We went to this restaurant since it was recommended in my travel guide, and everything I had read about it was wonderful. It is in a centric and pedestrian area, close to the Guimerá Theater.
We had had a full day sightseeing and we ended up dining quite late, so the place was full (there was a waiting line), so we had to wait a while, but we stayed in the bar drinking something meanwhile. It is a traditional restaurant that has been active since 1893.
The restaurant is found in a typical house from the Canary Islands, with two floors. In the first floor you find the bar and a few tables, and the dining room is in the back. From there you access the patio and the stairs that take you to the second floor, where there are many small dining rooms. They have maintained the house's original structure, so the rooms are small.
The decoration is very original, with antiquities and typical and traditional objects of the island (ancient radios and books, paintings...). It was one of our best meals in the island. We ordered everything to share, following the waiter's recommendations. You could also order half dishes.
We chose the goat cheese grilled with "mojo", a traditional sauce, sautéed sweet blood sausage with pine nuts and caramelized onion (spectacular), stuffed mushrooms (I didn't like them so much) and pork sirloin stuffed with "almogrote" (a cheese from the island). Everything was really good and the plates were huge (even the half dishes), so we were too full for dessert.
Despite being full, once we sat down the service was quick, without having to wait between dishes. Also, for what we ate and the quality, I thought it was quite cheap, 21 Euros per person, including a bottle of wine. Now I understand why it is always so full and why it is so famous. I really recommend the place. The restaurant's website is www.Lahierbita.Com and the phone number +34 922 24 46 17.
El Puntero is (I think) the only "guachinche" (a typical tavern) left in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. It is a small place, with a bar and hall that take you to a small room with a few tables where you can enjoy the best local food in the city and, specifically, the best fish.
Even though it is quite full at noon, it is easy to get a table for dinner. This place is exclusively for eating good and cheap, so the coffee must be drank elsewhere. But it is worth it, very good food, familiar environment, as if you were in a small town's canteen, but in downtown Santa Cruz.
In the small square of San Francisco, there's a nice shady part of the old town of Santa Cruz, the tavern The Rebotica offers a central and quiet place to eat well. It's now a non-smoking facility. It offers lots of seafood starters, and other dishes such as mushrooms coated with guacamole, but mostly islanders canaro cheese, fish, squid, baby squid tapas and kibble, sausage, chickpeas.You can also ask to see the menu, there are great starters, like the octopus salad or asparagus, for your main meal you can try a pork dish with rich palm honey. It was a pity that we couldn't use the terrace as it was raining outside. For dessert, if you want something local, try "mus de gofio mus bienmesabe".
This place offers good taste in every way. The place and the food are great. The cheese croquettes and the toasts were delicious. For dessert, they have a variety of homemade cakes, each one better than the last. The deal is great. Definitely a nice place to stay.
The Palmelita's Bakery and Cafe offer excellent pastry specialties. It's a European bakery and confectionery with establishments in Low tide, San Cristobal de La Laguna and Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Founded in 1968 at Low Tide, Tenerife, it has made a name for itself with its excellent pies, its variety of bread, its jams and its high quality chocolates. There are locations at Castle Street, 9, Santa Cruz de Tenerife; Calle Costa and Grijalva, 12, Santa Cruz de Tenerife; Plaza de la Concepción, Bethlehem Building, San Cristobal La Laguna; Avenue Great Power, Building Piscinas, Low Tide; Carretera General Bajamar - Punta del Hidalgo, 171, Low Tide.
In the style of Tommy Mel's franchises, which has a fifties ambiance, which prosper on the peninsula, but with nothing to envy. The food is no better or worse and the treatment is the same, the only difference is that the premises is small, with all the disadvantages. Any burger and milkshake are recommended, generous portions and imported drinks at reasonable prices. You can get a Dr.Pepper like in the movie Forrest Gump. A place to enjoy
The Maguro is an Izakaya Japanese restaurant that I visited when I was on holiday. I must admit that I am a lover of Japanese cuisine and wherever I go I try to find the best or at least the most authentic places, since new trends have seen Chinese restaurants being more popular than Japanese, but there is a difference in the quality of these. The Maguro was not disappointingd: well-crafted fusion Makis, an excellent salad with squidand some yakisoba that unfortunately did not reach the level of the other dishes. Other diners asked for different types of maki and everyone left the restaurant happy. The service was great - it's a nice local place to go back and try some of their specialties like sashimi "bull".
La Tasca San Jose is located in Santa Cruz, close to the seafront when you go up Bethencourt Alfonso street. It is known for its pleasant shaded terrace as this is the point where the street becomes a pedestrian street. They serve food traditionally from Canaria and the peninsular, such as potatoes with gravy, steamed, grilled fish ... Inside there is a room downstairs and a first floor with dining tables. It is a popular place for families, friends, young people... it has good tapas and you can always eat for cheap, for example chopping salads and olives. The great dishes cost around ten euros. The selection of drinks, wine and beer is not very wide but it is a good price.
Walking through Santa Cruz I was struck by the water bowls for dogs that were outside bakeries - go and check it out, it's a terrific detail for those who have pets-Looking up I saw a bakery with modern decor, not very big but full of people, so we went in. I felt like I was in a dream: chocolates, cakes mousse type, all of the most varied flavours ... a sweetie of "Peta zetas"? Mojito mousse??, Among other things, you can't resist the counter. It's dinner time, so I hope the photos make you hungry!
This is a really wonderful restaurant. It offers a good deal with much variety of delicious pizza. The service isn't bad, I would change some of the waiters. The spaghetti with garlic, shrimp and spinach were to die for. I really loved it. It's a shame that I can't go more. 100% recommended. Ahhh and red Lambrusco is great.