Las Palmas, the capital of Gran Canaria
and one of the largest cities in Spain, is a perfect place for laid-back dinners on open terraces. Here is our list of 10 most recommended restaurants and cafes to visit.
Dejate Llevar (Let Me Take U)
Déjate Llevar, also known as Let Me Take U, will bring you to a sensory paradise. Backed by a clean and cozy home-like interior, the kitchen in Let Me Take U is vegetarian and healthy. The owners of this place, Fernando Henriquez Muñoz and Nikolaos Petas, value the quality of the ingredients as much (if not more) as the taste. Their carefully created and reworked menu includes a wide range of healthy plates, made from the top-quality local fresh ingredients. Some of the most delicious dishes in Let Me Take U include Andalucian gazpacho with mint leaves and the special salad of the house Dejate Llevar, Peruvian ceviche. There is also croquettes with meat, Serrano ham or mushrooms, cooked from a special secret recipe created by Fernando’s mother. The owners are friendly and easy to communicate with, and they entertain everyone with their captivating stories of traveling abroad and exploring other cultures. The outside terrace will quickly become your favorite spot for a quick relaxing lunch with stunning views of the mountains of Gran Canaria.
Doctor Domingo Hernandez Guerra 25, Tejeda, Gran Canaria, +34 928 66 62 81
La Aquarela Restaurant
Restaurant, French, Mediterranean, European
La Aquarela Restaurant
La Aquarela, is a fine-dining establishment. It has an excellent location as it overlooks the Arguineguin Bay. The restaurant offers a French-inspired romantic interior with candle lights, pleated chairs and indoor and outdoor tables. The menu offers some delightful meals hard to find elsewhere, such as Norwegian salmon confit with egg and broccoli, and Iberian roasted pork with glazed apples and mushrooms. When it comes to drinks, La Aquarela has carefully chosen an excellent wine list of Spanish wines to taste. The current owner Gregorio Fernández does an excellent job of keeping up the great reputation of La Aquarela while moving it forward with exquisite meal selections and impeccable service.
Apartamentos Aquamarina, Barranco de la Verga, Patalavaca, Gran Canaria, + 34 928 735 891
Restaurant, Spanish, $$$
The dining experience at Tehran Restaurant will be amazing for those who are ready to try something different. This place represents the best of Persian cuisine. The exotic scent of the ingredients and Oriental flavors will follow you from the entrance. Their menu offers juicy and richly cooked meat, lamb, chicken and vegetarian options to taste inside an intimate interior with popping red colors on the walls and golden decorations. Tehran Restaurant has succeeded in mixing Spanish and Persian cuisines, which originally do not have much in common. They bring their flavors together with the help of slow-cooking techniques. For a starter, try the vegetarian-friendly smoked aubergine with garlic. For a main dish, the charcoal grilled kebabs are recommended, with veggie options available. Tehran Restaurant is also worth visiting for its cultural events, such as the famous belly dancing performances held on weekends.
Bernardo De La Torre No.1, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, +34 928 222 817
La Marinera Restaurant
Restaurant, Argentina, Mediterranean, $$$
La Marinera Restaurant
La Marinera Restaurant is situated on the Las Canteras beach. It has the largest capacity in Las Palmas with more than 400 seats available. The breeze of fresh oceanic air and the softly crashing waves behind the windows add to the atmosphere. La Marinera specializes in serving creative dishes with fresh local fish as a main ingredient. Besides fish, customers will have an opportunity to taste Argentinian meat and Canarian classic grill dish ‘Casa Carmelo’. The speciality fish includes bass fillet with cilantro, fish soup and fresh seafood paella, which is so gigantic and heavy, it has to be shared between two people. For meat, La Marinera offers great sirloin steak and sirloin in plum sauce. Lovers of more exotic seafood will be pleased with La Marinera, because they will find all the seafood varieties from scorpions to canary damsel. La Marinera makes seafood meals available at democratic prices and provides customers with a great choice.
C. Alonso Ajeda s/n, Plaza de la Puntilla, Gran Canaria, +34 928 468 802
Located in the center of Las Palmas and Playa del Ingles, Wapa Tapa specializes in Spanish and international tapas. Besides the great variety of food, Wapa Tapa also has a wine cellar that offers a great selection of Spanish wines at reasonable prices. Some of the dishes include Spanish cheeses, chorizo and chicken skewers. However, try the ‘Chef’s Menu’ – a tapas selection chosen by the chef depending on his mood and inspiration on the day. The menu at Wapa Tapa offers plenty of meals for vegetarians too.
Yumbo Centrum, Playa del Inglés, Maspalomas, +34 650 001 739
Restaurant, Mediterranean, European, Spanish
Deliciosa Marta is in the heart of the old town of Las Palmas, in the pedestrian zone, and has a sophisticated atmosphere. The restaurant proudly takes inspiration from its Canarian roots. The owner Marta manages the space and communicates with the guests, while her husband Pol is the chef. Trained in Barcelona, he is now in charge of delivering exceptionally delicious cuisine. The interior in Deliciosa Marta consists of light washed brick stones, light-colored furniture and moody lights. The menu of this restaurant never stays the same, because Pol uses seasonal ingredients including fresh vegetables and delicacies such as truffles. Visit Deliciosa Marta for a fine-dining experience and try their incredible juicy steak tartare.
Pérez Galdós 23, Gran Canaria, +34 928 370 882
Que Tal by Stena
Que Tal by Stena
Que Tal by Stena is a contemporary restaurant which is open for dinner time only. But, if you will spare some time to visit Que Tal, that dinner promises to be unforgettable. The interior has a bohemian feel, with many artworks by modern painters dotted on the walls, and white tablecloths with flower arrangements. The chef’s team strives to achieve perfection while presenting a mix of international flavors. The restaurant serves a five-course menu that changes on a regular basis. Different wines accompany each course. The meal’s preparation becomes entertainment as the chefs prepare the food in an open kitchen, right in front of the customers’ eyes. Dinner in Que Tal will be an outstanding experience from the first glass of wine to the dessert.
Urbanizacion Puerto de Mogan local 101, Gran Canaria, +34 928 56 55 34
El Churrasco Restaurant
Restaurant, Argentina, Steakhouse, Gluten-free, $$$
El Churrasco Restaurant
El Churrasco has been named the best Argentinian steakhouse on the Canary Islands, thanks to the mastery of the owner Mario Gil. It is an authentic restaurant which focuses on Argentinian cuisine, presenting it in a gourmet fashion. El Churrasco offers the possibility of watching the process of steak preparation, with its grill open to the public view. Mario Gil uses a top-quality Aberdeen Angus beef that has been bred naturally. This is hands down the best place to visit for all meat lovers. Don’t be taken aback by slightly expensive prices of the courses, as the quality of meat served here has no parallels anywhere outside of Argentina.
C/ Olof Palme 33, Las Palmas, Gran Canaria
Restaurant, Vegetarian, Vegan, Fast Food, $$$
Natural Burguer is known as the best restaurant in Las Palmas for those who want healthy burgers as well as fresh smoothies and juices. This place is popular among students and young people, for its vibrant atmosphere, great flavors and reasonable prices. Natural Burguer makes use of natural ingredients only. Apart from classic beef burgers, the menu features veggie variations with a range of toppings to choose from. While here, try the hamburger veal churrasquito with steak and double bacon and picoteo or onion rings.
Avenida José Mesa y López 3, Gran Canaria, +34 928 938 938
N’enoteca is a project by two Canarian Italians, Greta and Neno, who have managed to create an authentic Italian atmosphere and cuisine away from Italy. The starters from N’enoteca’s menu, like the aubergine with rocket and Parmesan, have received outstanding reviews for their quality and flavor. The main dishes include delicious carpaccio, pasta with lemon sauce and lamb chops. N’enoteca specializes in traditional Italian pasta and offers more than 20 different types, all made from the best fresh produce. The wine list has a great variety of Italian wines, available by the glass or in bottles. N’enoteca is located in a secluded place, which will be an ideal romantic escape from the bustle of the city.
Urb. Puerto de Mogan Local 380/381, Puerto de Mogan, Gran Canaria, +34 673 34 78 86