Where to Eat in Tenerife? Discover 7 Unique Spots Across the Island

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Post by Kathleen

March 14, 2024

A destination may boast paradisiacal beaches, unparalleled cultural attractions, or an inviting ambiance that tempts visitors to stay forever. However, without exceptional gastronomy, a destination is never truly complete.

Perhaps that’s why Tenerife, the largest island in the Canary archipelago, possesses all the essential elements to be the perfect vacation spot: traditional culinary delights are abundant here! In this article, we suggest some of the finest dining spots in Tenerife.

Discover the Flavors of Tenerife

A crossroads of cultures and influences, a mosaic of history shaped by the convergence of America, Africa, and Europe. The Canary Islands, particularly Tenerife, embody all of this. A journey through its culinary landscape encapsulates this rich heritage of blending.

Tenerife’s cuisine is fundamentally maritime, yet it never loses sight of the island’s lush orchards or the abundance of fruits that flourish within its diverse interior. A culinary voyage that is also a journey through the island’s diverse landscapes.

Papas arrugás
  • Fresh fish is undoubtedly a star player on Tenerife’s dining table. Thanks to its coastal location, the island offers a wide variety of options. Let’s not forget octopus, prawns, or a diverse array of shellfish.
  • “Papas arrugás” (wrinkled potatoes) are another emblem of Tenerife’s gastronomy. These small potatoes with wrinkled skin are cooked in saltwater and served with “mojo,” a typical Canary Islands sauce.
  • Tenerife’s cheeses also deserve special mention. Given the proliferation of goat farms, goat cheese reigns supreme.
  • “Gofio” is a toasted flour made from cereals, mainly maize or wheat, used in various culinary preparations.
  • Tenerife’s honey is appreciated for its quality and variety. Bees benefit from the island’s floral diversity, producing honeys with unique and characteristic flavors.
  • Local wines, especially those made with the Listán Negro grape, are highly esteemed. The Ycoden-Daute-Isora Designation of Origin stands out for its quality wines.

Where to Eat in Tenerife: A Gastronomic Adventure

Selecting just seven establishments from a list with such a rich gastronomy and powerful hospitality industry isn’t easy. But we dare to do so, for we have spent several years on the island. We know the best places to embark on an authentic gastronomic adventure in Tenerife!

La Casona del Patio

La Casona del Patio

At La Casona del Patio, we combine top-notch gastronomy with one of the best accommodations on the island. A hotel occupying several colonial buildings from the 17th century, offering exceptional views of Mount Teide and boasting a rustic restaurant where grilled meats and traditional dishes shine, to be enjoyed on its magnificent terrace.

  • Address: Casa de los Marqueses de San Andrés y los Lagares, Av. de La Iglesia, 68, 38690 Santiago del Teide, Santa Cruz de Tenerife
  • Phone: 922 83 92 93

Casa Paché

Casa Paché

Puerto de la Cruz is one of the most charming towns in Tenerife, and its carefully curated gastronomic offerings contribute to its charm. One of its greatest representatives is Casa Paché, a restaurant serving typical cuisine where each dish seems to tell a piece of the island’s history. Simple cuisine, based on quality ingredients, treated with care. Whether on its terrace on a pedestrian street surrounded by plants or in its cozy, unpretentious dining room, it’s a safe bet.

  • Adress: C. de la Verdad, 6, 38400 Puerto de la Cruz, Santa Cruz de Tenerife
  • Phone: 922 37 25 24

El Rincón de Juan Carlos

El Rincón de Juan Carlos

Don’t let the name deceive you. This is one of the most refined restaurants in the Canary Islands, located in a top-tier hotel in the southern part of the island and distinguished with two Michelin stars. An unparalleled culinary experience that showcases family recipes and highlights local products to offer a gastronomic kaleidoscope of Tenerife. Everything here is meticulously cared for, with unparalleled service. Only available with a tasting menu.

  • Adress: Royal Hideaway Corales Beach, Av. de la Virgen de Guadalupe, 21, 5ª Planta, 38679 Adeje, Santa Cruz de Tenerife
  • Phone: 922 86 80 40

Mesón el Monasterio

Mesón el Monasterio

A very special place to enjoy breathtaking views, with a variety of dishes to suit all tastes and an environment that goes beyond the culinary. In fact, the establishment itself is declared of Social Interest, and the complex dates back to the 18th century. Here, you can come from breakfast to dinner, with a carefully crafted offer to provide an unforgettable experience.

  • Adress: Carretera La Montañeta, 12, 38419 La Montañeta, Santa Cruz de Tenerife
  • Phone: 922 34 07 07

Mercado de la Laguna

Here, we step away from the restaurant route and make a stop at the municipal market of San Cristóbal de La Laguna, an authentic space where you can buy all kinds of products and discover firsthand the richness and diversity of products from the island and, specifically, from the surroundings of this ancient city. A stroll through its always lively streets is a treat for the senses and a test for our uncontrollable desire to take everything home. It also has places to eat right there.

  • Adress: Pl. de El Cristo, 38201 La Laguna, Santa Cruz de Tenerife

El Calderito de la Abuela

El Calderito de la Abuela

Traditional and modern come together in a restaurant north of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, with panoramic views of the sea in a family-owned building. Its main asset is a carefully selected range of fresh products, both from the sea and the interior, as well as from its own vegetable garden, from which they use vegetables, greens, and aromatic herbs.

  • Adress: Carr. Provincial, 130, 38390 Cuesta de la Villa, Santa Cruz de Tenerife
  • Phone: 922 30 19 18

Guachinches en Tenerife

Guachinche

And finally, we save not a restaurant or a bar, but a concept that encompasses many of the best places to eat in Tenerife. At least if you want to discover the island’s most authentic flavors.

Guachinches are typical establishments in Tenerife, especially associated with the island’s gastronomic culture. These places are where local farmers sell their products, such as wines, cheeses, cold cuts, and homemade dishes, directly to the public.

Guachinches have their roots in Tenerife’s agricultural tradition. Originally, they were improvised places where farmers offered their products to visitors, often accompanied by simple and homemade meals. Although this is not exactly the case anymore, guachinches are known for offering an authentic and affordable gastronomic experience. Diners can enjoy traditional Canarian dishes, such as pork with potatoes, chickpeas, fresh fish, and other local delights. In addition, the wines served are usually homemade, directly from local vineyards.

Any others to add? We’re sure there are! After all, Tenerife offers endless options for dining well, catering to all budgets. Comment with your favorite restaurants on the island, and let this list continue to grow.

Kathleen

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