The history of Spanish cuisine has its roots in ancient times, when the Phonecians brought with them air cured tuna. The Romans added figs, grapes, wine, and olives and the Arabs and Moors, perhaps more than most have influenced the contemporary Spanish menus. This is particularly true of rice, used as a basis for that most well known of Spanish dishes, paella.
The moors also introduced sugar cane and many vegetables and fruits which have become synonymous with Spanish cooking. Yet later additions include potatoes, tomatoes, avocados, beans, peppers and chillis, which have become mainstays of Spanish kitchens. The best Ibiza restaurants have easy and available access to only the finest fresh ingredients, thankfully readily available throughout the northern and eastern regions of Spain and in the Balearics.
In addition to Paella, anyone looking to sample some classic tastes of Spain will undoubtedly come across chorizo sausage and Serrano ham, and the more Catalan influenced menus will include seafood stews and seafood and meat combinations. Olive oil in this region is also of the very highest quality and forms the basis for the well loved Catalan bread. There is also the option in the finest of Ibiza restaurants to sample some rare Catalonian truffles.
Given the plentiful sunshine and wonderful beaches of Ibiza, barbeques are popular and even in the best Ibiza restaurants barbequed meat forms the basis for a range of wonderful, delicious and elegant dishes.
Whilst any fine dining experience in Ibiza should undoubtedly take in some of the Spanish delicacies, some of the best Ibiza restaurants specialize in other world foods. French and Italian restaurants are particularly well regarded and there are excellent Chinese and Indian restaurants too.
Ibiza is a major holiday and visitor destination and eating out is very much a part of the culture and lifestyle on the island. There is an Ibiza restaurant ideal for every mood and circumstance. For informal dining the best Ibiza restaurants are undoubtedly the Tapas bars and beach restaurants, which offer an excellent social atmosphere and the opportunity to sample a range of dishes.
For more stylish high end dining, some of the top luxury hotels and other complexes have exclusive restaurants which offer only the very finest Ibiza dining experience and there are some excellent romantic restaurants located throughout Ibiza just perfect for dinner for two, often overlooking the sea or on a rooftop terrace.
Whatever the style of the best Ibiza restaurants the one thing which is ensured is the quality of fresh ingredients. As an island, fish and seafood in Ibiza is an obvious speciality and as a major Mediterranean port for many hundreds of years, Ibiza restaurants have all the knowledge, skills and produce to combine a host of different flavors for visitors and residents alike.
In an area where food is taken very seriously and dining is such an important part of the leisure time spent in Ibiza, the best Ibiza restaurants are never far away. Browse from the selection presented here to discover the best Ibiza restaurant for your Ibiza dining experience.