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 Tupé

    $$$$ | Centro | Mexican

    Due to the talent and creativity of chefs Uziel Leaño and Luis González, El Tupé has become one of the darlings of the La Paz dining scene....Read More

  • 2. 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

  • 3. Los Tres Gallos

    $$ | Centro | Mexican

    A romantic courtyard shaded by fruit trees, classic rancheras (Mexican folk music), and traditional preparations of regional Mexican specialty...Read More

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 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. Café Canela

    $$ | Marina San Lucas | Mexican

    Café Canela offers contemporary Mexican fare, as well as a generous selection of soups, salads, sandwiches and pastas. The bi-level space near...Read More

  • 9. 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

  • 10. 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

  • 11. Edith's Restaurant

    $$$$ | Playa El Médano | Mexican

    One of the more upscale choices near hectic Médano Beach, Edith's is the sister restaurant to the popular The Office on the Beach. The Caesar...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

    $$ | Centro | Mexican

    The original Bismark is a bit out of the way, but it attracts families who settle down for hours at long wood tables, while waitresses divide...Read More

  • 14. El Bismark-cito

    $ | Mexican

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  • 15. 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

  • 16. 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

  • 17. 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

  • 18. Habanero’s

    $$ | Centro | Mexican

    The latest restaurant in the culinary empire of celebrity Chef Tadd Chapman, this gastro grill and tequila bar features a menu created by Tadd...Read More

  • 19. La Panga Antigua

    $$$$ | Centro | Mexican

    A 170-year-old wooden panga (small skiff) hangs above the door at this seafood-heavy, atmospheric restaurant, just across from San José's...Read More

  • 20. 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

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