Fine dining certainly isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when you think about Lanzarote. But while there is certainly no shortage of generic tourist-friendly eateries, there are an increasing number of restaurant offering world-class cooking and a genuinely gourmet experience. Read on for our selection of some of the best places on the island you can enjoy just that.
Restaurant, Spanish, Mediterranean, $$$
Occupying an octagonal colonial-style building in Puerto Calero, this waterfront restaurant is generally recognised as one of the best on the island. It’s certainly far from a typical tourist eatery, offering an impressive menu of traditional Canarian cooking with market-sourced produce. A huge terrace also means plenty of room for alfresco dining overlooking the swanky yacht marina.
The Modernist glass-panelled architecture of the La Cocina de Colacho is certainly eye-catching, but it’s the excellent food that really draws in the crowds. Considered one of the finest in Playa Blanca, this restaurant offers a menu of expertly prepared dishes creatively imagined by owner and Lanzarote-born chef Nicolás Machín (AKA Colacho). More glass inside allows diners to see the magic happening in the kitchen, while a permanent exhibition of artworks offers something to browse post-meal.
Housed in the 18th-century fort of Castillo de San José overlooking Arrecife marina, settings certainly don’t get much better than this. Qué Muac can also lay claim to providing one of the most upscale dining experiences in the city, with a gourmet menu that fuses Lanzarote cuisine with world flavours. A menu of tapas and an excellent choice of Canary Island wines can also be enjoyed while soaking up the views through impressive wraparound windows.
Fusing a two-centuries-old rustic cottage and sleek contemporary add-ons, even the building La Tegala occupies has won an architecture awards. And the theme of fusion continues in the cuisine, combining traditional Canarian flavours and recipes with innovative cooking methods. Slow cooking is the main feature, with many of the casseroles cooked for over fourteen hours – and with mouthwatering results. Produce is also fresh and seasonal, with meat and fish sourced directly from the island, and the hilltop sea views are pretty special too.
Run by a husband and wife team, Orlando and Sandra,Lilium Restaurant is fresh from earning a 2017 Michelin Bib Gourmand commendation – meaning excellent quality food, reasonably priced. And you’d be hard pressed to disagree, with superbly presented dishes featuring top-quality, locally-sourced ingredients such as scallop, tuna loin, and suckling pig, all at prices that won’t frighten your credit card. Located in the revamped marina, the setting also impresses as does the restaurant’s extensive list of Canarian wines.
Originally conceived by renowned Lanzarote architect César Manrique (and once owned by actor Omar Sharif) the Lagomar is a magical complex with an Arabian Nights flavour set into the surrounding volcanic rock. And nestled amongst this is one of the island’s best restaurants, serving an outstanding menu of Mediterranean-inspired cooking in genuinely unique surroundings. Guests can also dine on an alfresco terrace overlooking a lake illuminated by candlelight – unsurprisingly it’s a popular venue for weddings.
La Cabaña Macher Restaurante, Macher | Courtesy of La Cabaña
Just one glance of the menu of this hugely popular restaurant, and it’s clear La Cabaña take their food seriously. Some mouthwatering examples include Uruguayan filet steak, cuttlefish confit, and their signature two-ways lamb, while desserts such as Eton Mess and bread and butter pudding hint at the owner’s nationality – British chef Darren Spurr. Dishes are immaculately presented and the atmosphere is cozy and casual, it’s also pretty small so reservations are certainly recommended.