Balafia

Price guide: Mid-range

Vénda de Balàfia de Dalt, 25, San Juan, Ibiza, Balearic Islands, 07812

Price guide: Mid-range

Balafia garden

By Kristie Clarkson, your San Juan expert

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#6 of 6
expert-rated restaurants in San Juan
Expert overall rating:3.9 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.5
4.5
Ambience:
4.7
4.7
Service:
4.5
4.5
Location:
4.5
4.5
Value for money:
4.4
4.4
Recommended for:
Couples, Mature travellers, Celebrity spotting, No fuss, People watching

Expert review of Balafia

A small Ibicenco garden hideaway and a meat-eater's paradise all-in-one.

I’d heard about Balafia for years and yet it was only recently that I ventured there (having been extremely loyal to one of its neighboring establishments) and of course, kicked myself for missing out all these years. As they say, once bitten, forever smitten… and it’s now high on my list of regular haunts, for dinner in the summer and lunch on sunny winter days.

Food and drink: 

Vegetarians beware: it’s a meat only haven (unless you’re happy with a side of French fries). Meat eaters - work up an appetite and prepare yourself for one of the best carnivorous feasts on the island.

Recommended dishes: 

One of the things I love about Balafia is there’s no menu – just a selection of the day’s finest cuts, ranging from steak, lamb chops, chicken and pork to rabbit all cooked over a grill burning with olive and almond wood for a distinct flavour. Go for the mixed grill if you’re in a group – it’s well worth it. The simple side salad every meal is served with is also something else – a plate piled high with the ripest of ripe tomatoes dripping in locally produced olive oil are the perfect accompaniment, complemented by ultra crispy hand-cut fries.

Ambience: 

Chilled out by day and busy by night, you’ll be rubbing shoulders with club owners, DJs, celebrities, workers and farmers alike. There’s no social hierarchy or snobbery here, making it popular with people from all walks of life.

Service: 

Simple. Fast. Smiley. I like it a lot.

Location: 

You take a left turn off the infamous San Juan “Restaurant Road” to find this little hideaway about one minute around the corner. I like the hidden location, despite being right by the main road you feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere.

Price advice: 

A meal for two with wine is around the 60 euros mark – and well worth it.

Tables to book: 

You can’t book, but in the height of summer you’ll need to arrive early to score a table – consider yourself warned.

More information on Balafia:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Restaurant
Food:
Mediterranean
Address:
Vénda de Balàfia de Dalt, 25, San Juan, Ibiza, Balearic Islands, 07812
Telephone:
971 325 019
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Open all year round. May-Oct 1pm-3.30pm and 8pm-midnight. Nov-Apr 1pm-3.30pm. Closed Sundays.
Accepts Credit Cards:
No
Reservations:
Not possible

Have you been to Balafia? Would you recommended it?