A guide to the best restaurants in San Antonio town
In this fun town with lots going on, dining in one of the beach clubs or bars where the party has already started can make meal times fun. There are also plenty of calmer places to pick up a knife and fork in tavernas, tapas bars and more out-of-the-way retreats. You can try whatever cuisine you like here, from sushi to Tex-Mex, burgers to Ibiza classics. To help you decide, here are 10 of San Antonio’s best restaurants.
Sushi and sunset at Sushi Mambo
This uber-cool sushi and cocktail restaurant also mixes Latin American into the flavour combination and has an outdoor terrace stretching right to the seashore. It’s not the cheapest place in town, but worth it for the lively vibes, the quality food and cocktails and, of course, the famed Sunset Strip view across the Mediterranean. If you’re not au fey with sushi they do a Beginners Menu as well as romantic Sushi and Champagne when out to impress.
Best ambience in town at Cafe Mambo
Cafe Mambo is the perfect place to recover from the night before or wind up for your next night out. It always has a big name DJ warming up for their main set later on so you get super stars with supper. As long as you don’t mind a lively dinner then you’ll appreciate the good salads, good vibes and stunning sunsets.
Pre-party dining at Ibiza Rocks Bar
This restaurant-bar is always happening. It has a gorgeous view of the bay and is also an entertaining people-watching spot as party-goers stroll by. The prices are good value for pre-club eats and the cocktails flow. Many go for the famous chicken pitta and chips and you also get good portions of burgers or ribs.
A proper Thai food experience at Casa Thai
The basic decor at Casa Thai is outweighed by the delicious food. It’s always busy as the food is really well-priced and so affordable for family feeds or when your budget is low towards the end of your holiday. The yummy curries and excellent Pad Thai are also a great hangover cure to spice the toxins out.
The original beach club at Golden Buddha
This chill-out bar and restaurant on the water’s edge to the north of the Sunset Strip was the first beach club in Ibiza. Its top sea views are paired with Asian-Spanish fusion food and lots of fresh fish – the tuna tartare is particularly tasty. A good spot for romantic meals at night, they often have live jazz music.
Traditional Ibiza tastes at Rincon de Pepe
A rustic gem beside San An’s West End this tapas bar gives a true taste of Spain. As all around it has changed, Rincon de Pepe has stayed much the same since opening in 1962. Its quality hot and cold tapas and friendly service make it a mainstay in the town’s restaurant offering. Evening meal options include baked cod, mussels and lamb kebabs.
Ultimate Aztec atmosphere at Tijuana Tex-Mex
They’ve gone all out on the Tex-Mex theme at Tijuana in central San Antonio. The Aztec decor covers every surface and sombreros are available so you can get involved. A great place for groups, stag and hen dos there is a lively atmosphere here. The fajitas, burritos and ribs are cooked fresh to order with a choice of mild to hot sauces, plus there are Mexican beers and 14 brands of tequila to try.
Marina views and live music at Villa Mercedes
A converted villa set in beautiful landscaped gardens, Villa Mercedes offers great views out to the boats in the harbour. This elegant venue serves Mediterranean-Fusion food and has daily live music and performances such as flamenco dancers. Open from 1pm every day you can lounge in the chill-out area with a cocktail or arrive later for dinner, which includes excellent steaks and fresh fish.
Tucked away tapas at Tapas restaurant and lounge bar
Set at the end of a road that runs back from the beach this restaurant is a hidden gem. Even though it’s out of the way, it can get busy as many come for the freshest and tastiest tapas in town. They also serve salads and platters for two to share, as well as main courses and kids’ meals. Their cocktail masterclasses are a fun way to spend an afternoon with your friends.
Fine dining at Sa Capella
You’ll need to book in advance to experience the delicious flavours and atmosphere at Sa Capella. A little way out in the hills behind San Antonio, the restaurant is in a converted, 400-year old monastery chapel. It offers a fine dining experience that is perfect for a special occasion and specialities include roast suckling pig.