Almost daily now we have questions by email and through our social media pages to ask “Where’s the best place to book a traditional Christmas lunch in Lanzarote?"
If you’re flying over for Christmas for the first time and you’re not sure what to expect, then don’t worry the majority of bars and restaurants will be open for Christmas Day. Not everyone has special festive menus so unless you want to eat in a specific restaurant, you won’t need to book in advance.
For those of you who want a traditional Christmas dinner with all the trimmings, it’s definitely better to book in advance, some bars & restaurants are already fully booked.
We’ve asked a selection of locals from each holiday resort, to recommend where they would book to enjoy a traditional Christmas feast with all the trimmings.
Puerto del Carmen
Two of our recommendations for this holiday resort are already fully booked, they included the Costa Sal at Matagorda and Casa Cabaña in the old town.
The Highlander Too are situated in Montaña Tropical in the heart of the old town and overlooking the harbour. Their Christmas Menu has 3 courses for €25, kids 5-11 €15 and under 5’s eat free. At the time of publication, there were 20 seats left, so booking is essential and can be made by their website, Facebook page, email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone +34 928 513 468.
This Man City Sports Bar run by Arthur & Cath has a great reputation for food as well as football. Situated in C.C. Maritimo by Playa Grande in the centre of the resort, their 3 course Christmas Day Menu is priced at €27.95 for adults and €16.95 for kids. Reservations can be made by their Facebook page or telephone +34 609 939 506.
The Dolphin Inn were recommended but they’re closed, as the owner insists that his staff enjoy this important day off with their friends and family.
The Clockhouse Tavern is situated in the Playa Bastian area of Costa Teguise. Their Christmas Day Menu is priced at €40 for adults and €20 for children. There are a few places left to eat at 13:00 and 13:30, the later sittings are now full. Reservations can be made via their Facebook page or telephone +34 608 658 549.
A warm Christmas welcome is guaranteed with Nati and her team at Portobello in the C.C. Las Cucharas centre. This restaurant has been open 24 years and will be offering their normal menu and a special menu on Christmas Day. For more information please contact the restaurant through their Facebook page or telephone +34 928 590 241.
The Irish Anvil were recommended although they always close on Christmas day!
A popular place for a traditional Christmas dinner, The Lighthouse by Faro Park has one sitting at 13:00, the price is €50 per head with a €25 reservation deposit required. Telephone 928 387 039 for reservations.
The Port of Call
Situated by Faro Park this popular restaurant hasn’t finalised their set menu for Christmas lunch as yet, they are taking reservations with a €20 per person deposit and having 2 sittings the first at 14:00 and second at 15:00. Tel: 690 340 435.
There’s still not many Christmas menus available as yet, but as we found in some cases they haven’t needed to be advertised and they’re already sold out. Our advice is to contact your favourite bars & restaurants before you arrive to check if they are open on the 25th and make a reservation. Remember, if you’re not worried about where you eat, there are plenty of places open for business as usual, without special menus or the need for advance booking.