Isla Bonita

Address: Avenida del Mar, Playa Bastian, Costa Teguise, 35508, Spain
Telephone: 928 591 526

- Budget

4

A Lanzarote classic: top Canarian cuisine that is excellent value.

Come here for unpretentious food in a traditional, family run restaurant. Isla Bonita ('The Beautiful Island') has been run for more than 20 years by the convivial José (known by everyone as Pepe), who has recently handed over the reins to his dedicated son. I am pleased to see this large restaurant (that seats nearly 200 people) is as popular as ever, as it deserves to be.

Food and drink
3.9
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Service
4
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Food and drink
3.9
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Value for money
3.9
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Ambience
3.7
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Location
3.8
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Food and drink

I don't think the food ever falters here. The emphasis on good local produce cooked well always seems to shine through. Look out for different specialties on the menu, which might be octopus stew one night and roast suckling pig another. The wine cellar hits all the right notes, with a good variety of local and mainland wines. 

Recommended dishes

I like the old school avocado and prawn cocktail to start, although you could go for gazpacho, or marinated tuna as a starter, both of which are delicious. I hear the steaks are good here, but I always go for the fresher than fresh fish as a main, often Grouper Isla Bonita, served in a creamy sauce.

Ambience

This is a no nonsense operation, with a lively buzzing atmosphere, particularly on Fridays and Saturdays.

Service

The family and their staff run a tight ship here, although they seem to manage to stay relaxed and smiley.

Location

It's on the main road, close to Playa Bastian. 

Price advice

Prices here are very affordable. Starters go from around 4 euros, with mains from 9 euros.

Tables to book

There are two indoor dining rooms, but the place to be is on the terrace, if you can get a table. 

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Families with teenagers
  • Families with younger children
  • People watching
  • No fuss
  • Chilling out

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