El Diablo

Price guide: Mid-range

Islote de Hilario, Timanfaya National Park, Lanzarote

Price guide: Mid-range

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By Jane Egginton, your Lanzarote expert

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#30 of 30
expert-rated restaurants in Lanzarote
Expert overall rating:3.7 out of 5
Food and drink:
3.7
3.7
Ambience:
3.9
3.9
Service:
3.6
3.6
Location:
4.1
4.1
Value for money:
3.7
3.7
Recommended for:
Couples, Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, Singles, Great views / scenery, People watching

Expert review of El Diablo

Unique restaurant serving steak and kebabs cooked on a volcano in Timanfaya National Park.

I have been to some pretty way out restaurant locations in my time, but I have never been to one where you can eat your meal freshly cooked on a volcano. Gimmicky it may be, but it is a fun place, with panoramic views over the national park, where the sleeping volcano is prodded to emit a dramatic burst of steam for eager tourists with their cameras.

Food and drink: 

The food is fine, rather than spectacular, like the views and location. Our steaks and kebabs were juicy, although we all agreed our portions were a little on the small side. 

Recommended dishes: 

Steak and any kind of meat is the thing here, that has been cooked on the 400 degree heat of the dormant volcano. There are fish and vegetarian dishes on offer, too.

Ambience: 

The floor-to-ceiling circular glass restaurant was designed by the famous local architect Cesar Manrique, and is nothing short of spectacular. Panoramic views across the lunar landscape provide an atmospheric backdrop to your meal.

Service: 

It seems obvious to me that the staff are more than a little jaded from all the tourists that stream in here day after day and as a result can be a little brusque.

Location: 

It's in an extraordinary location, at the Islote de Hilario in the middle of the dramatic landscape of the Timanfaya National Park. 

Price advice: 

Expect to pay around 15 euros for a steak with a small portion of vegetables. Bear in mind that you are paying higher prices because of the location.

Tables to book: 

Try to get a table on the 'outer circle' of the restaurant for the best view.

More information on El Diablo:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Bar, Restaurant
Food:
Spanish, Steak
Address:
Islote de Hilario, Timanfaya National Park, Lanzarote
Telephone:
928 173105
Website:
http://www.centrosturisticos.com
Serves:
Lunch
Opening times:
Restaurant: daily noon-3.30pm. Cafe: daily 9am-5pm.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Suggested

Have you been to El Diablo? Would you recommended it?