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Very friendly, helpful and informative staff. Excellent food, what more could you want?

— Lee & Carole Thompson – Northumberland

Great meal, nice and spicy, good portions and FANTASTIC staff!!

— Craig – Brighton

After visiting Lanzarote most years since 1996, we finally discovered a spicy bit of heaven. Had a great meal and look forward to eating at Emma’s again in 2012 x

— Elaine & Steve – Cornwall

Absoutely great time-yet again. Really friendly with fantastic food. We went 3 times and it wasnt enough. Thanks to mike and Emma

— Tony & Toni – Stockport

After finding out about Emma’s Cantina on tripadvisor we decided to make the trip to the restuarant. We were not disappointed one bit. Food was the best we had while in Lanzarote – so good we visited twice. I would highly recommend the Nacho’s and the Chile Con Carne. Keep up the good work guys

— Donal & Orla – Dublin

After reading good reviews of this restaurant on Trip Advisor we decided to visit on our first full day in Puerto Del Carmen.
I’m so glad we did because we ended up going there to eat 3 times in the week were there!
The sample of the chipotle suace brought to us on our first visit had me at the first taste. Absolutely delicious!
Mike explained that Emma makes the sauce fresh every day using all fresh ingredients, and it shows!
We had nachos and ribs and every mouthful was a delight.
On our second visit we had the tostada tinga – flavours to die for!!!
We also had the nachos and chicken fajitas which were incredibly tasty.
On our third visit we ate the same again – just couldn’t resist those flavours. Each time we drank frozen Margaritas – absolutely delicious!
The restaurant was pretty busy on our last night there but Mike and Paola still took time to chat to us. This made our enjoyable experience even better.
As expected I am now suffering withdrawal symptoms!
The food at Emma’s was by far the best Mexican food we have ever tasted. Don’t be tempted to eat at one of the inferior ‘Tex-Mex’ places in the New Town. Go for the real thing. Honestly it is so worth it!

— Angela & Ian – England

just back from a weeks holiday in lanzarote,we dined twice in emmas and the food was amazing! and the staff were spot on time we return to lanzarote we will definately be coming here for dinner.

— Barry & Helen – Glasgow

We had to go twice the food was that good. The Ribs are the best we have ever tasted!

— Alan & Lisa – Northern Ireland

Hello Mike. After coming out to see you frequently it’s now been a year since the last time. We’ve been working our little Fajitas off and are now having serious Chilli Rojo and Tequilla withdrawals. The only thing spicier is the warmth of your hospitality see you in the summer!! …Lots and Lots we hope. I’ll bring a spicy Scotch for you again. Cheers

— Jason & Cathy Smith – Hastings, Sussex

We said we would come back and we did twice.Brilliant both times so thank you again and continued success

— Ciaran Gordon – Limerick, Ireland

Fabulous meal, great, great service and a wonderful ambience for my wife’s birthday meal.
I highly recommend Emma’s.

— Mike – Haría, Lanzarote

Having visited Lanzarote numerous times previously we had until my birthday on 04 Feb 2011 never been to Emma’s before. Having now been I cannot believe we hadn’t been before. The food is not only fantastic, the presentation of the food on the plate is a joy to be seen. The whole experience was fantastic even down to Mike being concerned when my wife explained that the chilli was hotter than expected that he personally got her a glass of milk to compensate the heat.
The staff, the ambience, the food all make the visit to Emmas extremely pleasant. All I can say is we will be back to Lanzarote in November and will be at Emmas again

— Nick Drinkwater – Rotheram, S Yorkshire

just a note to say that we had the most amazing experience on our 1st wedding anniversary at emma’s cantina. The food was
mind blowing and it really made our anniversary. Many thanks to all the staff and those margaritas was fantastic.
Hope to come back again very soon

— Caroline & Gary Marshall – England

Just home from Lanzarote and had to log on to express our thanks. We visited Emma’s 3 times, the 1st time my Dad was feeling faint due to too much sun and they were all very kind and understand (my husband and I enjoyed our meal)The other two occasions my parents joined us and I’m pleased to say we all enjoyed a lovely meal. Lovely food, great atmosphere and wonderful staff. For anyone that has never been to a Mexican, this is the place to start. They fully explain the menu and the strenght/heat of the meals. I will highly recommend anyone I know visting Lanzarote to visit this Mexican for a truly unforgettable meal/evening. Many thanks

— Sam & Andy – West Sussex

best mexican food hands down

— Kelly – United States

Just back home from Lanza, we always visit Emmas, the food is excellent and the service is frist class. This is a real must visit for an excellent meal with a friendly welcome and all at an exceptional cost………..oh and just the best wines too. Thanks again Mike & Emma

— Fiona & Carol

Their in a fortnight and cannot wait, we always pay a visit, simply because Emma produces the best Mexican food on the island bar none, Mike excels at front of house and is a genuinely sincere chap, and all said it adds up to a wonderful friendly restaurant with an atmosphere that can only be attained through the personnal touch, and well worth a visit.

— Fran – Stockport

Thanks Mike for a great night on Sunday.Loved the mole sauce and you definitely can taste chocolate.The friendly welcome,great explanation of the menu and a chance to try two kinds of sauce before we made our choice plus a fantastic meal made for a brilliant night.We will be back

— Kay & Ciaran – Limerick, Ireland

We managed 4 visits in our 3 weeks stop in Lanza. As usual, the atmosphere, friendliness and food are second to none. Gonna have to leave some negative press if you get any busier, if only to make it easier to get a table. Seriously, I’m very pleased & not surprised you are doing well. Best wishes to Mike, Emma, Paula, Frida & staff. See ya next year.

— Toni & Tony – Stockport, England

Visited Emma’s 3 times during our 2 week stay in Lanzarote…great food, great decor, fab staff, delicious strawberry margaritas! hope to come back to Lanzarote soon for more of the best Mexican food outside of Mexico. Big hi to the lovely Mike and all the great staff. Hope to see you soon. Fiona, Emmet and the kids Adam and Ella xx

— Fiona – Dublin

We visited twice last week and enjoyed the food and ambience 110%.
We will be back!!!

— Linda & Mark – UK

thanks for some of the best Mexican food we have ever eaten a true pleasure and pity we could only make it twice during our stay.

— Mick & Fay – Leitrim, Ireland

We came here after a recommendation by a friend, we were extremely impressed by everything in there. The staff were so friendly, the atmosphere was great so we felt completely at ease, the place itself is welcoming and cosy.

The food was amazing, so good that we went back again before we returned home. This is somewhere we would definitely recommend to friends and we will visit again when we go back to Lanzarote.

Thanks for a lovely time.

— Sarah & Tim

Thanks a lot, Mike, for a lovely dinner….

— Violeta – Lanzarote

Hello Emma and Mike,

We had such an enjoyable meal on Saturday 9th January that we went back the next night!
Fantastic food, great atmosphere, very friendly and relaxed.
We also liked the fact that we weren’t ‘touted’ outside the restaurant, and who can forget those lovely ice cold beers, mmmm!

Hope to see you again one day

— Neil & Katy – Rothbury, Northumberland

We will never forget our meal in your cosy little restaurante. The best spare-rib ever tasted. Love to our friend Frida!!!

— Irene & Sveinung – Norway

Hi Emma and Mike!
Thank you for wonderful dinners and service… We came back to a icecold Trondheim (-8) but our stay in Lanzarote still warming us. Maybe we see some time. We wish you a happy new year:-)
Even says hello too

— Stig, Lilly & the kids – Norway

Just back from a week in Lanzarote on the 9th of Nov, have to say thanks to all at Emma’s for such great food and drinks!Just as great as last time hope to be back in the summer.

— Charlotte & Steve – Ireland

Maravillosa comida, conozco miles de restaurantes mexicanos que se pierden en los menus tex-mex habituales, pero en este caso la comida tiene ese toque casero que la hace distinta. Además el trato exquisito y sus dueños son gente entrañable. En mis siguientes visitas a Lanzarote, repetiré sin duda

— Fernando – Madrid

We’re just back from a week in Puerto del Carmen and this is without doubt the best restaurant out there!

The new town is over-run with a glut of generic, cheap & soulless restaurants.

Emma’s Cantina in the Old Town provided us with top quality food, first class wine and a welcoming atmosphere. Thanks to all at Emma’s and we hope to see you again some time in the future.

— Paul & Andrea, Galway

A fantastic, welcoming restaurant. The food is great and so are the Mango Margaritas..!! Mike, as we said, we’re back in June 2010 and there’ll be 14 of us, so we’ll be in touch for a table or two..!!

— Ian, Brenda, Jamee & Ian – Swindon, England

What a fantastic meal. The fajitas were absolutely delicious, the best we have ever had. We were made to feel very welcome and couldn’t have asked for better service.
We will definitely be coming to PDC again, just to come to Emma’s.
Thank you so much.

— Mick & Julia – Middlesborough

Hi all, thanks for the two lovely meals that you served up to us during our stay in Puerto Del Carmen and also for the refreshing ‘Desperado beers’ & Margarita to wash it all down with.

If/when we do return to PDC your restaurant will be 1st on the list for us to visit.

Hopefully see you really soon

— Tony & Sue – Widnes

Hi all at emmas just a little note to say that this was by far the best meals we have had on the island for a very long time. the service is second to none with the most friendly and polite staff that i have ever met !!!. we will be returning again and again when we are over for carnival in february. once again thank you very much

— Claire & Ste – Liverpool

This is a fantastic Mexican. Excellent friendly service with fabulous food and a good selection of lovely wines. This restaurant is so good went twice.

— Helen & David – Carlisle, Cumbria

Just returned from 3 weeks in Lanzarote. We emjoyed several visits to Emmas Cantina which can only ne considered an absolute gem. It’s positioned down a back street but don’t let that put you off. The friendly atmosphere is surpassed only by the fantastic food. Don’t think that this is just another Tex-Mex restaurant – we had great food on each occasion with Emma & Mike great hosts. We’ll be back again next August.

— Toni & Tony – Stockport, England

My name is Anita and together with my Husband and family have visited the Island of Lanzarote for the past 12 years, always to PDC. Last year was going to be our last time for a while so that we could discover other places however we fell upon your wonderful restaurant and, I tell you no lies, this is the only reason we have booked to come back for my husband’s 50th birthday. I asked him where he would like to go for a special meal and he said ‘Emmas Cantina’ and so I am emailing you because we do not arrive in PDC until the evening of …….. (Sunday) and it is Steve’s birthday on the Monday and so we will not be able to call in person beforehand and book a table. Is it possible to book a table for 4 people at 8.00 p.m. on ….. to ensure that we can definitely have his birthday meal at your Cantina? I know he would be so disappointed if we
just left it to chance and you were fully booked.

I thank you for reading this email and very much look forward to hearing
from you.

— (surname and dates deleted to ensure privacy).

Our favourite restaurant on the island. If we could afford to,we would be there every night!! Consistently fab food,and always a warm welcome. We have reccomended the restaurant to so many people,and to date all have raved about it!!!

— Aly & Donny – Lanzarote

Emma, Mike and Paula.
Thanks for making us feel so welcome on our 2 visits!
The food was amazing and we will definitely be back next year for more!
Keep up the good work :)

— Kirsty & Nik – Eastleigh, England

Best Mexican Food In Lanzarote! Would Defiantly Recommend It!
P.S The Margaritas Are The Best :-)

— Craig Robson – Lanzarote

Found your lovely restaurant on our second last night, pity it wasn’t sooner! went back on our last night too.
Food and atmosphere great,
Thanks to you all for your kindness,
Charlotte Steve & four kids.

— Charlotte Hughes – Ireland

Hola Mike, Emma and Paula!!
wonderful people, great place to eat, food fabulous! [never had Mexican before, Mike broke us in gently!!!]
know these lovely people from years of visiting Club del Carmen, so glad to have found them here, and to be able to continue to enjoy Emmas food and the welcome which is sent out to everyone.
See you soon, and we will try another dish then. xx

— Karen & Peter – Swinton, Manchester

As big mexican food fans, we were blown away by the variety of dishes available on the menu (some of which we had never tried before). The staff were very attentive and it was nice to sample some of the sauces prior to ordering. What can I say about the jalapenos – the best we have ever tasted! The food was superb and you were not overfaced with face or refried beans, just enough ready to tackle a dessert! Will definately be visiting on more than one occasion on our next trip! Best wishes to Emma, Mike and the team

— Amanda & Colin Bean – West Yorkshire

The best restaurant on Lanzarote without a shadow of a doubt, the service and the food is second to none and I can’t wait to be back. Have only been back in the UK for 3 days and already I am pining for the BBQ Ribs. A big Hello to Emma, Mike and Paula

— Brian Izzard – Godalming, Surrey

We were on hols in December and found your restaurant by chance one night. We had a fabulous meal and it was so good, we went back the night before we left. Food, service and cocktails were great. We’ll definitely be back the next time we’re back in PDC. PS. My mum and her friend should be dining there this week.

— Peter & Kay Shortall – Wexford, Ireland

On our 1st nite of our holiday we popped
into this lovely quaint mexican, the food is top.. we love mexican food but this is definately the best we have tasted. The young girl serving was very friendly as was all the staff… I highly recommend this Mexican Restaurant and indeed we went back for another night
of good food and we were only in Puerto Del Carmen for 5 nites. Try this out.!!

— Kathleen Lowry – Monkstown, Northern Ireland

We cannot praise this restaurant enough. Not only is the food authentic and truly scrumptious but the service is second to none.
Mike and his staff make everyone feel like an honoured guest and his Margarita cocktail is to die for.
We have eaten in many restaurants all over the world but have never had such excellent service as in Emma’s Cantina.
Thank you for making our stay special
Love Val and Rach from Bernie’s Bar

— Val & Rach – Poole, Dorset

We found a real treasure when we found Emma’s Cantina. Fantastic food, warm and friendly welcome – there really was no need to eat anywhere else, especially as you actually got Paul eating spicy food and guacamole! Thank you all – it was a real pleasure. We arrived home to snow and a temperature of minus 3 and it’s barely stopped snowing since! Once I can get the car out, I’ll be able to go shopping and let you know how I get on with the recipes. Hope to come back someday soon xx

— Maggie & Paul Hardman – Hertfordshire

We visit at least once every time we visit PdC (4 times a year). Agree with everyone, Fantastic place. Like it so much we even have a link on our website to this retaurant. See you again at Easter.

— Geoff & Julie Buck – Trawden

We had three fabulous meals here over Christmas and New Year. Delicious food, friendly service and a lovely atmosphere. We would recommend this restaurant to anyone who loves food, whether spicy or not. We hope to see you soon. Yours, Robin and Heather.

— Robin & Heather

Me and my family have know mike and emma since the old emmas bar in club del carmen. Was great that we were able to find you in the end. Food was great, told the people who own the irish bar we go to all the time and they said that they might come up when they get a free evening. just to say that the food was excellent, i have never tasted food like that!!! Will be coming again in september when we come over.
See ya soon mike and emma
Kathleen, janet and Terry xx

— Kathleen – London

Its been nearly 2 months now since my wife and I were on the island. We are now beginning to think about our next holiday, and have to say that your restaurant is a major factor in encouraging us to return to PDC. We are great fans of Mexican food, and I have to say that your meals were not only the best food on the island, but the best Mexican food we have ever had. I have recommended you to everyone I know that goes to PDC, hopefully we will still be able to get a table when we return! Hope you are all keeping well

— Jonathan & Clare. Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland

Having choose a last minute holiday, myself and my partner Laura found this small gem hidden away near to our hotel and what can I say, Amazing!
To say that it made our holiday is an understatement!!
It was that good that we went again on our last night prior to catching our flight.
We’re looking forward to going back and we’ve only just left.

— William Alexander – Glasgow

Mike & Emma – I have just come back from a Mexican restaurant (no names mentioned!) in CC Aquario on the other side of PDC, and oh my goodness, you would not believe how BAD this experience was compared to eating at Emmas!
Okay, the food was edible and fairly pleasant, and if you have never eaten at Emmas you would not know that this was actually bad Mexican food.
However, I *have* eaten at Emmas before so I know what Mexican food should be like quality-wise. And this was NOTHING compared to Emmas!
I am looking forward to having a *proper* Mexican meal at your Cantina again soon!!!

(Reply from Mike: “Barbarella – serves you right for going to a ‘pseudo’ mexican restaurant. Look forward to seeing you soon for some proper grub.”)

— Barbarella – Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote

Best restaraunt on the island, great staff, great food great atmosphere.
BE WARNED – November 23rd I’m back on the island for two weeks, Paula get the wedges ready and Mike I’ll have my usual cocktail if you’d be kind enough to oblige.

— Kev – Nottingham/Worthing

Having been to PDC for the last 12 years, sometimes twice a year, we only discovered this wonderful little restaurant in September of this year. We are lovers of mexican food but never bother with the other so-called Mexican Restaurants in PDC as having eaten in them before we were not impressed. However our experience here was quite the opposite. What a wonderful little restaurant serving fabulous and delicious food. Although against authenticity I was even provided with a side serving of grated cheese for my fajitas! The ambience, service and hospitality were second to none and we cannot wait to return on our next visit. Thank you for a lovely evening.

— Anita Gamble – Middlesborough

We found Emma’s after reading a recommendation in our Villa’s guest book on our 2nd last night. We had a wonderful meal, I though the gucamole was the most amazing I had ever tasted, so fresh and lovely. We enjoyed our meal so much, we went back the next night (our last night) and had another amazing dinner. I had the ribs and I have to say they are the best ever.
Thanks to all at Emma’s.
Lisa x

— Lisa & Alan Don – Dunfermline

Thank you to Mike, Emma, Paula and team, for two wonderful meals at the start and end of our recent holiday in Puerto del Carmen – we thoroughly enjoyed your delicious food, delightful restaurant and very welcoming manner – the children’s menu was excellent and we and the children can’t wait to come back again!

— Steve & Debs – South Warwickshire

Back in June of 2000, Mike and Emma wished me “greetings” after randomly visiting my MSN homepage…
For some reason, almost 10 years later, I thought I’d check to see what they were up to, and found this guestbook- so now I can return the favor.
You have a great looking website here. hopefully one day I’ll be able to try out your famous mexican food!

— David Laporte – Vancover, BC, Canada


— Violeta – Lanzarote

We were there a year ago and still speak about the great meals (2) we had there. Mike was great and hope your wife is healthy.
Glad to see the page still up and running and hope the place will be there when we go there next year.
Hugs from Pamplona/Canada

— Cathy & Daniel – Navarra, Spain / Toronto, Canada

Thanks for the wonderful meals. The fajitas and enchiladas were so tasty, and Brian really enjoyed the Chili Rojo. With the great decor and fantastic hosts, this was truly a delightful dining experience. We look forward to a return visit. Thanks again, Mike and Emma!

— Brian & Ramona – Ontario, Canada

Hi all, we have heard so much about Emmas Cantina on trip advisor and such sites that we cant wait to come and eat there when we arrive in lanzarote in august for 1 whole week…!!!
Kim, Gary & Leigha

— Kim – Cavan, Ireland

Thanks for a great meal & atmosphere & service.
Great resteraunt and the menu is really different and interesting.
I will be back

— John Crowder – St Helens, UK

We have just come back from Lanzarote and have to say we were blown away with the food put in front of us.
Fabulous hospitality and delicious food.
By far the best meal we had on the island.
Thanks Mike and compliments to Emmas cooking. We will return!!!!
Tommy, Jean, Nicole and Natasha.

— Tommy Bingham, England

Hi all in emmas cantina, this was our favourite restaurant for the months we lived in lanzarote, we had everyone of our family and friends hooked on it also! we’l be back shortly to get some more! elaine says thanks for the guacamole recipe. From your favourite customers Carl & Elaine

— Carl & Elaine – Dublin

After having stumbled upon Emma’s Cantina we can honestly say that we ate THE BEST Mexican meal we have ever eaten. After knowing Mike and Emma from their past days at Emma’s Bar, we knew we would experience quality and good service without question. However, the taste of the Mexican food was delicious-without doubt the tastiest Nachos we have ever had. Fajitas to die for, (and Mike brought the added grated cheese for me!!), and a steak with a gorgeous sauce on it. All round we were really happy to have found Mike and Emma again and would recommend this dining experience to everyone. The other so called ‘Mexican’ restaurants on the island, (and we have eaten in a good few over the years), don’t come anywhere near Emma’s Cantina.
Thanks Mike and Emma – A QUALITY MEAL

— Cat & Pete – Hull

Thank you for a wonderful meal, the chilli was FAB. We really enjoyed the atmosphere and will definitely want to return. Very authentic!! Thanks again!!

— Donna Buxton

Thanks for a fantastic meal and your hospitality, Mike. I will be back!

— Barry Murphy – Puerto del Carmen

Sooo Good we went there twice In our holiday. Mike and his fun and fantastic team set the bar at the start of our week and helped end it on a high. Excellent food ( the real chilli is awesome!), great liquid refreshment, Mmmm Tequilla and the finest company to dine by. A real winner, This fabulous restaurant is a must…See you in August and thanks for a great time Jason, Cathy not Maidstone or Poplar..just Hastings

— Jason & Cathy Smith – Hastings, Sussex

My parents live on the island and last time I visited them they took me to a wonderful little restaurant called Emma’s Cantina. On my current visit, the only thing I had planned was a week of sunbathing….and a trip to Emma’s! Besides the food being fabulous, the staff and owners are so friendly but beware, they are a bad influence – I’d never had a margherita until I went to Emmas! Sorry about your shirt Mike!

— Lorraine – Newcastle

Love this place, Mike is the friendliest restaurant owner that I have ever met, and the food is great too. Beware, you will go away stuffed.

— Justine – San Bartolomé

Started going to Emmas last year and it’s on our ‘must visit’ list. We were out in October with the whole family and everyone, including the grandchildren thoroughly enjoyed the experience – more than once.
It’s the first time in a long time I have heard my wife say ‘we must go back there’ to a restaurant.
Looking forward to our next trip in March – see you Emma and Mike.

— Oz – UK

I’d totally recommend this place for a lovely meal and nice atmosphere. the jalapeno peppers starter was gorgeous, as were the chicken fajitas. i even liked the guacomole and i dont usually like guacomole.
oh, and wicked decor too, definitely in my top 3 restaurants on the island.

— Andrea – Puerto del Carmen

An excellent meal, and we cannot recommend this place enough. The fajitas and the solomillo were superb. We’ve definitely found our new haunt now!
Thanks to Mike and Emma who really did spoil us tonight.
Elle & Alan xx
PS: Will be down again very soon – and bringing friends too!

— Elle – Almería, Spain

Daniela and Michael

Thanks so much for looking after myself and our large party recently

It was my first trip to Emma’s and it won’t be my last

The food, ambience and fabulous service was brilliant. All 11 of us in our party enjoyed every bite.

See ye next year

— Antoinette – Dublin, Ireland

we have just got back from eating at emmas children are full and happy,so is my wife so am i.we were welcomed in and from the start to the finish of our meal has been a very enjoyable dining experience.fantastic food,brilliant service,great ambiance,and if you get the chance try the strawberry ice margeritas.over all eleven out of ten.thanks to robbie,geraldine and all the staff we will definately be back.

— Rhys and Sam Lloys – Lanzarote

superb choice of food .what we had was delicious and tasty(chilli con carne (3chillies)).friendly service,splendid mojitos.

— John & Fran

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