Emma's Cantina

Price guide: Budget

Calle Teide 20, Puerto Del Carmen, 35510

Price guide: Budget

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By Jane Egginton, your Puerto Del Carmen expert

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#5 of 10
expert-rated restaurants in Puerto Del Carmen
Expert overall rating:4.2 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.4
4.4
Ambience:
4
4.0
Service:
4.1
4.1
Location:
3.8
3.8
Value for money:
3.7
3.7
Recommended for:
Families with teenagers, First-time travellers, Foodies, Mature travellers, Singles, Relaxation, Trendiness

Expert review of Emma's Cantina

Lanzarote's best Mexican restaurant: authentic, delicious and fun.

As someone who knows Mexico well, I can vouch for the authenticity of the food here: Emma may not sound Mexican, but she is, and cares passionately about what she serves to her customers. This is one of the best restaurants in Puerto del Carmen and one I never get bored of going back to.

Food and drink: 

Expect all the Mexican classics, such as nachos, fajitas and chimichangas, with lots of good vegetarian options, as well as a kid's menu. Those who don't like too much chilli will appreciate that the spiciness of all the dishes is clearly indicated with chilli icons. I suggest skipping the desserts, which are not particularly special, and going for a starter and perhaps another side dish instead. I think it a bit of a shame that there are not more local wines on the menu - they are mostly from mainland Spain, although they have recently made a few welcome additions.

Recommended dishes: 

I am a big fan of the chicken and avocado soup – a tasty starter - and usually tend to go for the chicken with mole (a chocolatey and chilli sauce), but really, all the food is good here and you can't really go wrong.

Ambience: 

The cosy interior is buzzing almost every night of the week with customers. Decor is traditionally colourful – you almost feel as if you are in a cantina in the heart of Mexico City.

Service: 

Waiting staff are quick and helpful; occasionally you will have a bit of a wait simply because this restaurant is so popular.

Location: 

It's right in the heart of the old town in the resort, a five-minute walk from the seafront.

Price advice: 

Starters begin at 4 euros, with mains starting at 6 euros and going up to 15 euros or so for steak. 

More information on Emma's Cantina:

Price guide:
Budget
Type:
Restaurant
Food:
Mexican
Address:
Calle Teide 20, Puerto Del Carmen, 35510
Telephone:
928 514 154
Website:
http://www.emmascantina.com
Serves:
Dinner
Opening times:
Daily 6-11pm.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Essential at peak times

Have you been to Emma's Cantina? Would you recommended it?

Community comments (1)

We always visit Emma's when we are in PDC, the food is very good, the staff are very friendly and helpful, love the atmosphere in this restaurant too.
We will be eating in Emma's next time we visit as it good value for money and a great place!