The beach restaurant paradise of Ibiza and Formentera | 6 of the best to visit by boat

Es Xarcu Ibiza

Ibiza is beach restaurant heaven. And whilst Formentera is smaller, its tiny restaurant scene is of famously high quality. However, when you’re cruising around the islands by boat and your mandate is to show your guests the very best of the best, the field of excellence narrows considerably. Not only do we at Boats Ibiza select only the finest establishments, insisting on only the freshest food and the most glorious surroundings, we also require a water-taxi to shuttle our guests politely and efficiently to their table.

We realize that when you book a day out with us, it may be difficult to decide where best to stop off for lunch. So voila! We’ve put together a short guide to give you an idea of the location, route, style, type of cuisine and ambiance of our top 6 Ibiza and Formentera beach restaurants, in no particular order.

Es Torrent

Es Torrent terrace Ibiza

Es Torrent: A restaurant with the soul of a beach bar. Emphasis on simple but expert preparation of traditional cuisine and local produce. Paella, red king prawns and fresh, local fruit and vegetables are a speciality. Passionate about seafood, Es Torrent beach restaurant offers pure, unadulterated Ibiza ‘gastro-bliss’ set upon a beautiful terrace on a secluded pebble beach laced with a small number of sumptuously comfortable sun-beds. Great for couples and quietly impressive corporate lunches, this venue’s remote location adds to its air of cool exclusivity. Great for fish and meat-eaters. The romance factor is potentially high and it’s particularly recommended for low-key, but special occasions.

Es Torrent Ibiza

Beach: Es Cubells

Route: South-west Ibiza

Price: high-range

Vegetarians: Limited to a couple of salads

Family friendly: Yes

Can we arrange your reservation: Yes

USP: Seafood par excellence and outstanding service

Es Xarcu

Es Xarcu Ibiza

Es Xarcu: Rustic charm with incredible views, built on the rocks overlooking an almost impossibly beautiful Ibiza cove. Possible although difficult to access by land. Very close to trendy Blue Marlin but a World apart in terms of style. Think shabby-chic and a top choice for ‘those in the know.’ Said to be one of the oldest chiringuitos on the island, this Ibiza beach restaurant is popular with those seeking to experience Ibiza’s unique brand of boho meets traditional. Signature dish – fresh baked fish. Simple, healthy and hearty food prepared skillfully. Great for couples and smaller groups looking for an idyllic, peaceful lunch.

Es Xarcu clear sea Ibiza

Beach: Es Xarco

Route: South-coast Ibiza

Price: high-range

Vegetarians: No

Family friendly: Yes

Can we arrange your reservation: Yes

USP: Local, traditional cuisine and incredible views

The Cotton Club

Cotton Club table Ibiza

The Cotton Club: Wonderfully elegant, cool and breezy Ibiza beach restaurant on the stunningly beautiful beach of Cala Tarida. Set about 30 metres from the shore, this gorgeous venue offers dramatic views of the dazzlingly blue Balearic coast from its birdseye-view roof terrace. A range of traditional Spanish cuisine is of course on the menu, but it’s their Thai cuisine that is renowned. The atmosphere is relaxed and provides the perfect environment for groups of friends and families. The house DJ provides a blissful musical background to accompany your perfect Ibiza lunch, caressing your ears without intruding upon your conversation. The staff are helpful and friendly and the vibe is classically Balearic.

Cotton Club roof Ibiza

Beach: Cala Tarida

Route: West-coast Ibiza

Price: Mid-range

Vegetarians: Yes

Family friendly: Yes

Can we arrange your reservation: Yes

USP: Mouthwatering Thai cuisine on a stunning rooftop terrace

Blue Marlin

Blue Marlin Ibiza by Mar Photography

Blue Marlin: The trendiest of trendy beach bars, Blue Marlin is the place to go to see and be seen. Set upon the smooth, exclusive pebbles of Cala Jondal, this is the home of the international jet-set beautiful people. This Ibiza beach restaurant has VIP stamped all over its impeccable face. The cocktails are legendary and if you’re into celebrity spotting, look no further, you just hit jackpot. Mediterranean and Japanese cuisine. Ideal for large groups of friends and a favourite location for hens and stags, Blue Marlin does parties very, very well. Sunday is the day for wallowing in the full, Blue Marlin experience when the glitterati turn up in droves to dance under the stars to superstar DJs in uber-fashionable, jaw-droppingly expensive attire. The perfect opportunity to show off your newly-bought-for-the-holidays designer swimwear and faux diamond-studded sunglasses, dear reader. Please note there is a minimum spend for sunbeds and booking in advance is essential: +34 971 41 01 17 Image by Mar Photography

Blue Marlin food Ibiza by Alex Caballero

Beach: Cala Jondal

Route: South-coast Ibiza

Price: High-range

Vegetarians: Yes

Family friendly: Best enjoyed gloriously free of responsibility

Can we arrange your reservation: No

USP: Supermodel and celebrity central, with bells on.

Restaurante Es Calo

Es Calo Wine Formentera

Es Calo: Showcasing the perfect marriage between landscape and gastronomy, this quietly elegant, Formentera beach restaurant specializes in fresh local seafood and discreet, impeccable service. Located in a small cove at the foot of La Mola, the ambience is one of understated luxury combined with a sensation of desert-island remoteness. It’s an extremely romantic setting within which a marriage proposal, for example, would be beautifully appropriate. Perfect for couples, families and those wishing to more thoroughly explore the coast of Formentera.

Restaurante Es Calo Formentera

Beach: Cala Es Calo

Route: Formentera

Price: High-range

Vegetarians: Extremely limited

Family friendly: Yes

Can we arrange your reservation: Yes

USP: Delightfully off-the-beaten-track, tranquil dining surrounded by wild nature.

Juan y Andrea

Juan y Andrea steps Formentera

Juan y Andrea: Last but certainly not least is the legend that is Juan y Andrea. Lobster Paella is their signature dish and comes with a list of fans that include several royal families and more celebrities than you could shake a VIP wristband at. If high-quality seafood served to you al-fresco as your toes nestle in the soft, white sand appeals, then this is the Formentera beach restaurant for you. Quietly bustling and set overlooking an idyllic beach, Juan y Andrea is perfect for families and groups of all sizes.

Juan y Andrea Formentera

Beach: Playa Illetas

Route: Formentera

Price: High-range

Vegetarians: limited, although they do offer a delicious vegetarian Paella

Family friendly: Yes

Can we arrange your reservation: Yes

USP: You might just find yourself sitting next to Kate Moss or Prince William


That completes the round-up of our most highly recommended Ibiza and Formentera beach restaurants to visit by boat this 2016 season. Now all you need to do is chose the right boat or yacht to hire for the day. We’re pleased to offer over 30 different boats to fit every dream, from speedboats and Sunseeker yachts to party catamarans and traditional sailing boats, we’ll make sure you’ll have a day out that you’ll never forget.


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