Before KU, Cafe Del Mar, Amnesia, Pikes or Pacha, there was El Rincon de Pepe in San Antonio. An oasis of traditional Ibicenco hospitality amid the bright neon lights of the popular resort. Each time I return to Ibiza I make it my business not to miss a visit to this famous tapas restaurant. It is the one constant of my 20 years visiting the island, that has not changed. The staff are the exact same as the first day I stumbled in there as is the menu and the decor. I have not tasted better tapas anywhere else in Spain and Rincon sets the standard for others to follow.
The restaurant is in business over 52 years now which is a remarkable achievement. Very popular with the locals, especially on a Saturday night when its nearly impossible to get a seat inside the restaurant. My favourite dishs include Albondigas en salsa, (homemade meatballs) Pimientos de padrón, (small green peppers) Bacalao al horno (oven baked cod with tomatoes, onions and pepers) and Alitas de pollo (crispy chicken wings) served with delicious homemade chips and some pimientos de padron. A trip to Ibiza would not be the same for me without paying a visit to an island institution that is, Rincon de Pepe, as the place exudes character alongside the rich lyrical waves of Spanish chatter. Check out the Rincon de Pepe Website for details on their famed menu and location in San Antonio.