Ibiza

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With one million visitors a year, Ibiza has developed a culinary scene to suit a variety of budgets and tastes, with simple pizzerias and pubs just as easy to come by as five-fork, luxury dining. The island’s hippie past (and present) means vegetarian and organic eateries are popular. Everyone should try the rich, traditional, rice-and-seafood casserole known as paella. Word to the wise: many restaurants close shop during the off season.

Top Restaurants in Ibiza

C'an Berri Vell

This restaurant, housed in an 18th-century farmhouse, is worth the short drive inland to Sant Agusti d’es Vedrá for the shrimp in almond sauce and the fig-and-cheese ice cream.  Closed November to March.

Placa Mayor 2, Ibiza, 011-34-971-344-321, www.canberrivell.com
Tags: expensive

Ca Na Pepeta

Exposed stone walls and solid wooden tables and chairs give this rural restaurant a homey feel. It’s a favorite of the locals who come for the fideua (think paella with angel hair pasta instead of rice) and the homemade peach pie.

Calle de Joan Xico 15, near Sant Llorenç de Baláfia, PM, 011-34-971-325-023
Tags: moderate | traditional

Ca Na Ribes

On a warm evening, Ca Na Ribes’ garden courtyard, with its cooling fountain, is the place to be, relaxing and dining on such specialties as shrimp in champagne sauce or roast sherry chicken.

Carrer Sant Vicent 44, Ibiza, 011-34-971-330-006
Tags: moderate | traditional

Can Caus

Barbequed goat and spicy black sausage are musts at this mecca for meat eaters. All products are made on the premises; on your way out, stop by the adjoining shop to pick up some sheep’s cheese or local wine to take home.

Carretera Santa Gertrudis, km. 3.5, Ibiza, 011-34-971-197-517
Tags: expensive | bbq

Del Carmen

Diners look out over the sea to the tiny island of Es Vedra while enjoying culinary delights like grilled lobster, sole, grouper, and, of course, paella.

Platja Cala d’Hort, Ibiza, 011-34-971-187-449
Tags: moderate | seafood

El Rincon de Pepe

This friendly, Spanish tapas bar with rustic décor offers all the classics: stuffed olives, deep-fried, baby squid, mussels in vinaigrette, Spanish potato tortillas…plus salads, grilled meat, and fish.

San Mateo St. 6, Ibiza, 011-34-971-340-697, www.rincondepepe.net
Tags: budget | small plates | spanish

Es Molí de Sal

Spain’s King Juan Carlos has been known to step off his yacht to dine at this unassuming beach restaurant, which seduces diners with a full menu of seafood delicacies like lobster stew and grilled fish.

Platja de Ses Illetes, Ibiza, 011-34-971-187-491
Tags: moderate | seafood

L'Elephant

A late night treat in the nearby town of San Rafael, this French-managed establishment is famous for its imaginative cuisine (marinated tuna with foie-and-corn sauce, anyone?) and its Philippe Starck-inspired décor. The roof-top bar is fantastic.

Plaza Iglesia, Ibiza, 011-34-971-198-354, www.elephant-ibiza.com
Tags: expensive | trendy | asian fusion

Pascual

Come for the leafy garden dining area with a fountain, stay for the fresh seafood and the wide range of paellas.

Carretera Mola 12, Ibiza, 011-34-971-327-014
Tags: seafood | expensive | smart splurge

Restaurante Formentera

This is the best place in the La Marina port district for paella and homemade local desserts (try the crema catalana).  All of their freshly caught seafood is cooked over a wood fire.

Plaça de la Tertúlia 5, Ibiza, 011-34-971-311-024
Tags: moderate | seafood | great value

S'illot des Rencli

Guisado de pescado (a hearty fish stew) is the star here, but the chef also turns out admirable grilled seafood and several paella-type rice dishes. Wonderful views of the sea can be had from the dining terrace.

Carretera Portinatx-Eivissa, km 25.2, Ibiza, 011-34-971-320-585
Tags: moderate | seafood

Sa Capella

Stone walls, vaulted ceilings, and huge arched windows set the tone in this converted church where an efficient staff serve ambitious dishes like fine grilled sirloin in mushroom and apple sauce and sea bream baked in salt.

Careterra Sant Antoni-Santa Agnés, Km. 1.2, Ibiza, 011-34-971-340-057, www.ibiza-restaurants.com/sacapella
Tags: expensive

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