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Bar El Cine
First class Canarian cuisine
When Carlos Magdalena opened the El Cine restaurant he had a very clear idea of how he wanted it to be.

You'll always get a welcome at El Cine
You'll always get a welcome at El Cine

15.07.2014 - With its shore-front location by the Los Cristianos port, fresh fish was the obvious choice and Carlos also knew that he wanted to provide a friendly bar/restaurant where anyone, on their own or with family or friends, would feel welcome and comfortable.  This was over 25 years ago, when the area’s tourist industry was just taking off, and the proof of his vision is that El Cine is as popular, if not more so, than ever.

Tucked behind the front line shops, you enter the terrace down a short alley, one of the reasons that El Cine is one of those open secrets that many people share - it’s quaintly hidden away and that only adds to its attraction. 

It’s a busy spot though and, happily, the staff are very efficient and well organised, making sure that everyone is soon seated and at ease.  The menu is short and uncomplicated, offering the very best of fresh produce, direct from local fishermen and farmers, prepared in a simple and healthy, typical Canarian manner. 

There are various soft, boneless fillets of fresh fish, along with giant prawns, whole fresh sardines, mackerel, cuttlefish, squid and octopus - all of which are cooked perfectly and are absolutely delicious.  The sardines being the ideal example: wonderfully crisp on the outside, with soft and succulent flesh in the middle. 

For those who wish for meat there are chicken drumsticks with a hint of garlic, and to accompany your meal you can choose from the freshly-prepared onion and giant beef tomato salad, bread, chips or the famous Canarian wrinkled potatoes cooked rapidly with sea salt.  Then there are homemade red and green mojo sauces, rich with chilli, garlic and plenty of flavour.  Mojo sauces vary from restaurant to restaurant and El Cine’s are really very good.  The red one has a nice bite to it but isn’t so spicy that it overwhelms the taste of the fish or meat, and the green coriander mojo is blended to a mayonnaise-like texture.

The wine list is also concise, but there are some local wonders.  The house white, for instance, is young and fruity, with a slight carbonic tingle and a touch of acidity that goes perfectly with the fish.

Wines can be bought by the bottle or the glass or you can indulge in a Dorada or Carlsberg beer, spa waters or a range of soft drinks.  They also serve what is undoubtedly one of the best coffees on the island and smokers can enjoy their after-meal puff in peace as this restaurant is canopied but in the open air. 

El Cine is Canarian food and service at its best – fresh ingredients cooked well and simply, generous portions and unbeatable prices.

You will find it in the old, pedestrianised area of the town, right next to the harbour.  The aforementioned narrow passageway is right in front of the old port, next to the chemist, or you can also come in from the Plaza de la Pescadora. 

Don’t be put off by the queue for a table at busy times, the staff are very swift and you’ll soon be seated, and remember - if so many people are willing to wait so patiently, it’s for a very good reason! 

The waiting staff speak Spanish, English, German, French and Russian so the restaurant attracts a pleasingly cosmopolitan range of people which adds to the great atmosphere.

One hour’s free parking at the port car park is even included; all you need to do is get your ticket stamped by the waiter after your meal. 



Bar El Cine

Open daily 11am – 11pm

Reservations:  (0034) 609 107 758

Loo score - 6


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