After two years of forced ‘hibernation’, Ibiza is not only on the cusp of a historic season, but also one of the biggest and busiest ever!
And with Easter on the horizon, the island exploded in early April with opening announcements, al fresco dining and even the first music events.
Here we compile our top tips for enjoying Ibiza in the early months of the season as we move from spring into summer.
A favorite year-round destination for locals, The Boat House sits pretty on the golden shores of Cala San Vicente in the far north of the island. As the name suggests, the restaurant is inspired by seafarers and fishermen, with a bold and cozy nautical decor. Warm and inviting in the off-season but with a generous decking area to enjoy, it’s a perfect place to seek shelter on gray days and soak up the rays when the sun shines. The menu offers a wide variety of international cuisines and dishes, from Mexican tacos to Middle Eastern delights and freshly caught fish. “Sharing food and spending time with loved ones while enjoying the view of the beach and sea on a long, lazy summer day is our idea of paradise.” That’s what the owners of the boathouse, the Zandwijk family, say – and they’re certainly not wrong!
Taste of Salia
Located on Ibiza’s famous Sunset Coast, Taste of Salia is the in-house restaurant of the luxury four-star Can Salia hotel. Overlooking the resort’s private sandy beach and the sparkling Mediterranean Sea just steps away, it’s the perfect place to enjoy sundowner cocktails in an elegant, inviting setting with breathtaking views. The menu is inspired by the flavors of the island and focuses on healthy, modern Mediterranean cuisine, prepared with fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Top tip: why not start your evening with an aperitif on the stunning Sky of Salia rooftop terrace for the ultimate view of Ibiza’s legendary sunset?
The pastel pink facade of Bar Restaurante Royalty on Santa Eulalila’s vibrant main square is a familiar sight among the resort’s many dining options. Open year-round since the 1980s, Royalty is a welcoming place where both locals and island visitors alike mingle over drinks, tapas and authentic home-cooked meals. The lively terrace is a great place to while away a few hours and watch the world go by while soaking up the atmosphere. From your morning café con leche and ‘tostada’ sandwich to evening seafood stew and vino, the classic Spanish and unpretentious fare is a real crowd pleaser. Don’t miss the changing menu del dia and try some of the traditional cakes and puddings!
Sometimes just a few delicious bites of tapas are enough – and if you’re in the mood for traditional Spanish plates to share, Es Gerret in San Antonio is the place to go! The restaurant is relatively new to the island’s thriving culinary scene and is helmed by Executive Chef José Gonzalez and siblings David and Cristina. Quality produce comes together in an innovative fusion menu that features everything from savory ceviches to creamy risottos, sticky bao buns and sensational salads. And let’s not forget the already mentioned delicious tapas! With a hip industrial decor, it’s a great spot for both a romantic date night and groups who are spoiled for choice when it comes to sharing options. If you snag a table on the cozy terrace, enjoy the afterglow of the sunset while savoring Es Gerret’s imaginative desserts, presented like deconstructed works of art. It’s no surprise that this fabulous little eatery has already built a loyal following.
Marc’s Restaurant Ibiza
Another long-time island favourite, Marc’s Restaurant Ibiza is a chic garden restaurant on the edge of the lively Jesus district. Founded by the renowned restaurateur Marc Lindemann, guests can expect style and service at the highest level, because the customer experience is very important here. Start with a cocktail or some bubbly at the eye-catching garden bar before delving into the divine menu that offers a wide range of culinary delights. From freshly prepared sushi to modern interpretations of Mediterranean specialties like octopus, savor the flavors with a soundtrack of jazz and soul music drifting in your ears. An absolutely fabulous option for lunch and dinner.
Charming, with a relaxed vibe and an incredible location on Ibiza Town’s beautiful Vara de Rey Square, Peix Cru – which means ‘raw fish’ in Catalan – is a fabulous dining option when exploring the island’s capital. The menu is extensive, with a variety of price points and a mix of authentic Spanish dishes and international favourites. Fish is of course a speciality, and there is a fantastic tasting menu for seafood lovers. And on Thursday evenings, the restaurant’s all-you-can-eat menu attracts sushi lovers from across the island. At fair prices, with a lot of ambience and culinary possibilities, you shouldn’t miss it!
New for the 2022 season, True Ibiza is the latest edition of the up and coming Port d’es Torrent beach and surrounding area. Owners Francesco and Veronica combine Roman culinary tradition with the island’s colorful and tasty local produce, offering innovative cuisine that combines the best of Italian and Spanish elements. The breezy outdoor patio and bright boho-chic design make it a wonderful little spot to sit down for a leisurely lunch or after-sun dinner.
For a quintessential island foodie experience that will stimulate all the senses, head to El Carmen on the beach at Cala D’Hort. With uninterrupted views of the mysterious rocky island of Es Vedrá, the fresh seafood on offer is just as spectacular as the view. Classic Mediterranean cuisine is the name of the game, and diners can delight their eyes and taste buds with treats from Spanish delicacies like jamon iberico, galecia octopus, refreshing gazpacho, and more. For a true taste of the island, try one of Ibiza’s classic dishes, such as B. Bullit de Peix pieces of fish and potatoes coated in a rich saffron sauce and traditionally followed by fish stock rice or fideuà, a pasta-based paella. A wide range of succulent cuts of meat and luxurious lobster dishes complete the spectacular yet authentic gourmet menu.
Once one of the island’s most celebrated restaurants, Bambuddha Ibiza is a temple restaurant that offers a tantalizing blend of Asian cuisine with touches of spirituality and sensuality. Enter through the huge green bamboo walls that shield the restaurant and cocktail bar from prying eyes, and start your evening with a naughty brew from the bar before settling down for dinner. For a very special date night, book one of the intimate Balinese-style lounge beds. Sharing is encouraged at Bambuddha, and diners are invited to feast on everything from fresh sushi to flavorful curries, steamed dumplings and tuna tartare. With a luxurious, bohemian vibe and sophisticated electronic music soundtrack, it’s definitely a place to see and be seen and feel the island’s electric vibe at night.