Visitors to Los Cabos will find a sophisticated dining scene, one that offers much more than tacos and traditional Mexican fare. Cape cities Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo each showcase a surprisingly diverse sampling of world cuisines – Italy and Japan are particularly well-represented – with great food available at a variety of price points.
That said, the area’s best restaurants mostly run to type now, and feature Baja fusion cuisines made from fresh local seafood and produce, paired with wines from the peninsula’s premier growing region (Valle de Guadalupe, outside Ensenada).
Our top pick, Don Sanchez in San José del Cabo, is a good example. Chef Tadd Chapman’s daily tasting menus are crafted to take advantage of the freshest local, seasonal ingredients (many sourced from his own farm, Sanchez Orgánico), and complemented by creative (largely Mexican) wine pairings courtesy of sommelier Nizuniro Altamirano.
Chefs Angel Carbajal and Masayuki Nikura pioneered Baja-Japanese fusion cuisine when they opened Nick-San in Cabo San Lucas in 1994. The mix of sushi and Mexican ingredients has proven so popular since that additional restaurants have sprung up in San José del Cabo (at The Shoppes at Palmilla), México City and Nuevo Vallarta.
Los Tres Gallos remains the top stop for traditional Mexican cuisine in Cabo San Lucas. Named for three movie stars from México's golden age of cinema, the downtown dining establiswment offers superb regional specialty dishes in a charming courtyard dining area.