How Many of These Five Beautiful Alfresco Restaurants in Tenerife do you know?
What better way to welcome the warm summer weather then by relaxing on a terrace with a cold drink, tasty food and glorious views.You know the kind of restaurant? So beautiful that you want to keep it to yourself. Well, because we love our My Guide Tenerife visitors so much, we’re going to let you in on five of our favourite alfresco dining spots that are miles off the beaten track.
Our first pick is El Risco in San José de los Llanos in the north-west of the island. This is bohemian gem is hidden amongst lush vegetation and offers weekly live music, a welcoming atmosphere and delicious homemade food.
To get here you’ll need a car (or a knowledgeable taxi driver!) and there will be some windy roads to traverse, but your efforts with be duly rewarded when you sit under one of their colourful umbrellas on the quirky furniture while pondering under pine trees with an ice-cold drink.
Sunday afternoons are especially recommended with live acoustic music from local legends such a Jose Arbelo; it’s impossible not to soak up the good vibes and be reminded that the best things in life don’t have to cost a fortune.
Second up is the Rincon de Las Estrellas or the hide-out of the Stars, named due to its diamond-clear night skies and exceptional reputation for one of the best places to go for star-gazing. You’d never find this quirky restaurant and music venue in the hills above the south airport unless you were looking for it, but once found, never forgotten!
Situated behind an ostrich farm, you can admire the strutting birds as you sit around the pool on Asian style floor mats, bean bags and low sofas, sipping on cold Canarian white wine, and nibbling oriental dishes prepared by a fantastic chef who trained in Japan.
They even have a musical instrument room which is free to use for anybody who fancies a jam, as well as regular live music events.
Third on the list is La Tajea in Fañabe, a gorgeous finca with a laid-back vibe, an organic veggie menu and eye-popping views.
Check out their excavated yoga cave, organic allotments and houses made from recycled wood before taking a seat under the straw umbrellas to enjoy a panoramic eyeful of azure ocean blue in front, and soaring mountains behind.
The delicious healthy menu showcases their own produce and varies depending on the week’s harvest. They also have a home-made pizza oven, from which emerge some of the most amazing pizzas we have ever tried on the island.
La Tajea is open for pizza parties on Saturday night and has a full menu on Sunday afternoon featuring various dishes, pizzas and desserts.
La Barraca in Candelaria is pure sophisticated-chic, offering Asian décor, lounge beds, and private pods with sofas surrounded by drapes.
Open day and night, their signature dish is their Risotto but they also have a specials menu with an array of options such as seafood croquettes and Canarian cheese parcels, to enjoy alongside a fruity cocktail, cold beer or shisha pipe.
This is a fantastic place to come on a date or to spend the night chatting on the beds and listening to deep house music. To ensure a bed or pod at the weekend it is best to reserve beforehand.
Last, but definitely not least, is the Mana Nui Chiringuito, a beachfront bar with a multi-level terrace overlooking a secluded bay below Montaña Amarilla (yellow mountain) in Costa Silencio.
Sip a mojito on a deckchair after a refreshing dip, then soak up the sun’s rays while looking out over volcanic sandstone patterns and turquoise waters. Be sure to take your snorkelling gear with you as this protected area is one of the best spots to find a diverse variety of sealife which is also a very popular area for scuba diving.
There are cold drinks and snacks on offer, as well as a various BBQ options to choose from.
For more fantastic dining options on the island, check out our comprehensive Tenerife Restaurants guide.