Tables in the Sand: 10 Best Beachfront Restaurants in Los Cabos

Los Cabos boasts a bevy of beautiful beaches, many of which are home to strategically situated restaurants and cantinas. The menu focus at these beachfront eateries can vary significantly – from tacos and pub style favorites to fresh local seafood and fine dining fare – but most provide very good food in informal “bikini” friendly settings, and the best pair fine dining with romantic seaside atmosphere.

Playa El Médano, the largest and most popular beach in Cabo San Lucas, is home to several top restaurants featuring golden sands and picturesque Sea of Cortés and Land's End views. SUR by Bar Esquina is the latest offering, with seafood specialties that range from ceviches to sushi rolls, and a Champagne corner for upscale vacation celebrations. Neighbors Mango Deck and The Office on the Beach, meanwhile, are meccas for fish tacos and other tasty Mexican and American comfort food fare.

Zipper's on Costa Azul Beach in San José del Cabo remains the preferred stop for surfers and those who appreciate delicious baby back ribs, juicy burgers and ice cold bottles of Victoria, a wonderful Mexican beer that is not commonly carried by local establishments. The beachfront restaurant overlooks one of Baja Sur's best surf breaks – site of the annual, ASP-sanctioned Los Cabos Open of Surf – and is the perfect place to hang out on a sunny afternoon.

Baja California Sur's first craft brewery now has three locations: the original in San José del Cabo, a rooftop aerie at Cabo Villas on Médano Beach, and on the Cabo San Lucas Marina at Puerto Paraíso. All three have proved exceedingly...  Read More

Tabasco doesn't get the same publicity as Mango Deck and The Office, but this is one of the best places to hang out on Médano Beach, with a sun deck boasting terrific views of Land's End and the local seaside scene, and a menu rich in...  Read More

A gorgeous palapa-shaded setting and beautiful views of the incoming surf from the Sea of Cortés distinguish the signature eatery at the boutique Cabo Surf Hotel on Acapulquito Beach. As you might expect of a seaside restaurant, fresh seafood...  Read More

It's easy to see why this palapa-topped bar and restaurant is packed all-day, every day. The Office is a great place to sit back and watch the waves roll in, with a full bar and a large array of menu options, from breakfast favorites such as...  Read More

Choose among al fresco dining on the terrazzo, open air indoor dining or the ever popular "tables in the sand" at this casual yet stylish bar and restaurant at Médano Beach luxury lodging Hacienda Beach Club and Residences. Highlights at...  Read More

Mango Deck is one of the signature stops in Cabo San Lucas, as famed in its way as local late night landmarks like Cabo Wabo and El Squid Roe. Set on Médano Beach, Mango Deck is ground zero during Spring Break, pulling in huge crowds for sex...  Read More

Playa El Tecolote can't top Balandra for sheer beauty, but it's hands down the best beach in the La Paz area for barefoot seaside drinking and dining. Palapa Azul is its foremost treasure, and quite easy to find: Just follow the malecón out of...  Read More

Beloved by locals and tourists alike for its laid-back beachfront atmosphere, Zipper's offers excellent comfort food and easy access to some of Los Cabos' best surf breaks. Built on Playa Costa Azul - site of the annual 6-star ASP sanctioned Los...  Read More

Cerritos Beach Club & Surf is the perfect place on the planet on Sunday afternoons: jazz on the beach on a plywood stage, with surfers dropping into perfect barrels directly behind the band; 2009 Los Angeles Music Critics Circle award...  Read More

This newly opened beach club premiered on Playa El Médano in July 2016, taking over the site formerly occupied by Moxitos. Although technically an offshoot of Bar Esquina, the popular bar and eatery at the nearby Bahia Hotel and Beach Club, SUR...  Read More


Meet Chris Sands

Chris Sands is Editor at, co-writer of Fodor’s 2015 guide to Los Cabos, and a regular contributor to Los Cabos Magazine and 10 Best/USA Today. He lives in Cabo San Lucas.

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