As you might expect, Ibiza Town is a effervescent melting pot of international and Spanish cuisine. Every corner and cobbled side street offers doors to some incredible gastronomic delights. Hundreds of hidden gems are waiting for you and getting lost in the narrow streets and hidden stairways only adds to the fun of an evening out in this beautiful city.
With such a generous selection comes a full spectrum of price points for every budget. Luckily, the Spotlight team has the inside knowledge to guide you to the best destination for your night and your wallet.
The city is roughly divided into four main zones, the old town Dalt Vila, the modern city center and port area and marina across the bay. Here are just some of our recommendations that you will find while exploring these areas:
Tapas and Household
As a caveat, although we’ve listed some of our top budget-friendly tapas recommendations in Ibiza Town below, this is on the premise that you don’t get carried away and order everything off the menu! We cannot be held responsible for decisions made when bellies are rumbling amidst the exciting range of small but tantalizing options!
Tapas restaurants in Ibiza town
A city in the truest sense of the word, Ibiza is home to a number of typically Spanish tapas bars in major cities that sell delicious small portions. montaditos and pinchosideal for eating on the go.
Located on the pedestrian street of Vara de Rey with a perfect position for people watching, La Cava is a hotspot in Ibiza town. From modern tapas to classic Spanish dishes, this is a popular haunt for islanders and tourists alike.
Tucked away on a quiet street Right Art is a venue that could easily be overlooked but really shouldn’t. With her own vegetable garden, her fresh take on modern gourmet tapas pretty much goes from spot to plate.
Looking for al fresco dining? then Kaixo With its outdoor terrace and innovative menu, it’s probably one of the most popular harborside spots there is. Queues are the norm but expect it to be worth the wait.
If it pinchos You’re looking for – small tapas on bread that originated in the Basque Country – then you have two great options.
Can Terra is very popular. The menu can change with the days of the week, but you can expect everything that’s served to be first class.
Just around the corner, El Zaguan is an authentic, lively tapas restaurant that keeps prices low but standards high as dishes flow continuously from the kitchen.
Bar Comidas San Juan
Another Ibiza classic, Bar Comidas San Juan, with a plain door beckoning you in, is a busy meeting place for tourists and locals alike. Offering affordable and authentic Spanish first-come, first-served menus, it’s another popular spot that gives you a real taste of Spanish life.
It may not be a local dish, but the pizza and pasta prepared and served here in Ibiza certainly carry the authentic flavor.
El Pirata (photo by Susi Spencer)
First stop El PirataLocated in the Port of Ibiza Town, you can enjoy this beautiful harbor view while enjoying some of the most delicious and reasonably priced Italian food the city has to offer.
Not far from here, PizzaLoca, right next to the Pacha shop, offers typical Roman pizzas. With fast but friendly service and open until the early hours, it’s the perfect stop to watch the world go by or grab a bite to eat along the way.
Last but not least, we bring in a final flavor twist, but a firm favorite on the team. Kathmandu 2, the famous Nepalese eatery in Ibiza Town. Here you can nibble on crispy papadams and giant naans while enjoying a range of authentic Indian dishes, seasoned to perfection. Just the thing, no matter how hot it is outside.
Our mid-range selection brings a little more international flavor as we start with classic American cuisine at its finest. Hard Rock Cafe sits smack in the middle and with classic American memorabilia hanging on the walls and a menu full of sticky ribs and juicy burgers, it’s a taste of the A-USA you’ve been craving.
Marea Club and Casa Sudaca
With its large outdoor terrace on the port side, Marea Club encourages a relaxed dining experience and the perfect view to enjoy the authentic South American seafood menu. In keeping with the South American theme and lively eatery, Casa Sudaka Next door is open until the early hours. Their tasty pisco sours can be enjoyed before or after your meal, or perhaps as a cheeky stop on your foray into Ibiza Town.
Hidden next to the Old Market, below the city walls, La Bodega holds the secrets of many years of dedicated service and delicious tapas, which is probably why it is by far the most popular tapas restaurant with tourists. Slightly more expensive than a typical tapas bar, the atmosphere here is lively and bustling.
As you walk up the ramp and through the medieval gate to Dalt Vila, you enter an atmospheric world of narrow streets and charming restaurants.
When we eat, we get you going LaPlaza, on the busy Dalt Vila square. Their menu is an interesting fusion of the southern European dishes of Spain and France, peppered with South American, Italian and Asian flavors and ingredients for good measure.
Those wanting to taste established excellence should give it a try La Oliva. With over 35 years of experience, it offers a menu that blends Mediterranean cuisine with Asian influences. Due to its notoriety and popularity within Dalt Vila walls, advance booking is always advisable.
just a few steps away La Torreta is a romantic hotspot that impresses with its Mediterranean menu. However, those without company at night shouldn’t just walk by, it’s the perfect spot to enjoy an evening of wine and food.
If you’re craving good sushi, then you’ve come to the right place Sushiya Aoyama. It’s close to the city center and it may be small, but its comprehensive menu and stunning plate-to-plate delivery – cooked right in front of you – make it well worth its reputation.
Two of our favorite and most popular restaurants sit side by side on the outskirts of town, in the Multicines cinema complex. Ró Robata Lounge and La Taperia both offer excellent cuisine at moderate prices. You will not be disappointed! Ró focuses on fashionable Nikkei cuisine, while La Tapería sells excellent modern tapas.
Across the water towards Talamanca, our final pick shows its worth. With a stunning outdoor terrace perfect for relaxed dining with friends old and new, Mira Ibiza in Marina Botafoc offers a menu full of traditional and modern dishes that you can enjoy from early morning to late evening.
Also next to the beautiful boats is the marina Trattoria del Mar. This top-notch, authentic Italian restaurant is also a budget contender – we don’t think you’ll find a cheaper 3-course lunch Menu del diain a better location somewhere on the island.
To capture those all-important breathtaking views over Ibiza Town, Mikasa is the best choice for vegan guests. From early morning breakfast to late evening dinner, you can choose from some of the best and freshest vegan dishes Ibiza has to offer.
Finally, for that all-important beach experience with your feet in the sand at Talamanca Beach, Chambao at the Nobu Ibiza Bay Hotel holds its own. A chiringuito style restaurant that serves some of the best authentic homemade paellas and freshly caught fish that we have tasted. It’s not all just happening at night though, if you fancy a morning stroll on the beach then the wholesome breakfast is worth the stroll.
For a complete overview of restaurants in Ibiza, see our restaurant guide.