El Regulo

Address: C/Perez Zamora 16, Puerto de la Cruz, 38400, Spain
Telephone: 922 38 03 60

- Mid-range

4.6

Considered Puerto’s best restaurant.

This is one of my special occasion or visitors-who-are-foodies choices - gourmet Canarian/Spanish cooking in a beautifully restored 17th-century mansion with an atmospheric courtyard of fountains and tropical flora.

Food and drink
4.7
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Service
4.6
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Food and drink
4.7
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Value for money
4.5
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Ambience
4.6
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Location
4.5
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Food and drink

Traditional Canarian and Spanish dishes are given a modern makeover and beautifully presented. There is also an excellent international wine list specialising in Spanish riojas.

Recommended dishes

The signature dish is merluza a la Riojana (hake in Rioja sauce) but my favourite is pork sirloin with pureed potatoes and fig sauce. The vol-au-vent starter is delicious but quite substantial.

Ambience

It's a bit formal for my liking. It attracts a lot of mature German and British visitors in winter, lunch times are the preserve of Spanish mainlanders and Canarios.

Service

The service is formal and professional from multi-lingual staff. It can be a bit stretched on the busiest of dinner services.

Location

It's in a narrow street off Plaza Charco at the start of the restaurant district.

Price advice

Starters average at 6.50 euros; main courses average 15 euros and sweets average at 4 euros.

Tables to book

Tables on the main courtyard are best but notoriously difficult to get. Upstairs rooms in the mansion are nice. Don’t let them put you in the non-descript front room off the ground floor – there is no atmosphere or ambience at all.

Recommended for

  • Business travellers
  • Couples
  • Foodies
  • Mature travellers
  • Seasoned travellers
  • Special occasions
  • Design and architecture

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