For a relatively small place, many lovely El Cotillo restaurants and cafes are located all over the village rather than in one long strip.
El Cotillo is known for its vibrant food scene with many diverse and enticing restaurants. Its picturesque surroundings and proximity to the Atlantic Ocean make it a haven for seafood lovers.
El Cotillo’s restaurants provide various cuisines – including traditional Spanish, Italian, International, Chinese, Tapas, Pizza and even English.
Prices vary from place to place. You are likely to pay more in a seafront restaurant than in the heart of the village – just like everywhere else.
Most El Cotillo Fuerteventura restaurants tend to close one day a week, but this varies, so plenty will always be open on any given day.
Whether it’s a romantic dinner by the sea or a casual lunch with friends and family, you will find the perfect restaurant El Cotillo offers.
A few cafés around the village also sell coffee, tea, cakes, snacks, sandwiches etc.
El Cotillo Restaurants and Cafes Map
A selection of 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 has made extensive changes to the building to bring it up to date.
It has an excellent tapas menu and a full menu so perfect for lunch or a full daytime or evening meal. It can be busy sometimes, so it is perhaps best to book a table.
La Ballena (The Whale)
La Ballena overlooks the Toston Tower and the coast to the south. I have had a few excellent meals there on a nice warm summer’s evening. It is unsuitable if the weather is bad as most tables are outside. The menu offers a good choice.
El Roque de los Pescadores
This restaurant is next to the Seahorse bar and overlooks the new harbour so it has some great views down the coast. It is perfect for fish dishes. It is generally known locally just as “The Pescadores restaurant.” It is lovely to sit outside on a nice warm evening. It is very popular with Spanish families during the day on Sundays.
El Callao can be found on the north side of the old harbour, behind the Vaca Azul. It is part of the Italian LavAzza chain of restaurants.
El Callao also has some tables on the quayside but watch out for a high spring tide!
Facebook: El Callao
El Toston Harbour View Bar and Kitchen
The Toston has reopened and is now run by Jacqui and Iain who are long-time El Cotillo residents. They serve good food and drink overlooking the old harbour. It is quickly becoming a favourite haunt for many again.
There are some great sunset views from the terrace.
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 lunch, a drink when you come off the beach or dinner.
The Casa Rustica has been open for many years. It is located close to the new harbour and, as the name implies, it is rustic. Good food, with a wide variety of dishes. Sitting at one of the outside tables on a nice evening is particularly nice.
Above the fishing boat statue, this bar/restaurant overlooks the Old Harbour. The entrance is around the back.
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 suitable for local seafood and some lovely views while you eat.
This excellent restaurant overlooks the sea on the northern headland of the old harbour (continue walking past the Vaca Azul until you get to it). They have a nice terrace with great views so great for lunch. La Marisma Facebook page.
The only thing I don’t like about it is the tank of live lobsters ready to be selected to be eaten. If I win the lottery, I will buy and release them all.
El Ancla (The Anchor)
Great to sit and watch the sea in the old harbour with a drink or a meal. They sell quite a lot of different types of seafood.
SADLY NOW CLOSED. This Italian restaurant is in a great location overlooking the start of the lagoons. It is in front of the Cotillo Beach Hotel at the front of the large white apartment block overlooking the sea.
Happy Cactus Vegetarian/Vegan Restaurant
This is the only purely vegetarian/vegan restaurant in El Cotillo. It is located under the Marfolin apartments on the way to the beaches.
This has reopened as Aqui (although how you get that with the logo I have no idea), having been run as many different types of restaurant over the years. It is in the old harbour between the El Toston and Coyote bars.
Koi Sushi is on the road behind the old harbour – Calle Guillermo Gutiérrez, 15.
“A unique culinary journey, where traditions, freshness and flavour merge to create an extraordinary gastronomic experience!”
Facebook: Koi Sushi
This Middle Eastern, Arabic-themed restaurant is situated on the children’s playground square. They serve a good range of food including falafels, kebabs and chicken skewers.
El Cotillo Cafes
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 island’s south coast.
It is very popular with day visitors as it is one of the first cafes you see when you arrive. The road outside has now been pedestrianised so no cars can block the view.
El Kiosk del Olivo Corso (was Cohiba Café)
This is a sister business to the Olivo Corso near the new harbour and is located under Marfolin apartments on the lagoon side of the village. It is ideal for eating lunch on the way to the beach or drinking when you come off the beach.
Leo’s Beach Bar (formerly Ocean Deli)
This is an excellent place for a late breakfast or lunch, and 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.
El Goloso is also known as the French bakery (with branches in Lajares too) but it also has coffee, cakes etc and can buy freshly baked bread. They also sell ready-made 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.
This cafe is on the children’s playground square. It is very smartly appointed. I had a lovely coffee there recently.
This new cafe is located just as you come into Cotillo and is opposite the football ground.
Hopefully, you found this post on the best restaurants El Cotillo can offer useful.
There are many more restaurants in El Cotillo Fuerteventura. These are just a selection.
Is there a vegan/vegetarian restaurant in El Cotillo?
Yes, the Happy Cactus Vegetarian/Vegan Restaurant is located under the Marfolin apartments just past the El Cotillo Beach Hotel. Many other El Cotillo restaurants offer vegetarian options on their menus.
Where can you eat seafood in El Cotillo?
Although most restaurants serve fish, the two most popular choices are the Vaca Azul (Blue Cow) in the old harbour and the Pescadores restaurant overlooking the new harbour.
Which El Cotillo restaurants have sea views?
There are a number. The most popular restaurants with a sea view are the Pescadores, Blue Cow, La Marisma, Sottovento, La Ballena and the Aguayre Cafe.
Which are the best restaurants in El Cotillo?
Check out La Ballena (overlooking the Toston Tower) and the Olivo Corso (by the new harbour), two of our favourites.