Gran Hotel: Only High Rise on the island
Even if you cant stay at the 5* Gran Hotel, go through reception, take the elevator to the 17th floor and have a coffee and cake served with the best views on the island for 6 euros.
Or eat a full meal in the restuarant (main courses from 10 euros).
Pity that the outside looks more like a 60's tenement block than grand hotel.
Favorite Dish: Langoustino's al ajo. (Giant prawns in garlic).
Pescado (Fresh local fish.)
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Castillo de San Jose, Arrecife: Eat in a castle
This miniature castle is home to a permanent art exhibition of mostly Abstract Expressionism, but it also houses a very smart restaurant in the basement.
The basement of this castle has had an architectural makeover, with wraparound glass windows offering wonderful views over the cruise ship harbour and Atlantic Oceab. This is 'the' place to eat and linger over a bottle of the local El Grifo, surrounded by works of Picasso, Miro and the local art-god Cesar Manrique.
There is a small charge to enter the castle and view its art works when accessed by walking over the tiny drawbridge from the car park. Otherwise walk down the volcanic steps by the side of the car park and enter the restaurant for free. But if you wander in wearing beachwear or shorts, expect some huffy looks from the waiters and the smartly dressed diners.
Favorite Dish: Langoustinos in Garlic and Local fresh fish of the day with Canarian papas arugadas and mojo sauce. the fish is straight from the fishing boats nearby, you really cant beat it, I love the simplicity of fresh fish with just a splattering of garlic and a good olive oil. They also do steak and chicken dishes.
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Cofradia de los pescadores de San Gines: Arrecife: Good fish, good price
Local athmosphere in a fishermen restaurant. It's an inexpensive restaurant but there's not menu and the staff don't speak English. You'd better speak Spanish here.
Favorite Dish: 'Fritura de pescado variado' (fried mixed fish)
Los Molinos: Eat Tapas like the locals
Los Molinos is located near the port area, a short walk from the main shopping streets and on the main route between the cruise ship port and the town.
This is one of the cheapest and best tapas bars in Arrecife. It can get busy. There are a few seats inside and around the bar, but many more outside under sun umbrellas. Speedy service and friendly waiter. It helps if you can speak a little Spanish but its not crucial. The menu is posted just inside the door to the seating area, or go into the bar and have a look at the chilled cabinet.
Favorite Dish: Pollo (chicken served with chips). tasty and finger lickin!
Pescado a la plancha (grilled fish) just a gorgeous tasty dish I love here
Gabanzos (chick pea stew with beef) lovely
most tapas are about 2.50 euros a dish and its always served with bread, most dishes come with extras, like chips or papas arugadas (the local tiny potatoes)
Restaurante Lilium: Affordable fine dining - foodie heaven
Early 2010, Restaurante Lilium relocated from Tias to downtown Arrecife, Lanzarote. The owner Orlando has been trained by some of the finest chefs in to world, but more than this he has a passion for food and wine that he communicates with every gesture of his hands and every twinkle of his eyes. He is proud to serve food and wine from his island as well as cherry picking the best from around the world. The food flavours and combinations are superb with a wide choice. The wines are so numerous that they spill off the list and stack up waste high around the walls. All with clearly labeled prices. The décor is modern Gastro Bar, not overly formal but certainly stylish and you can take it to romance/formal/fun as you wish. The service is outstanding with Orlando taking a personal interest in all of his customers. The only area we agreed to differ was that I am not a fan of goats cheese and despite Lanzarote making some of the finest in the world he did not convert me, if you like it, this is goats cheese heaven. Prices are lower than you would expect based on this review, and as almost everything is available at half portion or even Tapas portion, you only pay for what you want to eat. At 9:15pm we got the last unreserved table and were about the third table seated, people were still arriving after 11pm. At lunch time, Orlando provides Tapas of the highest quality. Most of the tables were full by 3pm though it was quieter earlier.
Favorite Dish: The fish is heavenly, the pork belly surprisingly elegant, the Malvasia Seco white wines from Teyga and El Grifo are fabulous.