Top Restaurants – Los Cabos

In Dine, Los Cabos by Jennifer Dunkin


An open air palapa style restaurant that serves a unique and flavorful hybrid of Mexican and Mediterranean cuisine creatively called “Mexiterrean Cuisine.” Creating dishes that include both traditional Mexican mole sauce and tagine components is a genius idea that every palate will agree with. The varieties of seafood, pork, and steak cooked with Moroccan influence is a new and exciting experience that pleasantly surprises each guest’s taste buds. Executive Chef Larbi Dahrouch decided to offer a more casual fine dining experience to the One & Only Palmilla Resort. Agua by Larbi sits on a large bluff facing the sea for a calm and relaxing dining experience. The wine menu is perfectly paired with the Mexiterrean cuisine featuring a majority of undiscovered Mexican wines and other vintage selections from across the globe.

Insider’s Tip: Agua is Spanish for water so appropriately, Agua has a water list with almost twenty varieties of still and sparkling water to carefully choose from.

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A true fine dining experience in downtown Cabo San Lucas paired with a champagne terrace, impeccable views of the city lights, and waves crashing into the beach. El farallon is tucked back into the cliffs of The Resort at Pedregal which eludes an even more isolated and majestic vibe to diners. Start your experience off with a glass of premium bubbly while taking a minute to appreciate the sites that surround you. The freshly caught fish are laid out on mounds of shaved ice and each catch is weighed on an old fashioned scale upon order. Local experts are on site to answer any questions guests might have about the menu and to help each person order appropriately to their taste.

Insider’s Tip: Check out the chalkboard at the front of the restaurant for the handwritten daily special, it is guaranteed to be the freshest fish that the Pacific has to offer.

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Located overlooking the famous Arch of Los Cabos, the breathtaking view that this authentic Italian restaurant offers, especially at sunset, is only the beginning. Sunset da Mona Lisa combines playful mixtures of flavors and textures with traditional principles of Italian cuisine. Sunset da Mona Lisa will absolutely please each individual’s taste, but it is about much more than that. It is a place full of emotions and an experience for all of the senses. The passion that the staff has for creating top notch cuisine and the high standard of service create a truly unique experience to diners, one that you won’t want to miss while visiting Los Cabos.

Insider’s Tip: Order a pacific cocktail and pair it with a traditional pasta to experience the best of both Mexico and Italy at the same time, the combination will shock your senses.

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This farm to table outdoor restaurant combines a relaxed dining environment with the principles and standards of fine dining for a truly unique and humbling experience. Its completely organic approach results in both a healthy and deliciously fresh meal. After you eat make sure to take some time to explore the farm, turtle pond, event venue, and gardens. There is also a farmer’s market on location where you can purchase the freshest produce to take with you to go, so the healthy fun doesn’t have to end when you leave. The farm holds different seasonally appropriate family friendly events throughout the year as well. The road to Flora Farms might be a bumpy one, but it is well worth it and guarantees to satisfy your needs, whether you are seeking a fun day with the family, or a romantic and sophisticated dinner with a loved one. Soft jazz music playing in the background, the aroma of fresh flowers and produce all around, and smiling faces at every corner set a perfectly positive mood at this farm fresh restaurant.

Insider’s Tip: Make a reservation for Sunday brunch and order Flora’s version of a bloody mary called Pelo de Perro (hair of the dog) and the lemon ricotta pancakes, they are to die for.

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The One & Only recently reopened after serious hurricane reconstruction and along with an extensive list of resort renovations, they also added a new steakhouse to their directory called Seared. Michelin-starred Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten brought a collection of the finest steaks and freshest Pacific seafood to Seared. He paired them with decadent sauces, all the right side dishes, and an extensive wine list to create an all around satisfying fine dining steakhouse experience to guests. A new glass wall meat cellar contains a variety of fifteen different premium cuts from all around the world. Seared is sure that the vast array of flavors, choices, and unconventional combinations of steak and seafood will blow guests away time and time again.

Insider’s Tip: Do not skip out on the heirloom tomato salad, it’s loaded with fresh avocado chunks, glazed in homemade dressing, and is absolutely delicious.

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Think quaint, quiet, and whimsical. Located in downtown San Jose Tequila Restaurant’s dining room is covered in white table cloths under flowering fruit trees light up by the moon and stars every night. Visit the chef’s herb garden to find lush rosemary, lemon grass, basil, and more that is used to accent each dish differently. The menu items vary including Asian, Mediterranean, and Mexican influences that are all perfectly plated and presented. All of the meat and seafood that Tequila Restaurant uses is local and their produce comes directly from their very own verified organic farm “Los Tamarindos” in San Jose.

Insider’s Tip: Not only does Tequila Restaurant offer an extensive tequila and wine list, they also have a humidor full of the finest selections of cigars in the area.

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A regional fusion of steaks and seafood with local ingredients is where Edith’s success begins. After the precisely well thought out and perfected recipes comes a fun and welcoming atmosphere and a top of the line service staff creating one of the best dining experiences in Cabo. Menu items like handmade tortillas, chile poblanos, and perfectly cooked tuna are all an expression of the culinary celebration of life in Los Cabos. Candle lights and palapas, with views of Medano beach and the Arch set the tone for a perfectly authentic vacation dinner.

Insider’s Tip: Although portion sizes are large and stuffing your face will be tempting, make sure to save room for the banana’s foster. It is an absolute must try.

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We might be in Mexico, but who doesn’t love authentic Italian? Romeo & Julieta is the place to find it. An intimate setting located just outside the entrance of Pedregal, Romeo & Julieta is easy to access and just off the beaten path of downtown San Lucas. Whether you prefer an intimate dinner in a private room, or a patio meal under the stars, Romeo & Julieta’s spacious venue will accommodate you. The restaurant decor and aroma of fresh Italian ingredients cooking nearby makes guests feel like they are in Tuscany for the night.

Insider’s Tip: Step away from your resort’s all-inclusive breakfast options and head to Romeo & Julieta. They serve an international style breakfast paired with endless mimosas daily from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m..

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Nick-San is an award winning Japanese restaurant and sushi bar with two Los Cabos locations, one in downtown Cabo San Lucas and the other on the Corridor in The Shoppes at Palmilla near San Jose. Not only is it Cabo’s most popular sushi spot, but it is known worldwide for serving stylistic sushi and seafood dishes. Plating is more than impressive here, like nothing you’ve seen before. The key to Nick-san’s success is the perfect balance that owners and executive chefs Angel Carbajal and Masayuki Niikura have found between fine Japanese cuisine and traditional Mexican ingredients.

Insider’s Tip: Let yourself step outside the sushi box and really be bold. Rather than ordering what you always get, let the expert sushi chefs surprise you by asking them to make you their personal favorite.

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Many locals and tourists describe this restaurant as the hippest gathering spot in town. Whether it’s a family dinner or a night out filled with drinks and appetizers, Bar Esquina will suit your needs. The 190 degree expedition kitchen allows guests to watch their meals being created in front of them, a unique and exciting experience that sets Bar Esquina aside from the rest. The menu is changed seasonally, catering to the freshest ingredients as they bloom. Guests can choose from inside, patio, or bar dining, and have nightly live music at their leisure for enjoyment.

Insider’s Tip: Patio dining in Cabo is always nice, but take advantage of this unique exhibition style kitchen and grab a seat at the Chef’s table to watch the talented team prepare your meal in front of you.

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This Argentinian style steakhouse makes sure that you know exactly what you are getting yourself into. Next to the entrance you will see a chalkboard where they explain the different cuts of cow and write out the nightly specials. Once you enter, you will see grill masters cooking up massive ribs and steaks to perfection right outside in the open air. The ambiance of Chamuyo is the ideal vacation dinner vibe. With subtle live music playing in the background, a simple wooden clipboard style menu, and alluring plants all around, you can cut right to the point and order the steak you have been craving, and then focus on the serenity that surrounds you.

Insider’s Tip: Request the back table behind the tree. It is secluded enough that you feel like you are at a private dinner, but also has the best view of the restaurant and live entertainment.

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La Villa Serena became a Cabo legend famous for it’s great deals on the cape’s freshest lobster. Today it is still a highly recommended restaurant to tourists looking for a scenic and outdoor dining experience. Their spacious patio seems to dangle over the sea and includes a dining area, swimming pool, and playground for the little ones. An array of different music is always present to serenade patrons as they enjoy their meals. A live guitarist every night, pianist every sunday, and a cuban group on Sundays keeps things at La Villa Serena interesting.

Insider’s Tip: Book a reservation for sunset to experience one of the most vibrant glimpses of the Arch and the sea just before they disappear into the night.

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A panoramic ocean view is the ideal way to wine and dine in Los Cabos. Sit back, relax, and watch surfers tumble in the beautiful waves of the Sea of Cortez. 7 Seas strives to be as environmentally friendly as possible, while preparing creative raw and grilled menu options. Palapa and outdoor seating allow diners to relax and enjoy their meal in a true paradise. 7 Seas is also an extremely spacious entity perfect for hosting events and is easily transformed into a beautiful venue for weddings and elegant beach parties.

Insider’s Tip: The spicy tuna sushi rolls are an untraditional spin on maki served with fresh jalapeño slices, and they are the freshest most delicious starter on the menu.

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An authentic Mexican restaurant is just what this list has been lacking. Mi Casa has been a culinary landmark in the heart of Cabo San Lucas for over 20 years and just recently expanded by opening a second location is San Jose del Cabo. The history and culture of Mi Casa calls upon the mystical spirit of old Mexico. Their menu virtually takes you on a tour through all of the significant regions and time periods in Mexico’s gastronomic history. Flavors so bold that your tastebuds will awaken and seriously thank you for diving into some real Mexican food.

Insider’s Tip: The extensive menu might seem overwhelming and tempt you to go with your usual chicken tacos, but be bold and order a traditional Mexican dish, something with mole sauce on top.

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This restaurant is not only inspired by the seafood available in the Baja, but by all of the freshest ingredients that surround the American borders. Executive Chef Gonzalo Cerda is an Argentinean native and plays off of influences from North, Central, and South. Cocina Del Mar serves both breakfast and dinner daily with creative menu options that you won’t find elsewhere. Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free options roam the menu as well, so if you aren’t a seafood lover don’t worry. The wide variety of influence that Chef Cerda uses sets his dishes aside from the rest of what is available in Los Cabos.

Insider’s Tip: Try the seafood tortilla soup, it’s a starter that puts a delicious and fresh Baja spin on the tradition Mexican classic.

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Another Argentinian Steakhouse that makes our list is La Pampa, located in downtown Cabo San Lucas. This steakhouse stays true to Argentinian style as possible, down to every last detail. Although fine cut meats are the focus at this restaurant, La Pampa still offers an extensive menu featuring numerous appetizers, salads, sandwiches, and specials as well. La Pampa requests that if you plan on ordering a special like the whole beef rib cage or the baby lamb and pork to call and order two days in advance so that proper cooking time can be utilized.

Insider’s tip: Stop in La Pampa for dinner on a Thursday or Saturday night and you will be accompanied with live music played by Andres Campuzano.

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