Between the Capes: 10 Best Restaurants in Los Cabos' Tourist Corridor

The Los Cabos municipality not only encompasses Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo, but also the 20 mile stretch of coast that connects the cape cities. This scenic passageway, better known as the Tourist Corridor, is home to a surprising percentage of the area’s best shopping centers, golf courses, luxury resorts and fine dining establishments. Many of the top local restaurants, in fact, are hosted by the corridor's better hotels; most notably One & Only Palmilla and Sheraton Hacienda del Mar, each of which offers several excellent dining options.

Although virtually all the best Tourist Corridor based restaurants boast gorgeous seaside views, the culinary styles are quite varied, and range from traditional Mexican and seafood focused fare to the Euro-Asian influences featured at One & Only Palmilla’s Market – the first Mexican venture for celebrated French Chef Jean-George Vongerichten – and the Pacific Rim fusions favored by German born Pitahayas Chef Volker Romeike.

Seafood remains king, however. The typical Tourist Corridor dining experience is sure to include shrimp and lobster, and area standouts such as Villa Serena, Puerta Vieja and Sunset da Mona Lisa built their considerable reputations showcasing fresh local seafood specialties. The area's ultimate seafood stop, however, may still be Nick-San, which serves up sushi with a Mexican twist at the upscale shopping complex Las Tiendas de Palmilla.

Set a few miles outside Cabo San Lucas, Puerta Vieja offers an excellent fine dining atmosphere, with quality food and wines, gorgeous seaside views of Land's End and El Arco, and terrific live music courtesy of singer Rosalia de Cuba, who...  Read More

A mesquite grill and more terrace seating have been added in recent years, upgrading what was already the signature restaurant at colorful Tourist Corridor resort, Hacienda Encantada. The terrace views are quite spectacular - tables are perched...  Read More

Of all the great restaurants at Sheraton's Hacienda Del Mar, Girasoles de la Hacienda may be the most underrated. This standout eatery offers delicious and authentic regional Mexican specialties, as well as gorgeous terrace views of Punta...  Read More

Villa Serena more than lives up to its name. Set near a trailer park in the Tourist Corridor, the restaurant is one of the area's hidden gems, with palapa-shaded patios that descend on a hillside overlooking over the Sea of Cortés. It's an...  Read More

Chef Manuel De Luca is responsible for the first-class cuisine at De Cortez Grill and Restaurant, one of the many excellent fine dining establishments at Sheraton's Hacienda Del Mar Golf & Spa Resort. De Cortez boasts all the candlelight...  Read More

Ultra-luxury resort One&Only Palmilla boasts the best collection of onsite restaurants in Los Cabos, including one each from celebrity chefs Larbi Dahrouch and Jean-Georges Vongerichten. The former was a protégé of 3-star Michelin awarded chef...  Read More

In recent years the culinary fashion in Los Cabos has shifted from Baja Med to Pan-Pacific fusions that draw heavily on Mexican, Peruvian and Japanese influences. Such fusions may be fashionable now, but they're old hat to Pitahayas Chef Volker...  Read More

Since its inception in 1994, Nick-San has been one of the most popular local sushi restaurants, with Chefs Angel Carbajal and Masayuki Nikura crafting a creative and innovative fusion of Japanese cuisine with traditional Mexican ingredients....  Read More

This is one of the most romantic restaurants you will find anywhere, with tables perched seemingly atop the Sea of Cortés and breathtaking views of Land's End. Pastas and fresh local seafood are the specialties - the place has its own fishing...  Read More

Although the restaurant received a redesign as part of the ultra-luxury One&Only Palmilla resort's renovation post Hurricane Odile, Agua by Larbi is still one of the finest restaurants in Los Cabos, distinguished by its superb food, impeccable...  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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