5 Places to eat in Tenerife

This list of the top 5 places to eat in Tenerife reflect the preferences of a group of friends and acquaintances who have travelled in the past to the island, and intend to repeat the trip in the future. According to numerous surveys that try to collect the intentions or motivations of travellers, gastronomy would be in 3rd place in the decision making process.

This selection is for anyone planning a holiday to Tenerife, and is wondering what the best places to eat and drink are.

Restaurant Los Menceyes

Restaurant Los Menceyes


1. Something to snack:

If you are looking for a place where you can enjoy a good atmosphere, good food, and drinks at a good price, the most recommended place is La Casa de Oscar, situated on the street of Herradores. The name of the tavern is due to the fact that the house was the birthplace of the local surrealist artist Oscar Dominguez.

2. Traditional Canarian Food:

Some of the most famous dishes of the Canarian cuisine include papas arrugadas, gofio, queso palmero and majonero, chorizo Canario, pigs leg, fish and sea food. It is always a good idea to pair it with a good Canarian wine. One of the most recommended restaurants of the island is the restaurant Mocanes, in C/Castro 21.

3. Haute Cuisine:

Although not as recognized as the Basque or Catalan cuisine, the Canary Islands boast some prestigious chefs with a long standing history in international restaurants. The most prominent fine dining restaurant in Tenerife is the Los Menceyes restaurant, in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. This restaurant is part of gourmet hotel Iberostar Grand Hotel Mencey, and leading this project we find the local chef Juan Carlos Clemente. For more information, visit their website, www.lacocinadelmencey.com

4. Author Cuisine:

The Bistro Victor Cruz is located in the Rambla de Santa Cruz, in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Chef Victor Ruiz has a long history working in restaurants, both on the island and the Spanish mainland, and the cuisine draws on the influence of local and traditional products and a necessity to understand their traditional cuisine.

5. Restaurant with views

The Las Terrazas del Sauzal restaurant has one of the best views of all the Canary Islands. Breath taking views of the Atlantic Ocean and the mountains are a perfect setting for a romantic dinner or any celebration and has 10.000 meters of private gardens.

What to do in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

If you have chosen Tenerife as a destination for your next holiday, maybe you are checking in internet for accommodation, leisure activities, the best beaches, where to eat, and where you can have a night out, where you can relax, what to see, opening hours, there will be endless questions…

We propose alternatives to all these questions starting with accommodation.

If you are looking for a five star hotel with every commodity and luxury, we recommend the Iberostar Grand Mencey in Santa Cruz de Tenerife.  It is the island’s outstanding hotel with regard to history and glamour and it is also a well-known gastronomic hotel in Tenerife.  It has all the guarantees of an Iberostar hotel, which makes it a safe choice.


Gourmet restaurant in Tenerife

Gourmet restaurant in Tenerife

With regard to activities, our recommendation is an excursion through the Canarian countryside, following the trail from the Cruz del Carmen and the Llano de los Viejos.

It is an easy route, suitable for everybody of all ages with a duration of 45 minutes.

One of the most visited and attractive beaches of the island you will find in Costa Adeje.

In this area you will find numerous beaches, the most outstanding is the beach of Fañabe, the most popular choice of Tenerife’s residents.

One of the best restaurants in Tenerife is the restaurant Los Menceyes, which is part of the hotel Grand Mencey.  Top class cuisine, with an emphasis on local produce and an avant-garde interpretation of typical Canarian dishes. In the same hotel you will find the Iballa Cocktail Bar, famous for their Jazz concerts and exotic cocktails.

Regarding the most emblematic places to visit, one of the highlights is whale and dolphin watching in the middle of the ocean, the Tenerife Adan Martin auditorium, the Arona Pyramid, the volcano’s and landscapes and not forgetting the extensive offer of night time leisure activities.





The Majorcan hotel chain Iberostar Hotels & Resorts is organising, as part of their commitment to offer their guests unique experiences, a gastronomic cycle with the best known female chefs in Spain called “Women with a Star”. The venue chosen for this gastronomic event is the island of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, in one of  the most spectacular hotels of the chain, the Iberostar Grand Mencey Hotel.

Women with a Star

“Women with a Star”

This initiative is part of the many proposals already offered by the hotel and its Cookery Classroom, managed by the Canarian Chef Juan Carlos Clemente. Without a doubt, the Grand Mencey is a reference for gastronomic hotels in Tenerife. At the same time, the hotel also has 3 other restaurants and 3 bars, considered as some of the best restaurants in Tenerife.

This gastronomic cycle was inaugurated the 7th of September, featuring the Galician chef Beatriz Sotelo, from the restaurant A Estacion, with a Michelin Star. The Master Class aimed to  bring the world of haute cuisine to Tenerife, as well as some of the most emblematic dishes of this restaurant located in the old railway station of Cambre, Galicia.

Chef Macarena de Castro

Chef Macarena de Castro

The mont of October is reserved for the Majorcan chef Macarena de Castro, from the restaurant Jardin in Alcudia, Majorca. The Master Class of this Michelin Star chef will be held under the title “Pure Mediterranean Sea”. On Saturday 26th of October, starting at 11.30, the attendees will enjoy the cooking class of this renowned chef and will then be able to enjoy a degustation menu, including a wine pairing.

The cycle of “Women with a Star” is open to the public and can reservations can be made through the website of the restaurant La Cocina del Mencey. Places are limited, and due to the great success of the previous event, we recommend you book in advance. This gastronomic cycle aims to bring the world of fine dinning restaurants to Tenerife.