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 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. 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

  • 2. Lolita Café

    $ | Centro | Café

    In a relaxing garden filled with retro-styled decor, waiters in mesh trucker hats and pearl button shirts deliver remarkable urban Mexican cuisine...Read More

  • 3. Miguel's

    $ | Mexican

    Deliciously prepared chiles rellenos are the attraction at Miguel's. The sign out front says so, and so does a faded New York Times article...Read More

  • 4. Baja Beans

    $ | Café

    Although Los Cabos and Baja are not coffee-growing regions, the folks in the town of El Pescadero roast the finest beans from the Sierra Norte...Read More

  • 5. Baja Cantina Marina

    $ | Marina San Lucas | Mexican

    This large, casual, sportfishing-oriented cantina, just around the corner from the Wyndham Hotel, draws a lot of guys who come for the all-day...Read More

  • 6. Bandido's Grill

    $ | Centro | Burger

    Bandido's has come a long way since opening nearly a decade ago with three plastic tables and a grill fixed under the hood of an old pickup...Read More

  • 7. Buzzard's Bar & Grill

    $ | Laguna Hills | American

    Fronted by miles of secluded beach, this casual seaside cantina (with cheap cervezas) gets rave reviews from locals who make the slightly involved...Read More

  • 8. Caffé Gourmet

    $ | Café

    Not far from hotels, restaurants, and important downtown sights, this small café is a great place to recharge with a morning espresso, chai...Read More

  • 9. Caffé Todos Santos

    $ | Eclectic

    Omelets, bagels, granola, and whole-grain breads delight the breakfast crowd at this casual small eatery; deli sandwiches, fresh salads, and...Read More

  • 10. California Ranch Market

    $ | Mexican

    With a great selection of beer and wines, as well as organic and frozen foods, healthy and low-calorie offerings, and cheese, California Ranch...Read More

  • 11. Crazy Lobster Bar & Grill

    $ | Centro | Mexican

    Lobster's the thing here, but daily specials like surf-and-turf combos round out the list. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, this typical...Read More

  • 12. El Ahorcado

    $ | Mexican

    By day it looks like a hole-in-the-wall, but when the sun goes down, the rummage-sale-meets-taco-stand atmosphere of this open-air local favorite...Read More

  • 13. El Bismark-cito

    $ | Mexican

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  • 14. 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

  • 15. El Marinero Borracho

    $ | Marina | Mexican

    This two-story palapa restaurant, named “The Drunken Sailor,” is always packed with locals and tourists alike. It’s no wonder; the location...Read More

  • 16. Gordo Lele's Tacos & Tortas

    $ | Centro | Mexican

    Ready for a floor show along with your tacos or tortas ? Listen for the blaring Beatles' tunes, then watch owner Javier Reynoso don his Beatles...Read More

  • 17. Las Guacamayas Taqueria

    $ | Centro | Mexican

    The outdoor-garden setting of Las Guacamayas is a bit kitschy, with trees sprouting up from the floor, and Christmas lights strung from branch...Read More

  • 18. Los Laureles

    $ | Centro | Seafood

    A small stand that looks as if it might have been rolled along the street by a vendor is just the entryway decoration for this well-established...Read More

  • 19. Mariscos Mazatlán

    $ | Arenal | Seafood

    Ask a local where he or she goes for dinner, and they inevitably mention Mariscos Mazatlán, and the crowds of Mexicans lunching at this simple...Read More

  • 20. Pan d'Les

    $ | Centro | Bakery

    Fortify yourself for a morning of sightseeing—the place is open only until 2:30 pm—at Pan d'Les in La Paz's central business district. Transplanted...Read More

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