: meats grilled over carob, almond, and olive woods, served with hand-cut fries and a tomato and onion salad that surpasses the sum of its parts. A huge bottle of homemade hierbas, the local herbal digestif, is offered on the house at the end of the meal — a taste of Balafia’s signature hospitality. [$$]

9. Es Caliu

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Camí des Fil, 07849 Santa Eulària des Riu
Illes Balears, Spain

Once a generic grill restaurant, Es Caliu has been revived by new owners who prioritize quality. Their passion is evident from the start in the house-made bread and aioli. Thoughtfully sourced meats cooked over wood fire are undoubtedly the stars of the show, but the selection of salads — assembled with ingredients from the onsite garden — are worthy accompaniments. [$$ - $$$]

The garden at Es Caliu
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10. Can Guimo

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Lugar Venda de Safragell, 68, 07812 Sant Joan de Labritja
Islas Baleares, Spain

Tucked away off the main San Juan road, Can Guimo offers an oasis of calm, both indoors and outside on the ramshackle adjoining terrace. The cute cafe prepares fresh delights including quiches, sandwiches, salads, samosas, and cakes, all made in house and often replete with South American flourishes courtesy of the proprietor’s Argentinian and Brazilian heritage. [$]

Breakfastat Can Guimo
Photo: Can Guimo/Facebook

11. Es Pins

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Carretera C-733, Km 14, 800, 07812 Sant Lorenzo
Illes Balears, Spain

For a taste of the Ibiza of old, this rustic relic of a restaurant is hard to beat — as are its prices. It offers a range of classic recipes, including an excellent rendition of the hearty sofrit pagès, a subtly spiced, slow-cooked stew of sausage, meat, and potatoes. Be sure to take away a loaf of the famed bread, baked on the premises in the traditional manner and studded with anise seeds. [$]

12. Cala Xuclar

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07810
Balearic Islands, Spain

It’s worth coming to the intimate cove of Cala Xuclar for a dip in its crystalline waters, but the inlet’s chiringuito (beach shack) only adds to the allure. Share a plate of mixed montaditos (slices of toasted bread) topped with local cheese and jamon iberico to start, and follow it with a platter of grilled local fish. The place is only open for a limited time during the summer months, so check ahead before going. [$$ - $$$]

The view from Cala Xulcar
Photo: Cala Xulcar/Facebook

13. Restaurante Taco Paco

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Carrer de Sant Jaume, 34, 07840 Santa Eulalia Des Ríu, Islas Baleares
Illes Balears, Spain
971 80 75 56

For unknown reasons, good Mexican food remains scarce on the island, but this Santa Eulalia stalwart has long been a favorite of locals for its cool interior, reasonable prices, and satisfying burritos and tacos, all best supplemented with several of the bar’s potent margaritas. [$]

The burrito at Taco Paco
Photo: Taco Paco/Facebook

14. Polen

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Carrer de Sant Llorenç, 14, 07840 Santa Eulària des Riu
Illes Balears, Spain

This small store in Santa Eulalia features a bounty of carefully curated global goodness, from pastas and sauces to snacks, teas, and natural wines, mostly sourced from independent, artisanal producers. Pick up some of the impeccable imported pecorino and cured meats from Chianti for the perfect picnic to go. Or enjoy a bite at the counter along with a selection from its extensive range of mezcals. [$ ]

Pizzas at Polen market
Photo: Polen/Facebook

15. Soul Good

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Camino la Haya, 6, 07849 Santa Eulària des Riu
Illes Balears, Spain
615 96 49 67

Though homemade sandwiches like the Serrano ham with caramelized onion, avocado, and tomato are excellent, drinks are the main draw here. Few places on the island offer cocktails created with such skill at these prices, all accompanied by an incredible sea view, an eclectic soundtrack, and smart service. [$]

Soulgood
Photo courtesy Soulgood

16. Donde Marian y Miguel

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Carretera Escanar, Km. 2, 07849 Santa Eulària des Riu
Illes Balears, Spain

This is a destination best suited to committed carnivores. The impressive selection of steaks is sourced from some of the most famed suppliers in Madrid and Galicia, and everything from the bread to the condiments is made in house. The same attention to detail is palpable in the service, overseen by the restaurant’s affable owner, Miguel. [$$]

A meaty platter at Donde Marian y Miguel
Photo: Donde Marian y Miguel/Facebook

17. Los Pajaritos

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Avinguda Punta Arabí, 131, 07849 Santa Eulària des Riu
Illes Balears, Spain
971 55 78 96

Ibiza has no shortage of pizza restaurants, but truly good pizza is still a rare thing. Los Pajaritos in Es Canar uses stone-ground organic flour for its naturally fermented dough, which rises for a minimum of 48 hours, resulting in a perfect crust that sits lightly in the stomach. Pizzas are topped simply with locally made mozzarella and quality ingredients sourced from Italy. [$]

A pizza at Los Parajitos
Photo courtesy Los Parajitos

18. Pou des Lleó

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Pou Des Lleó, s/n, 07850
Illes Balears, Spain

A Sunday lunch staple for locals, this atmospheric favorite is the perfect place to try the traditional Ibicencan dish of bullit de peix, a fish and potato stew followed by a separate course of rice cooked in the stock. The shared platters of grilled local fish, which vary depending on what the fisherman delivered that morning, are also exceptional. [$$]

Restaurante Pou des Lleó
Photo: Pou des Lleó official

1. Es Boldado

Playa Cala d'Hort, 07830, Illes Balears, Spain
Es Boldado
Photo: Es Boldado official

The rock of Es Vedra is said to be one of the most magnetic places on earth, and if you are able to secure a table on the terrace of Es Boldado at sunset, it is certainly one of the most majestic. Perched high on the cliffs overlooking the mystical mount, this long-standing restaurant specializes in large-format seafood dishes to share, such as the excellent guisado de pescado, a rich fish stew that lives up to the spectacular vista. [$$ - $$$]

Playa Cala d'Hort, 07830
Illes Balears, Spain

2. Can Domingo Restaurante Italiano

Carretera Ibiza-San Josep, Km 9, 8, 07830 Sant Josep de sa Talaia, Illes Balears, Spain
A pasta dish at Can Domingo
Photo: Can Domingo/Facebook

Hidden away in an idyllic corner of San Josep, chef Giuseppe Vivacqua prepares some of the island’s finest Italian food. Dishes skew Calabrian, but the menu also features nods to regional cuisines across Italy, made with a mix of imported ingredients and organic produce from the restaurant’s own garden. The rotating roster of house-made pastas is always a highlight. [$$]

Carretera Ibiza-San Josep, Km 9, 8, 07830 Sant Josep de sa Talaia
Illes Balears, Spain

3. Eat Is Life

Spain, Av. la Pau, 1, 07800 Ibiza, Islas Baleares, Spain
Salads spread at Eat Is Life
Photo courtesy Eat Is Life

The healthy food coming out of the open kitchen stems from an ever-changing menu of mix-and-match proteins, whole grains, and vegetables. Try a combination plate of carrot and cabbage with an umeboshi dressing, or polenta with mushrooms and grilled eggplant, topped with tahini-yogurt sauce. Prices are more than palatable, especially for ingredients this good. [$]

Spain, Av. la Pau, 1, 07800 Ibiza
Islas Baleares, Spain

4. Bottega il Buco

Carrer Vénda de Parada, 12, 07814 Santa Gertrudis de Fruitera, Illes Balears, Spain
Sardines at Bottega Il Buco
Photo: Bottega Il Buco official

A sibling of New York’s famed Il Buco family of restaurants, Ibiza’s Bottega il Buco offers islanders a chance to sample chef Guido Trombettoni’s Roman-style focaccia. Using ancient whole grains from Sicily, the breads are served fresh from the oven and sold by weight. Other offerings include an impeccable selection of salumi and cheeses and a wine list that leans toward natural and biodynamic bottles from Spain, Italy, and Portugal. [$ - $$]

Carrer Vénda de Parada, 12, 07814 Santa Gertrudis de Fruitera
Illes Balears, Spain

5. Wild Beets

Carrer Venda de Llatzer, 9, 07814 Santa Gertrudis de Fruitera, Illes Balears, Spain
A salad at Wild Beets
Photo courtesy Wild Beets

Centrally located in the picturesque village of Santa Gertrudis, this vegan venture specializes in health-focused fare with an emphasis on raw food and cold-pressed juice. The creative and nutrition-conscious cuisine is available all day. Try one of the outstanding salads, like the quinoa and hempseed tabbouleh with marinated tempeh, spicy kale, shredded cabbage, and spicy cashew dressing. [$ - $$]

Carrer Venda de Llatzer, 9, 07814 Santa Gertrudis de Fruitera
Illes Balears, Spain

6. Nagai Restaurant Ibiza, Sushi & Fusion Cuisine

km.9, Carretera a Sant Joan, 5, 07840, Illes Balears, Spain
Sushi at Nagai
Photo: Nagai/Facebook

For an example of fusion at its best, visit Nagai, where chef Reina effortlessly melds her Japanese heritage with global inspirations. The result is a menu of wholly original and wholly pleasing dishes served alongside an assortment of sushi and creative cocktails. [$$]

km.9, Carretera a Sant Joan, 5, 07840
Illes Balears, Spain

7. Restaurante la Paloma

Carrer Can Pou, 4, 07812 Sant Llorenç de Balàfia, Illes Balears, Spain
La Paloma
Photo courtesy La Paloma

In its 14-year history, La Paloma has maintained its position as the island’s most perennially popular restaurant among locals and in-the-know visitors. Part of its popularity can be chalked up to its charming location in an ancient finca (estate) and its surrounding gardens, but it’s the Mediterranean menu, mixed with international influences and impeccably sourced ingredients, that cements its place as one of Ibiza’s most consistently enjoyable dining experiences. The affiliated cafe is open during the day and serves exceptional smoothies, salads, and sandwiches — much of it with Middle Eastern touches. [$$ -$$$]

Carrer Can Pou, 4, 07812 Sant Llorenç de Balàfia
Illes Balears, Spain

8. Balafia

07812 Sant Llorenc de Balafia, Balearic Islands, Spain

The enduring success of this family-owned restaurant can be credited to its simple formula: meats grilled over carob, almond, and olive woods, served with hand-cut fries and a tomato and onion salad that surpasses the sum of its parts. A huge bottle of homemade hierbas, the local herbal digestif, is offered on the house at the end of the meal — a taste of Balafia’s signature hospitality. [$$]

07812 Sant Llorenc de Balafia
Balearic Islands, Spain

9. Es Caliu

Camí des Fil, 07849 Santa Eulària des Riu, Illes Balears, Spain
The garden at Es Caliu
Photo courtesy Es Caliu

Once a generic grill restaurant, Es Caliu has been revived by new owners who prioritize quality. Their passion is evident from the start in the house-made bread and aioli. Thoughtfully sourced meats cooked over wood fire are undoubtedly the stars of the show, but the selection of salads — assembled with ingredients from the onsite garden — are worthy accompaniments. [$$ - $$$]

Camí des Fil, 07849 Santa Eulària des Riu
Illes Balears, Spain

10. Can Guimo

Lugar Venda de Safragell, 68, 07812 Sant Joan de Labritja, Islas Baleares, Spain
Breakfastat Can Guimo
Photo: Can Guimo/Facebook

Tucked away off the main San Juan road, Can Guimo offers an oasis of calm, both indoors and outside on the ramshackle adjoining terrace. The cute cafe prepares fresh delights including quiches, sandwiches, salads, samosas, and cakes, all made in house and often replete with South American flourishes courtesy of the proprietor’s Argentinian and Brazilian heritage. [$]

Lugar Venda de Safragell, 68, 07812 Sant Joan de Labritja
Islas Baleares, Spain

11. Es Pins

Carretera C-733, Km 14, 800, 07812 Sant Lorenzo, Illes Balears, Spain

For a taste of the Ibiza of old, this rustic relic of a restaurant is hard to beat — as are its prices. It offers a range of classic recipes, including an excellent rendition of the hearty sofrit pagès, a subtly spiced, slow-cooked stew of sausage, meat, and potatoes. Be sure to take away a loaf of the famed bread, baked on the premises in the traditional manner and studded with anise seeds. [$]

Carretera C-733, Km 14, 800, 07812 Sant Lorenzo
Illes Balears, Spain

12. Cala Xuclar

07810, Balearic Islands, Spain
The view from Cala Xulcar
Photo: Cala Xulcar/Facebook

It’s worth coming to the intimate cove of Cala Xuclar for a dip in its crystalline waters, but the inlet’s chiringuito (beach shack) only adds to the allure. Share a plate of mixed montaditos (slices of toasted bread) topped with local cheese and jamon iberico to start, and follow it with a platter of grilled local fish. The place is only open for a limited time during the summer months, so check ahead before going. [$$ - $$$]

07810
Balearic Islands, Spain

13. Restaurante Taco Paco

Carrer de Sant Jaume, 34, 07840 Santa Eulalia Des Ríu, Islas Baleares, Illes Balears, Spain
The burrito at Taco Paco
Photo: Taco Paco/Facebook

For unknown reasons, good Mexican food remains scarce on the island, but this Santa Eulalia stalwart has long been a favorite of locals for its cool interior, reasonable prices, and satisfying burritos and tacos, all best supplemented with several of the bar’s potent margaritas. [$]

Carrer de Sant Jaume, 34, 07840 Santa Eulalia Des Ríu, Islas Baleares
Illes Balears, Spain

14. Polen

Carrer de Sant Llorenç, 14, 07840 Santa Eulària des Riu, Illes Balears, Spain
Pizzas at Polen market
Photo: Polen/Facebook

This small store in Santa Eulalia features a bounty of carefully curated global goodness, from pastas and sauces to snacks, teas, and natural wines, mostly sourced from independent, artisanal producers. Pick up some of the impeccable imported pecorino and cured meats from Chianti for the perfect picnic to go. Or enjoy a bite at the counter along with a selection from its extensive range of mezcals. [$ ]

Carrer de Sant Llorenç, 14, 07840 Santa Eulària des Riu
Illes Balears, Spain

15. Soul Good

Camino la Haya, 6, 07849 Santa Eulària des Riu, Illes Balears, Spain
Soulgood
Photo courtesy Soulgood

Though homemade sandwiches like the Serrano ham with caramelized onion, avocado, and tomato are excellent, drinks are the main draw here. Few places on the island offer cocktails created with such skill at these prices, all accompanied by an incredible sea view, an eclectic soundtrack, and smart service. [$]

Camino la Haya, 6, 07849 Santa Eulària des Riu
Illes Balears, Spain

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16. Donde Marian y Miguel

Carretera Escanar, Km. 2, 07849 Santa Eulària des Riu, Illes Balears, Spain
A meaty platter at Donde Marian y Miguel
Photo: Donde Marian y Miguel/Facebook

This is a destination best suited to committed carnivores. The impressive selection of steaks is sourced from some of the most famed suppliers in Madrid and Galicia, and everything from the bread to the condiments is made in house. The same attention to detail is palpable in the service, overseen by the restaurant’s affable owner, Miguel. [$$]

Carretera Escanar, Km. 2, 07849 Santa Eulària des Riu
Illes Balears, Spain

17. Los Pajaritos

Avinguda Punta Arabí, 131, 07849 Santa Eulària des Riu, Illes Balears, Spain
A pizza at Los Parajitos
Photo courtesy Los Parajitos

Ibiza has no shortage of pizza restaurants, but truly good pizza is still a rare thing. Los Pajaritos in Es Canar uses stone-ground organic flour for its naturally fermented dough, which rises for a minimum of 48 hours, resulting in a perfect crust that sits lightly in the stomach. Pizzas are topped simply with locally made mozzarella and quality ingredients sourced from Italy. [$]

Avinguda Punta Arabí, 131, 07849 Santa Eulària des Riu
Illes Balears, Spain

18. Pou des Lleó

Pou Des Lleó, s/n, 07850, Illes Balears, Spain
Restaurante Pou des Lleó
Photo: Pou des Lleó official

A Sunday lunch staple for locals, this atmospheric favorite is the perfect place to try the traditional Ibicencan dish of bullit de peix, a fish and potato stew followed by a separate course of rice cooked in the stock. The shared platters of grilled local fish, which vary depending on what the fisherman delivered that morning, are also exceptional. [$$]

Pou Des Lleó, s/n, 07850
Illes Balears, Spain

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