Puerto del Rosario has some of the best off the tourist trail restaurants on the Island of Fuerteventura. If you didn’t know the town it is easy to think there is nothing going on but how wrong could you be. There is always good food and a fiesta going on in this capital town of Fuerteventura. You will find some of the best local food here and almost any other cuisine of the world. These are my top favorites.
I think the important part to remember is that the Puerto del Rosario restaurants feed the locals so if they are not good they do not stay in business very long. So when you do come here you cannot really get a bad meal but I am here to tell you my favorites. I have been doing a lot of research for you.
Puerto del Rosario has so many different types of food for a small locals town, you could get anything from Indian, Japanese, Italian and of course there is the local Canarian cuisine.
The local food consists of papas, that is small potatos that are cooked traditionally in sea water back when they did not have access to fresh drinking water as you do today, now they are cooked in very salted water and served with the local sauces called Mojo. These can be red or green, Mojo Verde or Mojo Rojo. You will also find in local Canarian cuisine fresh fish (pescado), Spanish peppers (pimientos de Padrón) and garlic prawns fried in olive oil to name a few.
Let’s take a few minutes to talk about Spanish hours Lunch is from about 2pm but most restaurants do open by 1-1:30pm and stay open until about 4pm. For dinner they will open between 7-8pm and stay open until 11 or later. Now lets get on to the 5 restaurants I have narrowed it down to, this task was harder than I anticipated.
My Favorite Traditional Canarian restaurant is La Jaira de Demian they serve all the dishes, papas, octopus, peppers I wrote about above and they do so in a more fine dining restaurant style.
They also have a daily chef special which I do recommend if it is your first time trying Canarian food, we got the six items on the chef special, two entrees, two mains, two desserts and shared them all the first time we went there the other times we have always just ordered off there specials of the day menu or the full menu. They also do very good cocktails, I love the Canarian grown cactus cocktail made for the fruits of the prickly pear cactus the colours is a deep pink, very sweet and delicious. The La Jaira de Demian is located on Calle La Cruz, 26 and is open from Tuesday to Saturday 1-4pm & 8-11pm and Sunday Lunch time only.
My second favourite restaurant in Puerto del Rosario is an Italian restaurant called Ciao Mare.
They specialise in pizza. The pizza has a traditional Italian base called “Tirata” it is a thin base with a thicker crust that is matured over 24 hours which they say makes it easier for the body to digest and most importantly is delicious, they are also cooked in the specially crafted pizza oven. It is Definitely worth the visit. A lot of the specialty ingredients are sourced from Italy, like one of my favourite starters, the ‘Bufala campana’ the buffalo milk and cream mozzarella cheese served on a platter with capers, tomato, anchovies and peppers. There service is always great, we now know the same lady that serves us every time we go she speaks English and Spanish so helps us as we ordered. There is also an English menu if you need it. The Ciao Mare is located on Calle García Escámez, 17 and is open Wednesday, Friday Saturday, Sunday 1pm-12am.
My third favourite is called Cafeteria Son Son and is what I would almost describe as an American diner but Spanish style.
A great place to grab a quick bite for Breakfast, lunch or dinner or after a few evening drinks its open until 1:30 in the weekends. Their ingredients are fresh. The menu consists of many options of bocadillos that’s a large filled roll filled with almost everything you wish. They also have filled croissants, burgers and more. They also have fries that are huge and you can get them covered with cheese and ham, not for those watching their weight but definitely worth a try. They also have a good selection of freshly squeezed juice, my favourite is the Zumo Zanahorias, that’s a carrot juice. Just like an American diner you can also get a selection of extravagant desserts. For the unfussy quick easy meal Son and Son is the best in town. Cafeteria Son Son is located on Calle León y Castillo, 23 and is open 7am – 12am daily (1:30am in the weekend) closed Sunday.
For a more home cooked Canarian restaurant go to La Taberna or The Bar/Tavern as it translates to in English.
This place is what I would imagine a Canarian grandma would cook for her family, good hearty food. It has a good beer selection to go along with the food. They speak a little English and are so helpful you feel very well looked after every time you go. The highlight for me is their tortilla pescado, which is a Spanish omelette with lightly smoked white fish.
They also do a Carne Fiesta, which translates to meat party, and this is perfectly cooked pork with delicious light gravy over fries and few vegetables.
There is also a very good range of the local Canarian beer Dorada. They are all good but I like the Dorada special with honey. There’s also a great selection of superb wines. La Taberna is located in Calle Dr. Fleming, 4. Normal Spanish hours.
The fifth best eat in Puerto del Rosario is La despensa de Maria. I recommend this place for a quick coffee and cake or an evening cocktail and tapas (small plates).
They do a great job of both. Sometimes the service is a little slow but the food, coffee and cocktails are worth the wait. La Despensa de Maria is located Calle León y Castillo, 38. They are open evenings 8pm until late and Friday Saturday 1pm- 4:30pm.
There you have it my selection of the five best eats of Puerto del Rosario This blog was harder to narrow down than I thought it would be. A few more places I enjoy are La Chica del pomodoro which is an Italian place, great food and right on the water. Then for coffee and a sandwich there is Candela Patio just to name a couple more. Enjoy the great food! Adiós and Bye.