Holidays in Tenerife are the perfect time to broaden your culinary expertise. The former sleepy fishing village of Puerto de Santiago may now be a popular holiday resort, but it still holds on to its traditional charm. Quieter than neighbouring Los Gigantes, you'll find plenty of family-run restaurants and al fresco dining options, set against the dramatic backdrop of the region's volcanic scenery. This list of eateries is sure to keep you satisfied from dawn to dusk.
Held in particularly high esteem for its enviable position overlooking the sea is the aptly named Fisherman's Inn. This friendly local restaurant has a large roof terrace with enviable views of the island of La Gomera, making it the best place in town to watch the sun go down. With lots of fish and meat dishes on offer, the quality of food matches the setting.
More of a coffee bar than a restaurant, Macaronsia is perfect for a sweet treat during your holiday. The contemporary interior is the perfect place to refuel on great tasting coffee and homemade pastries. The staff are lovely too, so it's ideal for children, or if you have a special occasion that requires a lot of cake…
La Pergola could be called a contemporary version of the Fisherman's Inn, with the same stunning views of La Gomera. This restaurant is the kind of place you should visit if you're looking to sample a lobster salad and a very long wine list on a special occasion. The food is wonderful and the portions are good too.
The outside of this small, tucked away restaurant doesn't do justice to the quality of service and food you'll find inside. A great spot for lunch or a casual dinner, El Barco de Nino offers imaginatively presented Spanish dining for a good price.
If you're looking for Italian cuisine, head to the family-run Domu Mia for pizza, pasta and sumptuous meat dishes. Unlike most of the other restaurants in the area, they offer take-away and stay open late, so you can stop off on your way home from the bar for a midnight snack.
Situated towards Playa de la Arena, this newly refurbished restaurant benefits from both indoor and outdoor eating areas. They also host a flamenco stage show every Saturday evening. Don't let the frills distract you from the extensive menu, which includes fish, meat, pizza and salad along with sandwiches, burgers and baguettes. Be sure to make a reservation if you plan to visit at the weekend.
This is the ideal place for hungry carnivores. El Pozo is the best steak house in the area and has been run by the same owners for more than 20 years. You can expect attentive service here – the waiter may even sing to you!
The staff in this cosy Italian great you like family. It's a cosy restaurant, perfect for couples to enjoy an evening meal over a nice glass of wine. Come here for the best fresh pizzas in Puerto de Santiago, followed by a serving of mouth-watering homemade tiramisu.
The Lounge is a wine bar and bistro (breakfast and lunch only over winter) offering good coffee and a proper English breakfast. The chef also makes a mean veggie burger. Despite being in a tourist hot spot, The Lounge prides itself on selling the best in local Spanish wines.
You can't go to Puerto de Santiago without having lunch at the Deli on the Hill. This cute café-come-gift-shop uses locally sourced, and where possible, organic ingredients to make fresh salads and sandwiches to order. They also sell greetings cards, olive oil, honey and Tenerife Chilli Farm products, so you can take home a little taste of your Tenerife holiday.