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Lanzarote restaurants | Great places to eat on holiday

The enviable climate, short flight and unusual volcanic landscape make Lanzarote very popular with British holidaymakers - particularly in the dingy winter months. Thousands of Holiday Extras customers will be travelling to the Canary Islands this season, and they will want to eat! From fresh seafood and grilled fish to salted potatoes and baby goat, no one’s going to go hungry. Take a look at our pick of five of the best Lanzarote restaurants.

Lanzarote restaurants, paella

Mmm paella! Image: Pincas Photo under Creative Commons licence.

Our pick of the best Lanzarote restaurants

El Lago

Los Morros 27, Arrieta-Punta Mujeres, 35542 Arrieta

Close to Arrieta on the northeastern coast of Lanzarote, El Lago is known for its generous portions of seafood and Spanish specialities. British holidaymakers go back time and time again for the paella, fresh squid, marinated tuna and seafood platter. The wine list, ever-changing daily specials and reasonable prices also make it very popular.

There’s a warm atmosphere and great service, and families are made to feel welcome. If you love a good ocean view with your dinner, you’ll love the outdoor seating too. Call +34 928 84 81 76 for more information on opening hours and reservations.

Lanzarote restaurants, La Cabana

Image: La Cabaña / James Mitchell

La Cabaña

Crtra Macher Yaiza 84, 35510 Tias

La Cabaña in Macher is a ten minute drive from Puerto del Carmen in the south of the island, and well worth the cab fare based on recent traveller reviews. Owned by Yorkshire-born head chef Darren Spurr and his wife Debbie (front-of-house), the team are dedicated to imaginative cooking and excellent service.

The eclectic international menu changes weekly, with main courses including roast rack of New Zealand lamb, Presa de Iberico pork, seared Barbary duck breast and fresh fish of the day. Families should note that there is no children’s menu.

Every dish is made to order from scratch and what it lacks in sea view, La Cabaña more than makes up for in atmosphere. Information on booking can be found on the restaurant’s website. La Cabaña is closed on Sundays and Mondays.

La Cantina

Calle León y Castillo 8, Teguise

This comfortably rustic eatery is in the central Lanzarote village of Teguise, the original capital of the island and now the cultural heart. Owned by a retired music producer and the Morales Duque family, it is run by British couple Benn and Zoe. The historic building dates back to the 17th century, and also includes the Secret Cinema - a cosy movie house showing classic, cult and independent film.

The varied and tasty menu is created from local produce and features traditional Canarian ‘tablas’ - wooden boards meant for sharing - as well as tapas, burgers, and other dishes such as slow-cooked beef stew and panfried salmon.

Diners love the impressive local wine list, the regular Friday night wine-tasting and the live music in the Secret Garden.

La Cantina is open seven days a week, except Christmas Day and Boxing Day. It may be very busy on Sundays when the popular village market is on. Take a look at the website for ways to book.

La Lapa

Avenida Maritima 4, 35570 El Golfo

La Lapa is situated close to the ocean in El Golfo on the north west side of Lanzarote, an area famous for its green lagoon - a volcanic crater filled with emerald water.

Holidaymakers love the well-priced menu of simply-cooked fresh fish and tasty treats like garlic prawns, mixed fish platter, grilled octopus and Canarian salted potatoes. There are non-fishy options including steak and pasta too, and La Lapa is very family-friendly.

The delicious food is complemented by good wine, a warm atmosphere, and friendly attentive service from knowledgable waiters who speak good English. Phone +34 646936806 for more information on bookings and opening hours.

Los Aljibes de Tahiche

Bravo Murillo 6, 35507 Tahiche

Undoubtedly a unique setting for a meal, this place is housed in old water tanks (aljibes) converted into a restaurant and venue - and designed by legendary local artist and architect César Manrique.

Los Aljibes is known for its hearty and very meaty fare: from steak and pork to shoulder of lamb and chicken cooked in beer. Host Hernan and his family are passionate about their food, focusing on local produce and fresh daily specials. They bake fresh bread at the restaurant, much-loved by diners, and offer a ‘healthy’ selection of wines.

Visitors say Los Aljibes is good value with excellent service and a charming ambience.The cactus garden provides shelter from the persistent wind if you fancy some al fresco dining. You can enjoy the late bar on Friday and Saturday nights, and there’s also an art gallery. Go to the Los Aljibes Facebook page for more information.

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Written by Maxine Clarke, follow her on Twitter @travellingmax, or email maxine.clarke@holidayextras.com

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