15 Best Restaurants in Gran Canaria, Canary Islands

Caracolillo Coffee

$ Fodor's choice

One of the Canaries' few great specialty coffee shops (think single-origin beans, seasoned baristas, and Chemex pour-overs), Caracolillo, opened in 2021, is a trendy hangout in the Centro district. 

El Santo

$$$ Fodor's choice

Freshly dug baby potatoes with mole sauce, tempura octopus with aerated spirulina, smoked salmon aguachile with green apple ice cream—these are a few of the palate-bending dishes you'll find on the menu at El Santo, one of Gran Canaria's most exciting fusion spots. Rustic stone walls give the restaurant an intimate, relaxed feel, while the white tablecloths and professional waiters make it feel like a special occasion.

Calle Escritor Benito Pérez Galdós 23, Las Palmas, 35002, Spain
928-283366
Known For
  • Experimental Canarian cuisine
  • Subdued yet stylish dining room
  • Foams, reductions, and fine-dining touches
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Mon.

Neodimio 60

$$$ Fodor's choice
If you manage to snag one of the four tables at this nueva cocina (new cuisine) restaurant, you're in for a decadent feast of local seafood, meats, and vegetables prepared with Latin and Asian twists (think chipotle-rubbed octopus, cod ceviche with passion fruit and ginger, and ricotta-stuffed agnolotti with fresh corn sauce). The cocktails, which could be described as "cheffy," don't disappoint either.
Calle Alfredo L. Jones 28, Las Palmas, 35008, Spain
674-746695
Known For
  • Fine-dining fusion cuisine without the smoke and mirrors
  • Concise market-driven menu
  • Pocket-size digs
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Mon.

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Bistro La Champiñonería

$ | Vegueta

Halfway up a pleasant pedestrian street in Vegueta, this French café-restaurant with red walls and old photos of Las Palmas specializes in mushroom dishes. Choose from more than 15 preparations, or forgo the fungi and try the meat dishes and giant revueltos (scrambled eggs). Portions are large, ideal for sharing.

Cafetería Casa Suecia

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Escape to the tranquil, air-conditioned quiet of the Casa Suecia Salon de Té on Tomás Miller 70—near Playa de las Canteras—for comfortable booths, foreign newspapers, picture windows, pastries, breakfast plates, sandwiches, and perhaps the only free coffee refills on the islands.

Calle Tomás Miller 70, Las Palmas, 35007, Spain
928-271626
Known For
  • English breakfast
  • Homey atmosphere
  • Dependably decent grub

Cuernocabra

$$$

In a culinary homecoming of sorts, Gofio—Madrid's buzzy, award-winning Canarian restaurant—now has an outpost in the archipelago, inside the Corte Inglés's Club Gourmet. Fasten your seatbelts: This is comida canaria like you've never experienced before: "punk" arepas that arrive DIY-style, panna cotta made with Canarian goat milk, and local avocado stuffed with spiced sea bream.

Av. José Mesa y López 15, Las Palmas, Spain
928-296018
Known For
  • Inventive Canarian tapas
  • Zeitgeist-y ingredients and plating
  • Diverse wine list
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: No dinner Sun.

Deliciosa Marta

$$$ | Triana

Tables are hard to come by at this busy restaurant in a typical Triana house: there's usually a line outside the door. The concise, contemporary menu includes truffled gnocchi, baked cod with seasonal vegetables, and steak tartare, a house specialty.

Calle Pérez Galdos 23, Las Palmas, 35002, Spain
676-377032
Known For
  • Steak tartare
  • Consistently fantastic food quality
  • Well-heeled local crowd
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sat. and Sun.

El Portalón

$$$

In the center of Playa del Inglés, this modern Basque restaurant has made a name for itself for its well-priced classic cuisine. Interiors are a bit passé (a bit like a wedding reception hall), but there are two pleasant terraces outside. The wine list, with more than 40 bottles from Spain, is worth a look, and cocktails are served daily 7 pm to 2:30 am.

Av. Tirajana 27, Playa del Inglés, 35100, Spain
928-771622
Known For
  • Fine Basque dining
  • Generous portions
  • Good wine list

Guirlache

$ | Triana

For a sweet treat, try Guirlache. There are at least 20 ice-cream flavors, and many of the cakes are made with that trusty island staple, condensed milk.

La Bikina Cantina

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Skip the middling tourist-packed cafés and sandwich shops on the Las Canteras boardwalk and instead grab a bite at this sunny, casual storefront that serves tropical fare ranging from tacos to Cubano melts to pad Thai.

La Tapita Los Joses

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Cheap and cheerful sums up this small bar-restaurant at the north end of Maspalomas. It's usually packed with locals, who flock here for good and inexpensive Spanish classics, including revuelto de papas con jamón serrano (scrambled eggs with potatoes and Iberian ham) and bacalao con tomate (cod in tomato sauce), and tapas. The daily set menu, which has two courses, is about €10. Expect generous portions, and if you want to be sure to get in, arrive early—before 2 pm for lunch and before 9 for dinner.

Calle Plácido Domingo 12, Maspalomas, 35100, Spain
928-769680
Known For
  • Traditional tapas
  • Value set menu
  • Local crowds
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and late Aug.–late Sept.

Restaurante Etiopico Afrika

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Maspalomas is an unlikely place to find some of the best Ethiopian food in Spain, but make no mistake—Etiopico Afrika is worth going out of your way to visit. Every entrée—from lentil stews and split pea purees to doro wat (berbere-spiced braised meat)—comes atop a spongy round of injera, a pliable Ethiopian flatbread made from teff flour. There are bountiful vegan- and vegetarian-friendly options.

Rías Bajas

$$$

Seafood lovers, look no further: This Galician restaurant serves some of the most pristine fish and shellfish on the island, from rape a la marinera (monkfish cooked in wine and garlic) and zarzuela de pescado y marisco (fish and seafood stew) to various rice dishes such as paella. It's a well-established favorite with islanders—many travel all the way here from Las Palmas just for dinner. It's been run by the same Galician family since 1986 that also owns Las Rías, in Meloneras, to the west of Maspalomas.

Av. de Tirajana at the corner of Av. EEUU, Playa del Inglés, 35100, Spain
928-764033
Known For
  • Fresh seafood
  • Fish and seafood stew
  • Rice dishes

Te Lo Dije Pérez

$ | Vegueta

Just below the cathedral square is one of the island's best bars for having a beer—there's a huge selection—along with some tapas. The bar feels a bit like a French café, with high ceilings and black and red furnishings. Unusual tapas, like nachos with eggplant and ginger sauce and spinach-and-walnut croquettes, make an appearance. There are indoor and outdoor tables and usually live music on Thursday.

Zoe Food

$ | Triana

A magnet for vegetarians and vegans, this restaurant has retro decor and a pleasant, shady terrace. Specialties include vegetable woks with tofu, vegan meatballs, and healthy organic breakfasts. There's a great-value daily lunch menu (€12) and soy milk shakes and gluten-free cakes for afternoon tea; brunch, served on weekends, is also popular.