After getting wind of the possibility of taking over the lease of Tapas Ibiza. Becky & Tony saw an opportunity not to be missed, despite being a bit off the beaten track. The potential was clear to them from the start. There is no denying they fought tooth and nail in the early years, with just a few tables and minimal staff.
And with their natural charm, generosity and motivation, they have developed the restaurant into a “must visit” destination. Additionally they have attracted a wonderful, loyal team to work along side them. Helping to make the restaurant what it is today.
Tapas has really make a name for itself in recent years, even winning the Tripadvisor Travellers Choice award for the last 2 years. And featuring in uk press and attracting a huge international clientele from the far reaches of the globe, as well as TV personalities, DJ’s and Artists.
Spring 2012: The Beginning
Tony & Becky took over the lease from Ange and Rino. And Tapas Restaurant & Garden opened with just 12 tables, a small team, a tiny kitchen and some big ideas!
2012 – 2014: The Early Years!
For the first few years, Tony & Becky worked day and night to get the business off the ground. They build the all important relationships with the locals, and local businesses to get the word out about their new project. *At this point we would really like to thank Jason and the Linekers team for their huge support in the early days, sending customers down the road to us, it really helped put us on the map.
Although once people discovered the beauty and charm of Tapas, and the incredible food that was being served. It was a given that they would return and help us to spread the word.
2015: Saying goodbye to the Palm Trees, and welcoming a New Bar and Canvas Roof
This year saw the removal of the beautiful big palm trees on the terrace, sadly they were dying. However this allowed space for a new canvas roof to be installed. Providing some all-important shade and a bit of protection from the elements. This year also saw the extension of the cocktail bar, and a new chapter began…
Head Chef Lou also joined the team this year, the creator of many of the wonderful tapas dishes you have all enjoyed over the years. And also the creator of the the now legendary Tapas Cheesecake recipe.
2016: Welcome Paulo
Multilingual Paulo, of Portuguese heritage, was a very welcome addition to the team in 2016. As our long-standing host at Tapas, he made a huge difference to the team. Especially in the early years allowing Tony to concentrate on looking after the customers while Paulo juggled the door with his natural calm and collected temperament. Paulo is still the welcoming face that greets all of our lovely customers.
2017: The Year of Love & Romance
This summer saw a very special and memorable day for Tony & Becky. Although their wedding wasn’t the first one hosted at Tapas, it was certainly the most significant one for them. The couple transformed their beautiful restaurant into a perfect wedding venue. They got married in front of their friends and family in the rustic garden and later dined on the main terrace.
2018: Welcome Ben & a New Waterproof Roof
Ben joined the management team as Bar Manager, bringing his creative flare with him. All of those delicious house cocktails have been carefully designed by Ben and his bar team. Having also recently completed a sommelier course, Ben has been integral in the development of our carefully selected wine menu.
This year also saw the very welcome addition of the new terrace roof! This made a huge difference early and late season. Providing a waterproof terrace, allowing the restaurant to stay open no matter the weather.
2019: Welcome Jess
Jess joined the team as General Manager & Marketing Manager bringing with her some new ideas and some impressive organisational skills (you should see her to-do lists). With a passion for all things creative, Jess started to work on streamlining Tapas’ brand image. As well as sprinkling her interior design flare around the restaurant, and being a regular face on the floor team.
2020: Hard Times & An Award
It wasn’t an easy year for anyone in hospitality and tourism.
The restaurant managed 3 months of trade in 2020 in spite of the pandemic, but it was not easy at all.
As ever Becky & Tony chose to take all the positives they could from this experience. Taking this hopefully once in a lifetime opportunity to sit back, reflect and look at the business objectively. Coming up with some ideas on how things can be done even better, to keep at the top of their game.
A big glimmer of reassurance came towards the end of the season when we won the Tripadvisor Travellers Choice Award, making us in the top 10% of restaurants in the world.
2021: The Year of Blind Faith and a New Brand Image!
During the enforced long winter of 2020 / 2021, the management team decided to take advantage of the extended off-season and work together to create a new fresh brand image. Which was launched in the Spring of 2021.
With crazy rules to start with (that were changing every 14 days), and minimal staff, the season went from strength to strength. With Becky & Jess splitting the terrace between them it was a full-on summer. However, thanks to our amazing international clientele and support from friends, regular customers and local businesses we finished the season stronger than ever!
Saying goodbye to Head Chef Lou, as Alex steps up as Head Chef
Lou left the team at the end of 2020 to start a new chapter of her life on the mainland. Lou and Alex worked closely this summer to allow for the smooth transition.
Alex has been a part of the Tapas Story since 2016. 2021 saw him step up and take over as Head Chef. With his calm nature, and exceptional culinary skills, Greek-born Alex and his dedicated team ensure the smooth service of our mouthwatering Tapas menu. Whilst expressing their creative flare with nightly specials.
And yes, we won the Tripadvisor Travellers Choice Award for the second year running…
2022: A New Interior and New Garden Dining Area
Not ones for resting on their laurels. Becky and Tony invested back into the business again during the winter and reformed the interior of Tapas with the addition of a new disabled toilet, a new men’s toilet. As well as a new look interior.
At the end of Summer 2021, the big old fig tree in the garden sadly fell down, taking the old garden bar and the tent with it. As ever Becky and Tony saw this as an opportunity! And with the help of the team reconfigured the garden area to allow for more space for group bookings, weddings and events.
This Summer we also had the pleasure of hosting two beautiful Weddings at Tapas. Congratulations to Emma & Jack and Nikki & Danny we wish you long and happy lives together.
Lastly we would like to thank our amazing team: Jess, Ben, Alex, Sofia, Andre, Ricardo, Seren, George, Ovi, Paulo, Ed, Tamara, Daniel, Mamadou, Imre, Riz, Hugo, Seb, Chris, Ty, Lehmad and Azman.Team Tapas
And a final special mention to a few key people that have played an important role in the Tapas story over the years. Bonnie, Juanma and Darren.
With more positive news from the Spanish governments yesterday, we are feeling even more positive about the Ibiza Summer 2021 Season. We are now allowed to open “without interruption”. Meaning we can open a bit earlier in the evening, although the close time remains a firm 10:30pm.
But we are really pleased with this development, and happy that we can extend our evening dining slots to be able to accommodate more of you. Our new opening times will be in place for the next two weeks, until the next announcement.
How is the island right now?
Having been open at Tapas since the end of March. We have seen a steady increase in tourism over the last couple of weeks. Welcoming a lovely selection of international diners visiting from the mainland, Holland, Germany, France, Australia, Belgium, Switzerland… hold tight England, it will be your turn soon!
There is a definite buzz about the island at the moment, with the temperature hotting up, and more and more Opening Parties being announced every day. That coupled with a steady flow of European tourists arriving on the island, bringing with them a positive attitude to travel and tourism.
With the rules changing every two weeks, we think the most googled question in Ibiza at the moment must be “restaurants open in Ibiza now?” and we are proud to be one of them.
The media might have us on an emotional rollercoaster. But we are confident that businesses, customers and tourists all know the rules. And it is time for everyone to get on with enjoying life, just with a little extra dose of caution for now…
What’s on the menu at Tapas at the moment?
Having opened with a smaller team to start with… we have a slightly smaller Tapas menu available, but don’t worry, there is still plenty of choice. The Tapas Kitchen is certainly making are making up for it with some fantastic daily specials to get your taste buds going.
On Sundays we have also been really enjoying flying the “Sunday Roast” flag for our sister restaurant Relish Restaurant & Pool Bar. With Relish’s Head Chef joining us every Sunday to prepare his famous Sunday feast, here at Tapas, until Relish opens back up for the season.
We have also been really enjoying experimenting with a few new dishes, for our Relish’s ‘World Tapas’ Menu and a some new creations for our house cocktails menus. Lots of exciting things to come this Summer..
We just want to say a massive thank you to Ibiza’s wonderful local and international residents, who have shown us unwavering support. And to all the new faces that have joined us, it has been a pleasure getting to know you. We have thoroughly enjoyed meeting new tourists and hearing their experiences over the last year or so. And last, but by no means least, thanks to our wonderful, supportive, hard working team, we couldn’t do it without you.
Thanks to all of you, we are able to do what we love, and we couldn’t be happier…
Team Tapas X
If you are on the island, and fancy paying us a visit, we are recommending booking a table as we have limited availability some days!