With its plentiful waters, fertile land and year-round sunshine, Costa Teguise serves up some of the best local cuisine of Lanzarote's many holiday destinations. The choice of traditional Canarian restaurants is staggering, from light and flavourful tapas to rich paella. Most venues also offer impressive views of the surrounding scenery from balconies or al fresco dining areas.
International cuisine is also served in abundance – whether you fancy Italian, Indian, Chinese or a taste of home with a full English breakfast, holidays to Lanzarote's Costa Teguise is fit to burst with choice. If your stomach is already rumbling, take a look at our handpicked selection of the best places to eat at the resort.
For a first-class dining experience, look no further than El Navarro. This family-run restaurant serves up a fine-dining Mediterranean feast – the warm goat's cheese with beetroot is a winning combination, and the spicy chocolate brownie is to die for. An island favourite, be sure to book well in advance, as you'll find it full with both locals and tourists throughout the holiday season.
With one of the prettiest outdoor terraces to sit at, Oscars offers a range of international dishes in a tranquil atmosphere. A Belgian-owned establishment, you'd be mad not to stay for dessert – picture classic Belgian waffles dripping with chocolate sauce. Although renowned as the best place for steak in Costa Teguise, there is also a surprisingly good range of vegetarian options, and a great choice of accompanying vegetable side dishes.
A local tapas bar, La Casa Luis serves a typical range of light, fresh, homemade Canarian delights. It's the perfect place to share a meal with friends – order lots of small dishes such as the meatballs in tomato sauce, tender beef stew or freshly caught sardines and have a taste of everything. Another family-run business, the waiters are friendly and even offer an English menu.
If you love authentic Italian food, Portobello Restaurante Italiano is the place to go. The pasta is fresh and handmade on the premises – be sure to try the ravioli stuffed with walnuts and gorgonzola. The portions can be a little small, but the flavours more than make up for it, and Nati, the owner, will make you feel like part of the family with her warm welcome and personal recommendations.
For the best Indian food in Costa Teguise, head to Corner Restaurant. Don't be fooled by appearances – it may be tucked away in the corner of a car park, but inside you'll find the best chicken tikki masala you've ever tasted. If you're not a fan of heat, the chef will happily adjust the recipe to your liking, and likewise if you want a bit more kick in your curry, they are more than up to the challenge.
Tucked away in the grounds of the Melia Salinas Hotel, Esencia serves up beautifully presented dishes in a rustic atmosphere. The outside eating area offers spectacular views of the sea, and inside the lighting is low and romantic – but really, it's all about the food.
Seafood is Esencia's speciality, so try the squid or the garlic prawns. They also boast an extensive wine list at modest prices, so make sure you ask the staff for a recommendation. If it's quiet, the chef may even come out and assist you himself.
Known for fuelling cheap Lanzarote holidays with its happy hour cocktails, Costa Café just outside the town square also serves a fantastic breakfast. If you're missing home comforts, the full English is generous and cooked to perfection, served with freshly squeezed orange juice or a large mug of tea. Stick around for lunch if you can – the paninis go perfectly with a cold beer, so you can sit by the window and watch the world go by.