Emma's Cantina

Address: Calle Teide 20, Puerto del Carmen, 35510, Spain
Telephone: 928 514 154

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4.2

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
4.4
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Service
4.1
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Food and drink
4.4
90%
Value for money
3.7
90%
Ambience
4
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Location
3.8
90%

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. 

Recommended for

  • Families with teenagers
  • First-time travellers
  • Foodies
  • Mature travellers
  • Singles
  • Relaxation
  • Trendiness

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