What are best Tenerife restaurants for any budget and events?

Exploring Tenerife restaurants is a holiday adventure.

Some main Canary Island restaurants were discovered by myself while on the road doing market research for a Santa Cruz company.

I couldn't resist testing others, after they had been recommended by friends.  Also, it so happened later that Casa Nelson was very warmly praised by Clinica Arte Dental from Puerto de la Cruz. Once, its management even took its Russian patient the famous Baba Lena for lunch there.

Unfortunately, it happens that good chefs are leaving to move on.

In 2016, i discovered Casa Nelson which was a Tasca type restaurant which seemed to be very Bohemian together with its chef.

I wasn't hungry on that day and returned, a few months later. Its doors were shut for good. Perhaps, something happened to its owner. He seemed to be an amazing personality and food at this place was legendary.

Often, restaurants are passed on to new owners and or management. This could entail an unfortunate  change of food quality.

Restaurante Victoria with its Gourmet quality and value for money weekday lunches remained much alike when it changed chefs in 2015. Unfortunately, friends and I were rather disappointed  more than once eating there later on. 

This is a new eating place by Richard Etherington by the name of Los Olivos  Click to learn more about this most enchanting of Tenerife restaurants...

Eating out with Canary cuisine

Such places are not easy to find nowadays, as the Canary and Tenerife cuisine is slow food that requires more time and care to prepare.
 La Estrella Azul a typical restaurant where local cuisine is best

Dios Los Cria one of most innovative Tenerife restaurants of Spain in the middle of historic La Orotava

Click the Photo of Dios Los Cria y El Viento los Amontona to hear all about it. A must read, really...

Starbucks Tenerife News for food and drink in Puerto de la Cruz

Discover all about the totally restored mansion Casa Miranda which dates back to 1730 an ACI  monument of Tenerife of cultural interest since 2009.

However, this unique Starbucks Casa Miranda store of Spain has closed down and seems to be much more liked by locals and foreigners with new flair on the ground floor and a new local owner called David Rodriguez, as depicted below. It is expensive but its coffee is really superb, I find, while a friend recommended its pastries.

A Tenerife North Restaurant for superb steaks and more

By the way, Pomodoro y Basilico a very popular Italian Restaurant by Puerto de la Cruz has good reviews, too. Unfortunately, a Covid pass is required for eating inside, while this is not the case on its street terrace under palms

Eating out in Tenerife on Christmas

A cheap Tenerife restaurant for Christmas Eve open until late. It even minds food allergies, when asked.

Bodega los Guines former Guachinche for late Christmas Eve parties on request only

Top gourmet Christmas Eve restaurants of Tenerife

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Guachinches or Guachinche Tascas

Why Guachinches are not the latest rave any more and why a Guachinche that is packed with people is no proof for good food

Going out and smoking in Tenerife

Some Spanish municipalities charge Euro 40 per m2 meter for street seating facilities. Blame the anti smoking policy

Best seafood of Tenerife restaurants by Puerto de la Cruz with partly Italian cuisine

Pay only a little more than at Tascas and Bodegas and sample very fresh seafood by the ocean's edge. Restaurante Tambo, which stood for best Tenerife eating out in that category has changed management, though,  and may have yet another owner since about Spring 2018. Now, Tambo's is called Restaurante Marlin. I almost ordered its seafood pasta but changed my mind when I saw it on somebody's plate.  

Eating out at La Matanza Acentejo

La Pimienta a restaurant of La Matanza with Tenerife cuisine of very fresh fish that you select  and ask to be prepared for you in the manner you like

Famous traditional Tenerife restaurants

Click here  to discover what makes La Noria of the capital Santa Cruz de Tenerife so popular for eating out, such as at the Restaurante Chill-out Bar  which is open again after several years of renovations. ( Tel: 922274411) El Lagar next door belongs to the same owner. 
Then, there is Restaurante Terraza Baobab for more than Tapas and finger food.

La Hierbita

La Hierbita is a vintage restaurant for traditional Tenerife food at reasonable prices that is also open for Christmas Eve and New Years eve lunch in the Clavel quarters near La Noria in the capital Santa Cruz Tenerife. 

La Miranda restaurant Puerto de la Cruz which used to be renown as one of best restaurants in Tenerife has been closed for family reasons. An elegant Starbucks Coffee House was opened there in 2018 and is now a café run by a local.

Best in Santa Cruz for eating Codfish

Although Taverna Ramon which is the epitome of the Rambla of the biggest Canary Island capital has the make up and comfort of a medium sized bar only, it's in such high demand. Therefor, most of its food and drink seems to be more than outstanding. Its mouth watering Hake is the best I have tasted in my life. Find more about it by scrolling down on Page Santa Cruz Rambla

El Duende gourmet Restaurant on the old La Vera road the Carretera Icod Vinos Santa Cruz,41 /corner La Higuerita, 41 of Puerto de la Cruz has been taken over by Tasca La Alberka. New management ¡, while menus cost about Euro 25 in general. The term Taska doesn't imply gourmet food by default. Call Tel: 822 166 542 for reservations.

Restaurante el Patio thumb photoRestaurante El Patio

Almost behind El Duende further up the hill is Restaurante el Patio for slow and organic Tenerife food

Restaurant Taoro mini photoTaoro Eats

One of genuine Tenerife restaurants with garden

Taoro Restaurant the Waterfall Restaurant within its exceptional park belongs to the lower and medium price class and also serves good Tapas. 

Meson Los Gemelos a fairly big Puerto Cruz hub restaurant with lush indoor garden

Service at "the Gemelos" has become slower, as it has become so popular with tourists. There, your dog may watch you from the entrance. I have been there only three times but the place is often full every day of the week. Expect large portions but no gourmet food. It will be easy to reach again three minutes from the town's new Titsa bus station.
Meson Los Gemelos Calle Penon 4
38400 Puerto de la Cruz
Tel: +034 922370133
Open 12 noon until 23.00

Covid pass required to eat out at this place

Best Plaza del Charco Patio Restaurant

Restaurant La Casona  My favorite Puerto de la Cruz eatery that has been shut for time being in 2019 and which used to be a favorite of mine with 2010 Tenerife carnival decoration and live jazz in winter.

Calle Lomo and others in La Ranilla with many Tenerife restaurants

A lovely alternative for La Casona Restaurant is Restaurant La Papaya in street Calle el Lomo about 3 - 5 minutes from La Casona in the ancient fishermen quarters. Sorry to say that La Papaya has been shut down for good, as still closed by July of 2022.

Eating out Thai at one of rare Tenerife restaurants

Restaurant Ruen Thai outside Puerto Palace Tenerife North

 A Thai food birthday party with oriental delights

Tenerife restaurants with Indian cuisine

One of my all time favorite places for real Indian curries is still the Indian Restaurant Jai Mata Di of Puerto de la Cruz. Find this Asian eatery near the sky-rise Belair since 2013. It moved to Calle Zamora, 17 but,  is still in its old neighborhood ...Tel:0034+ 600548281. In fact, the food there is good value for money and the service is very friendly.

Restaurante Aromas de la India

A friend was eating there in 2019 at the end of August and was full of praise. In fact, it's what I've known as the Indian club from way back. Needless to say, that they serve you authentic Indian Tandoori and Curries. Today I met some of their staff while the kitchen was closed for Siesta. They are lovely people like before... A much greater choice of food and children meals are new. Also, the premises were renovated, quite a while back. They  look very clean and welcoming.
More about Restaurante Aromas de la India under the topic Indian Club Puerto de la Cruz 

Hacienda San Pedro link.

Hacienda San Pedro

Hacienda San Pedro has several establishments. There are both ground floor and first floor restaurants.

A huge Bodega with the occasional Tenderete folk concerts is in the basement. The photo will also lead you to more info about this memorable place that's part of Meson El Monasterio.

Restaurant Palmeras Arte - Now Palmeras Gastro Bar

It used to be an excellent restaurant but even management seems to have changed since its great chef has passed away. The artistic touch, cozy interior, ground floor bar room and the small garden upstairs are bound to be still there.

Address: Calle Estrecha, 15
Town: San Juan de la Rambla
Tel.: + 34 646 590 675

Finca del arte by Arona now Restaurant for table barbecues and more but, what about the art?

Restaurants and eating places by La Orotava

Restaurante Aguamansa where trout isn't served any more

Eating out like the locals in Tenerife restaurants

Tenerife eating out at Casa Lercaro Centro Kiu Center Orotava with its patios and many options in different nooks and rooms is a treat.

The locals eat out often, as this is how they socialize.

Going out to eat is also a must when you have a holiday home in Tenerife. Why? To enjoy for ever different food at still very affordable prices in a pleasant climate. Many restaurants give you beautiful scenes to remember, forever.

To make a point to what I said just now is the following: I must mention a tiny bodega in this context, which I discovered in the Alfama in Lisbon. I went there almost 30 years ago. The food was good but, I don't recollect what I ate. What comes back in my mind, was its setting and its welcoming service which made me so happy. Restaurants on the biggest of all Canary Islands often leave similar memories.

Going native to eat out at Casa Pedro El Crusantero of Santa Ursula

This means eating Escaldon de Gofio of a shared plate and dividing the final bill into equal parts for all members of a lunch party.

Casa Pedro El Crusantero is more than traditional and is loved by locals of Santa Ursula for the food that's portrayed above. Here, it must be said said the Escaldón is for a very acquired taste. Prices are reasonable.

Where is Casa Pedro El Crusantero?

  • C/Megallanes, 38
  • Santa Ursula Tenerife
  • Tel: 922 300 082
  • More info like business hours here

Tenerife eating out fish above rockpools Garachico

Take a 15 minutes' drive from San Juan de la Rambla to a Restaurant with unique views . It's Garachico's intriguing traditional ocean view restaurant Rocamar, where the sea is dancing on rocks, as the name Rocamar implies.

One of best Tenerife restaurants with German cuisine and beer like Ale

Tacoa El Sauzal Tenerife beer hall which is also an event restaurant where beer recipes complement German cuisine which gangs up with Tenerife food and drink, while a live beer brewery and museum adds to Tenerife attractions.

Our favorite beach place to eat by Playa San Felipe

One of former best Tenerife restaurants for families with small kids

Why the Omni beach former Los Faroles Restaurant  that's gone was a big hit for families on Puerto Cruz vacation 

Tenerife Vegetarian restaurants

All Asian restaurants are suited for a vegetarian life style, such as most dishes at the Indian Club of Puerto de la Cruz

Best Vegetarian fast food Tenerife North Restaurant

Mana of La Ranilla has become a Puerto de la Cruz Vegetarian and Vegan cooking school instead of restaurant


Many a Tapas bar in Tenerife is as good as a restaurant. Unfortunately, some Taperias are not allowed to belong to that category, when they only have one i.e. 2 bathrooms which means  1 for males and 1 for females.

Arcon Tapas in Puerto de la Cruz hub

The Taperia Punto de Encuentro of La Longuera which was last at the Puerto Palace Hotel of Puerto de la Cruz may give a good idea what Spanish Tapas are all about.

Terraza del Mar terrace restaurant with many promotions

Cheap restaurants in Tenerife

Go from Tenerife restaurants to their cheap restaurants, which include the best chicken Take away Restaurant in the north of Tenerife...

About the Canary Island cuisine which dominates in Tenerife as well

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