The 10 Best Restaurants In Maspalomas, Spain

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9 February 2017

Known for swaying palm trees and a golden 12-kilometer beach, the popular tourist town of Maspalomas is located in the southern part of Gran Canaria, Canary Islands. The pleasant weather throughout the year calls for long days spent bathing in the sun, swimming in the sea, visiting water parks, and experiencing the area’s famous golf course. To guarantee an unforgettable stay, here are 10 of the area’s best restaurants to add to your holiday itinerary.

Restaurant Grill Faro

With a menu of over 200 choices and a location just a couple hundred meters from the Maspalomas lighthouse, a visit to Restaurant Grill Faro won’t leave you short-handed. The steakhouse is affordable, but has an upscale atmosphere, making it perfect for family dinners, long lunches, and dates. It’s situated on Plaza del Faro with fantastic views of the ocean and Costa Meloneras, which adds to the atmosphere and experience. Known for excellent dishes made of high quality ingredients, the comprehensive menu is complete with special appetizers, warm and cold soups, salads, warm and cold starters, pastas, pizzas, fish courses, meats, chicken, desserts and cocktails.

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Time Maspalomas

Restaurant, Italian, Seafood, $$$
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Close to the Maspalomas Dunes, Time Maspalomas is the town’s most charming Italian restaurant. Though the small, independent locale doesn’t have beautiful seaside views (which many of the best restaurants in Maspalomas offer), the experience at Time’s is highlighted by the friendly staff and superior menu, comprised of homemade dishes. The atmosphere is relaxed, welcoming and cozy. Many love and recommend the restaurant because it makes them feel at home. Using fresh local seafood and meats, the restaurant serves a mixture of pastas, pizzas, sandwiches, and Italian cakes.

Restaurante Marco Polo

Restaurant, Pizzeria, Italian, Mediterranean, Spanish, Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-free, $$$
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Restaurante Marco Polo evolved from a small family establishment that opened in 1980 and is one of the finest restaurants in the Playa del Ingles area of Maspalomas. They serve a delicious fusion of Spanish, Italian and Mediterranean cuisines with fresh pasta, meat dishes and seafood as their highlights. The restaurant, open Monday to Sunday only during dinner hours, has the perfect atmosphere if you’re in the mood for an upscale dinner or looking to celebrate a special occasion. Some of their must-try specialties include the Italian-Spanish solomillo funghi, a beef tenderloin topped with a creamy mushroom and truffle oil sauce, and the traditional Italian Orecchiette pasta with broccoli and anchovies.

Las Rias Maspalomas

Restaurant, European, Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten-free, $$$
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Las Rias specializes in seafood and fish from the fresh waters of northern Spain’s famous Galician rivers. The restaurant is the result of a passed down family concept and the original restaurant, called Rias Bajas, was opened in 1986 as the first to introduce Galician shellfish to southern Gran Canaria. Located within the Lopesan Costa Meloneras hotel, the founder’s two sons opened the new Las Rias Maspalomas in 2013, continuing the family business as chef and restaurant director. With a menu of exquisite delicacies, first class table service, and beautiful panoramic views of the ocean, it’s one of the absolute top fine dining restaurants to visit in Maspalomas.

Restaurante Bali

Restaurant, Indonesian, $$$
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Restaurante Bali If you’re up for an exotic meal, this restaurant specializes in Indonesian cuisine and offers Maspalomas locals and visitors a taste of Bali. The original restaurant was opened in Playa del Ingles in 1978 by an Indonesian couple, but in 2006 their daughter and her husband took over and the restaurant is now located in the trendy area of Meloneras. With something for everyone, the menu offers a wide selection of different dishes based on pork, vegetables, chicken, duck, beef, or fish. They also serve exotic cocktails and delicious fresh fruit juices.

Wapa Tapa

Located in the heart of Yumbo Centrum, Wapa Tapa specializes in a creative mix of traditional Spanish and contemporary international tapas. Simple yet fresh and exciting, a few of the dishes include Spanish cheeses, Canarian wrinkled potatoes and Galician-style octopus. Wapa Tapa also offers sangria and a selection of Spanish wines at affordable prices, making it a place to relax and savor your meal without a rush. For an extra bit of excitement, ask for their special tapas selection, which changes daily according to the chef’s mood and inspiration.

Wapa Tapa, Yumbo Centrum, Av. Estados Unidos, 54, Maspalomas, Spain, +34 650 001 739

El Sendaor

Restaurant, Mediterranean, $$$
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Located right on the Maspalomas beachfront next to Hotel Faro, El Senador is known for their seafood dishes and pristine views. It’s the perfect place for cocktails and snacks while enjoying a day at the beach. In the evenings, you can experience a longer dinner made perfect with live music, as the sun sets on the terrace overlooking the sea. Featuring a menu of Mediterranean cuisine, the restaurant’s dishes include paella made from fresh Galician seafood, salads, Huelva prawns, beef steaks, tapas options, homemade desserts, and popular Italian pizzas and pastas.

El Salsete

Restaurant, Spanish, $$$
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For seasonal local cuisine, El Salsete is the place to go. It’s a delightful restaurant serving homemade dishes off a menu comprised of traditional Canary Island treats with a modern twist. Some of the restaurant’s specialties include local wine, lamb, locally caught fish, and excellent tapas meals. The restaurant is hidden away from the main tourist locations on a side alley in the residential area of San Fernando. Getting to the restaurant takes a little extra effort, but it’s worth getting away from the crowds to discover it, as the atmosphere is unique and rewarding.


Restaurant, Spanish, Asian, Middle Eastern, Contemporary, Fusion, $$$
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Opened in 2007, Samsara specializes in Asian fusion cuisine and offers one of the most unique and captivating dining experiences in Maspalomas. From the creative presentation and flavor of the dishes to the interior of the restaurant itself, Samsara is known to give a good first impression. Having a pleasant ambience, the restaurant is highly decorated and exhibits Indian sculptures, oriental art and spiritual ornaments from the Far East. The menu is comprised of Western dishes refreshed with Eastern spices and flavors, and come in large portions perfect for sharing.

Ristorante Grand Italia

Diner, Restaurant, Pizzeria, Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean, Vegan, Vegetarian, European, Fast Food, $$$
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Located on the lively Boulevard El Faro, Grand Italia is an upscale Italian pizzeria with a vibrant atmosphere. Fantastic views are part of the dining experience, as the restaurant is right on the seafront. Specializing in homemade pastas, large Italian pizzas and fresh seafood, the menu includes a large amount of starters and entrees – completed with an extensive wine list and many desserts to choose from. Grand Italia is a little pricier than other dining options in Maspalomas, but it’s highly recommended by many visitors for its excellent food.