The boardwalk that borders the Cabo San Lucas marina is home to many of the "Land’s End" resort city’s most popular restaurants, which is not surprising given the area’s reputation for world-class fishing. Afternoon visitors have a front row seat, as flag flying charter fishing boats return (Individual flags are flown to denote the kinds of fish caught.), as well as easy access to the very freshest of fresh local seafood.
“You hook it, we cook it” policies are par for the (main) course; fishermen can have their catch cooked up any way they like it for a fixed price. But the best of these seaside eateries excel at a wide variety of seafood styles and preparations, while also offering options for children, discriminating eaters and those with food allergies or dietary restrictions.
It takes a talented culinary craftsman to pull off this balancing act between quantity (of menu options) and quality, but Cordon Bleu-trained Chef Brian Solomon has been making it look easy for the better part of two decades – ever since he bought what was once a taco stand and transformed it into an unpretentious, palapa-shaded dining fixture behind the Wyndham Cabo San Lucas Resort.
Solomon's Landing offers a surfeit of surf and turf options, as well as a scenic location overlooking the Cabo San Lucas marina — Photo courtesy of Solomon's Landing
Solomon's Landing boasts seven separate menus – breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, bar, sushi and children’s – all of which are loaded with choices that run the gamut between healthy (Try any of the green dotted vegetarian options.) and completely decadent (the “Waffle of your Dreams,” topped with mixed berries compote, chocolate chips, real whipping cream and sweet Canadian maple syrup).
Mexican specialty dishes and American comfort food favorites are also well represented, as are steaks and hearty Italian-style pasta dishes.
Seafood remains the focus, however. Solomon and fellow chef Silviano Orozco cook up the “catch of the day” in the diner's choice of seven signature preparations, the best of which are BBQ grilled and blackened New Orleans style. Solomon began his career in “The Big Easy,” after all.
Other highlights include fish stuffed with cilantro risotto and topped with lobster sauce, Cajun-style scallops, seafood calzones, shrimp scampi and huachinango – an entire red snapper served either grilled or fried. Surf and turf platters are also available, with a prime six-ounce cut of filet mignon paired with succulent jumbo shrimp or butter-seared Pacific lobster tail.
As an added bonus, Solomon’s location is not only scenic, but central. The restaurant is very close to the cruise ship terminal and a short walk from most downtown and marina-based hotels.
For the perfect mix of dinner, drinks and dancing, stop by on Friday nights, when local band KY4 plays a mix of Mexican and American hits. Solomon’s Landing also hosts monthly wine pairing dinners, featuring first-class selections from their walk-in cellar.