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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

Find your vacation bliss to the sound of cascading waterfalls and rustling palm fronds combined with the savory delights of signature dishes like roasted chicken with chocolate and “Paris on your plate.” Chef Loïc Tenoux’s innovative Mexican-Euro fusion cuisine is the main attraction at Mi Cocina, a San Jose del Cabo fine dining fixture that boasts a lovely courtyard setting at the boutique hotel Casa Natalia. But the serene setting and outstanding 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.

 

 

Planning a trip to Los Cabos? Talk to a travel agent at Baja.com.

Baja.com is a comprehensive online source of first-hand travel information for the Baja California Peninsula. We offer Baja travelers expert advice about local restaurantshotelsvacation rentals and activities, as well as guides, maps, complete event calendars and great stories about incredible travel destinations, from  Tijuana  to Cabo San Lucas.  We also provide free personal travel consulting, planning and booking services in Los Cabos, Todos Santos and La Paz, with prices that match or are below best advertised price. For more information, please call toll-free (US/CAN) 855-BAJA-411 or email us at info@baja.com.

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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Have a Baja Moment! Sample the Suds at Baja Brewing Company

Have a Baja Moment! Sample the Suds at Baja Brewing Company

While Baja California Norte rides the crest of a craft brew boom, with a steady stream of first-class beers flowing from the taps of Tijuana and its northern neighbors, in the southern part of the peninsula the suds scene is a bit simpler. There’s Baja Brewing Company, and then there’s everybody else.

Baja Sur’s first microbrewery continues to be the standard bearer (or beerer) for Los Cabos and environs, providing pure thirst-quenching pleasure with numerous draft and bottled brew selections, not to mention several scenic locations and tons of tasty menu options. But just as there are four elements, four seasons, and four suits in a deck of cards, the recipe for Baja Brewing Company’s ongoing popularity can be summed up in four basic ingredients: water, yeast, barley, and hops.

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Baja Brewing Company offers an excellent selection of bottled and draft beers.

Baja Brewing Company opened their first location in San Jose del Cabo’s historic Art District in 2007, and in the six years since has added two sites in Cabo San Lucas: a rooftop aerie at Cabo Villas overlooking Medano Beach, and a Marina-side restaurant nestled between Puerto Paraiso shopping mall and the high-end boutiques of Luxury Avenue. This steady growth is no accident. From its inception, BBC has been a beacon for visiting beer lovers and foodies seeking palate pleasers and picturesque surroundings.

Baja Brewing Company offers a six-pack of bottled treasures – Cabotella, Baja Blond, Baja Razz, Baja Red, Baja Black, and Baja Stout – as well as a heady selection of on beers on tap. Seasonal brews shuffle the draft deck from time to time, but consistent crowd favorites include a lovely Belgian-style Witbier; a dark, chocolatey Escorpion Negro Schwarzbier; a rich, creamy Oatmeal Stout; and a Peyote Pale Ale that will satisfy the most discerning of Northern California hopsters.

Baja Brewing Company

Stunning Land’s End views are among the many delights on tap at Baja Brewing Company’s rooftop location at Cabo Villas.

Menu options at Baja Brewing Company range from casual fare and mesquite fired gourmet pizzas to fine dining selections. Savory starters include Champagne Corn Bisque and Seared Ahi Tuna Salad, and seafood lovers will also want to sample salty delights such as the Sauteed Red Snapper and Crusted Sea Bass. Burgers and pub-style standards like Fish and Chips and Shepherd’s Pie are excellent options for lunchtime visitors, while dinner guests may prefer to try signature dishes like the Sizzling Arrachera Skewers and Coffee Dusted Filet Mignon. Leave room for dessert, if you can. The New York Cheesecake with Seasonal Fruit is a wonderful way to cap your meal.

Over the years, I’ve developed some standard pairing options. I always match the Basil Blue Cheese Burger Feel with a pint of Peyote Pale Ale, and it’s hard to beat the superb combination of Coffee Dusted Filet Mignon and Escorpion Negro, a German-style Schwarzbier. What’s a good option for children and teetotalers, you ask? Good question. I recommend a plate of Chicken Fingers or Chipotle Chicken Wings and a glass of homemade root beer. Feel free to find your own favorites, of course. I suggest a not-so-rigorous series of trial and error tastings.

Baja Brewing Company

In addition to making great beer, Baja Brewing Company also offers some of the finest food in Los Cabos.

Each of Baja Brewing Company’s sites boasts specific charms. The original San Jose del Cabo location is a wonderful spot to pop in for a cold draft beer between art gallery visits, and the warm furnishings and cozy booths of the Marina restaurant make it a great place to sample a flight of draft beers and check out the latest sporting events, or simply to enjoy fine food in air-conditioned comfort. But my personal favorite remains the rooftop location at Cabo Villas. The elevated deck overlooks Medano Beach and Land’s End, and this is a perfect spot for sunset drinks or an outdoor lunch or dinner. If the tropical breezes start to bite (a phenomenon generally confined to the month of January), ask for a Mexican blanket and relax by the fire pit with an oatmeal stout. It works every time.

 

Planning a trip to Los Cabos? Talk to a travel agent at Baja.com.

Baja.com is a comprehensive online source of first-hand travel information for the Baja California Peninsula. We offer Baja travelers expert advice about local restaurantshotelsvacation rentals and activities, as well as guides, maps, complete event calendars and great stories about incredible travel destinations, from Tijuana to Cabo San Lucas.  We also provide free personal travel consulting, planning and booking services in Los Cabos, Todos Santos and La Paz, with prices that match or are below best advertised price. For more information, please call toll-free (US/CAN) 855-BAJA-411 or email us at info@baja.com.

 

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Baja Brewing Company: Craft Beer and a Microbrewery in Baja Sur

“Burro is a bold survivor, an independent wanderer, a hard-headed master of his terrain, and the representative ambassador of the Baja.  In homage of this noble beast, the Baja Brewing Company has been established to create great ale beers that match the splendor and majesty of our oh-so-loved burro.” Baja Brewing Company

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The Baja Brewing Company opened it’s doors in 2007 in San Jose del Cabo, the first microbrewery in the state of Baja California Sur.  The beers and food were a hit from the start and it wasn’t long before they opened a second location…and now there are three.  Just like that old and bold survivor, the burro, Baja Brewing Company keeps on truckin’ down the road to beer success.

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Want a change from Pacifico? Try the Baja Blonde. Prefer Negro Modelo? How about the Oatmeal Stout.  And there are plenty more varieties to try!

With three locations, or cantinas, in Los Cabos–just off the plaza in downtown San Jose del Cabo,  above Cabo Villas on the rooftop, and on the marina in Cabo San Lucas–Baja Brewing has become a favorite hangout among locals and tourists alike. It doesn’t take long to get to know the friendly faces of the staff and the regular patrons who come by to take advantage of the daily happy hour specials.

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Baja Brewing Company at Cabos Villas Beach Resort

The beer selection varies, featuring seasonal beers, a pale ale, and even a raspberry lager. New recipes are always in the works. The company now distributes its beer up and down the peninsula, as well as across the globe — in fact, a company in Australia recently discovered the delicious flavors of Baja Brewing Company’s beers. Look for it on menus from Loreto to Sydney.

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Where to taste a Baja brew?  Well, besides anywhere including the beach, your bed, a boat deck, etc., you can just go to the following hot spots to find craft beer and the Baja Brewing Company!

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Downtown San José del Cabo in the Historic Art District Ph 624-146-9995

Roof top terrace of Cabo Villas resort on the beach behind Baja Cantina
Ph 624-143-9199 (ask fo Baja Brewing Company)

Ground floor of Puerto Paraiso mall on the Marina (next to Ruth’s Chris and Jonny Rocket’s)
Ph 624-144-3805

What’s your favorite Baja brew? Even if you don’t have one yet, you’re bound to find one at Baja Brewing Company!

Ready for a trip to Los Cabos?  Check out our new School’s Out promotion, featuring great deals for two of the area’s premier hotels, Hotel El Ganzo in San Jose del Cabo, and Bahia Hotel & Beach Club in Cabo San Lucas. Better book now, the promotion ends on July 31st. 

Baja.com is a comprehensive online source of first-hand travel information for the Baja California Peninsula, supported by a full-service tour operator staffed by Baja locals (our “Baja Travel Savants”). We offer Baja travelers expert advice about local restaurants, hotels and vacation rentals, as well as guides, maps and articles about events, sports and activities. We provide bilingual customer support, information and sales seven days a week, 365 days a year.  For more information, please call toll-free (US/CAN) 855-BAJA-411 or email us at info@baja.com.

 

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Baja Brewing Company: Baja Sur’s One and Only Microbrewery

By Meghan Fitzpatrick

The Baja Brewing Company is Baja Sur’s only microbrewery, but with seven staple beers and an assortment of seasonal draft offerings, you are guaranteed to find something you like.  Want a change from Pacifico? Try the Baja Blonde. Prefer Negro Modelo? How about the Oatmeal Stout. They have more than enough choices to suit any beer-drinking palate.

Inside the brewery

With three locations, or cantinas, in Los Cabos–just off the plaza in downtown San Jose del Cabo,  above Cabo Villas on the rooftop, and on the marina in Cabo San Lucas–Baja Brewing has become a favorite hangout among locals and tourists alike. It doesn’t take long to get to know the friendly faces of the staff and the regular patrons who come by to take advantage of the daily happy hour specials.

Baja Brewing Company opened its first brewery in San Jose del Cabo in 2007, among the historic art galleries of the colonial town. In 2009, the company expanded to a second facility in Cabo San Lucas–the Cabo Villas Rooftop location– and in 2011 they opened a third location in Cabo San Lucas on the Marina. They also brew their beer at a production brewery in Mexicali.

The beer selection varies, featuring seasonal beers, a pale ale, and even a raspberry lager. New recipes are always in the works. The company now distributes its beer up and down the peninsula, as well as across the globe — in fact, a company in Australia recently discovered the delicious flavors of Baja Brewing Company’s beers. Look for it on menus from Loreto to Sydney.

The founders

Jordan Gardenshire and his father, Charlie Gardenshire, Rob Kelly, and David Hatfield–four lovers of beer and Baja–together created the Baja Brewing Company.

Jordan’s love affair with brewing beer started in his college days in Colorado when he started experimenting with different ways to home brew from inside his apartment. It wasn’t long before Jordan was became an accredited brewer and member of the American Brewers Guild. In addition to his brewing expertise, Jordan also acquired a considerable amount of business expertise managing and and running a franchise business in Boulder, Colorado. His combined brewing and business expertise made him a perfect founding partner of Baja Brewing Company.

After Jordan started his work on Baja Brewing in Los Cabos, it wasn’t long before his father, Charlie, wanted in on some of the action and fun his son was having in Baja. Charlie moved to Los Cabos about a year after Jordan to help his son get the ball rolling with Baja Brewing. Charlie joined the Baja Brewing Company team with an impressive resume, boasting an extensive background in both marketing and international tourism.

The next person to want in on the Baja Brewing action was Rob Kelly. Rob joined the Baja Brewing team with experience in restaurant design and management. Like Jordan, Rob joined the team after having lived in Boulder, Colorado for many years. In Boulder Rob managed a very successful restaurant and bar–one of the most popular college bars in Boulder. After visiting Los Cabos, Rob was excited to start a restaurant and bar with the great food and atmosphere he knew in Boulder.

Lastly (but certainly not least), David Hatfield joined the Baja Brewing team in Los Cabos. After having lived in Cabo for many years managing a fishing fleet, David found himself with itchy feet and seeking new challenges. David joined the Baja Brewing crew and the rest is history–together the four of them founded the Baja Brewing Company.

Where to taste a Baja brew

San Jose del Cabo - The San Jose del Cabo location for Baja Brewing Company is located at Morelos 1227, San José del Cabo, BCS, México and is open seven days a week from noon until late at night.

In addition to the brewery located at the San José, there is also a full restaurant and bar, as well as a stage for live music performances–they feature live music from 10pm onwards on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Their menu includes classic pub fare like burgers and fries or fish-n-chips, and other mains like sea bass, filet mignon, shrimp or pasta dishes. All three Baja Brewing locations have what is arguably the best pizza in Los Cabos. Their dough is made with a secret ingredient – beer, and topped with barley. Try it at any of the three locations and see what you think.

Cabo Villas  - The Cabo Villas cantina is located on the rooftop of the Cabo Villas Resort at Callejon del Pescador S/N, El Medano Ejidal, Cabo San Lucas, BCS, México. Overlooking Medano Beach, it has one of the best views in all of Cabo and has been the host to countless wedding receptions as a result. The menu here is basically the same as the San Jose del Cabo cantina; Friday Prime Rib night is a popular affair. Live music plays on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The Cabo Villas BBC is open daily from 8 a.m. until 1 a.m. with Happy Hour from 4-6 p.m.

Marina  - The newest of the three Baja Brewery locations is situated right in the heart of the Puerto Paraiso shopping mall, across from La Europea and Ruth’s Chris, look for the big donkey statue if you are coming from the Marina. Menu specials vary slightly from the company’s other two locations. The Baja Brewing Company’s Marina location is open daily from 8 a.m. until 1 a.m., and has live music Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

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