With beautiful beaches and natural landscapes worth seeing, world’s most popular Dj’s to listen to and prestige beach clubs to visit, Ibiza is (unfortunately) also well-known as one of the most expensive holiday destinations for foodies.
But, does indulging in the opulence of a luxury location have to break the bank? Contrary to popular belief, you can experience the best of Ibiza by dining smart and we’ll show you how!
Whether you find yourself in a posh villa in Es Cubells, in the picturesque north side of the island or in Ibiza town, there is often hidden culinary treasure just waiting to be discovered. In this article, we’ll explore some unexpensive places to eat in Ibiza, proving that enjoying the finer things in life doesn’t have to come with an extravagant price tag. The following restaurant list will get you to indulge in the local cuisine while savoring the bohemian high life on a budget.
1# SES EUFABIES - CALA TARIDA BEACH
Located on the south-west coast of the island, on the right side of beach of Cala Tarida, you’ll find Ses Eufabies restaurant serving simply cooked, delicious food at very reasonable prices and with the bonus of spectacular sunset views. The origins of Ses Eufabies date back to the 1950’s and in the past, it was a small beach kiosk with a round bar supported by large ceramic vessels ( eufabies ,in Ibicenco). Their Mediterranean cuisine is based on fresh local fish and seafood, however you’ll be able to also enjoy meats, light salads, pastas, home-made desserts and the dish of the day according the season. We highly recommend the Galician-style octopus, Roman-style squid or garlic prawns and the lamb chops. The restaurant is suited for any budget and very family-friendly.
The calm waters of Cala Tarida and its position sheltered from the winds, together with the availability of water sports and all kinds of services make this beach a favorite destination for family holidays. It is the ideal place to spend a full day at the beach with children. If you’re considering staying in the area and renting a nice private home for your holidays, then you may like to check our available villa accommodation in Sant Joseph de Sa Talaia.
2# El Bigotes - cala mastella
The beach of Cala Mastella is a small enclosed bay with shallow waters and relaxed atmosphere where you can find one of the most local and picturesque restaurants on the island. El Bigotes was established back in 1969 when its founder Juan Ferrer used to prepare Bullit de peix for his friends, with fish of the day, every now and then. These small gatherings soon became large crowds, and this is why for more than 40 years, and for little money, anyone can enjoy a real fisherman meal, in the “true spot”. Although ‘el Bigotes’ has since retired, you are likely to find at the restaurant. The dining-room, under a wooden roof, could not be simpler, but this is part of its charm.
El Bigotes restaurant is popular for its single dish: bullit de peix cooked over a wood fire and served always at 14,30 o’clock. Before that, at 12,30, you can have grilled rock fish and salad. This specialty, which today is found in numerous local restaurants on the island, was until recently a typical dish that was only cooked by fishermen, who prepared it with freshly caught rock fish.
The bullit de peix is served in two phases: first the fish stew, accompanied by potatoes and a sauce similar to aioli; and then the rice, which is usually a dry plain rice, although here they serve it brothy. If you want to taste the famous bullit de peix from El Bigotes , make sure to book your table in advance.
#3 Hydrogen Beach Bar - Cala Oliveira
On the east side of Ibiza – next to Cala Llonga – you will find the small secluded Cala Olivera beach. Chances are you’ve never heard of it. Not surprising, because we are talking about a fairly undiscovered gem here. A beautiful, hidden bay of about 30 meters wide, surrounded by rocks and beautiful nature. The water is crystal clear and you can relax on the small beach before heading for a nice meal to Hydrogen Beach Bar, an authentic ´chiringuito de playa´.Fresh salads fish and burgers (including a vegan option) are some of the suggestions. A paradise-like place set in idyllic natural surroundings where the cocktails are truly on a level and you can have an affordable meal right next to beach. What else can you wish for? – Oh yes! You need to rent a comfortable private pool villa for your holidays on the island.
Can Alila is located less than 5 minutes drive from Cala Oliveira. The property can host up to 10 guests and is perfect for groups of friends, remote workers or two families to share.
#4 aquarium Cap blanc - sant antony
Aquarium Cap Blanc is a natural underground cave of approx. 400 m2, with ideal conditions for showcasing and caring for the island’s marine species also used by the Marine Species Recovery Centre (CREM). Inside you´ll be able to see local marine fauna, rays, bream, rockfish and even some baby sharks. On the top of the marine cave and right on the entrance stands a small beach bar with mesmerizing sunset views.
The most popular and traditional gathering at Aquarium Cap Blanc, beside its little marine museum happens to be their signature dish of grilled sardines with which you will suck your fingers for less than 20 euros per person. The sardine grill is carried out from June to September most of Fridays and Saturdays, as well as Thursdays in July, August and beginning of September. The drinks and the desserts are charged a part, but the price includes the entrance to the aquarium so that you will know first-hand the most striking marine species of the Ibicenco littoral. Do not forget book a table, since there is not too much space and is usually filled up quickly.
#5 CAMI DE BALAFIA - SANT LORENZO
Cami de Bàlafia is a family run restaurant that has been for part of Ibiza´s dining scene for more than 30 years. Since the start and despite the simplicity of the establishment, they have gained a reputation throughout the island for offering delicious food at very reasonable prices. The place is located in St.Lorenzo on the way to the Balàfia fountain just next to an orange tree plantation.
Simplicity is at its core-the most loved dishes here are succulent cuts of meat cooked on the huge grill and the famed tomato salad, made of only three ingredients. The restaurant’s terrace is where the magic unfolds – twinkling fairy lights hang loosely from tree to tree, while stars glisten in the sky above – on a balmy Balearic night, it really is the dream. Reserve your table and bring cash as credit cards are not accepted here. The dishes are abundant, although it is advisable to accompany them with potatoes and salad. The wine list is modest, although it has good reds from La Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Priorat and the atmosphere is local as it is often frequented by people from the island, who usually look for quiet places where they are treated with familiarity and without protocols.
If you are already planning your next Ibiza holidays and looking for a villa to rent in the area, have a look at Villa Bohemia near St. Joan and our collection of pool villas in Santa Gertrudis.
#6 TUK-TUK - PLAYA D'EN BOSSA
Located on the front line of Playa d’en Bossa beach, Tuk Tuk Ibiza is a surprisingly large venue shaded by banana plants, grass sombreros and tall canes with sandy floor, where the beach comes through your toes and right up to the front door. Is the perfect beach club for someone who is a foodie, offering a variety of tempting dishes: from the large, sharing starters and salads, to platters of sushi, a plethora of fish and seafood dishes and plenty of options from the grill. Recipes are mainly Spanish Mediterranean but with nice little hints of Asian influence and the quality never seems to drop, even when the terrace is starting to bounce. The space spread out on the terrace has beach beds and tables where you can enjoy a meal under the sunshine during the day or to dine in the evening, while the DJ plays a nice soundtrack and the sun goes down. Tuk Tuk Ibiza offers great food nd drinks at very reasonable prices. Wines, champagnesand bottles of spirits are all available at prices that won’t break the bank and will guarantee that your day is a memorable one.
#7 nola ibiza - cala vadella beach
If you’re looking for a beautiful place not far from our Villas in Cala Carbo and Es Cubells then look no further than Nola Ibiza. With stunning sea views and a menu full of mouth-watering options, this place is the newest addition to the gourmet scene in Cala Vadella. The restaurant and lounge bar combine coziness, nature & elegance. Located few steps from the beach Nola has one of the best views over Cala Vadella from its elevated terrace converted into a stylish dining area. The vibe of the restaurant is casual and garden-like, with sandy areas, fantastic views and focus on fresh, healthy, and organic food. If you are staying in one of our villas nearby and willing to visit Nola in high season, you must know that they offer private parking spots for our Harissa Villas guests. We’ll help you book it in advance to ensure you a comfortable and easy arrival at the restaurant.
#8 kinana - cala llonga
Tucked between the sea and the mountains, on a small hill on the outskirts of Cala Llonga, is the Can Toni Xumeu agrotourism where you’ll find Kinana restaurant, a whole culinary ode to the Mediterranean with Peruvian and Mexican touches. An idyllic space next to the pool, with spectacular views sets the tone for unforgettable summer evenings. Kinana is a reference for ‘kilometer zero’ ingredients as they have opted to create their own organic garden. On the menu you’ll find different options, such as fresh salads, brought directly “from the garden to the table”. Among its elaborations, the flavor of its meat stands out for its highest quality and is cooked in the traditional style: smoked from the grill. The flavors captivate everyone who tries them and the lobster salad, the grilled scallops or the classic ceviche are delicious! The price is a bit higher over here but it worths each cent.
#9 Sa soca - ibiza west coast
Restaurant Sa Soca is a family-run establishment with a very welcoming atmosphere. It’s a restaurant where everything tastes truly home-cooked, as though it is something your own parents or grandparents would cook for dinner. Service matches that level of comfort, too; it’s very personal, as though you’re being welcomed into a home.
The menu at Restaurant Sa Soca is quite varied, with a range of options that go from paella to rabbit stew and from fried squid to lamb shoulder. You can’t miss their desserts as the graixonera and the cheese or apple pie, all absolutely homemade and delicious. There are a few places to eat within; a log fire burns in winter and the dining terrace and ‘alfresco’ style is available in the summer on the terrace shaded by grapevines, hanging plants and beautiful flowers. The interior of the restaurant is very simple, with a warmth and loving comfort that shines through. Near this beautiful restaurant you’ll be able to rent Villa Can Xo – one of our charming holiday villas with private pool, stunning Mediterranean garden and capacity for up to 8 guests.
#10 bar costa - santa gertrudis
On the main plaza square in St. Gertrudis sits one of the oldest and most renowned bars: Can Costa – a friendly meeting place that celebrates the time-honored Spanish tradition of curing meat. Here you’ll be able to taste the absolute best Serrano and Iberian ham, Manchego cheese, cured loin, chorizo and sausages. It is a popular local meeting point and the outside terrace is almost always spilling over with regular customers. Inside is well worth a visit too, simply to see the unique surrealist display of donated art by the hand of local artists.
It all started back in the 70’s when the hippies and artisans arrived to the island. Many couldn’t afford to pay and offered their paintings in exchange for a meal or a drinks. The founder of Bar Costa, Vicent accepted the deals, and this is how the restaurant got filled with paintings, of diverse artists of the time, all exhibited on the walls of each dining room. Among them, artworks by Antonio Villanueva, Monreal, Pomar, Vicent Calbet, Perelló, Azócar… Vicent, the founder of Bar Costa.
Bar Costa is particularly cosy during the winter time when they light the open fireplace for their guests during winter. Considering that the prices are friendly and that is far enough of the hustle and bustle in the middle of the season, now you know why Can Costa is and will be, an excellent option for foodies in search of local flavours. And if you consider renting your vacation home in this area, then take a look on our hand-picked selection of Villas in Santa Gertrudis.
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