By Meghan Fitzpatrick
The newest restaurant on the Cabo scene is Sonoma Wine Garden, a trendy, upscale venue. Located right in the heart of town, Sonoma Wine Garden is nestled between Pink Kitty nightclub and Las Quesadillas Mexican restaurant — a prime location. Once you step inside the restaurant, it is like a calm haven: You are completely unaware of the hustle and bustle outside, and the fact that Sonoma Wine Garden is located in the absolute busiest part of Cabo.
Set back from the street, no detail was overlooked when it came to making Sonoma Wine Garden as calm and peaceful as possible. The interior is both relaxing and beautiful, with giant palm trees throughout, interspersed with water features, fire features and a large, illuminated onyx bar by the entrance. There are hanging lanterns and candles, making for a very romantic and warm glow after dark. The floor is tiled with giant slabs of white limestone and the walls, which are also mostly stone, are decorated with leafy vines and pictures of vineyards. Walking into Sonoma Wine Garden is not entirely unlike walking into an actual restaurant in Sonoma.
The menu at Sonoma Wine Garden focuses on Mediterranean flavors, with a “California touch.” The ingredients hail from both local Baja (freshly caught fish, organic meats and fresh salads and fruit) and from afar, like many of their wines and cheeses. No matter what you enjoy, it is likely that you will find something that suits your palate on the menu at Sonoma Wine Garden
The menu at Sonoma Wine Garden is comprised of an international fare — many of the meats and cheeses (in addition to the wine) are from France, Italy and Spain. The most expensive entrées on the menu are US$32 for a USDA Rib Eye steak and US$40 for a dozen oysters paired with six jumbo prawns. If you are looking for some great deals, Sonoma Wine Garden also has a number of weekly specials that should not be missed.
For the more budget-conscious, Sonoma Wine Garden’s numerous specials are a breath of fresh air. Their Happy Hour runs daily from 2-6 p.m. and includes their “Uno dos tres cuatro” menu, comprised of US$4 Well Drinks, US$3 Margaritas, US$2 Beer and US$1 Bar Bites. This menu is available seven days a week. On Monday’s there is a new promotion called “Timeshare Owner Mondays” – timeshare owners have no corkage fee and 2 x 1 on entrees of the same or less value. Thursday nights are “Hospitality Nights”, where ladies are served free sparkling wine with the purchase of a meal and are given a 50% discount on food items on the menu. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays there is a late night menu available from 11 p.m. until 2 a.m., and on Sundays be sure to stop by to enjoy their Live Music Night from 8-10 p.m.
Given the name of the establishment, it goes without saying that the restaurant’s wine selections will be interesting, and they are. Comprised of a very extensive international selection, the wine list represents wines from both the new and old world wine growing regions. Many hail from California, however México, Argentina, Italy, France, New Zealand and Chile are also well represented. Should you feel at all overwhelmed by the wine list, there is always, of course, a sommelier you can talk to who can help you with your selection.
In the general spirit of Sonoma and California, and despite the restaurant’s haute-style décor, there is no dress code (though shoes and shirt are a good idea). Patrons can adapt their style to any occasion — a romantic date, family dinner, or even just a casual lunch.
Eating out in Cabo you will be spoiled for choice by countless restaurant options, yet Sonoma Wine Garden is a truly unique choice given its location, atmosphere, service, and the high quality of their food and drinks. Few other places in Cabo can boast such tranquility in the bustling downtown that is Cabo San Lucas “Centro”.
Sonoma Wine Garden’s hours of operation are Sunday – Wednesday from 2 p.m. until 12 a.m., Thursday – Saturday 2 p.m. until 2 a.m. They also have valet parking with the first two hours for free. For more information about the restaurant please visit the Cabo San Lucas Restaurant Guide.
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