Ibiza may be the clubbing capital of the world but the food scene is fast becoming a reason to rival music for visiting our stunning island. World famous eateries are arriving every season and many independent operators have stepped up to the hot plate and delivered the most amazing dining experiences in recent years. Whether you are looking for a delicious meal in simple, authentic surroundings or whether you want to feel like a movie star, Ibiza is the place to come.
As a clubbing generation moves on but still wants to maintain its connection with the island that defined its adulthood, thoughts turn away from sweaty clubs and towards beach locations, cool parties, that finish not to late and eating out. It is the latter that has moved us to create this restaurant platform, an homage to the numerous food operators that have really accepted the challenge of catering to this generation and who have well and truly placed Ibiza on the food map. Over the course of the year we will be featuring some of the finest establishments on the island, giving you the chance to take notes and plan your next visit as we unearth some of the gems that has the islands mouths watering.
Nestled in the stunning bay of Cala Nova, brand new Ibiza restaurant Aiyanna exudes easy-going charm and boho chic; the concept fuses carefully designed -yet not overly polished – interiors with an appreciation for the simple pleasure in life and an outstanding culinary offering. A sister venue to the hugely popular Amante Ibiza beach club, Aiyanna was created by the same artisan team behind the successful restaurant and bar, whose keen eye for understated but eye-catching details and warm hospitality has turned Amante into one of the most revered addresses on the island.
Santa Gertrudis is the unofficial food capital of Ibiza, home to many stunning dining concepts, one of which is Mikado, which offers a delicious Asia menu with a modern twist. Located on the road leading from the main square, it is part of the vibrant hub of this picturesque village, the authentic Ibiza vibe is strong here and a reason why it is a popular tourist attraction in the summer and an island hot spot in the winter. A warm welcome awaits in Mikado, where great food and drink and interesting company is always on the menu. Open all year round, owners Rosa and Fabrice have delivered an intimate dining experience in the heart of one of the island’s most loved villages and it has proved to be a huge success. When it comes to an Asian menu, authenticity is immediately noticeable and in head chef Ben, Mikado is more than capable in exceeding expectations of its diners. Born in Thailand, Ben worked in the UK and Holland before returning to Asia, to Okaido, Japan, where he mastered the art of sashimi, learning from some of the most famous chefs in the field.
Clandestino, located in the busy resort of Playa d’en Bossa, has earned itself a reputation on the island as an intimate restaurant and cocktail bar with uncompromising quality in delivering a variety of delicious dishes at amazing prices, add the warm and friendly welcome that awaits and it is no surprise it is one of the most popular eateries on the island. This year round venue hosts tourists in the know during high season and discerning locals with an eye for a bargain and an educated palate, not to mention the log fire, which becomes a popular focal point during the winter.
What happens when three friends with a love for Ibiza, a passion for excellence in food and wine, a desire to deliver the best service and to create a warm and friendly environment in which to enjoy it all, get together? Short answer, a stunning dining destination that engages all of your senses, ticks all your boxes and ensures you fall in love with it. That is Can Domingo in San Josep, an oasis of tranquility, where every client is treated like family and walking through its doors feels like coming home.
STK is a recognised global lifestyle brand, with concepts in many of the world’s most vibrant destinations; it was no surprise when it was announced that it would be making its Ibiza debut. Located in the exclusive Marina Botafoc district, it boasts stunning views of the super yachts in the marina as well as the distinctive outline of Ibiza Town and the Dalt Vila.
BEACHOUSE made its Ibiza debut in 2014, wasting no time in capturing the imagination of the discerning travellers that descend on the island annually. The chic beach venue in the heart of Playa d’en Bossa offers a multitude of experiences, from a simple and relaxing day at the beach to a full on party complete with international superstar guests. One of the main reasons that BEACHOUSE has become a destination of choice for many of the decision makers on and visiting the island is the restaurant. The stunning Italian menu offers a variety of mouth-watering choices to tempt your palette. Whether you are enjoying a long afternoon lunch or a romantic beachfront dinner, BEACHOUSE is perfect. Imaginative starters set the scene, think finely sliced Octopus carpaccio served with brunoise vegetables drizzled with lemon oil; quinoa salad with grapes, nuts, cucumber and cherry tomatoes laced with a yuzu vinigairette and lime juice, and you stand to grasp the magnitude of what is about to happen. Delicious pasta, fresh fish, quality meat cooked to perfection follows as the chef delivers an individual gastronomic symphony to every table. The dining at BEACHOUSE is five star, as is the service, with a warm welcome waiting for everyone that walks through the entrance. It’s definitely one to book in advance as it has become one of THE places to be seen in Ibiza.
Ravin Ruby owner Danny Hayward drove to Ibiza at 21 and slept in his car for two weeks. He started his Ibiza life as a PR before selling balloons to bars in San Antonio, fast forward to the present and he has invested all his savings in his restaurant Ravi Ruby and is reaping the reward for delivering one of the tastiest experiences on the island. Ravin Ruby has been packing the punters in since 2008, keen to sample the sensational curries that the rustic curry den has become famous for. There’s nothing pretentious or commercial about the Ravin Ruvy; the relaxed vibe, warm glow and sage green walls immediately make you feel at ease. The food is all freshly prepared by the Indian chef, guaranteeing an authentic and taste bud tingling experience, making it one of the most popular restaurants on the island.
Wok & Roll is a cool Sushi restaurant in the village of Santa Gertrudis. Located on a street off the main square it is popular with many of the Island’s inhabitants, as well as high profile visitors and members of the clubbing family. Owner Roberto is one of those friendly faces that has time for everyone and his hands on approach to his restaurant has made it a must visit for those in the know. Essential Ibiza caught up with Roberto over the most amazing Sushi platter! Click on the link above to find out more.
Dunes is the latest addition to the Playa d’en Bossa landscape and a welcome one at that. The stylish restaurant offers a fusion menu that ranges from Mediterranean, American, Mexican and Asian, giving you a real choice of which party of the world your palate wants to visit. The quality of the food is amazing and it has already earned itself a reputation for delivering some of the best burgers on the island. Walking in off of the main stretch Play d’en Bossa, the first thing you will notice is that the floor is sand, shoes off, sand between the toes, you feel at ease immediately. The ice cream parlour offers passers by the chance to cool down in the early evening heat and there is also a late night food cart on the other corner, which offers curry sausages to the revelers coming out of the clubs in the wee small hours.