Before I begin the restaurant review, I want to suggest that you have the name and complete address and a picture of the El Marinero Restaurant printed out to give to your cab driver if you come from the port or downtown. Our cab driver told us he knew where it was, but tried several times to get us out of the cab in different locations in Puerto Del Carmen. It was a long frustrating and very expensive ride, as he stopped several times to talk to other cabbies, who also did not know, and the meter kept running. By the time we finally got there, I was ready to return to the ship, but I had promised my wife lunch there, so we went in.
And I am so glad we stayed!!!
I must say that the time we had at this delightful place made the trip there worthwhile. It was my fault I did not have the address, as hard as it was to admit to myself. But the ambiance, food and service, and the great family run experience trumped and erased my taxi experience!
Puerto Del Carmen is a gigantic tourist development that spreads for miles. EL Marinero is located up from the beach, with a nice view. It is on a corner, with an outside and inside dining area. The French family is much in evidence, the mother cooks, and can she cook!! The father runs the front and is helped by the children, who are young adults. These people want us to be happy! The menu was diverse and appealing, Between us, we had escargot,grilled sardines,a lamb dish and a beef dish. And local bread. And olives. And wine. And diet coke.
Portions were generous and extremely well cooked and presented.
Then came dessert. We both love chocolate mousse, and must admit we have had more than our share during our travels, but the mousse serve here was beyond fantastic. We ordered one to share, took one bite, and ordered another one, This has to be one of the best!
The place was not crowded, I have the feeling at night the place gets packed.
El Marinero is not a hoity-toity French place, with Baccarat and Limoge and white gloves, it is a sea view bistro and an excellent one at that. Would I return? In a heartbeat.
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