Where to eat in Santa Cruz de Tenerife: 7 perfect spots

At Marca Canaria we propose a selection of 7 perfect places to eat in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, where the freshness and flavour of the best local ingredients, creativity based on tradition, the experience of great chefs and professionals and the recognition of the customers. Sit back and enjoy the experience. Of course, we recommend that you book first!

Where to eat in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Sabela

We open the list with the centrally located Sabela Bar & Food MarketSabela Bar & Food Market, on Calle Numancia in the capital, a café bar specialising in very attractive, healthy and tasty breakfasts, which are also delivered to your door in attractive boxes. With plenty of fresh, local produce on the menu, Sabela is without doubt the perfect place for brunch, and their exquisite tostas with a thousand and one ingredients are famous. And if you want to have lunch or dinner, their tapas and gourmet products are irresistible, such as the squid croquettes, the salad with mackerel, the sardines in ratatouille with flower cheese or their "perritos falderos" (their delicious hot dogs) among many others. A very well selected wine list and an original decoration make Sabela's one of the best places to eat in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. As they like to say, he who knows, Sabela.

Restaurant San Sebastián 57, Santa Cruz de Tenerife

San Sebastian 57

San Sebastian 57 is led by Cantabrian chef Alberto González Margallo, best chef in the Canary Islands 2018. A very subtle cuisine, which fuses tradition and modernity based on the best fresh and seasonal produce. You can choose between two atmospheres, the classic and sophisticated or the more informal and relaxed atmosphere. Among its dishes, you have the opportunity to try its black wreckfish or tuna tartar, its suckling pig and lamb. They have an executive menu with two starters and two mains plus dessert, which vary every week with the best local produce. The wine list couldn't be better, as the restaurant is home to El Gusto por el Vino, the wine cellar with thousands of wine references: choose your favourite wine and for eight euros it will be served in the restaurant. Other very typical dishes at San Sebastián 57 are its squid, king crab and black garlic aioli; foie and almond micuit; grilled octopus with black potato foam, paprika de la vera and volcanic arbequina; scallop sirloin steak or suckling lamb shank. San Sebastián 57 is undoubtedly an ideal place to eat in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. It is located on the street of the same name in the capital.

Sagrario Tenerife

Tabernacle

Sagrario has a very cosy atmosphere, with fresh flowers, perfect for relaxing after a hectic day. Run by chef Sagrario Pablo, it is without a doubt a restaurant with a very traditional base with local touches. Its very professional and impeccable service will recommend and help you choose from its varied menu. Sagrario's gastronomic offer is of exceptional quality and includes, among many others, its wreckfish en papillon with leeks and carrots, its grandmother's sirloin steak, tuna and salmon with extra virgin olive oil and volcanic salt, asparagus stuffed with baby asparagus with hollandaise sauce au gratin and beans with oxtail as a starter. Full of flavour, Sagrario is located on Guigou street in the capital.

Etñéreo, by Pedro Nel, in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Ethereal by Pedro Nel

A cosy and modern space, Ethereal is a real treat for the senses. It is located in the area of El Toscal, San Antonio street, and is run by the Colombian chef Pedro Nel Restrepo, which is evident in the culinary offer: a commitment to traditional, creative and Latin cuisine , with a touch of the Canary Islands. Among its varied offer, we highlight as an example of flavour and authenticity its meat empanadilla and sriracha sauce (very much from Medellín, Pedro Nel's hometown), wreckfish with sweet potato or wild sea bass with warm vinaigrette and capers. Among the meats off the menu, the pork knuckle in its own juices stands out. Chosen as "Best Restaurant Project 2019" in the Canary Islands Top 10 Restaurants in its IX Edition, 2020. Etéreo also has a great professional team, dedicated to good service, that will make your experience unforgettable.

Solana, in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Solana

Nacho Solana (Arzar, Martín Berasategui, El Bulli) is a lover of the best cuisine and leads the heart of this original restaurant, run by Erika Sanz in the dining room, with a creative cuisine proposal in which the dishes are very carefully prepared, with very balanced textures and an explosion of flavours, made with the best raw materials. At Solana we recommend their tasting menu, and highlight incredible dishes such as the caramelised mille-feuille of foie mi-cuit, apple and smoked cheese; the 63º fried egg with truffle cream; their rice with pigeon thighs and mushrooms; the steak tartar with sweet mustard and black truffle ice cream and the Canarian fish with creamed spinach and sautéed mushrooms. Solana is a pleasure for the senses, without a doubt. It is located in Puerta Canseco street.

Aiko, Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Aiko Sushi

Located on Calle Capitán Gómez Landero, Aiko Sushi is another exceptional offer if you are a fan of Japanese cuisine. It is a Japanese cuisine restaurant specialising in sushi tasting. With a very careful choice of raw materials and detailed presentation of the dishes, Aiko Sushi works magic with the dishes to achieve the best flavour. With a charming staff, this small and cosy restaurant (so we recommend booking in advance), is undoubtedly one of the best places to eat in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Among a wide variety of dishes, we would highlight from their menu their crispy skin temaki, tiger maki, red tuna tartar, usuzukuri, sashimi, sama croquettes, salmon in tempura, horse mackerel tiradito or quail egg nigiris with truffle.

Jaxana, in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Jaxana

Right in the centre of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Jaxana has different spaces where you can enjoy different experiences. From its creative cocktail bar, presided over by a mural of a protective Asian demigod, where events are held from time to time, to the kitchen bar, in front of the open kitchen, where the waiters detail the permoners of the creative Asian dishes full of flavour. Another space is the reserved area, surrounded by latticework, also available for private events; the originally decorated dining room with backlit wooden wall and its cellar of excellent wines ( tastings of the best wines or creative cocktail masterclasses, afterworks with the best brands of spirits, tastings of premium beers are regularly held at Jaxana). Of course all these events are enlivened with the best Asian cuisine: Spéciale Daniel Sorlut ® oysters from No. 2, raised in salt water from Marennes and cold water from Normandy, nigiris, usuzukuri, tartares, maki sushi, dumplings, woks or their specialties in robatayaki will not disappoint you. An ideal place to eat in Santa Cruz de Tenerife for lovers of Japanese cuisine, without a doubt.

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