A guide to the best restaurants in El Medano

Situated on the southeast coast of Tenerife, El Medano is a world-famous spot for windsurfing. However, for foodies, there is plenty to be enjoyed here too. A great deal of the restaurants and cafes are casual, fitting in with the laid-back beach lifestyle here. That’s not to say you can’t find a nice sit down meal in the evenings. The choices range from beachfront eateries to elegant, upscale restaurants, with cuisines from Catalan to Italian, Brazilian, Asian and fusion, plus lots of seafood. Here are our favourite 10 restaurants.

Canarian and Med dishes at Familiar

One of the top rated restaurants in El Medano, Familiar is a staple in the local food scene. This restaurant serves authentic Canarian Food amid a laid-back and friendly atmosphere, and here you will find a number of delicious Mediterranean dishes made from fresh ingredients. Also on the menu are gluten free options for those with dietary restrictions or preferences.

Beachside seafood at Playa Chica

This casual beach restaurant is situated right by the sea, and so there is plenty to enjoy in the way of fresh seafood dishes and a peaceful atmosphere. You can eat indoors or out on the patio to take in the sun while you sip on delicious cocktails such as Mojitos.

Live music by the harbour at Restaurante AguaViva

Another seafront favourite, Restaurante AguaViva is right by the harbour, which makes it a great spot to head to after a morning spent windsurfing or out on the water. There’s live music on the weekends too, making this a lovely destination in which to indulge in local dishes like seafood paella, all while unwinding in front of stunning sea views.

Handmade Italian dishes at Tasquita del Medano

For those with a hankering for Italian during a stay in El Medano, head to Tasquita, where you’ll find a number of handmade dishes including pizza, pasta and bruschetta. In addition to the delicious food and variety of wines available, this restaurant also boasts a great location, making it a firm favourite with both locals and tourists.

Brazilian meats at Maracuja

Known for its delicious Brazilian-inspired dishes, Maracuja is incredibly popular, and perhaps best known for the meat dishes available. The beef carpaccio and steaks are particular favourites, and are best enjoyed washed down with a nice Rioja or freshly-made Sangria. This warm and inviting restaurant has indoor and outdoor seating, and does tend to get busy in the evenings, so it’s best to book ahead.

Authentic delicacies at Vetusta Bar Tapas y Tragos

When you fancy trying some local fayre, Vetusta is widely regarded as having the best tapas in El Medano, and some even say all of Tenerife! Friendly staff will provide you with a warm welcome as you take a seat on the boardwalk patio, and feast on local delicacies that have been freshly prepared to perfection. Washed down with a cold cerveza beer, this is sure to be a meal to savour.

Chinese with a beer at Hong Kong

This centrally located Chinese restaurant is a great place to find traditional Asian dishes at reasonable prices. There’s a wide range of classic meals along with a vast beer selection. And with a great locale amid the central square, the patio makes a great place to dine al fresco and people-watch.

Tapas with a view at Barrio Humedo

This unassuming tapas restaurant is a real crowd-pleaser, with an extensive menu and wine list along with incredible views over the sea whether you dine indoors or out. Relax and unwind over a cheese board, hog roast or traditional tapas spread, and take advantage of the inviting atmosphere and excellent value for money.

Pizza-lover's paradise at Pizzeria La Tartaruga

This popular pizza place keeps customers coming back time and again. There is plenty of choice when it comes to the food selection, and this along with the wine and beer list earns it top ratings on numerous sites. It’s a must-visit for any serious pizza lover.

Seafood and traditional meals at El Caballo Blanco

Perhaps home to one of the best views in El Medano, El Caballo Blanco overlooks the bay and enjoys a stunning setting. The food on offer is varied, featuring lots of fish and seafood options along with traditional favourites like paella. The personal service and relaxed environment makes this yet another restaurant you’ll want to frequent again and again.