We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

“A wonderful place to have a break in your day”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Taberna El Picoteo

Taberna El Picoteo
Ranked #87 of 667 Restaurants in Maspalomas
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Spanish
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Good for: Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, After-hours, Dinner, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Level Contributor
4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“A wonderful place to have a break in your day”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2014

We go here during the day for a tapas and a beer. Sometimes we enjoy the competitively priced Menu del Dia. A full menu is also available.

The food is of the best quality, prepared to perfection and reasonably priced.

Attentive table service is provided by Cristobal.

Occasionally we have to wait to get onto the terrace even though there are tables available at the adjacent cafes and restaurants but it is well worth a short wait.

It is hard to explain it - this place is "just special".

  • Visited May 2014
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
1 Thank Richard H
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a Review

169 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Rating summary
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Norwegian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
Level Contributor
31 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Not good, not bad, but better than most restaurants in Playa del Ingles”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2014

This place is good if you compare it to the rest of the restaurants in San Augustin and Playa del Ingles, but average compared to what I am used to in tapas.The food was ok, nothing more. There was nothing that really impressed, and some of it was not so good at all. The ribs were not so good, the dates in bacon were not so good. The pimientos padron were average. I had a piece of bread with grilled tuna on it, that was the only thing that tasted good. Prices are not too high. But for that same money you can have better and fresher food at La Tapita, 300 meters down the street.

  • Visited April 2014
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
1 Thank Frederieke
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Level Contributor
20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“What a find!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 April 2014

We were looking a place for a lunch and pick this up because restaurant was full of locals. And what a lunch that was! Very tasty tapas with good prices! Nice atmosphere.

Visited March 2014
2 Thank liliaada
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
70 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
“Excellent Tapas Bar/Restaurant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2014

We had been looking for a supermarket to do some food shopping in Maspalomas when we stumbled across this string of local bars and restaurants away from the tourist centre. In particular this bar was excellent, with very authentic Spanish tapas at a reasonable price (long gone are the days when tapas were given free with the drinks:-().

The selection of tapas was extensive, with a good choice of fish, meat and salad dishes, all well presented and served.

Although initially a little reserved, the service was good and the waiters did warm up once we made an effort to engage with them.

With over 40 years travelling around Spain we believe we know a good tapas bar when we find one, and this was the best we found in the south of Gran Canarias - we visited several times for lunch and it was excellent every time.

Certainly MUCH better than some other supposed tapas bars in Playa del Ingles:)

  • Visited December 2013
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
2 Thank Stan L
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Valencia, Spain
Level Contributor
139 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Nothing great about it and not the best for tapas”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 March 2014

No not the best for tapas as what we could read here ! what a let down !
First the décor is probably what you could see in any big franchise chain of pseudo typical restaurants, too much and could be anywhere.
Then if the waiters are amicable they are completely tourists money orientated, their advice on wine goes immediately yo the most expensive bottle on the list which is invariably a bad sign in a restaurant. Then the wine list is very poor and not the best in spanish wine if they have a Beronia which can be excellent of course they produce the bad one, not even crianza or reserva but a young horror!
The food, we went for tapas as it is so much appraised here ! probably by people so fed up with the touristy horrors of the yumbo that they have lost their common sense or taste!
No they are not great, just average and the quantity as much to be desired ! The cheese plate was ordinary manchego in no quantity and nothing of a good canarian cheese just supermarket quality ! half portion for 7,50 € ! the croquettes were too small and just 4 of them and just the tortilla was somewhat better than the rest, only one good point is their homemade breat which is fantastic, we had an other tapas but can not even remember what as it was nothing to be impressed about, so little for more than 35 € !
There are much better tapas in Arrinaga or in aguimes for far less and of better quality. we will not go back there and are sorry to read that tourist can consider this tourist trap for authentic !

  • Visited February 2014
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
1 Thank nonodeplaya
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

Travellers who viewed Taberna El Picoteo also viewed

Maspalomas, Gran Canaria
San Bartolome de Tirajana, Gran Canaria
Playa del Ingles, Maspalomas
Playa del Ingles, Maspalomas

Been to Taberna El Picoteo? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing