Known as the Island of Eternal Spring for its enviable moderate climate, Tenerife’s stunning volcanic and coastline landscapes facing the Atlantic Ocean are like none other in the world. Discover where to eat out on the Spanish island with our guide to its top t10 restaurants.
El Calderito de la Abuela
El Calderito de la Abuela is a reputed venue in north Tenerife focused on rediscovering age-old traditional Canary recipes and bringing them up to the 21st century. Together with Donde Mario and La Bodeguita de Enfrente, these three restaurants constitute a gastronomic triangle that is located along the same road and belongs to the same family. They are devoted to offering traditional and creative high-standard delicacies through four generations. El Calderito de la Abuela enhances Spain’s tapas culture with a fresh produce philosophy that relies on local farmers and the restaurant’s organic garden, where the owners grow their own vegetables and herbs. Craft wines and spectacular views of the Orotava Valley, Mount Teide and the Atlantic Ocean complete this memorable dining experience.
Carretera Provincial del Norte 130, Cuesta de La Villa, Santa Úrsula, 38390 Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain, +34 922 302 261 +34 922 301 918
Located in the luxurious The Ritz-Carlton, Abama, Kabuki Abama is supervised by the renowned chef Ricardo Sanz and is considered one of the best Japanese restaurants in Spain. The restaurant holds a Michelin Star and presents a minimalist decor mainly based on red and black colors. With a formal dress code requirement, Kabuki Abama owes its fame to its outstanding fusion of Japanese tradition with modern Western culinary techniques, including the use of typical Canary Island ingredients. This venue is an innovative melting pot for Japanese and Mediterranean cultures and yields stunning delicacies, full of intense flavors. Kabuki offers a menu based on high-quality fresh produce, prepared with simplicity and elegance.
Kabuki,The Ritz-Carlton, Abama, Carretera TF-47, KM 9, Guía de Isora, 38687 Tenerife, Spain,+34 922 126 000
M.B. (Martín Berasategui)
The prestigious Basque chef Martín Berasategui leaves his own mark on several renowned restaurants across Spain, adding up the extraordinary amount of seven Michelin Stars. M.B. is his signature restaurant in Tenerife. Located in the deluxe The Ritz-Carlton, Abama, M.B. has been awarded two Michelin Stars in 2010 and 2014 for its stunning interpretation of Spanish cuisine with creativity and respect, the intensity of flavor and an exquisite selection of ingredients. M.B., with chef-de-cuisine Erlantz Gorostiza, is a gourmet destination that offers an exclusive gastronomic accomplishment in a mixture of Basque influences with local, fresh produce.
The Ritz-Carlton, Abama, Carretera TF-47, KM 9, Guía de Isora, 38687 Tenerife, Spain, +34 922 126 000
Lucas Maes restaurant owes its name to its young and experienced chef who was born in Belgium but raised in Tenerife and now runs the place together with his wife. The venue offers a menu that enhances the shapes and flavors of traditional Canary specialties, remaking and reinterpreting typical dishes within the context of the latest culinary trends. It is housed in a centenarian reformed building in La Orotava, north Tenerife and faces Puerto de la Cruz. Here, Lucas Maes offers a relaxing atmosphere in four large rooms, an open kitchen and a spacious terrace with beautiful gardens. Lucas Maes has been awarded as the Best Foreign Chef of the island for his creative and modern cuisine.
Barranco de La Arena 53, Autopista de Santa Cruz (Exit 32), La Orotava, 38300 Tenerife, Spain, +34
922 321 159
Restaurante La Vieja
Restaurant, Seafood, Mediterranean, $$$
Seafood with a view | © La Vieja Restaurant
Restaurante La Vieja
Located in the fishing village of La Caleta, Restaurante La Vieja specializes in the best fresh sea produce of the area and is widely known for its excellent fish and seafood delicacies. Situated in a stunning environment in Adeje, south Tenerife, La Vieja is surrounded by nature. It offers an exceptional view of the open sea from its privileged terrace. Typical Canary dishes are served and prepared in a true traditional style, with exquisite care and attention to detail. La Vieja is a benchmark for high-quality cuisine that comprises the seafaring spirit of Tenerife along with a large and exclusive selection of Canary, Spanish, and European wines.
Edificio Terrazas de la Caleta I, Adeje, 38679 Tenerife, Spain, +34 922 711 548
Bar Restaurante El Cine
Bar Restaurante El Cine has been offering a wide variety of delicious Canary specialties for more than 25 years. Located just in front of Los Cristianos beach, its menu comprises the essence of traditional Canary cookbooks, with simplicity and top-quality produce from local fishermen and farmers. El Cine, situated in an alley, opens every day and sets all the tables on a terrace covered with awnings, next to an open kitchen. This is a popular venue with a joyful and casual atmosphere and affordable prices, crowded with locals and foreigners. Its papas arrugadas (‘wrinkly potatoes’) with mojo, fried octopus, and fried chicken are a must and may be accompanied by great salads.
C/ Juan Bariajo 8, Los Cristianos. Arona, Puerto de los Cristianos, 38650 Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain, +34 609 107 758
Mesón El Monasterio
Restaurant, Spanish, Mediterranean, Seafood, $$$
Mesón El Monasterio
Mesón El Monasterio is an emblematic gastronomic hotspot in a stunning location within Los Realejos. As its name suggests, El Monasterio is a former monastery that was renovated in the 1990s but still retains its old charm. Well known for its generous breakfasts and relaxing atmosphere, this culinary gem is a place to enjoy national, and international cuisine, homemade desserts and a varied selection of wines. El Monasterio displays its wide culinary offer at the foot of a volcano with large fields and gardens to walk, several terraces and a farm.
La Montañeta 12, Los Realejos, 38410 Tenerife, Spain, +34 922 340 707
Restaurant, Seafood, Spanish, $$$
Views over the harbour | © Los Roques Restaurant
Los Roques has become one of the most popular restaurants of the island for its creative and local cuisine in south Tenerife, uniting the best national and international flavors in a seasonally changing menu. At Los Roques, gastronomic delights can be enjoyed in a friendly and intimate atmosphere facing the Tenerife coastline, with the Los Abrigos harbor just opposite. Two dining rooms and a terrace offer spectacular views over the open sea. Its specialties are mainly based on light, seasonal recipes, with great local fish and vegetables and a large selection of wines and cocktails. Reservations are highly recommended.
Calle La Marina 16, Los Abrigos, 38618 Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain, +34 922 749 401
Tasca La Tata
Tasca La Tata is a paradise for eco-foodies and vegetarians. The innovative and healthy cuisine mixes Mediterranean and Oriental flavors with traditional Canary recipes, all with fresh and local produce. Tasca La Tata offers homegrown seasonal vegetables and the possibility of choosing a vegetarian option, which is quite a rare phenomenon in Spain. This cozy venue in Santa Cruz de Tenerife also hosts temporary art and craft exhibitions and is divided into several different environments with an interior patio. Delicacy, imagination, and charm meet here for a high-quality dining experience.
Glorieta Arquitecto Marrero Regalado 6. 38001 Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain, +34 922 242 885
El Guaydil is located in a small house in the heart of the historical centre of La Laguna, a World Heritage Site. El Guaydil interprets Canary cuisine with creativity: natural fresh produce and typical local dishes are brought up to date in an exotic mixture of novelty flavors. The menu changes twice a year to offer the best of the season, combined with excellent cheeses and desserts. The excellence of the ingredients and the meticulous care in the elaboration and presentations are the main principles at this lively restaurant.
Calle Dean Palahi 26, San Cristóbal de La Laguna, 38201 Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain, +34 922 26 68 43