It’s a special occasion, you want somewhere intimate on Tenerife to share a memorable meal with the person you love; somewhere that’s just a little bit different – somewhere with a magical ambience.
If there’s even the slightest flicker of romance in your soul I’m guessing going to an Indian in Costa Adeje for a curry wouldn’t fit the bill. This was a suggestion from a punter on Tripadvisor last week. Reading it brought on a Jesse Pinkman moment – ‘going for a curry for a special and romantic dinner… SERIOUSLY?’
When I think of restaurants on Tenerife where invisible cupids might be circling the tables, I think of places James Bond might be happy to take Vesper Lynd without worrying about getting madras splashes all over his white tux.
These are the 007 restaurants I’d choose when I wanted to eat somewhere with a licence to thrill.
I’ll stop all the cheesy Bond references now, honest.
Las Rocas, Costa Adeje
You might be in a restaurant in the heart of the biggest resort area on Tenerife but it feels as though you could be dining in an exotic restaurant miles from anywhere. Las Rocas juts out over the ocean as though it’s completely detached from the rest of Costa Adeje. Most romantic spot is a table on the terrace where the golden sunset draws your gaze out to sea. If celebrating Valentine’s Day it might be a bit on the nippy side so choose wisely; a chunky woolly cardigan might kill the mood.
Hotel Jardin Tropical, C/Gran Bretaña, near Playa Bobo, Costa Adeje; +34 902 25 02 51; open 10am to 11pm daily
Los Roques, Los Abrigos
I don’t know about you, but dining beside pretty harbours has always seemed incredibly romantic to me. There aren’t that many places on Tenerife where you get a mix of small harbour, attractive restaurant and good food. Los Roques in Los Abrigos ticks all three boxes. Make sure to book a table on the small terrace for that silvery moon on the water magical view.
Read our full review of Los Roques for more details.
Terrazas del Sauzal, El Sauzal
Terrazas del Sauzal is another peach of a place for a sunset dinner. However, don’t let the romantic moment fizzle by spending to much time gazing lovingly at the views along the north coast and Mount Teide rather than gazing lovingly into your partner’s eyes. The food is imaginative and full of tastebud-wowing flavour whilst the setting, in the grounds of a colonial mansion, is the delicious icing on the cake.
Read our full review of Terrazas del Sauzal for more details.
Lucas Maes, La Orotava
Lucas Maes is numero uno choice for us when it comes to romantic dining. Firstly, it is one of THE best restaurants on Tenerife (that’s not in a ‘Flora’s Fish and Chip shop is the best restaurant on Tenerife’ by someone who’s only ever eaten at Flora’s Fish and Chip shop sort of way. Lucas is considered one of the top Tenerife chefs). Secondly, it’s only about a 15 minute walk from our house, so the wine can flow and flow without worrying about who’s driving or trying to grab an elusive taxi. Thirdly, the food is get-down-on-your-knees-and-worship-it good. Finally, it’s lush… literally as well as in the Welsh definition of the word.
Read our full review of Lucas Maes for more details.
El Monasterio, Los Realejos
El Monasterio on the slopes of a volcanic cone overlooking the Orotava Valley wouldn’t make it onto my list of best restaurants on Tenerife, but as a venue for a romantic occasion it is quite special. There’s a reason why Canarios choose El Monasterio as the place to celebrate the start of married life together. During the day it’s lovely, by night it is exquisitely beautiful.
Read our full review of El Monasterio for more details.
La Rosa di Bari, Puerto de la Cruz
There’s no view to distract, La Rosa di Bari lies on a narrow street in the fishermen’s district of Puerto de la Cruz, but it is a stylish elegant Italian restaurant where you have to dress to kill if you don’t want to look drab against the sumptuous décor. When it comes to romantic dining you’ve got to have an Italian restaurant in there; If getting it together over a plate of pasta is good enough for Lady and the Tramp, it’s good enough for me – preferably not spaghetti bolognese though.
Read our full review of La Rosa di Bari for more details.
El Burgado, Buenavista del Norte
This is one case of love on the rocks which you won’t mind as the restaurant is perched on the coast on the far north west of Tenerife. The billowing fishing nets on the terrace of El Burgado is the sort of place Robinson Crusoe might have chosen for an intimite dinner if he’d teamed up with Woman Friday instead of Man Friday. On the other hand, who are we to make assumptions? It would be equally romantic if he’d have preferred a romantic sunset meal with Man Friday.
Where Las Rocas in Costa Adeje might give the illusion of being away from it all, El Burgado really is.
Playa de las Arenas, Buenavista del Norte; +34 922 127 831 open midday to 9pm daily
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