Tasting the typical Canarian food as you pass through Tenerife is an experience for your palate that you should not miss. The Canarian gastronomy has a wide variety of typical Canarian dishes that you should try. Without a doubt, a highly gratifying experience that you should not miss during your holidays.

If you are one of those people who like to experience new flavors and discover what places the locals on the island visit, today is your lucky day! We tell you where to eat in Tenerife.

Guachinches Tenerife

Maybe this is the first time you’ve heard this word, so we’ll bring you up to date. The guachinches are traditional and familiar places where you can enjoy the good wine cultivated in Tenerife and some of the most representative dishes of the Canarian gastronomy. These are some of our favorite places, we hope you like them!

Guachinche El Cordero


This guachinche is located on the Chafiras-las Galletas road, in Granadilla de Abona, in Tenerife south. This local has a large dining room where you will have no problem picking up a table. In the restaurant El Cordero you can try a wide variety of grilled food, in addition to some typical dishes. It is a very cheap option in which to have lunch or dinner with family or a group of friends in a green and cozy atmosphere and even sometimes has live music. Goat meat, puchero, ribs with potatoes and pineapple, rabbit in salmorejo … Try some of the delicacies of typical Canarian food.

Guachinche Casa Lito


Casa Lito is a familiar guachinche where you will be able to taste tasty wines harvested by them, accompanied by the tastiest traditional dishes that you will be able to find in the Island. This is a quiet place, with beautiful views of the north face of Tenerife, where we assure you will have a good time. You can find it in the town of Santa Úrsula and its prices are very affordable. estampido eggs, escaldón, meat to the ember… These are some of the plates that we recommended to you to try if you decide to visit this lovely place.

Restaurante Casa Edu

Casa Edu Restaurant is located very close to Los Gigantes, in the south of Tenerife. If you are going to visit this beautiful cliff, without a doubt, this is a good option where to make a small break to eat. Chickpeas, gofio, papas arrugadas, grilled meat, roasted cheese, ropa vieja, carne fiesta… Large portions of traditional food at an especially low price. Program a full day accompanied by some of the essential typical Canarian dishes.

Typical Canarian food

Your holidays will not be complete without trying the typical Canarian food. So if you don’t visit the guachinches and restaurants that we propose you, you can’t forget, even if it is, to taste some of the dishes that define the Canarian gastronomy.

You have probably heard about the most representative typical dish, the ‘papas arrugadas’. These are autochthonous potatoes, whose main characteristic is their small size, cooked with salt to be eaten with skin and accompanied by red or green mojo (sauce).

On the other hand, the scalded gofio, cooked with fish or meat broth, is a succulent dish accompanied by onion and mojo, with a very representative peculiar flavor. You will also have seen the wide variety of Canarian cheeses that you can find served fresh or roasted with mojo or honey. If you also want to know other dishes, you can not miss ropa vieja, ribs with potatoes, Puchero Canario, limpets with mojo … And a long etcetera! Also, as it could not be otherwise, we can not close this post without a quick review of some of the desserts you must try gofio amasado, bienmesabe, frangollo, Príncipe Alberto, Polvito Uruguayo … Bon appetit!

 I thought it might be timely for those planning their Tenerife holiday this year, to give some more up to date recommendations. As always, these are completely subjective choices so feel free to add your own.


El Rincón de Juan Carlos, Los Gigantes. It was top of my list in 2012 and it still is now. In my opinion, simply the best restaurant on the island and in 2015 received its first (long overdue) Michelin star. Top notch dining, not cheap but amazing value for money.
Favourite dish: pork cheek with French truffle (papada de cochino negro).


Lucas Maes, La Orotava. Another carry-over from my 2012 list and still as fabulous as ever. Gourmet cuisine in a lovely mansion overlooking the ocean. Pricey, so one for a special occasion.
Favourite dish: pan seared scallops.

Otelo, Adeje. The last of my 2012 list to make it through to 2016. Unlike the Barranco del Infierno over which it resides, Otelo’s doors remain open and it’s just as finger licking good as ever. Cheap and filling treat.
Favourite dish: garlic chicken of course.


Mirador de Garachico, Garachico. Creative cuisine, local produce and service with a warm smile every time. Mid-range prices and huge portions. Good value for money.
Favourite dish: sea bass and prawns with asparagus.

Los Roques, Los Abrigos. Lovely setting, lovely people, lovely food. What more do you want? Fine dining without the fuss and a perennial favourite with people who return year on year. Mid-range prices.
Favourite dish: avocado and lime sorbet.


Tito’s Bodeguita, Puerto de la Cruz. Gorgeous garden patio setting and an ideal lunch venue. The menu doesn’t tend to change but luckily, it’s got lots of great choices. Not cheap.
Favourite dish: Capricho de Pollo (crispy chicken goujons).

Empire, Playa de Las Américas. Gastro pub grub done exceptionally well in stylish surroundings in the Safari Centre. One of several restaurants in the Venture stable, every one of them raising the restaurant bar in the south. Good value.
Favourite dish: Fish´n´chips.

Habibi, Los Cristianos. If you like Middle Eastern food, you’ll love Habibi. More an institution than merely a restaurant, Habibi’s Arabian Nights décor sets the scene for fabulous spices, curries and couscous. Big portions, good value.
Favourite dish: mixed mezze with Lebanese bread.

Terrazas del Sauzal, El Sauzal. A new addition to my favourites list and one that will take some toppling. Sensational food in an uber stylish setting with panoramic views across the north west coast. Definitely one for a special occasion lunch. Not cheap.
Favourite dish: Milhojas de bacalau (cod in puff pastry with chestnut sauce).


Mesón Los Gemelos, Puerto de la Cruz. More leafy patios and great service from this cracking restaurant in my home town. You can’t book and you can expect to queue because everyone loves it. Traditional Canarian food done well. Big portions and cheap.
Favourite dish: steak, pure and simple.




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