For a relatively small place, there are many lovely El Cotillo restaurants and cafes, which are located all over the village, rather than in one long strip.
El Cotillo‘s restaurants provide a wide variety of different cuisines – including traditional Spanish, Italian, International, Chinese, Tapas and Pizza.
There are also a selection of cafés around the village selling coffee, tea, cakes, snacks, sandwiches etc.
Obviously prices vary from place to place. You are likely to pay more in a seafront restaurant than one on the heart of the village – just like everywhere else.
If you really need one you can get an “English Breakfast” at a few of the bars, such as the Seahorse or El Toston.
Most El Cotillo restaurants tend to close one day a week, but this varies, so there will always be plenty open on any given day.
The only beach bar is Torino’s on Playa de la Concha which sells, what many believe, is the best paella on the island. See the beaches page.
A selection of the El Cotillo restaurants
The Olivo Corso
The Olivo Corso is located near the new harbour. The owner/chef was the head chef at the Vaca Azul and he has made extensive changes to the building to bring it up to date.
It has a very good tapas menu as well as a full menu so perfect for lunch or for a full daytime or evening meal.
This is located close to the new harbour and, as the name implies, it is rustic. Good food, with a wide variety of dishes. It is particularly nice to sit on one of the outside tables on a nice evening.
El Roque de los Pescadores
This restaurant is next to the Seahorse bar and overlooks the new harbour so has some great views down the coast. It is very good for fish dishes. It is generally known locally just as “The Pescadores restaurant”. Lovely to sit outside on a nice warm evening. It is very popular with Spanish families during the day on Sundays.
The El Callao can be found to the north side of the old harbour, behind the Vaca Azul. It has some nice, unusual dishes.
The restaurant also has some tables on the quayside at lunchtime but watch out for a high spring tide!
La Ballena (The Whale)
La Ballena overlooks the Toston tower and the coast to the south. I have had a few nice meals there on a nice warm summer’s evening. It is not so suitable if the weather is bad as most tables are outside. It has a good choice on the menu.
Azzurro ChillOut bar/Restaurant
The Azzurro is in a lovely spot just over the road from the main lagoon beach (Playa de la Concha). It has lovely views across the beaches to El Cotillo. Great for a lunch, a drink when you come off the beach or dinner.
This bar/restaurant is located in the main street, right next door to the La Caixa bank. It has live music a few nights per month.
El Mirador restaurant is right on the main slope overlooking the old harbour. It has a large upper terrace overlooking the sea.
La Vaca Azul (The Blue Cow)
The Blue Cow restaurant has been on the edge of the old harbour for many years. It is easy to spot as it has a large Blue Cow on the top. It is good for local seafood and some nice views while you eat.
Tosho Gastro Bar
Set up by two chef brothers it serves a mix of culinary styles from around the world. It is situated in a pedestrian only walkway next to the school between the start of the high street and the old harbour. Open daily (except Tuesday) from 12: 30p.m. to 11P.m.
El Cotillo Cafes
Cohiba Café : Bistro-Lounge
This recently opened bistro-lounge cafe is located under Marfolin apartments on the lagoon side of the village. Ideal for eating lunch on the way to the beach or a drink when you come off the beach.
This is a great place for a late breakfast or lunch. Also for picking up something to eat to take to the beach with you. It is located on the way to the beach, on the left after you pass the Cotillo Beach Hotel. It is the last place under the Marfolin apartments.
This cafe is open all day, until roughly just after sunset. It has the best view of any cafe in the village as it looks over the new harbour and right down the south coast of the island.
It is very popular with day visitors as it is one of the first cafes you see when you arrive.
El Goloso is the French bakery (with branches in Lajares too) but it also sells coffee, cakes etc as well as being able to buy freshly baked bread. They also sell ready make sandwiches and rolls – ideal to take to the beach. It is located on the edge of the old village overlooking the Cotillo Beach hotel area.
El Mentidero Cafe
Located in a side road just off the high street. Nice coffee!
There are many more restaurants in El Cotillo. These are just a selection.
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