Lanzarote is known for the quality of its food, and it’s easy to see why. The destination is home to the Canary Islands’ best wineries, with delicious vegetables grown in volcanic soil, tasty goat cheese and a plentiful bounty of fresh seafood direct from its numerous small fishing harbors.
All of this is served up in restaurants in Lanzarote across the island. Prepare yourself for teeming plates and good value grub with our guide to where to eat in Lanzarote.
Top Restaurants in Lanzarote
When this British-owned burger joint opened in 2014, it injected a much-needed gourmet jolt into central Arrecife. It serves burgers (from €5), but these are organic, gluten-free burgers topped with homemade sauce. Don’t fancy a burger? Try Tabla’s salmon instead. It’s smoked in town, and it comes with tangy gherkins and capers. No matter what, you must order the parmesan fries.
Casa de la Playa, Arrieta
Simple and friendly, this is authentic Canarian dining at its best. You will enjoy your meal seated on plastic chairs at plastic tables overlooking the beach in Arrieta. Order the lapas (limpets) with mojo sauce, prawns sizzling in garlic oil, and majorero cheese produced just up the road in Uga. There’s plenty of local wine on the menu too. Enjoy your meal with a bottle of crisp Lanzarote malvasia, a local white wine also produced in the Baleric Islands.
El Mirador, Playa Blanca
While you are deciding between restaurants in Lanzarote, be sure to visit El Mirador. Overlooking Playa Blanca’s marina, this glass-fronted restaurant has uninterrupted sea views and a bulging Mediterranean menu. Stick to the local seafood for the best dishes. Order the tapas sizes for variety, perhaps the grilled red prawns, scallop skewers and octopus with paprika (from €9.25 each). It’s open midday until 10pm, seven days a week, so there’s plenty of time to get a table.
Cofradia de Pescadores, Playa Blanca
Most seaside Canarian towns have a cofradia (fishermens’ cooperative) and these serve the freshest fish. You should always order the fish of the day. We recommend asking for it cooked a la espalda (butterfly cut and grilled on its back). The cofradia in Playa Blanca is particularly worth seeking out for its cracking views of the port. You’ll want to watch the ferry over to neighbouring Fuerteventura slipping in and out of the harbour.
Restaurante del Diablo, Timanfaya
Lanzarote’s lava mountains, or volcanoes, don’t just provide an epically scenic backdrop, they can also cook your meal for you. At Restaurante del Diablo in Timanfaya National Park, the meat (chicken, rabbit or pork chop) is cooked by the natural heat of a volcano. Plates start at €12. There’s entertainment too. Choose a table along the curved glass window for a view of the staff regularly pouring water into a hole in the ground to produce a near-instant eruption. This is a lunchtime only restaurant, so get there early in the day.
El Tenique, Tiagua
Want to eat truly local cuisine? A visit to Orlando and his El Tenique restaurant is a Sunday must-do for many Lanzarote residents. Locals swear by his cabra (goat stew) which is rumoured to be the best on the island. Arrive early, when it’s gone it’s gone! If you can’t swing a Sunday, you’ll miss the stew, but the terrace with its volcanic backdrop is still well worth a visit. Ask for the specials, and expect dishes like fried rabbit and veal chop.
El Chupadero, La Geria
Where better to work your way through Lanzarote’s restaurants than by enjoying their wine lists? Here, you’ll find a laid back bodega in the heart of the island’s wine country. Surrounded by vineyards, El Chupadero serves whites and reds from the big names (Bermejo, El Grifo). They also offer the lesser-known Reymar blanco seco (dry white), which goes particularly well with the dates wrapped in bacon (€6.50) from their tapas menu. Other top small plate picks include Padrón peppers, garlic prawns and jamon Serrano.
Our very top tip is to get here in time for sunset. Enjoy the natural light show over Timanfaya. You’ll soon see why they call these the fire mountains. Closed Sunday evenings and all day Monday.
There’s nowhere better in Lanzarote for properly aged, grilled meats than Grillen. Choose from succulent steaks to spiced ribs that practically fall apart in your hands. The Modern European menu also features fresh fish from the village of La Santa. You can see it from the restaurant. Try the grilled tuna served with Chinese leaf salad. Also, check out the changing specials board. They are open Monday – Saturday.
Restaurante Playa Quemada, Playa Quemada
In the heart of an unspoiled fishing village, this no-fuss seaside restaurant serves up fresh fish. It overlooks the lava rock reef and sea between Lanzarote and Fuerteventura. The best bet is to order the parillada de pescado y marisco. It’s a vast tray of seasonal grilled fish and seafood that comes with fried garlic, Canarian potatoes and proper mojo sauces.
Las Cadenas, La Vegueta
You know a restaurant is good when it’s perpetually packed. By that measure, Las Cadenas must be outstanding! You’ll need to beat the locals to this one, so arrive before 1.30pm and settle in for an authentic Canarian lunch.
Start with the queso frito. This is local goat cheese they fry in cubes. They serve it with sticky fig jam. Also, order the ribeye. It’s aged and cooked to perfection. Closed Sunday evenings and Mondays.
Restaurants in Lanzarote
You will not run out of opportunities for delicious cuisine in Lanzarote. Here you will be able to enjoy local and fresh food, helping you to fully immerse yourself in their culture.