With its dramatic landscape, miles of coastline, and exotic climate, get away from the crowds and Tenerife can be a surprisingly romantic destination. The island’s cuisine, too, is a wonderfully rich mixture of locally-sourced ingredients, contemporary gastronomy, and hearty traditional cooking. Combine the two and you have the perfect settings to enjoy a romantic meal, and here are some of the best restaurants on the island to do just that.
Located in the relatively remote and little town of Granadilla, Tasca Tierras del Sur is one of the more out-of-the-way options, though it’s certainly worth the journey. The fresh and organic ingredients include plenty of local produce like goat cheese, sweet sausage and gofio (starchy Canarian flour). To accompany the wonderful, hearty food, there’s a great selection of wines from the Canary Islands and the Iberian Peninsula. The ambiance is warm and welcoming, with charmingly rustic wooden furniture and floors that combine for a snug, romantic vibe.
It would be hard not to be wooed by the sheer quality of food at this, the only two Michelin-starred restaurant on the island. Famous Basque chef Martín Berasategui has influenced many restaurants across Spain and this is his Tenerife outpost. M.B. is located in the stylish Ritz-Carlton, Abama hotel and is famous for how it interprets Spanish cuisine with influences from the Basque Country. Noticeably high prices mean its probably best saved for a special romantic occasion.
It’s the combination of superb sea views and excellent seafood that makes this one of the more romantic places to dine on the island. Located in the fishing village of La Caleta on the Adeje coast, Restaurante La Vieja specialises in the best locally-sourced sea produce with exceptional panoramas of the open sea from its alfresco terrace. Traditionally-cooked dishes can also be paired with a fine selection of wines from around the Canary Islands.
As the name suggests, the Mesón El Monasterio occupies a former 17th-century monastery (and finca). It was was bought by a family in the 1990s, when it was renovated and opened as a dining destination comprising several restaurants. The complex retains plenty of romantic old-world charm, while its location at the foot of a volcano surrounded by fields and large gardens makes for a particularly lovely setting for a meal for two. For rustic charm head to La Bodega while the Café el Mirador offers the best views of the surrounding valley.
Los Roques has become one of the most popular restaurants on the island for its creative interpretations of local cuisine. But as well as some fabulous food, its harbour-front setting makes for some wonderful views over the water, and especially romantic at dusk when the sun sets over the horizon. As well as its two dining rooms, there’s an alfresco terrace (where you get the best views), plus a decent selection of local wines and cocktails on offer. Its popularity means booking is highly recommended.
It’s no exaggeration to say that the views from the Terrazas del Sauzal are some of the most spectacular on the island. Panoramic vistas from its alfresco terraces take in both the dramatic cliff-fringed coast and majestic Teide mountain, making a perfect setting for a romantic meal. The restaurant itself is also set in a charming 17th century mansion with traditional Canarian-style architecture, and is nestled in 10,000 square metres (107,640 square feet) of pretty gardens. The food also impresses, with a choice of brunch, tapas, and regular dining that covers an extensive range of quality, largely island-inspired cuisine.
If your idea of romance is desert-island chic, then El Burgado is the place to bring your loved one. Perched on a low cliff overlooking the crashing surf on the northwestern tip of the island, the setting is certainly dramatic. But its the billowing fishing net canopies that really set the scene, giving this restaurant a remote and rugged atmosphere that feels perfectly integrated into the volcanic rock and natural surroundings. The menu is unsurprisingly mostly sea-based, serving the likes of lobster, paella, and fish stews to be accompanied with a decent wine list. Get there before dusk and you’re also treated to some wonderful sunsets.