11 Best Restaurants in Lanzarote, Canary Islands

La Bodega de Santiago

$$ Fodor's choice

Shaded by a splendid ficus that keeps the terraza cool in the midday heat, La Bodega de Santiago is worth going out of your way to visit. The traditional Canarian menu is exquisite, integrating meats and produce from the surrounding farms and complementing dishes with island wines. The rosemary-scented kid goat is memorable, as are the freshly pounded mojos and stewed garbanzos (chickpeas). Call ahead to book a patio table.


$$ Fodor's choice

On a hill overlooking the port, this small family-run restaurant is all about the catch of the day (try the barracuda if available), served either fried or grilled and always accompanied by papas arrugadas. Arroz caldoso con bogavante (soupy rice with lobster) is another highlight. Try to score a table on the outdoor terrace, where you can watch the boats ply across the harbor; inside, eclectic family artworks are on display.

Restaurante Mar Azul

$$ Fodor's choice

Of all the seafood restaurants in the tiny hamlet of El Golfo, this harborside standby stands out for its ultrafresh fish and homemade Canarian dishes. Order the parrillada de marisco, or grilled seafood platter, for a sampling of local fish (the barracuda is consistently exceptional), calamari, and fried shellfish, all of which soar to new heights when dunked in cilantro-packed mojo verde.

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Charco Vivo


Strewn with nautical gewgaws and awash with color, Charco Vivo has indoor and outdoor seating, with tables overlooking the sea or the San Ginés lagoon. House specials include matrimonio (a "marriage" of squid rings and fish) and clams washed down with local wines. If the restaurant is busy, you might get a table just across the street at the sister bar, where the bocadillo de calamares (baguette stuffed with fried squid rings) tops the menu.

Calle Juan de Quesada 7, Arrecife, Canary Islands, 35500, Spain
Known For
  • fresh fish
  • waterfront views
  • local crowd
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun.

El Diablo


This must be one of the world's most unusual restaurants. Here, in the heart of Timanfaya National Park, chicken, steaks, and spicy sausages are cooked over a volcanic crater using the earth's natural heat. Be forewarned: the food is nowhere near as epic as the environs, and on chilly days, you might be served cold meat as all barbecue dishes are cooked outdoors, but it's still a worthwhile bucket-list dining experience. El Diablo is situated inside the park beyond the ticket booth, which means you can't eat here without purchasing entry into the park.

Timanfaya National Park, Tinajo, Canary Islands, 35570, Spain
Known For
  • unique location
  • volcano views
  • food cooked over crater

El Navarro


Although it's on a busy access road and inside a drab building, this restaurant is well worth a stop. Menu highlights include playfully plated appetizers and decadent meats. Save room for the locally famous cheesecake. 

Av. del Mar 13, Costa Teguise, Canary Islands, 35508, Spain
Known For
  • excellent value for money
  • pleasant terrace
  • killer cheesecake
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and July

Everest Indian Restaurant


When you can't look at another plate of fish and taters without moaning—mira, it happens to the best of us in the Canaries—spring for a palate-jolting curry at Everest, whose heady dishes ranging from vindaloo to korma and jalfrezi are probably better than your neighborhood Indian joint's renditions.

Av. de las Playas 41, Puerto del Carmen, Canary Islands, 35510, Spain
Known For
  • blistered made-to-order naan
  • unapologetically spicy curries
  • cheery service

La Carmencita del Puerto


A surprisingly varied menu—from bruschette to charcuterie boards to lovingly cooked stews—keeps things interesting at this weekday-only beachy restaurant strewn with crawling plants and twinkly lights. Surrender to your sangría cravings here without worrying about running up a high tab; it's affordable, house-made, and packs a punch.

Av. de las Playas, Puerto del Carmen, Canary Islands, 35510, Spain
Known For
  • indoor-outdoor dining areas that book up fast
  • terrific drinks and dessert
  • crowd-pleasing menu with Spanish and international dishes
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sat. and Sun.



Creative cooking with Canarian roots is the philosophy behind the dishes at this 10-table restaurant east of the San Ginés lagoon. In the white-tablecloth, blue-walled dining room—or, if you're lucky, on the outdoor terrace—feast on creamy croquetas with a variety of fillings and local fish spooned with nontraditional sauces.

Av. Olof Palme, Arrecife, Canary Islands, 35500, Spain
Known For
  • elevated Canarian cuisine
  • €65 tasting menu
  • attentive service
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Mon.



From your patio table overlooking the harbor, feast on attractively plated modern Spanish fare such as heirloom tomato salmorejo (creamy gazpacho), griddled Iberian pork with sautéed vegetables, and rice with wild mushrooms and foie. The interior dining area is almost as charming with pendant lights and mismatched vintage chairs.

Av. César Manrique 33, Arrecife, Canary Islands, 35500, Spain
Known For
  • artfully plated dishes
  • pleasant harborside patio
  • creative Canarian cuisine
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Mon.

Restaurante Las Caletas Casa Tomás


Off the tourist track, this no-frills seafood restaurant with stunning sea views is a favorite with locals. The outdoor terrace seems to hover over the sea. The restaurant's popularity makes it a noisy place at peak mealtimes, so if you want a terrace table, book ahead or arrive early.