On a tiny island based so heavily on tourism you'd think it'd be easier to find restaurants touting local gastronomy. Sadly, although they do exist, they aren't as prevalent as the quick eats you'll grab at a local bar or cafe; then again, those hoping for local Ibicenco cuisine will find that it varies quite little from other Mediterranean fare, with a reliance on fresh seafood and the inclusion of a rice base for many dishes. The two most notable dishes in Ibicenco cuisine are dessert dishes: flao and ensaimada. Flao are a cheese-filled pastry with a hint of peppermint, while the ensaimada are a coiled, doughnut-style pastry. Both are quite tasty.
You'll find more “authentic” cuisine if you stray from Ibiza Town and San Antonio, although there are some fine seafood establishments throughout the island. Take a look through our individual cuisine listings for a more varied idea of what the island has to offer; we'll use this space to give you a better understanding of what you'll find in these two more popular cities. The center of Ibiza Town is where you'll find the majority of restaurants, with many tapas bars and cafes around Placa des Parc and Passeig de Vara de Rey. La Cava (tapas) and Bon Profit (Ibicenco) are both always busy and highly reputable. Just south of the city, you'll find decent food overlooking the ocean at a number of places along the beach at Platja d'En Bossa (Buena Onda and Sirocco both have great Italian menus), while there are a scattering of restaurants of all varieties on both sides of the harbor; just don't expect it to be easy to find cheap or incredible food.
San Antonio, located on the west end of the island, has a high concentration of restaurants downtown, especially on and around Carrer Ample. For the best in local cuisine, Es Rebost De Can Prats (Calle Cervantes) is a must, while most visitors to the city will want to enjoy their meals with a sunset view, which can be had from numerous coastal hot spots, including Cafe Mambo, Kasbah, and Kumharas. There are also a number of restaurants worth checking out in the other sizable community on the island, Santa Eularia des Riu, where authenticity is a more common experience. Up the coast from Ibiza Town, there are plenty of tapas joints, Mediterranean eateries, and even more international fare like Mexican or sushi. Take a stroll down Carrer Sant Jaume or the harbor-side Passeig Maritim for the highest concentration of restaurants. La Fontana, Bar Dona Ana and El Puntal all have excellent reputations for great local food and atmosphere.
For further information on individual establishments, trip planning ideas, and much more, take a look through our dedicated pages.