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Jun 21, 2008 03:07 AM

zOMG Does nobody go to Tenerife???

Or is the food really that unmentionable? Grumble, grumble. Why is it so hard to find out about this place? The internets are not showing me. I'm also stumped about recs for Elba, another island paradise, but that, my friends, is for another board.

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  1. I´m from tenerife, there are plenty of places to go:
    Meson del Drago (used to have a michelin star) serves up great canary islands food, excellent rabbit in salmorejo.

    El jable in san isidro is one of my favorites

    La playita in santa cruz for extremely fresh fish on the road to las teresitas beach just by Maria Jimenez

    Meson Castellano for meat in Santa Cruz center

    La Frasca in the center of the city as well serves up good mainland food.

    go to in teh gastronomy section. Its the local newspaper and they are constantly finding new places that I´ve never been to

    Also you cant miss la pimienta or el salon in la matanza for the best fish in the island, el bodegon campestre for roasted meats

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    1. re: cleveland park

      Thanks for the serious response. This is going to very helpful for my next trip to Santa Cruz. The last time (in '08) we were shuttled around to various places without any say-so whatsoever. We managed to eat at a couple little places across the street from the Mencey, where we were staying, a very nice modern restaurant/lounge across a plaza or park from the Opera House, and a sort of middle eastern place that wasn't very good. This time we'll be having a little more freedom and I'm looking forward to following your suggestions!

    2. Taberna ramon in la Rambla across teh street from the plaza de toros is a small place that serves up great local food.

      1. planning on going to Tenerife in a few months, did you find anything interesting there?

        1. To answer the OP, I visit Tenerife most years - as do thousands upon thousands of other British people and other north Europeans. Many of us own properties there, mainly in the south of the island. I love it and it's easy to get good, simply cooked food - fresh fish, grilled meat, etc

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          1. re: Harters

            "thousands upon thousands of other British people"???

            So..... avoid south island restos catering to English, is that what you're saying?

            1. re: desylicious

              No, that's not what I'm saying. What I said was "it's easy to get good, simply cooked food - fresh fish, grilled meat, etc".

              As with every tourist resort area, there are also places catering to the lowest common denominator. Doesnt matter if the denominator is British, German, Irish, Dutch, Scandanavian or whatever - these places are also easy to spot and avoid.

              If you choose to visit one of the major tourist resorts on the island, you will find that many restaurants have a lot of tourists as customers. If you wish to find restaurants that have fewer tourists as customers, these will tend to be away from the tourist areas.

              We'll be spending two weeks in Los Cristianos in January and know that we'd be able eat out every night in the resort and have a good meal each time.

              1. re: Harters

                An update from our fortnight in Los Cristianos with some particular recommendations:

                Rincon del Arroz and the Bistrot d'Alain - both mentioned in the Michelin Red Book. As suggested by is name, the former majors on rice dishes. The latter is mainly French.

                Don Quijote - specialises in the gastronomy of La Mancha. Had a great lamb stew.

                Bodega El Parral - simple grilled meat and fried fish. Excellent quality.

                El Brasero - touristy - but a house special is a long cooked shoulder of lamb.

                Rincon del Marinero - near the port, we've been eating there for years. Always spankingly fresh fish, cooked simply - as in a whole baked grouper, landed at the port that morning. Needed nothing more than a squeeze of lemon and a few Canarian potatoes. Fab.

                Of course, Los Cris is a tourist town, so if you don't want to run the risk of dining with North Europeans, please ignore the above reccs and go and find somewhere else :-)

                1. re: Harters

                  Turns out we got shipped off to La Orotava for the duration, so we weren't able to exercise any of your recs. Maybe next time. If you are ever in the area, try to go to Tajinaste winery. Tiny and amazing.

          2. Depends on what you are looking for,as for local cuisine i'd definetly head to some of the places mentioned by cleveland park.If you are renting a car i'd drive direction Tacoronte,La Matanza,El Sauzal and you'll find wonderful hidden gems where to have delitious food.Casa Juan in Tacoronte is one of my fav's and La Rosa Di Bari (outstanding italian) in Puerto de la Cruz.Now if you really want authentic canarian food(and not really care abt fancy curtains and expensive china) ask any local to point you the nearest GUACHINCHE.You'll have a great time,great food,great wine and great prices.

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            1. re: JoyinHK

              We will only be in Santa Cruz this trip, so exploring further won't be possible. I think the guachinche experience is what I'm looking for. Thanks for the suggestion. Between your advice and cleveland park's I think we'll eat quite well this time.

              1. re: desylicious

                Sorry not to have been more help for your trip - obviously Santa Cruz isn't a tourist area so you won't be running into folk like me but you now have an answer to your original questions. Glad to have helped with those. If ever you're visiting the south of the island, just post and I'll give you a long list of places worth trying. :-)


                1. re: Harters

                  Santa Cruz has a great little place that specialises in Andalucian food - it's on the pedestrianised street called La Noria. The name of the actual place refuses to come to mind, but is about three doors along from a very good bar called Mojitos. This place serves the best cazon en adobo I've eaten outside of its 'home' in Cadiz.

                  1. re: Harters

                    We are going to Tenerife for the first time in December, staying in the Los Gigantes area but with a car, and I'd love to hear your suggestions on where to eat in the south of the island.

                    1. re: quark

                      You may well need the car.

                      As you'll presumably know, Los Gigantes is a small resort, just about purpose built for tourism and slightly isolated from other urbanised areas in the south. We stayed there about 10 years ago and thought the restaurant options were fairly limited. May well have changed over time - although looking at posts on the Tenerife Forum (, possibly it hasnt.