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Destination Dining: The Best Restaurants in Los Cabos

Destination Dining: The Best Restaurants in Los Cabos

Although seafood remains the once and future king of the Cabo culinary landscape—something that should come as no surprise in an area long heralded for its world-class fishing—the increased profile and popularity of the peninsula’s Baja Med cuisine, as well as the world-class wines now being produced in Valle de Guadalupe outside of Ensenada, have helped attract an influx of talented and creative chefs to the region, spearheading the development of what is quickly becoming one of Mexico’s most fertile culinary hotbeds.

These days, Los Cabos can claim as rich and diverse a dining scene as any area in Baja California, with top restaurants in Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo featuring everything from Baja Med and regional Mexican cuisine to creative fusions and gourmet twists on international comfort food favorites like pastas and pizzas.

Many of the most renowned restaurants occupy privileged real estate at top area luxury resorts, of course, but visitors interested in exploring and experiencing the full spectrum of Los Cabos’ thriving dining scene will find first-class food and drink at a variety of price points, in locales as diverse as farm fields and rooftop aeries, and amidst atmospheres that range from button-down to barefoot casual.

Here are a few of our current favorites:

Best Restaurants in Los Cabos

Farm living at its finest: dinner at Flora’s Field Kitchen.

Best Restaurants in Los Cabos

Farm fields and farm-fresh cocktails are among the many sensory delights at Flora’s Field Kitchen.

Flora’s Field Kitchen

Los Cabos’ finest farm-to-table dining experience can be found in the middle of a 10-acre organic field in the rolling foothills of the Sierra de la Laguna, just outside of San Jose del Cabo. That’s where Flora’s Field Kitchen serves up a memorable array of delicious dishes made from freshly-picked produce, and cured meats and eggs from the neighboring ranch. Did I mention they also bake their own breads (and incredible gourmet pizzas) in a wood-fired oven? Locals and discerning visitors alike flock to this bucolic eatery to feast on fresh seasonal fare, and to sip Farmaritas (margaritas made with heirloom carrots) and other fresh juices and cocktails at the adjoining Farm Bar.

Best Restaurants in Los Cabos

Mi Cocina is located at Casa Natalia, the premier boutique hotel in downtown San Jose del Cabo.

Best Restaurants in Los Cabos

Chef Loïc Tenoux’s menu at Mi Cocina focuses on innovative Mexican-Euro cuisine.

Mi Cocina

Discover your vacation sweet spot amid cascading waterfalls and rustling palm fronds. Then add the savory delights of signature dishes like roasted chicken with chocolate and “Paris on your plate.” Chef Loïc Tenoux’s Mexican-Euro fusion dishes are the main attraction at Mi Cocina, a San Jose del Cabo fine dining benchmark that boasts a charming courtyard setting at the boutique hotel Casa Natalia. But the romantic setting and warm service certainly contribute to the restaurant’s sterling reputation locally, as do the masterfully mixed martinis and impressive array of blanco, reposado and anejo tequilas.

Best Restaurants in Los Cabos

Voila Bistro’s charming courtyard dining area is at Plaza Paulina in San Jose del Cabo’s historic Distrito del Arte.

Best Restaurants in Los Cabos

Lobster burritos are a lunch and dinner favorite at Voila Bistro and Catering.

Voila Bistro and Catering

The lobster burritos are justifiably famous, but Cordon Bleu trained Chef Roberto Valle’s menu offers a range of eclectic “Haute Mexican” cuisine, as well as a romantic courtyard setting at Plaza Paulina in San Jose del Cabo’s historic Art District, amidst the crumbling remains of a 19th century hacienda. For the signature Voila experience, stop by on a Friday evening for live jazz, and pair your lobster burrito or quiche Lorraine with a Voila martini, an addictive cosmo/sex on the beach style sipper made with vodka, peach liqueur, Cointreau, and cranberry juice.

Gourmet pizzas are a perennial favorite at Bar Esquina.

Best Restaurants in Los Cabos

Patio dining at Bar Esquina offers an opportunity to hear some of the finest live music in Los Cabos.

Bar Esquina

The hippest hangout on Cabo San Lucas’ Medano Beach may be Bar Esquina, an upscale eatery located just off the lobby at the boutique Bahia Hotel and Beach Club. Gourmet pizzas, Mediterranean fusions and fine dining standards like lamb chops and prime rib headline the offerings from the restaurant’s open kitchen, and are ably complemented by creative, hand-crafted cocktails from Esquina’s talented bar staff. The bests seats in the house aren’t at the chic 17-seat marble bar, however, but in the patio dining area, where groups like the Spanish-flavored Mala Rumba provide some of the area’s best live music.

Best Restaurants in Los Cabos

Baja Brewing Company now boasts three restaurants in Los Cabos, and sells its signature Cabotella blonde ale in five U.S. states.

Best Restaurants in Los Cabos

If the sea breezes get a little chilly, cuddle up by the fire pit at Baja Brewing Company’s rooftop location at Cabo Villas.

Baja Brewing Company

Although Baja Sur’s first microbrewery started out in San Jose del Cabo’s historic Art District, in recent years the company has branched out with scenic restaurants/brew pubs on the Marina and Medano Beach in Cabo San Lucas. For the perfect introduction to the this local institution, sample the suds and delicious dining options at BBC’s rooftop location at Cabo Villas on Medano Beach. Food options range from gourmet burgers and pizzas to a coffee dusted filet mignon that pairs perfectly with the rich German-style schwarzbier Escorpion Negro. Bottled highlights include the brewery’s signature Cabotella blonde ale (now available in five U.S. states: Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico and Texas).

Best Restaurants in Los Cabos

Beachfront atmosphere and scenic Land’s End views distinguish Hacienda Cocina y Cantina, the signature restaurant at Hacienda Beach Club and Residences.

Best Restaurants in Los Cabos

Traditional Mexican cuisine is the specialty of the house at Hacienda Cocina y Cantina.

Hacienda Cocina y Cantina

Looking for the best views in Cabo San Lucas? Try the scenically situated Hacienda Cocina y Cantina. Not only does this signature restaurant at the luxurious Hacienda Beach Club and Residences offer some of the best traditional Mexican cuisine in Los Cabos, it also offers diners incredible views of Land’s End and Bahia San Lucas from a privileged perch on Medano Beach near the entrance to the city’s marina. Regional Mexican dishes from culinary hotbeds like Guerrero, Oaxaca, Puebla and Vera Cruz are the specialties of the house, with extensive pairing options available from Hacienda’s internationally representative wine list and superb collection of top-shelf tequilas.

 

 

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Photos courtesy of Flora Farm, Casa Natalia, Voila Bistro and Catering, Bahia Hotel and Beach Club, Hacienda Cocina y Cantina, and Baja Brewing Company.

 

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About Chris Sands

Chris Sands is the author of Bohemia by the Bay, and writes about wine, golf, and travel for publications such as Baja.com, Los Cabos Guide, Los Cabos Magazine, 10 Best, and USA Today. He is a full-time resident of Cabo San Lucas.

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