Almacén de la Sal

Address: Avenida Martima 12, Playa Blanca, Lanzarote, 35570, Spain
Telephone: 928 517 885

- Expensive

4.5

A traditional, bustling restaurant with views out to sea.

A former salt house has been transformed into one of the resort's most atmospheric restaurants, serving a wide range of fresh fish and offering a very decent wine list. I once spent several hours on my own on the terrace here, eating course after course, happily gazing out to sea. 

Food and drink
4.4
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Service
4
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Food and drink
4.4
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Value for money
4
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Ambience
4.6
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Location
4.4
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Food and drink

The extensive menu features some real classics. I would say a fish dish is a must here. I liked the superb hake ‘Almacen de la Sal’ style with traditional ‘wrinkly’ potatoes known as ‘papas arrugadas’ (potatoes cooked in their skins in salt water until all the water has drained away) with tasty red and green sauce, washed down with a very good local white, whose name now escapes me. 

Recommended dishes

There are plenty of other fish choices, as well as some very decent (for Spain) vegetarian options and a delicious sounding leg of lamb.

Ambience

This was the ideal lunch spot for me, where I sat on the breezy terrace next to the promenade, people watching and gazing out to sea. I also love the spacious interior with high ceilings and gallery space featuring the original stone walls of the salt house. Whether sitting inside or out, this restaurant buzzes with locals and tourists day and night.  

Service

The waiters here are always very friendly to me, but I have seen the service be a bit hit and miss with other diners – it is sometimes slow with the odd surly encounter.

Location

It's right on the seafront in the centre of the resort, overlooking the sea. There is no direct car access; it's a short walk along the promenade from the nearest road.

Price advice

I admit that the food isn't cheap here, this is partly because of the location, but also because of the restaurant's fine reputation. Consider ordering just a starter and dessert if you don't want to go the whole hog. Expect to pay around 15 euros for a main dish and 10 euros or under for a starter or dessert. 

Tables to book

I really recommend trying to get a table on the terrace at lunch time, if it is a nice day. If you are seated inside, ask for a table away from the ktichen, which can be hot and noisy. 

Recommended for

  • Business travellers
  • Couples
  • First-time travellers
  • Foodies
  • Great views / scenery
  • Live entertainment
  • People watching
  • Shopping
  • Special occasions

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