We take a look at the restaurants that are top of Tripadvisor’s Ibiza leader-board.

By nature of the exercise it is unlikely anybody will agree totally with the selection, and most of us will have our personal favourites we think have been cheated in not being included.

But putting aside those not on the list for a moment, those that are included go to make quite some showcase of Ibiza’s rich culinary offering.

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The 10 Best Restaurants in Ibiza 2019 According To Tripadvisor

A surprise perhaps that Playa d’en Bossa would claim the highest representation with 4 of the top 10 spots.

Ibiza Town and San Antonio have two apiece, with San An’s Tapas Restaurant and Lounge Bar also having by far the highest number of reviews at just under 1,400.

With the final two spots taken by San Rafael and Santa Eulalia it leaves the entire North of the Island and all of its Southern Beaches without representation.

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The 10 Best Restaurants in Ibiza 2019 According To Tripadvisor

One common thread throughout the list, all are independent restaurants and none of the big billboard names in Ibiza make it to the top ten. Perhaps it is the passion of the patrons that comes shining through?

For each listing we have shown their total number of Tripadvisor reviews, along with a rough ratio of what languages they were written in, thereby an indication of their clientele.

The 10 Best Restaurants in Ibiza 2019 According To Tripadvisor

#1 La Cabana

  • Playa d’en Bossa
  • 82 reviews
  • 50% Spanish, 10% English
  • Mediterranean Spanish International Vegetarian Friendly Gluten Free Options

La Cabana first opened its doors in 1973. Tucked away in the backstreets of Playa den Bossa, it is an unassuming building and location, perhaps not where you would expect to find Ibiza’s number one restaurant, but as one recent reviewer said “we’d put this in the category of crawling through broken glass to eat there”.

La Cabana serves a Mediterranean inspired tapas menu with an extensive cocktail range.

The 10 Best Restaurants in Ibiza 2019 According To Tripadvisor

#2 Bebel

  • Ibiza Town
  • 128 reviews
  • 50% Italian, 25% English
  • Italian Seafood Mediterranean European

Bebel is nestled at the foot of La D’alt Vila. Italian seafood is their style, though at pains to point out they use the very best locally caught Ibicenco fish.

The decor and friendly service are regular among the positive comments.

The 10 Best Restaurants in Ibiza 2019 According To Tripadvisor

#3 La Mesa Escondida

  • San Rafael
  • 214 reviews
  • 40% Italian, 20% English, 20% Spanish
  • Italian Vegetarian Friendly Vegan Options Gluten Free Options

La Mesa Escondida’s own description is “a place where Italian culinary tradition meets local fresh products from the island. It is a quite and cosy escape where you can enjoy your lunch and dinner sitting at the inner tables or under the sky in the secret garden, while you can treat yourself with our cool music selections”

The 10 Best Restaurants in Ibiza 2019 According To Tripadvisor

#4 Vermuteria Ajo Blanco

  • Playa d’en Bossa
  • 146 reviews
  • 60% Spanish, 20% English
  • Mediterranean Spanish European Vegetarian Friendly Gluten Free Options Vegan Options

Ajo Blanco describes itself as a ‘vermutería, like those of yesteryear’. We’ll be honest and say nobody in the office knew what a vermuteria was, but Google to the rescue and we now know it to be a traditional bar, often very small, that specialises in Vermouth alongside an array of seafood pintxos and salty snacks.

In its modern incarnation the menu has extended somewhat, and with their number 4 spot perhaps we’ll see more vermuterias appearing soon.

The 10 Best Restaurants in Ibiza 2019 According To Tripadvisor

#5 Sushimi

  • Sant Antoni de Portmany
  • 266 reviews
  • 40% Italian, 30% Spanish, 20% English
  • Japanese Sushi Asian Fusion Vegetarian Friendly Vegan Options Gluten Free Options

The only Sushi, or for that matter only Asian, restaurant to make the top 10, Sushimi has been a big hit since opening.

Reviewer Evilluke wasn’t living up to his name, he wanted to give it 6 stars. “We loved this place so much we’ve been twice this stay. I lived in Japan for a bit and yet I’ve never tasted anything like the unique combinations I found here, absolutely sensational.”

The 10 Best Restaurants in Ibiza 2019 According To Tripadvisor

#6 Tapas Restaurant & Lounge Bar

  • Sant Antoni de Portmany
  • 1,382 reviews
  • English 60%, Dutch 10%, Italian 10%, Spanish 10%
  • Mediterranean European Spanish International Vegetarian Vegan Options Gluten Free Options

‘International flavours, served in the Spanish Tapas style’. It seems to be a winning formula as the Tapas terrace is a ‘must book’ throughout the height of the summer season.

Their internationalism is reflected in menus being available in 5 langauges, and the most diverse list of Tripadvisor reviewers, with praise coming in from all corners of the globe.

Tapas have by far the highest number of reviews on the list, and if there is any truth to the common held belief that the more reviews you get the harder it is to stay at the top, they must be doing very well indeed.

The 10 Best Restaurants in Ibiza 2019 According To Tripadvisor

#7 Rona’s Deli

  • Playa d’en Bossa
  • 418 reviews
  • English 35%, German 25%
  • American Fast food European Healthy Vegetarian Friendly Vegan Options Gluten Free Options

Rona’s Deli are one of many in the top ten who have focussed on healthy eating and dietary expectations as an integral part of their business model. They take it further than most with a 100% commitment to local and organic produce.

“We believe that you don’t have to decide between soul food and super food. All of our sinfully tasty dishes are homemade with love and passion. We are dedicated to serve you the best food for your health and soul using only organic, fresh, healthy ingredients from local farmers and butchers.

The 10 Best Restaurants in Ibiza 2019 According To Tripadvisor

#8 Ohana

  • Playa d’en Bossa
  • 904 reviews
  • 70% English
  • Seafood European Spanish Fusion Vegetarian Friendly Vegan Options Gluten Free Options

Ohana is something of a mystery. We know where it is, a great spot right on the seafront in Playa den Bossa but away from its hedonistic heart. It describes itself as a Tapas restaurant, though the reviews talking of plates and paellas show it to be something more. But beyond that there seems very little. It has no website, and its facebook page has some photos and one post from May 2018. Perhaps the biggest surprise for a seafood and Tapas restaurant is the very small number of Spanish reviews, just 30 of its impressive 904.

Ohana needs further investigation – any excuse :-)

The 10 Best Restaurants in Ibiza 2019 According To Tripadvisor

#9 el Local

  • Ibiza Town
  • 142 reviews
  • 35% Spanish, 30% Italian, 30% English.
  • Italian Mediterranean European Healthy Fusion Vegetarian Friendly Vegan Options Gluten Free Options

El Local’s first review was in August 2017, so relatively new to the scene. It describes itself as “a new concept in Ibiza. Restaurant, coffee shop, record shop and work area. All in one place. You’ll find healthy foods and drinks, with the taste of home, no matter what part of the world is yours. Our passion is to make you enjoy the best without rules, the only label is to cook with love and the best ingredients.”

The 10 Best Restaurants in Ibiza 2019 According To Tripadvisor

#10 BlueFish

  • Santa Eulalia del Rio
  • 300 reviews
  • English 50%, Spanish 25%, Dutch 20%
  • Seafood International Fusion Vegetarian Friendly Gluten Free Options

Reflecting our introductory comments about the patrons’ part in what it takes to get to the top of the list, BlueFish is in the heart of Santa Eulalia’s restaurant street run by owners Alex and Patricia.

Their commitment to locally sourced and high quality produce ticks more of the boxes, and reviewers often talk of BlueFish in terms of the best meal they have eaten. In fact, looking at the BlueFish review ratios it is hard to see why it isn’t higher on the list. Watch this space.

Conclusions

Nobody would argue that Tripadvisor provides a perfect rating system, far from it. Despite Tripadvisor’s assurances of working to fix some of the flaws in its algorithm, it does seem that wherever in the world you search, the majority of top restaurants have a relatively small number of reviews, indicating that their ranking does still discriminate against the long established businesses.

In the case of Ibiza’s top ten this is reflected in that only one entry, San Antonio’s Tapas Restaurant and lounge Bar, has over 1,000 reviews – well done them for making the top spots against the odds.

That said, with all its failings accepted, Tripadvisor continues to be a first choice for many people in seeking dining recommendations. Without question the Ibiza top ten has thrown up some excellent and interesting options, including a couple of names completely new to us.

Perhaps the best approach is look to Tripadvisor for inspiration, but not be blinkered to the extent of forgetting all those Ibiza favourites that have been sating our culinary desires since long before Tripadvisor even existed.

Our search was at 5pm on 29th March 2019. By nature of the ranking algorithm the positions can change at any time. This link will run the same search for you showing the current positions.