Ibiza + Mallorca Restaurants
Palma de Mallorca , Mallorca
Tel: 34 971 262 738
Located in the beachy suburb of Ciudad Jardí, El Bungalow is where the island's top chefs head for seafood dishes and sumptuous paellas when their own work is done. Little more than a basic fisherman's cottage on the beach, with two fairly ordinary terraces smartened up by fluttering cotton canopies (be sure to specify the one with the sea view when booking), its lack of pretense is a big part of the draw. Show up early to secure a coveted terrace spot with the Mediterranean waves lapping just inches from your toes, and linger over tantalizing dishes of purple-lipped clams steamed in white wine and garlic; heaps of mussels; and buttery, perfectly cooked squid. Booking essential.
29 Ses Escoles
Fornells , Menorca
Tel: 34 971 376 442
Arguably one of Menorca's most famous restaurants, this neat town house is one block removed from the shoreline and a world away from the touristy eateries that line it. While it's unlikely to win any prizes for interior design and lacks the postcard-perfect bay views of its competition, the lovingly tended lobster tanks at the rear of the restaurant and its own fishing fleet mean that the specialty here is of an excellent standard. Caldereta de langosta, a fragrant stew of fresh Balearic lobster cooked down with rice and tomatoes and enriched with saffron, is the regional dish, and this is the place to come on the island to try it.
Closed Wednesdays and November to mid-March.
9 Plaça Santa Catalina
Palma de Mallorca , Mallorca
Tel: 34 971 719 609
Affixed to the museum of modern art next door, the restaurant reflects the mood in food. As one of the pioneers of "New Mallorcan" cuisine, chef Joan Torrens has spent the last decade experimenting, honing and harmonizing his skills and breathing new life into the culinary legacy left by his family. While he remains true to local produce, his interpretations of classical Mallorcan cookery are apparent in dishes such as anchovy "cake" dressed with oranges and cava vinaigrette; sticky rice with rabbit, mushrooms, and snails; and gooey apple cake with Sichuan pepper ice cream.
Closed Sundays and the last two weeks of August and January.
Port Des Torrent
Cala de Bou , Ibiza
Tel: 34 971 80 57 40
The softer side of clubbing, this is a beachside trance venue, which means it's a cross between a souk in Marrakech, a bedouin tent, a beach in Goa, and a cafin the Haightwith a chill-out soundtrack. The ruins of a stone windmill serve as the bar and centerpiece, while all around, hippie transactions take place in the informal marketplace, impromptu art gets made, and Southeast Asianinfluenced food is served in an array of set menus: langoustine tempura, hummus, grilled tuna with Thai vegetables, chicken satay. You'll feel better if young and underdressed.
Closed October through May.
3 Calle Botería
Palma , Mallorca
Tel: 34 971 714 863
Set on a busy yet charming square across from the 15th-century Lonja building—now used for temporary exhibitions—La Boveda serves the best tapas in town. The decor is that of the quintessential Spanish bodega: old tile floors and lots of heavy wooden tables and chairs crammed a little too close together. This place is always packed with locals and visitors, so aim to be here before 9:30 pm if you want a table—otherwise, be prepared to elbow your way to the bar and eat there. Our favorite dishes include the scrambled eggs with prawns, fried calamari, and croquettes de jamón. La Boveda's more formal sister restaurant, La Taberna de la Boveda, is just around the corner. It doesn't have the same jumping vibe, but it does have a lovely outdoor terrace.
Open Mondays through Saturdays 1:30 to 4 pm and 8:30 pm to midnight.
3 Calle Pere Sala
Ibiza Town , Ibiza
Tel: 34 971 301 202
This enchanting walled garden shaded by purple bougainvillea, ivy, and palm trees on the edge of the D'Alt Vila in Ibiza Town is a classic—though it's better not to veer into the more ambitious-sounding dishes on the menu. But for a steak perfectly grilled over hot coals—robust and deeply flavoured, with a properly charred crust and a pink, juicy middle—nowhere beats it. It's also worth saving room for homemade desserts by the boss man's 84-year-old grandmother.Tara Stevens
Passeig Joan Carles I, S/N
Ibiza Town , Ibiza
Tel: 34 971 311 810
The quayside restaurant in Ibiza Town's swanky new marina is bustling even out of season, thanks to top-notch French cooking and superb fish and seafood. The scrubbed wood deck, hedged in by herbaceous borders and potted olive trees, is peopled by yachties, club owners, and glamour-pusses in wide-brimmed straw hats. The set lunch is great value, with mains such as skate in a butter and caper sauce, or slow-cooked lamb.Tara Stevens
Open Tuesdays through Sundays 1 to 4 pm and 8:30 pm to midnight, September through July; Tuesdays through Sundays 8:30 pm to midnight, August.
Carretera Sant Joan, Km 9.5
Sant Joan , Ibiza
Tel: 34 971 807 308
Owned by hip husband-and-wife team John Broekman and Leah Tilbury (formerly of Las Banderas in Formentera), this old coaching inn is an unexpected delight tucked away in the middle of the island. A scruffy parking lot just off the C-733 road is the unassuming location for this magical hideaway serving great food. Outside, a terrace twinkles with fairy lights; inside, there's a labyrinth of dining rooms lit by candles and chandeliers. The menu showcases retro dinner-party classics like steak tartare as well as pan-Asian offerings like calamari in chile, papaya, and lemon. Curiously, what draws celebs like Bryan Ferry and Kate Moss is Friday fish and chips and Sunday roasts.Tara Stevens
Open Tuesdays through Sundays 8 pm to midnight (bar closes 3 am), mid-May through July; daily 8 pm to midnight (bar closes 3 am), August; 8 pm to 1 am (bar closes 3 am), September and October; Thursdays through Saturdays 1:30 to 4 pm and 8 pm to midnight, Sundays 1:30 to 4 pm, November through May.
3 Camí de la Coixa
San Luis , Menorca
Tel: 34 610 319 279
Few places offer a more charming, convivial way to spend an evening than with the Pan y Vino's hosts, Terry and Jill Cox. Back in London, he was a session musician, she ran nightclubs; and their island restaurant is one of those rare places where customers arrive as strangers and leave as friends. Tucked down an impossibly narrow, stone-walled lane about 20 minutes from Maó, the rustic dining room has a secret-garden feel. Jill's eclectic and accomplished home cooking spans the continents, and dinner tends to be whatever she feels like cooking that day. Dishes range from Pacific-style ceviche to local goat cheese with gooseberry sauce to Asian street food. Terry takes charge front of house, doling out welcome glasses of cava to a jolly crowd of loyal regulars and in-the-know newcomers. Past clients include Elton John and his mother, among other illustrious rock 'n' rollers.
Closed Thursdays and Fridays and from October through May.
Playa d'es Codolar
Carretera Ses Salines , Ibiza
Tel: 34 971 324 082
The drive over the salt pans to Cap Falcó can give you the uneasy feeling that you're lost. Stick with it: This is one extraordinary little restaurant, perched on what seems like the end of the world, with distant views over the Es Vedrà rock. This is the place to come for fresh fish and seafood straight off the boat. The daybeds of bleached driftwood and a pebble beach backed by desolate pine trees make it seem wild and isolated, save for the gentle beat of chill-out tunes. Sunsets here are magical.Tara Stevens
Open daily noon to 11 pm, end of March through end of October (possibly until December, depending on weather); 2 pm to 3 am May through September (depending on weather, so always call ahead).
Playa Illetas , Formentera
Tel: 34 630 930 913
A mirage of clattering forks, clinking glasses of tinto, white plastic chairs, and multilingual chattering appears under the palm trees and sunshades directly on the sands of one of the most popular beaches on the island. For 36 years, the same couple has run Restaurante Juan y Andrea, the same people have come back, and the word has spread (quietly). The food is simple, local, and great: paella, grilled shellfish, the freshest of fish. It's a rite of summer that even the visiting celebs and millionaires observe. If you lack your own boat, hop on the Ibiza ferry.
Closed October through April.
Near San Antonio , Ibiza
Tel: 34 971 340 057
The setting of this restaurant in the country outside San Antonio is a never-consecrated 16th-century church—a marvelously atmospheric, candlelit barn of a space with roughly hewn stone walls, arches, and mile-high vaulted ceilings. Outside, there's a fairy-lit terrace for aperitifs and digestifs. Food is unpretentious Ibicenco, with lots of fresh fish and grilled meats.
Closed January to March.