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Tenerife restaurants! There are so many of them! You pass one every few yards, especially in the tourist areas. In fact, a survey has found that there’s one bar or restaurant for every seven residents! The island’s eating out experience boasts a full range of international cuisine, from Chinese, to Indian, to Italian, to pure, honest-to-goodness traditional Canarian cooking. Tenerife restaurants cover the full range - superb five-star establishments to really simple, no-nonsense eateries.

Of course, the latter types offer the best value for money. In Tenerife, these basic dining places (called "restaurantes típicos") can be deceptive. Every traditional Tenerife restaurant/tapas bar can be relied on to deliver first class fare, at remarkably low prices. The reason's simple - you’re not paying for any frills.


Tenerife restaurants! There are so many of them! You pass one every few yards, especially in the tourist areas. In fact, a survey has found that there’s one bar or restaurant for every seven residents! The island’s eating out experience boasts a full range of international cuisine, from Chinese, to Indian, to Italian, to pure, honest-to-goodness traditional Canarian cooking. Tenerife restaurants cover the full range - superb five-star establishments to really simple, no-nonsense eateries.

Of course, the latter types offer the best value for money. In Tenerife, these basic dining places (called "restaurantes típicos") can be deceptive. Every traditional Tenerife restaurant/tapas bar can be relied on to deliver first class fare, at remarkably low prices. The reason's simple - you’re not paying for any frills.


Have you ever eaten at a great Tenerife restaurant? One that not many people might know about? Or had a really horrendous experience? Tell us about it!
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MY PERSONAL EATING OUT RECOMMENDATIONS

These are restaurants I have eaten at on more than one occasion and can heartily recommend. Some of them are not that well-known - especially by tourists!


Traditional Spanish/Canarian

El Paraiso, in the town of Valle San Lorenzo, about 15 minutes drive from Los Cristianos. It serves Canarian food, but also caters for British tastes.

Restaurante Excalibur, in the village of Cabo Blanco. One of those “hidden gem” places that not many people know about yet. Also about 15 minutes’ drive from Los Cristianos.

La Tasca De Mi Abuelo. Quite a mouthful, but I gather it means something like “granddad’s pub”! In the centre of Los Cristianos, this is typically Canarian, especially popular with the locals. Please note, this restaurant is no more, its premises now being occupied by an Italian one called L'Italiano.

Casa Pedro, at Las Chafiras. This is really a hidden gem and is known only to a few ex-pats, certainly not many tourists. Just off the motorway, on the way to the airport.

Restaurante San Martin, at Cabo Blanco. Known locally to Brits as "The Pig Farm", this Canarian restaurant specialises in suckling pig and caters for large groups.


For a review, by Tenerife journalist John Riddle, of the restaurant El Cine in Los Cristianos, click here.




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Restaurantes Tipicos (very cheap, no frills)

Las Rosas, on the road into Las Galletas. Not a complete absence of frills, but getting there.

Staff are okay. After serving you, they generally leave you alone to get on with your meal. It also seems to be a meeting place for locals. There are often several animated converstions in progress!

Food is good, prices reasonable. There is some complimentary bread with dips placed on your table before they bring your first course. They’re so keen to serve, you sometimes get your main course before you finish your starter!

There's not that much of a need to reserve a table, but if you want to phone them, the number is (+34) 922 731471.

La Bamba, Guargacho. On the main road of this small village not far from Las Galletas, this is yet another typical Canarian restaurant/bar.

This is a true restaurante típico, very basic, but with good food and, because it has no airs and graces, low, low prices.

There are many of these eating places around, all of an equally high standard, but cheap.

Telephone: (+34) 670 813475.

El Parador, again in Guargacho. Pretty much a carbon copy of La Bamba.

If you are prepared to experience the true Tenerife eating out experience, you literally are spoilt for choice.

Bar Apolo, Apolo Centre, Los Cristianos. Now you are getting down to the bare essentials.

The beauty of this tapas bar/eatery is that it opens late in the evening and stays open more or less all night! Ideal if it's about 3 in the morning and you've got a rumbling tum.

Many of the acts that provide Tenerife's live entertainment make their way to it when they finish.

Very, very basic, but try the pincho (kebab) with fried potatoes (not chips) coated in the hot, red mojo sauce, or one of the arepas (sort of pasty made of potato, with choice of filling).

Just the job as a convenient place if you're peckish, late on.


Extra Tip

Did you know that every main petrol station has a bar/restaurant attached to it and they can all be relied on to provide excellent food at low prices.




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International Cuisine

Restaurante China on the Patch, Las Americas.

There is a profusion of Chinese restaurants in Tenerife, all pretty much the same standard. Except one. Although its name, translated into English is the rather uninspiring "Restaurant China", the food and service are far from it.

The Khong Tsha found on Parque Santiago 3, in Las Americas.

Another fine Chinese restaurant, with an excellent reputation.

La Taqueria Mexican restaurant, in Gaurgacho.

An authentic, culinary outpost of Mexico.

Rosie's Cantina Another Mexican restaurant, this time in Los Cristianos.

Excellent Mexican food, in plush surroundings.


Good Old British Food

Rumours Restaurant In Los Cristianos.

Typically British fare, of an exceptionally high standard. This restaurant closed down and was sold. Now reopened, under new management - we've yet to check it out!

Scampi's In Los Cristianos.

A traditional fish-and-chip shop/restaurant - with quality!


For a review, by Tenerife journalist John Riddle, of the Irish restaurant Devon Arms Los Cristianos, click here.




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Of course, I can't have visited every restaurant on the island (or I'd be even fatter than I am now), so here follows a list of other eating establishments that have received glowing reports from customers.


ADEJE

  • El Molino Blanco
    Its name meaning "The White Windmill", this has got to be one of the best restaurants in Tenerife.
  • Harley's American Restaurant and Bar
    As its name suggests, an oasis of the US-of-A in the heart of Las Americas. A stylish, quality establishment serving international cuisine, as well as traditional American.
  • El Dorado
    A fine Mexican restaurant found in the Fañabe area.
  • San Marco
    A quality Italian restaurant situated in the El Duque Commercial Centre.
  • Pinocho
    An Italian restaurant ideal for families.
  • Banana Garden
    A fine Mexican restaurant with such a good entertainment programme that it's included in my "nightlife in Tenerife" page.
  • Restaurante Zena
    A primarily Italian restaurant also offering an international menu, found in San Eugenio Alto, up the hill behind Las Americas.
  • La Torre del Mirador
    An extra special eatery featuring mainly Canarian and Spanish food, situated at Playa del Duque.
  • Pipo
    A Finnish cafe right on the beachfront with stunning views of the sea.




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LOS GIGANTES

  • El Rincón de Juan Carlos
    A restaurant offering Spanish cuisine, delivered with a unique flair
  • Miranda's
    International cuisine from a restaurant based in a traditional Canarian house, complete with wooden balcony
  • Maxims
    A Belgian restaurant offering food from its own country, plus France
  • CK's Bistro
    A charming little bistro serving first class, homemade British food in a convivial setting
  • La Mariposa
    An attractive Belgian-owned restaurant offering French bistro-style cuisine
  • Pasteleria Bamboo
    Though not strictly a restaurant, worth a mention here. A pastry and cake shop offering tasty homemade French pastries and cakes all day
  • Restaurante Tajinaste
    Formerly the Clubhouse Restaurant and Bar, featuring a formidable live entertainment package, this venue has now been rebranded and is an out and out restaurant




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LA OROTAVA

  • El Restaurante Lucas Maes
    A fine restaurant, in a beautiful setting.
  • Sabor Canario
    Charming restaurant situated in a 16th century traditional house serving Canarian cuisine
  • Bodegon Matias
    A family run Canarian bistro
  • Zona Kiu
    Another charming traditional building housing this restaurant offering Spanish cuisine
  • Rincon de Mario
    A charming Canarian restaurant situated in a traditional building
  • Restaurante Victoria
    Part of a hotel in the old town area, offering Spanish cuisine
  • La Duquesa
    A traditional Canarian restaurant with very economical prices
  • Aguamansa
    A typical Canarian restaurant with amazingly low prices
  • La Bodeguita de Enfrente
    A Canarian restaurant a cut above the rest
  • Casa Nicasio
    A small restaurant found somewhere on the mountain road leading out of La Orotava, near the village of Aguamansa. On offer is basic, rustic-style Canarian cuisine. No other information than that, I'm afraid.
  • Asia Chic
    As the name suggests, a chic establishment serving Japanese cuisine
  • Osaka
    A Japanese sushi restaurant
  • Swiss House
    Swiss cuisine is something not everyone will be familiar with, but at this restaurant, it will be worth a try!




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PUERTO DE LA CRUZ

  • Restaurante Regulo
    A five-star eatery, up in the north
  • Casa Lala
    Traditional Canarian cuisine
  • El Duende
    Based on Canarian, the excellent cuisine is a very personal interpretation by the chef
  • El Correillo
    Situated in a traditional building, offering Canarian and international dishes with a unique twist
  • La Muralla
    Serving quality Canarian tapas
  • El Abuelo
    Spanish cuisine, especially Castillian
  • La Casa Gallega
    Galacian cuisine, specialising in fish and seafood
  • La Ganania
    Spanish cuisine to gourmet standard
  • Magnolia
    Fine Catalonian cuisine
  • La Parrila
    Specialising in barbecued meat and fish
  • Los Faroles
    Barbecues and rice dishes
  • Casino Taoro
    The casino features its own restaurant, serving international dishes
  • Mil Sabores
    Very stylish and sophisticated restaurant offering Mediterranean cuisine
  • Marisqueria Tic-Tac
    Steaks and seafood
  • El Bar Cubano
    A genuine Cuban bar, serving food from that country, plus Spanish and Mexican tapas
  • Pancho Villa
    As the name suggests, a Mexican restaurant offering spectacular Tex-Mex dishes
  • La Rosa Di Bari
    Italian cuisine with sophistication and style
  • Mamma Rosa
    Offering superb, quality Italian cuisine
  • Le Bistro de Yves
    Mainly French cuisine - hailed by some as the best restaurant in Puerto
  • Masti
    Superb Indian cuisine
  • Indian Palace
    An excellent Indian restaurant
  • The Oriental
    Found in the five-star Hotel Botanico, specialising in oriental and Thai cuisine
  • Calabacin
    German vegetarian restaurant
  • Cafe Royal
    Living up to its "cafe" title, serving snacks of cakes, pies and pastries, plus teas and coffee
  • Bodegon Paraguas
    Lunchtime only Canarian restaurant very popular with locals and those in the know




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SANTA CRUZ

  • Fundacion
    Beautifully appointed restaurant, serving Canarian cuisine
  • La Cuchara
    Unique, intimate dining experience, featuring Canarian cuisine
  • Meson Los Monjes
    Charming Canarian restaurant also featuring Basque and Castilian cuisine, all delivered with a personal touch
  • Atenas
    Long established, intimate eatery, featuring Canarian and oriental food
  • Cueva Caprichosa
    Unusual restaurant situated in a cave and specialising in meat dishes
  • Clavijo Treinta y Ocho
    One of the finest restaurants in Santa Cruz, offering quality Spanish cuisine
  • La Tasca de La Bodega
    Gourmet Spanish restaurant with a great wine cellar
  • Los Cuatro Postes
    Superb Spanish/Castilian restaurant where you could do a bit of celebrity spotting!
  • Don Pelayo
    Idiosyncratic Asturian cuisine
  • El Bacalao de La Cazuela
    Another venue for celebrity spotting! Offering Basque and French cuisine
  • El Coto de Antonio
    Very popular restaurant, serving Basque and Canarian cuisine
  • La Cazuela
    Well established Basque restaurant with a great wine cellar
  • La Romana
    A quality Italian restaurant whose chef manages to include Spanish and oriental influences!
  • Primi
    In a prime location amongst Santa Cruz landmarks, this Italian restaurant is declared by many to be the best on the island
  • Restaurante Gom
    Superb French restaurant with master chef Victor Cruz at the helm
  • La Posada del Pez
    A superb French restaurant whose kitchen is headed by a chef with an impressive pedigree
  • Azafran
    Nice, well appointed restaurant, offering international cuisine
  • El Covacho
    Nice restaurant with two chefs, one Columbian, the other Danish. Imagine the fusion dishes that result!
  • Sinfonia
    A restaurant that has earned its reputation through word of mouth
  • Jardin de Tacaronte
    Situated in the Hotel Silken Atlantida, offering international cuisine
  • Los Menceyes
    Found within the Hotel Sheraton Mencey, offering international cuisine
  • Dafne
    Quality traditional Greek dishes
  • Capadokya
    Restaurant offering superb quality, traditional Turkish dishes
  • Estambul
    Another superb Turkish restaurant
  • Sukothay
    Very elegant Japanese restaurant, specialising also in Thai cuisine
  • Maha Kala
    Nice restaurant offering Asian, Oriental and Italian cuisine




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Mario's, San Eugenio Not rated yet
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Carlos Restaurant Not rated yet
This restaurant has a great sense of hospitality, great food for a great price and friendly and welcoming owners and staff. I fully recommend it …

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Two great restaurants: "44 Regent Street" - always great food reasonably priced and the pool bar - very good Canarian menu.

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