Ibiza, what an island. Forget its crazy nightlife for a moment and plan your trip to biza for a romantic foodie getaway. Ibiza houses some of the most stunning restaurants I have ever dined at, from glimmering turquoise waters and cliffside views to bohemian chic interiors and Old Town Charm, the island is a foodie paradise. Mix all those jaw dropping location with the most incredible locally sourced produce and seafood and you have some of the most extraordinary dining experiences in Europe.
Drive down a secluded dirt road off and you’ll slowly come to a beautifully rugged cove, this is Cala Bonita. Owned and run by the most welcoming and warm couple, the restaurant is unlike others on the island and you can tell as soon as you sit down that the restaurant is run with love and curated with thought. The interiors are boutique with a focus on rustic and bohemian chic. The wine is chilled and fresh, the food grilled and marinated to perfection. Pair that with the gorgeous sea views and you have the most beautiful little lunch spot. An absolute dream of a restaurant and unmissable in Ibiza.
ORDER… Ceviche, Calamari with Padron Peppers, Oysters (VERY GOOD), Buratta, Pasta Portofino (MUST ORDER).
BOTTEGA IL BUCO
Located in the charming little village of Santa Gerturdis is the rustic eatery Bottega il Buco. This place draws in the foodies with their delicious Italian dishes and features freshly made foccacia topped with local produce. The restaurant celebrates one year of opening and is frequented by locals in the know. Make sure you listen to the staff when it comes to recommendations as they known the best picks. Although you can’t really go wrong with their well curated menu where each dish is cooked to an extremely high standard. A gorgeous little place to indulge on good wine and extraordinary food.
ORDER… Daily Foccacia, Paccheri with Ragu, Spiced Carrots with Yogurt, Pannacotta with Honey, Chamomile and Lemon Salt (This desert is one of the BEST things I have ever had).
Imagine the most gorgeous cove you have ever seen, add some chic cacti, plush sunbeds and you have Amante Ibiza. A place to spend all day at, Amante is well known and adored for it’s stunning scenic views and chill out house vibes. Come for a drink and a day in the sun during the day and book a table for dinner at night. As the sun turns from blue to lilac, sip on a cocktail and listen to the tropical house music and dine on incredible seafood and grilled vegetables. Food can be quite pricey, but worth it for the most romantic dinner views on the island.
COTTON BEACH CLUB
Overlooking the glimmering turquoise waters of Cala Tarida is Cotton Beach Club. Think tropical house music, fluttering white umbrellas, flashing smiles and chic young things sipping chilled rosé. Chilled party vibes for those who want a feel-good lunch with a lot of atmosphere (live sax anyone? ) and delicious food. The restaurant focuses on a fusion cuisine of Japanese and Thai. Their speciality is seafood, in particular Sushi. Freshly rolled maki rolls and fatty sashimi, their sushi platters are definitely worth ordering. If anything, the views alone should be enough to tempt a visit. Come to Cotton Beach Club for your quintessential Ibiza lunch!
ORDER… Sushi platter, Tempura Prawns, Octopus, Buratta and Creme Brulee.
HOTEL ES CUCONS
If you’re looking for rustic farmhouse vibes, this gorgeous estate is a must visit on the island for you. One of the most peaceful spots we visited in Ibiza, Hotel Es Cucons is serene a haven of wicker chairs, clay walls, pink bougainvillea and plush daybeds. This boutique hotel has extremely chic interiors, the attention to small details such as wooden bowls of bright oranges and little vases of wild flowers make this a photographer’s dream. Food is fresh, light and delicious. After lunch, why not make your way to one of their shaded daybeds and lounge the day away poolside?
ORDER… Padron Peppers, Squid with Garlic and Potato, Shrimp and Cuttlefish Arancini,
COMIDAS BAR SAN JUAN (Old Town Ibiza)
Just wanted to throw in this last little local recommendation we discovered thanks to a friendly storeowner in Old Town Ibiza. Old Town is known for its touristy and overpriced meals, so if you’re looking for something extremely local at an amazing price, come to Comidas Bar San Juan. It’s easy to spot as usually there is a queue out the door. Menus are in Spanish and house wine goes for €1 euro a glass (they put the entire bottle in front of you and you just pour yourself). Don’t make the mistake of over-ordering, we did as we assumed all the dishes were tapas sized because of their amazing prices. This restaurant is where the locals and those who are in the know eat, the perfect spot if you want an authentic eat post exploring Old Town.