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Top 5 Restaurants in Lanzarote, Canary Islands

Monday, May 18th, 2009

For many international travelers, the Canary Islands have always been a popular tourist destination and the island of Lanzarote, which lies to the easternmost limits of the Canary’s, offers much to be experienced.

Lanzarote Food

From lunches cooked using geothermal heat to “timple” recitals, there is something for every visitor’s tastes. You can visit the island’s famous volcanoes via either camelback or helicopter. One way or the other, when you visit Lanzarote, you should not count on doing a lot of walking due to the fact that the Saharan winds are typically hot and sandy, and sometimes both.

The four most visited cities on the island of Lanzarote are Arrecife, Costa Teguise, Playa Blanca, and Puerto del Carmen, and despite the fact that other islands such as Tenerife may have a more energetic nightlife, Lanzarote has plenty of it to keep the tourist happy. As far as restaurants are concerned, there is an abundance. The cuisine on the main streets of the island target the more international tastes, so if it’s authentic cuisine that you are looking for, you may need to wander off the beaten path a bit.

The following is a list of the top 5 pubs and restaurants to experience while visiting the island of Lanzarote:

1. Bar Bastian Restaurant in Costa Teguise

A bar and restaurant situated at the base of Playa Bastian facing the beach and is a family-run, friendly bar and restaurant. There are snacks served daily and an a la carte menu for your dinner choices. Additionally, there is great entertainment and live music nightly.

2. The Crowded House in Puerto del Carmen

A great live music bar located in Puerto del Carmen‘s Old Town. The establishment features an open bar plan that is set in a laid back, relaxing atmosphere. Enjoy great music and of course a couple of drinks (or more) while you’re visiting.

3. Villa Toledo Restaurant in Costa Teguise

Situated at Playa Bastian. You are afforded stunning views of the sea from this establishment that occupies the first house ever built in Costa Teguise nearly 60 years ago. The restaurant features a splendid menu featuring fish and meats that are prepared in a wood burning oven.

4. Restaurante El Bodegón in Puerto del Carmen

Features a recreated Spanish wine cellar and a menu specializing in a variety of dishes e.g. Castillian tapas, cheeses, hams, and montaditos (tasty little sandwiches).

5. L’Artista Ristorante and Pizzeria in Playa Blanca

You will feel like you’re in the midst of an authentic Italian establishment that features a special selection of pasta dishes like “Cartoccio” or “Mare e Monti” as well as a variety of homemade pastas. And be sure to try their Pizza Artista while experiencing this restaurant.

Revel in the delights of the sunny weather and enjoy the cool pubs and lip smacking cuisine at Lanzarote.

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Venere Travel Blog writer anita choudhary

Anita Choudhary is a freelance writer and travel blogger based in New Delhi, India. She loves to travel and has traveled extensively in India. Exploring new places, reading and writing are her hobbies.

13 responses to “Top 5 Restaurants in Lanzarote, Canary Islands”

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  1. Teguise says:
    May 28th, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    Anita may love to travel but she´s obviously never been to Lanzarote. Info culled from the web rather than first hand experience.

  2. Peter says:
    February 28th, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    In Lanzarote there are more than 200 restaurants,these are the most famous:
    1)Trattoria Verona, puerto del carmen
    2) Emmacantina mexico, old town
    3) Puerto Bahia, old town
    4)MAMMACARLAS old town near center commercial biosfera.
    5)Maritoni avenida puerto del carmen
    6) AMuRA puerto Calero

  3. Luis says:
    March 1st, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    I have been in Lanzarote for two weeks and followed your reviews, Arista,Bodegon, Trattoria Verona;MammaCarla, are good places, there are also
    pubs ad San Miguel,Ruta 66, American Indian Cafe’, but there are also Bar TO AVOID, as

    FRIENDS BAR IN | Centro Maritimo, Puerto Del Carmen, this is the worst place in Lanzarote,

    Very VERY DIRTY, REPEAT TO AVOID

  4. Sally says:
    March 1st, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    I dont know if is the right website but i would like to write a review for this restaurant:

    just came back from my long holyday in Lanzarote where we spent a great time.
    We went to Mammacarlas restaurant,: what an experience!
    What you don’t expect is that for the price you pay –
    Ramon , our server, provided the best service I’ve experienced in many years as a foodie. He was on point with all of his recommendations, knew the menu and the food very well. He kept us informed on the status of our meals, made sure the table always had fresh bread and ensured we were very satisfied.
    (They do the bread at moment)

    Met the owner_Chef , Gregorio who explained the dishes, and the adventure in Lanzarote.

    We shared a cheese platter as an appetizer.
    Fantastic assortment of fresh gourmet cheeses, fried meatballs to tantalize your pallate.
    It paired beautifully with the bottle of Italian chianti we ordered.

    I ordered what was perhaps the best rigatoni ever made – mammacarlas speciality – rigatoni .

    We all had a rich and delicious homemade deserts – finishing off our evening to perfection.

    To come to MAMMACARLAS is an experience that must be had.
    I am sure it will maintain the same level of quality and service as it does now, a restaurant still in its infancy.

    Most definitely good experience at a VERY affordable price.

  5. Ted says:
    March 7th, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    These are the best restaurants in Lanzarote:

    La Cabana

    Cuisine British located Macher:

    Top quality British owned restaurant located just outside Puerto del Carmen. Offering a selection of well crafted modern international dishes that you just won’t find anywhere else. Such as caramelised pork fillet in a calvados sauce and seared Barbary duck breast with sweet cherry and mora glaze.

    Price 35 euro

    Puerto Bahia

    Cuisine Spanish located old town Puerto del carmen:

    Located in the heart of the atmospheric Old Town harbour area the consistently good quality the food and service ensures with great views across to the neighbouring island of Fuerteventura. The food and quality of service here are a cut above most of the other restaurants in the immediate vicinity and the cooking is a modern interpretation of classic Spanish cuisine.
    All the fish and meat dishes are fresh daily, and their wide range of rice dishes are cooked to order – so the wait is well worth it.

    Price 40 euro

    Mamma Carla
    Cuisine Italian located old town Puerto del Carmen:

    Very close to the Biosfera Shopping Center in Puerto del Carmen
    This authentic Italian restaurant offering:
    Seafood, antipasti, pasta, a fine selection of pizzas.
    The list goes on and on. Chef Gregorio is very famous on the isle, excellent reputation puts it on the “must visit”.
    They import truly Italian products.
    Price 25 euro

    CASA SIAM

    Cuisine Thai located avenida de la playas Puerto del Carmen

    Thai restaurant, Casa Siam offers authentic flavours with an exciting range of Thai curries and fish dishes, such as the Chef’s special of steamed fish with herbs and spices. The menu also covers a selection of Thai soups, which are deliciously sweet and sour and a range of starters such as a spicy papaya salad and prawn tempura.

    Price 30 euro

    Emma´s Cantina Mexicana

    Located old town Puerto del Carmen
    Emma´s Cantina Mexicana is the only Mexican restaurant in Lanzarote owned and managed by a Mexican, serving traditional Mexican cuisine and using Mexican products with dishes cooked by a Mexican chef.:
    offers a wide selection of Mexican Food including Fajitas,Quesadillas, Nachos, Enchilladas, the best Chili con Carne and Chili Rojo, plus salads andvegetarian versions of the above, amongst many other tasty dishes.

    Price 30 euro

  6. Mike says:
    March 11th, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    I have been in Lanzarote for six times and tried many restaurantes my personal list :

    PUERTO BAHIA: SPANISH

    MAMMA CARLA: ITALIAN

    MONTMATRE : FRENCH

    LA TEGALA : CANARIAS

    TRATTORIA VERONA: ITALIAN. INTERNATIONAL

    LA BRASA: ARENTINA

  7. Tania says:
    April 15th, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    Best restaurantes in Lanzarote are:
    Trattoria Perona, MammaCarla, Puerto Bahia, Domus Pompei and La Brasa,

  8. Diana says:
    May 4th, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    We have been in Lanzarote for a week last mont and ate in many restaurantes the best we found was MammaCarlas.
    You really must search out this little gem proper italian food cooked by an amazing chef pizzas are so tasty just like being in Italy!!
    A little hard to find at first but definately worth the search for a wonderful dining experience!!
    very good

  9. john says:
    June 8th, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    Hello is not possible to do a list of the best restaurants in lanzarote, is too hard (there are 500 at least), but after two weeks spent in Lanzarote i will do my best and personal list.
    In Pdc best restaurants are Trattoria di Verona and Mamma Carla, these are without no doubt best italian restaurant.
    Food is typical italian as the owner and Chef.
    in Playa Blanca best place is Artista, very good place.

  10. liz says:
    August 26th, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    I Must write a review about restaurant THATS AMORE in Puerto del Carmen, because after had a dinner ,I can save alot of people time money and upset stomachs, do not set foot in this place.
    They ruined our Holyday service in disgrace and food the WORST in Lanzarote

  11. Teery says:
    September 7th, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    Hello i will write two reviews about restaurants we had dinner, i ‘ll begin with restaurant That’S Amore in Puerto del Carmen:
    . We must have got the restaurant on a bad day as we found the whole experience extremely disappointing. We paid Euro140 for four people for dinner, without being at all extravagant on wine, and at this price we expected something outstanding. In reality, we had one good course each and everything else was poor. To start with the dining room lacked atmosphere and certainly had no trace of the style we expected from what is billed as an Italian restaurant – it felt cold and sterile with service that was poor robotic even.
    The food was really disappointing . This was such a shame as we were expecting so much better. we ate two spagetti and mushrooms, carbonara (with no pepper).
    The pizza was very hard diccult even to eat. I really can’t recommend That’s Amore restaurant at these prices.
    r

  12. Mark37 says:
    May 8th, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    The Best of the Best in Costa Teguise are Navaro and Restaurante Nina. Both serve delicious food..

  13. John says:
    July 10th, 2012 at 10:16 am

    Just came back from Lanzarote, tried some of the restaurants you recommend , but also was in La casa Roja in puerto del carment, was amazing food with great sea views, bit expensive but well worth it!!


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