Restaurant Guide for El Cotillo


  • Before eating, bread and dips are often offered as an appetizer free of charge – on the house! If you are not planning on getting up close to someone afterwards feel free to help yourself. Aioli (garlic sauce), Mojo Rojo (garlic & red pepper sauce) as well as Mojo Verde (garlic sauce with herbs and spices) are very well known Spanish specialties that everyone should try.
  • When you’re finished with dinner, the waiter often brings a round of shots for the table for free. Normally it’s Ron Miel (Honey Rum) which is typical for the Canary Islands and very sweet and delicous. Enjoy!
  • After dinner it is common to pay together and split the amount between all the guests.
  • There’s no guideline for tips. Is it common to bring the amount up to a round figure, but feel free to tip what you think would be adequate

Our restaurant tips for El Cotillo

We took our time to check the restaurants, cafés and bars in El Cotillo and try the different menus. Our favorite dishes and choices can be found on this page – that way you’ll find what you crave, no matter if it’s fresh fish, meat, vegetarian dishes, spanish Tapas or italian food.

La Casa Rustica

Delicious Steak in Casa Rustica
The outside of Casa Rustica

A really rustic place with home-cooked food, set in the heart of El Cotillo, within striking distance of Surfers Beach. I love the ambience of this place plus the food that they serve – especially the gnocchi and the perfectly grilled steak. The seating outside is essentially tables and benches, but is sheltered and welcoming.

Ocean Deli

Ocean Deli
Smoothies in front of the lagoons

One of our personal highlights in El Cotillo: When you are craving some healthy and fresh food, this is the place to go! Different smoothies, juices, wraps, sandwiches, salads and a delicous menu which is changing daily await you. They offer vegan and vegetarion options as well, even for coffee and desserts. You can get a Latte Macciato with Almond or Soy Milk to have it with your vegan apple cake. So good! By the way, they serve the best Brownie in town with tons of chocolate. Perfect after a salty surfsession 🙂

El Goloso – The french bakery

The French Bakery El Goloso
Interiour from the french bakery

The place for breakfast and tea-time: The French bakery in El Cotillo & Lajares. We love the breads, the croissants (almond and raspberry are our office girls’ favorites), the sandwiches, the coffee, and of course the gorgeous range of patisserie. I could eat here all day! Try the pretty little Cabrito goat biscuit – in the shape of the Fuerteventura goat symbol & filled with almond cream or the Trés chocolate tarte – divine!

For breakfast, they offer fresh juices, too, and definitely the best coffee in El Cotillo.

Acorralado: Great spanish Tapas

Arorralado Tapas Bar
A mixed plate in Acorralado

Nice little tapas bar „on the corner“ in the heart of El Cotillo. You will find a good selection of tapas. Recommendation: the red house wine called “vino tinto de la casa”. They have daily changing offers, for example 5 tapas in combination with a bottle of wine. This is a place where the locals eat as well which is always a hint for a good restaurant.

The Seahorse – Pub and Sportsbar in El Cotillo

The Seahorse Spotsbar interior
Homemade hamburger and french fries

Fancy playing some pool, watch the Champions League Soccer game and a cool guiness? The Seahorse is a typical sports bar, also offereing some food. Don’t expect too much, but the home made hamburgers and french fries always work well with a cool pint.

Pizza in Marameo

The italian Pizza bar Marameo
Fresh Pizza at Marameo

Original italian Pizza. The owners, Chiara and Marco, are a really sweet couple from Italy. The Pizza is more for take-away than staying as it’s more a snack bar which shows in the interior. Still, if you decide to stay, the service is really good.

Café Central

Restaurant Café Central in El Cotillo
Fresh Paella at Cafe Central

Lovely setting with excellent food in quality and quantity all at a very reasonable price. The Tapas menu may seem a bit expensive until you get it. Don’t go here if you are on a diet or if you are in a hurry, as this is the perfect restaurant to sit and watch the world go by. All the food is freshly cooked by two people and served by two waiters. People wait around for a table as it is always packed which in our book is a sign of a good restaurant.

La Puntilla – Home made ice cream

The ice cream parlour La Puntilla in El Cotillo
Homemade ice cream in El Cotillo

The ice cream parlour La Puntilla has delicious home-made ice cream and frozen yoghurt for before or after your El Cotillo beach experience (and maybe both). The shop is in walking distance from the Soul Surfer Hotel or the old harbour and faces the sea. Imagine strolling around in the sun with a freshly made ice cream… isn’t that what they call a “holiday”?

By the way, the fruity sorbets are often made without milk or cream, so it’s a great option for vegans!

La Marisma – Fish restaurant

La Marisma in El Cotillo
Delicous Food in La Marisma

The best fish restaurant in town – the “New Marisma”. It now occupies a site (previously rundown) which overlooks the sea and has been considerably tidied up. It is now a very stylish restaurant with a great atmosphere and large panoramic windows from which you have wonderful views of the sunsets. The service at all times throughout the meal is attentive and first class. Whilst the prices might be slightly higher than the other restaurants in El Cotillo it is certainly worth a visit.

La Vaca Azul – Fresh Fish in El Cotillo

Beautiful view from Vaca Azul over the old harbour in El Cotillo
Fresh Fish at Vaca Azul

One of the best restaurants in El Cotillo: Fantastic, charming , efficient, professional service. Great choice of tapas, meat and fish. The grilled fish expertly filleted for you if you wish. Also, the wine card has some excellent choices, especially from the Canary islands!

Ferret’s Dinner – “The Swiss Pub”

Ferrets Dinner Restaurant in El Cotillo
Swiss specialty in Ferrets Dinner

Situated by the playground, you almost feel part of the community. This is a small friendly bar/restaurant, informal with pleasant service. The menu is very limited, but the quality, taste and presentation is excellent. Their chicken curry with banana is spot on, as is the Mexican beef. If you like it swiss style, try the “Rösti” or the cheese fondue.

Not hungry? Never mind! The Swiss Pub is a great place to hang out for a drink or two, either beer, cocktails or some house wine. With every order, they serve a small bowl of their home made popcorn with their special spices! Can you find out what it is?

Punta dell’Est – Italian Restaurant

The italian restaurant Punta dell Est
fresh pasta in punta dell est

Massimo – everyone at FreshSurf knows and loves him. He runs the italian restaurant right next to our surfschool, so the perfect place to go when you come back hungrily after your surf course. Ask for the special FreshSurf menu to get a discount for your lunch.


Nice setting in the restaurant
Fish at El Roque de los Pescadoras Restaurant

Great fish, very friendly & comfortable – watch the sunset! The food is really good and reasonably priced. We recommend the Paella.

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