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This first-class resort community on the tip of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula, boasts some of the best restaurants in Los Cabos and is truly a foodie town. Cabo San Lucas and its sister city, San José del Cabo, both offer diverse and sophisticated dining options to suit any traveller’s tastes and budgets. From sushi and pizza to Chilean and Mediterranean cuisines, restaurants exist that satisfy every palate. With a wider variety of restaurants now open in Los Cabos, visitors to the beautiful oceanside homes in Cabo have plenty of options to choose from.
Los Cabos has come a long way in the past few years when it comes to fine dining. The Baja Med cuisine craze that swept across Los Cabos several years ago has led to restaurants that combine fresh Mexican ingredients with excellent imported ones. Chefs in Los Cabos aren’t just looking at local ingredients and transforming them into elevated versions of traditional Mexican, but also drawing inspiration from other cuisines and preparing creative dishes with a distinctly regional character.
Restaurants in Los Cabos range from hole-in-the-wall eateries up to quiet bistros, beach cafes to stylish bars, sexy clubs to chill lounges, steak joints to ethnic eateries. Here are the best places to eat in Cabo:
El Farallon Restaurant in Cabo San Lucas
El Farallon offers a very elevated dining experience in all the senses. The beautifully designed location is worth its visit alone. There is no other restaurant that can offer such a spectacular ocean view while you dine, making a meal a very memorable evening, which will stay with you long after you leave.
El Farallon boasts some of the finest cuisine in Mexico. Located on the outskirts of Cabo San Lucas on the breathtaking cliffside at the Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos, it serves up old-world charm with modern sensibilities. The restaurant draws inspiration from the land and sea of the region to create a modern market menu that showcases fresh seafood from local fishermen.
The cocktails at El Farallon are equally impressive, with homemade infusions and muddled fruit garnishes mixed in front of the guest by a trusted bartender. Bar nuts, pickled vegetables and deviled eggs add to the casual seafood bar atmosphere. The restaurant’s head mixologist is only too happy to make a custom cocktail for you.
Sushi in Mexico isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when you think about meals in this country, but it’s surprisingly common and very good. This popular sushi restaurant is the best in the area, thanks to its creative fusion of Japanese cuisine with traditional Mexican ingredients. This has since become common among area restaurants, but Nick-San was among the first and continues to hold the title as one of the best restaurants in Cabo to go for sushi.
No one could have imagined that a Japanese restaurant in Los Cabos, Mexico would be able to stand the test of time and survive through hungry stomachs and competition from other world-class restaurants for over 26 years. However, with specialties like tuna tostada (featuring yellowfin tuna belly with avocado, habanero, infused red onion and sesame seeds on a rice cracker tostada), and sashimi serranito – who could say “no”?
The food is so delicious and so creative, using both Japanese and Mexican cooking techniques to create such wonderful dishes. It is definitely a restaurant not to be missed when in Los Cabos!
Acre Restaurant & Cocktail Bar
What makes this one of the best restaurants in San Jose del Cabo? Acre Restaurant & Cocktail Bar is all about Baja Mexico. The restaurant offers farm-to-table cuisine made with ingredients sourced on its 25-acre property, including organic produce grown on its working farms, meat and poultry raised on its farm, and seafood fished by local fisherman.
Acre’s owners (Stuart McPherson and Cam Watt) had aspirations of bringing high-end concepts directly to San José del Cabo, yet were committed to sourcing the majority of their ingredients locally. They wanted to give into the strong agricultural movement that is happening up and down the Baja California Peninsula into Tijuana. Along with having more of an impact on the community by creating jobs, Acre’s owners believed they could offer something unique to both locals and visitors alike.
Flora’s Field Kitchen in San Jose Del Cabo
There are few restaurants out there that set the bar for farm-to-table dining. Flora’s Field Kitchen is definitely one of them. Guillermo Tellez, the talented chef at Flora’s has created a unique space that lives up to its name. The restaurant itself is part of a 25-acre organic farm. That means the majority of their ingredients are grown right onsite, with some coming from nearby producers. It’s not for everyone but this type of approach certainly gives Flora’s an edge over its competitors.
Juxtaposed against this desert backdrop, Flora’s Field Kitchen is a fresh breath of air. It’s the only restaurant in the San Jose del Cabo area that has taken great pains to create a fine-dining experience. In doing so, it’s also created a California wine country-like dining experience — which is hard to come by in the Baja. The unique location and intimate atmosphere make for a romantic, ideal setting; it is an excellent place for a first date or anniversary dinner.
Nobu Los Cabos
Japanese cuisine is world-renowned for quality, finesse and attention to detail, but this may be the only place in the world that has finally put Japanese cuisine on center stage. Nobu – at the beautiful Nobu Hotel in the heart of Los Cabos – is a spectacular addition to Los Cabos dining. The hotel is luxurious yet comfortable with spectacular ocean views, impeccable service and suites fit for royalty. Nobu Restaurant makes it easy to eat top-quality food with no frills or fuss or pretensions — just incredibly fresh ingredients expertly prepared by renowned Chef Manuel Padilla.
Featuring a sleek, spacious interior split between a beach-facing bar area and a more intimate dining space, this Japanese hot spot is one of the best restaurants in Los Cabos. Nobu’s seared black cod miso dish is a specific dish that has become iconic globally. Nobu is a number one pick for the best restaurants in Cabo.
Los Cabos is a compelling destination for many tourists. If you have a few days to spend on the southern tip of Baja California’s Pacific Coast, the possibilities for unforgettable dining experiences are almost endless. While you won’t be able to try every restaurant during your visit, it will give you a good incentive to come back, time and time again.
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