Los Cabos Restaurants

Prepare yourself for a gourmand's delight. The competition, creativity, selection, and, yes, even the prices are utterly beyond comprehension. From elegant dining rooms to casual seafood cafés to simple taquerías, Los Cabos serves up anything from standard to thrilling fare.Seafood is the true highlight here. Fresh catches that
Prepare yourself for a gourmand's delight. The competition, creativity, selection, and, yes, even the prices are utterly beyond comprehension. From elegant dining rooms to casual seafood cafés to simple taquerías, Los Cabos serves up anything from standard to thrilling
Prepare yourself for a gourmand's delight. The competition, creativity, selection, and, yes, even the prices are utterly

Prepare yourself for a gourmand's delight. The competition, creativity, selection, and, yes, even the prices are utterly beyond comprehension. From elegant dining rooms to casual seafood cafés to simple taquerías, Los Cabos serves up anything from standard to thrilling fare.

Seafood is the true highlight here. Fresh catches that land on the menus include dorado (mahimahi), lenguado (halibut), cabrilla (sea bass), jurel (yellowtail), wahoo, and marlin. Local lobster, shrimp, and octopus are particularly good. Fish grilled over a mesquite wood fire is perhaps the most indigenous and tasty seafood dish, while the most popular may be the tacos de pescado (fish tacos): traditionally a deep-fried fillet wrapped in a handmade corn tortilla, served with shredded cabbage, cilantro, and salsas. Beef and pork—commonly served marinated and grilled—are also delicious. Many restaurants import their steak, lamb, duck, and quail from the state of Sonora, Mexico's prime pastureland, and also from the United States, though many of the high-end spots are only using local ingredients.

In San José, international chefs prepare excellent Continental, French, Asian, and Mexican dishes in lovely, intimate restaurants, and it's where the major portion of the area's explosion in new eateries has occurred. Following in the footsteps of Northern Baja’s Valle de Guadalupe, several restaurants on the outskirts of San José del Cabo are offering farm-to-table cuisine, as well as cooking courses and tours. This organic movement has spread from the Farmer’s Market in San José del Cabo to the luxury resorts along the coast that rely on the farms for their daily menu. The Corridor is the place to go for exceptional (and expensive) hotel restaurants, while intense competition for business in Los Cabos means many restaurants go through periodic remodels and reinvention, the Corridor restaurants included. With San José emerging as the hotbed of culinary activity, it’s fair to say that Cabos San Lucas lags somewhat behind. But Cabo has comfort food covered, with franchise eateries from McDonald's, Subway, Johnny Rocket’s, Domino's, and Ruth's Chris Steak House.

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  • 1. El Rey Sol

    $$$ | Centro | French

    From its chateaubriand bouquetière (garnished with a bouquet of vegetables) to the savory chicken chipotle cooked with brandy, port wine,...Read More

  • 2. La Guerrerense

    $ | Seafood

    This food-cart stall off of Ensenada's bustling Calle Primera is the place where locals get a solid helping of the region's seafood. Established...Read More

  • 3. Laja

    $$$$ | Mexican

    One sign that the Valle de Guadalupe has its sights on Napa is this extraordinary restaurant set inside a cozy little house. Celebrity chef...Read More

  • 4. Malva

    $$ | Eclectic

    With sprawling views of vineyards, this restaurant is surrounded by acres of farmland where Chef Roberto Alcocer gathers ingredients for nearly...Read More

  • 5. Sano's

    $$$ | Steakhouse

    This elegant restaurant, with its white linens and soft candlelight, is the best steak house in Baja California. Aged for 21 days, the black...Read More

  • 6. Almazara Gastrobar

    $$ | Mexican

    This former olive oil refinery is reminiscent of a Manhattan loft with its high ceilings, concrete floors, white brick walls, and chalkboard...Read More

  • 7. Belio

    $$$ | Mexican

    Polished floors, stone pillars, and a staircase leading down to an oceanfront terrace make this one of the best places in Ensenada to enjoy...Read More

  • 8. Corazon de Tierra

    $$$$ | Eclectic

    A glass box restaurant surrounded by rows of vegetables and sunflowers that are plucked and brought to the chef—and hours later to your table...Read More

  • 9. El Charro

    $ | Centro | Mexican

    Platters of chiles rellenos, enchiladas, tamales, and guacamole are served on El Charro's heavy wooden picnic tables below enormous piñatas...Read More

  • 10. El Nido Steakhouse

    $$$ | Steakhouse

    A dark, wood-paneled restaurant with leather booths and a large central fireplace, this is one of Rosarito's oldest eateries, and the best in...Read More

  • 11. La Casa de la Langosta

    $$$ | Seafood

    Seafood soup and grilled fish are options at the "House of Lobster," but clearly lobster is the star. It's served in omelets and burritos or...Read More

  • 12. Latitud 32

    $$ | Steakhouse

    Named for its location on the map, this restaurant at El Cielo Vineyards specializes in Baja cuisine and grilled cuts like flavorful skirt steak...Read More

  • 13. Manzanilla

    $$$$ | Centro | Eclectic

    Two of the most exciting chef-owners in Baja Norte, Benito Molina and Solange Muris, have taken a truly modern approach to Mexican cuisine at...Read More

  • 14. Mi Casa Supper Club

    $$ | Moroccan

    Mi Casa evolved out of a unique underground dining alternative that literally originated in the “casa” of the owners, Dennis and Bo Bendana...Read More

  • 15. Ophelia

    $$ | Eclectic

    For a bit of Asian flair along Carretera 1, check out Ophelia, opened by Rosendo Ramos. It's a favorite among the Ensenada foodie crowd. Shiitake...Read More

  • 16. Rosamar

    $ | Seafood

    This two-story establishment is well patronized by locals, but not so much by tourists. Perhaps it's because of the bright, unromantic lighting...Read More

  • 17. Susanna’s

    $$ | Playas de Rosarito | Eclectic

    In addition to the fresh Southern California cuisine, many come to this restaurant to connect with the charming owner Susanna who moved to Rosarito...Read More

  • 18. Los Naranjos

    $$ | Mexican

    This pleasant restaurant may be overshadowed by the renowned Laja a few steps away, but it holds to more regular hours. Well respected for its...Read More

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