Santa Cruz de Tenerife Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

November 29, 2017 Carley Gatson

Santa Cruz de Tenerife (commonly abbreviated as Santa Cruz (/ˌsæntəˈkruːz/, Spanish: [santaˈkɾuθ, -ˈkɾus], locally [sãtaˈkɾu]) is a global city (with Sufficiency status) and capital (jointly with Las Palmas) of the Canary Islands, the capital of Province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, and of the island of Tenerife. Santa Cruz has a population of 206,593 (2013) within its administrative limits. The urban zone of Santa Cruz extends beyond the city limits with a population of 507,306 and 538,000 within urban area. It is the second largest city in the Canary Islands and the main city on the island of Tenerife, with nearly half the island population living in or around it.
Things to do in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

1. Taberna Ramon

Rambla General Franco, 56 | also known as Rambla de Santa Cruz, 56, 38004 Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Tenerife, Spain Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Mediterranean, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +34 922 24 13 67
Excellent
62%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Taberna Ramon

Reviewed By Amanda H - Paris, France

Nice local food, friendly waiters, not expensive. Had fish of the day, delicious, simply fried and served with potatoes and a herby sauce. Good pudding though I don’t know the name but the waiter recommended it(yoghurt with honey and some sort of crushed biscuit, possibly)....MoreMuchas Gracias por la descripción de nuestro negocio y servicio Amanda. Un saludo.

2. Solana Restaurante

Avenida Angel Guimera 37 | Debajo de la plaza Weyler, 38003 Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Tenerife, Spain Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Mediterranean, European, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Late Night +34 922 24 37 80
Excellent
67%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 282 reviews

Solana Restaurante

Reviewed By elmerlisa - Hornchurch, United Kingdom

Visited Santa Cruz for a week's holiday in September and did the usual of look up restaurants before leaving to see recommendations. Solana definitely caught our eye, as it was a Michelin guide recommended and as I understand the Chef/Owner worked at and was trained by Head Chef, Ferran Adriá, of the famous El Bulli. So upon Reading reviews on this restaurant before visiting it definitely sounded like somewhere we would want to go. We had our table booked for 9.00pm, and arrived in our taxi about 8.50pm. We could see straight away we were the only people here, we walked to the door and saw a lady who we now know as the Wife/Owner and a young man who appeared to be the Waiter. Both saw us coming and turned and walked away and disappeared out the back, we thought this odd. We waited some 5 minutes before each of them reappeared the lady gave us a half hearted smile, and gestured to us to sit anywhere, which we did. She handed us a menu each along with a wine menu, and made it clear it was in Spanish, and that she couldn't translate. We had read about the 7 course tasting menu and had already decided we would go for that, to get a taste of everything. She muttered in broken English about the tasting menu, but proceeded to say again she couldn't possibly translate into English as it changed so frequently this would be something they wouldn't do, but it was said with such a tone, like we were really a bother. We ordered the tasting menu, and explained a dry wine, and hoped for the best. I tried to make light of it all, trying to speak to the Waiter, who again, had no English, I tried to talk to the Lady, but she was more concerned with moving her car from spot to spot outside the restaurant, it was just too difficult. The wine arrived, which was nice, and first course arrived very soon after. I couldn't tell you what each course was, as none of it was explained. Some of it was obvious, of course you know, certain foods as they are self explanatory. I did ask the waiter to ask the Chef to let me know one of the courses, as it wasn't easy to determine what it was, and the Chef did come out and explain. Each of the 7 courses though I can say were amazing, these were some of the best dishes I have ever eaten, and I have eaten in some of the best Michelin Star Restaurants both in London and abroad, and this food was OUTSTANDING. I need to make it clear, I cannot fault any of the food, even the Service in itself was quick, just too quick. It was like they wanted us out as quick as possible. I go for an evening out and want to enjoy each dish, each glass of wine, it's all about the ambience as well as the food. Unfortunately, this had no ambience, and they served us so quick, we got through 7 courses and a bottle of wine in 55 minutes. Not my idea of a enjoyable relaxing evening. We tried to slow it down, it just wasn't possible. We would have definitely stayed for another bottle of wine, we are not adverse to spending money, I just didn't want to give them anymore of my money, as they didn't deserve it. The last 15 minutes of our meal, a lot of people started arriving, mainly Spanish, these were so welcomed with literately open arms, we barely got a smile. So, to sum up, this restaurant deserves 5++++ Stars for it's food, AMAZING, it's just a shame it is let down so bad by front of house. When we paid and was about to leave, even the bill wasn't too worrying, she didn't even say Thank You or acknowledge our leaving, she just carried on with what she was doing. This Chef is working his magic in the kitchen, and he has no idea what's happening out front. I have seen so many reviews of how wonderful both the food and front of house are, and the Owner/Wife so welcoming, I can only assume we had her on a really bad day, because so many reviews can't be wrong. But I can honestly say, from our experience I have never been made to feel so out of place and uncomfortable in a restaurant than I did at Solana. I loved Santa Cruz and would go back, but I will never visit this restaurant again, even if the food was some of the best I have ever eaten, what a shame.

3. Historias Para No Dormir

Camino de Taborno S/N | Carretera Las Mercedes, Cordilliera De Anaga, 38294 Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Tenerife, Spain Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol French, Mediterranean, European Lunch, Dinner +34 922 69 02 27
Excellent
58%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 167 reviews

Historias Para No Dormir

Reviewed By Haavard - Stord, Norway

We arrived Taborno village saturday approx. 2 pm, after some nice walking hours from Taganana via Afur. The restaurant was full, all tables booked or occupied, but we were lucky that one booking was cancelled just after our arrival. In total less than 10 tables, so advisable to book in advance.
They offered a 3-course dinner; a starter consisting of nice salads incl. ommelette, a choice of I guess 8 main courses, and a choice of 4-5 cakes for dessert. And we got huge portions of tasteful food. All this at the price of <15 euros p.p..
It seemed most of the diners were locals (spanish speaking), but the waitress made us feel welcome from our arrival.
You wouldn't expect to find such a restaurant in a small village up in the Mountains. I assume it must be the high quality only that can keep a place like this going. Very nice experience.

4. Tasca De la Mar el Mero

Calle Rosa 11, 38002 Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Tenerife, Spain Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol Italian, Mediterranean, European, Spanish Dinner +34 697 39 76 96
Excellent
70%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 245 reviews

Tasca De la Mar el Mero

Reviewed By Hanna P

What a fabulous first night in Santa Cruz. Despite us speaking very little Spanish we were made to feel so welcome. No written menu or wine list but we followed Senora's recommendations and had amazing steak,chips and tomato salad... and a lemon postre.. so tasty! Thoroughly recommend!

5. El Porron Tasca Andaluza

Calle Antonio Dominguez Alfonso 36, 38003 Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Tenerife, Spain Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Takeout Mediterranean, Spanish, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +34 922 15 18 67
Excellent
74%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 143 reviews

El Porron Tasca Andaluza

Tapas Bar and restaurant located in the central area known as the &apos;Calle de la Noria&apos;. It has a great variety of dishes from the Andalusian cuisine, as well as the Canarian, with a special shout out to fresh seafood. &apos;El Porrón&apos; offers a superb gastronomic experience. Do not miss it! Visit us and see it for yourself!

Reviewed By Merikus

To say this restaurant is extraordinary would be an understatement. This was the finest meal we had in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, and you simply must eat here.
The owner, who served us himself, recommended several dishes that blew our minds. From the special mussels that were larger and sweeter than any mussels we’ve had before in our lives, to the avocado tartar, to the Ibearian pork, everything was of the highest quality.
The restaurant is small, but ask to sit at the bar if a table is unavailable and they will let you in. Enjoy, it is simply amazing!

6. Restaurante Kazan

Paseo Milicias de Garachico 1 Planta 0 Local 5, 38002 Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Tenerife, Spain Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +34 922 24 55 98
Excellent
69%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 754 reviews

Restaurante Kazan

Reviewed By GianLondon - London

Magic place with amazing food. Staff was very friendly, provided good explanation for the food.
I particularly enjoyed sashimi, a very tasty soup with the most delicious clam I ever had in my life.
Tasting menu: very recommended.
It’s a pity there is no wine pairing options, but they were happy to provide different wine by the glass option

7. Restaurante Los Pinchitos

Calle Guillen 14, 38120 Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Tenerife, Spain Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Spanish, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +34 922 54 92 83
Excellent
66%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 447 reviews

Restaurante Los Pinchitos

Reviewed By bb1review

We had lunch in this restaurant and yes it was freaking crowded. We just mingled among the locals and demanded a table for two. After 25 mins we've been served, the staff was extremely busy but didn't forget about us. It was extremely loud since the place was full, but we soon got rewarded for waiting to be seated. The fish we had was really awesome! Do not order too many dishes, since the portions are quite big. The plates that were brought to the table next to us looked very good as well and yes it's hard to choose from the menu. Everything tasted real good and we can definitely recommend this place for seafood!
Don't be turned down by the crowd inside or by the way the place looks like. It's not a fancy place but one where you get value from your money.

8. D' Tapas, 26

Calle Teobaldo Power 26, 38002 Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Tenerife, Spain Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards Mediterranean, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch HK$94 - HK$243 +34 637 56 42 02
Excellent
72%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 222 reviews

D' Tapas, 26

Spanish tapas, tartar, local cuisine and selection of wines

Reviewed By mirabilisPP - West Sussex, United Kingdom

Had a lunch and dinner here during our 5 day break in Santa Cruz. Very reasonably priced, excellent service and good food. 4 Tables outside and 4 inside. Small menu but with good choice of tapas and also portions. So plenty to choose from whether...MoreDear mirabilisPP I, thank you very much for taking the time and sharing your opinion of D'Tapas,26. We are happy to know you enjoy our food and service. We much appreciate you comments. We hope to see you soon. Jose Luis Duque

9. La Oliva Del Toscal

Calle San Martin 58, 38001 Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Tenerife, Spain Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards Fusion, International, Mediterranean Lunch, Dinner HK$165 - HK$251 +34 677 15 78 47
Excellent
54%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 166 reviews

La Oliva Del Toscal

Reviewed By Hillymat

Visited this restaurant last week whilst in Santa Cruz with my girlfriends on a short holiday, what a find; this is a gorgeous restaurant. It has a lovely cosy Spanish feel, the service was beyond excellent and similarly the food matched the service. The croquetas were sublime, the Deserts are on another level absolutely fantastic; and if that isn't good enough the cost of our meal was incredibly reasonable. If you are in Santa Cruz this is a restaurant you have to visit. Wonderful in every respect, I cannot fault it in any way and a rating of excellent is not really sufficient, its beyond excellent.

10. Restaurante Sagrario

Calle Doctor Guigou 37, 38001 Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Tenerife, Spain Reservations, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Seating, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner HK$290 - HK$534 +34 922 10 27 88
Excellent
64%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 370 reviews

Restaurante Sagrario

Reviewed By Susan C - Barnard Castle, United Kingdom

Close to our hotel, this traditional restaurant is a delight for fish lovers. Service was immaculate, our table was tucked away next to the lobster/crab/shellfish tank which was fascinating. (We called on spec – booking is recommended). We were very pleased with all our choices for starters and mains. Our starters were King crab tartar and a truly excellent tuna carpaccio. We both had hake to follow, done in different ways. All very good. We did not think it was expensive, given the very high standards of quality and service.

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