Elite Eats: The 10 Best Restaurants in Los Cabos



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 an increasingly diverse sampling of world cuisines, with great food available at a variety of price points.

Two major culinary trends have come to the forefront in Los Cabos during the past decade: an interest in fusion cuisines that first flourished with the Baja Med movement, but has increasingly become more Pan-Pacific in orientation, as regional chefs have linked Los Cabos’ Pacific influence to cultures as diverse as Peru and Japan; and a more pronounced focus on fresh and local ingredients – from fresh local seafood to organically farmed produce – that has produced a trio of superb farm-based restaurants, and influenced many chefs to source all their ingredients from regional fishermen, ranches, and farming communities like Miraflores.

Chefs Angel Carbajal and Masayuki Niikura invented 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. Chef Volker Romeike’s Pitahayas followed soon afterward, pioneering the Pan-Pacific approach that has since been taken up by Enrique Olvera at Manta, as well as a host of others.

The small rural community of Ánimas Bajas just outside San José del Cabo is home to the area’s famed farm-to-table restaurants: Flora’s Field Kitchen at Flora Farms, Restaurante Los Tamarindos at Huerta Los Tamarindos, and Acre Restaurant on a 25-acre property that now boasts the region’s first treehouse accommodations. All three restaurants offer amazing food and belong on this list, although to fully represent the area’s dining diversity, only Flora’s Field Kitchen has been included. For those lucky enough to visit in July, the three farm-to-table powerhouses join forces for a Mango Festival at Don Sanchez (whose chef Tadd Chapman now operates his own organic farm outside the city) in downtown San José del Cabo.

Los Tres Gallos, meanwhile, 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 establishment offers superb regional specialty dishes in a charming courtyard dining area. No restaurant in Los Cabos offers the same quality of food and service for such affordable prices.




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




Owner Edith Jiménez is originally from the state of Guerrero, and her restaurant serves up a mixture of Baja and Guerreran cuisines, as well as generous helpings of fresh local seafood. The restaurant is located just a block from Médano Beach,...  Read More




"Contemporary Baja fusion" is the focus at Chef and restaurateur Tadd Chapman's acclaimed downtown dining fixture, Don Sanchez. Daily tasting menus showcase the freshest local and seasonal ingredients. Chapman sources organic produce from his...  Read More




El Farallón's wow-factor asset is a spectacular cliffside setting overlooking the Pacific Ocean at the exclusive Resort at Pedregal in Cabo San Lucas. The restaurant pairs fresh local seafood with its romantic atmosphere, adding decorative...  Read More




Even after receiving a redesign as part of the ultra-luxury One&Only Palmilla resort's renovation post Hurricane Odile, Agua by Larbi remains one of the finest restaurants in Los Cabos, distinguished by its superb food, impeccable service, and...  Read More




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


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Set at retro chic The Cape: A Thompson Hotel, Manta is helmed by acclaimed chef Enrique Olvera, whose Mexico City based Pujol and New York City restaurant Cosme are currently ranked among the 100 best in the world. The hotel enjoys a superb...  Read More




Flora's pioneered the farm-to-table dining scene in San José del Cabo, and remains a mandatory stop for visiting foodies. The restaurant looks out over a 10-acre organic field at Flora Farm, so close diners can almost reach out and touch the...  Read More




The signature restaurant at the newly opened Chileno Bay Resort & Residences is certainly a feast for the eyes, with stylish décor from a high-profile Los Angeles-based designer, and a picturesque perch overlooking the Sea of Cortés. The...  Read More




Named for three legendary actors from the golden age of Mexican cinema - Pedro Infante, Jorge Negrete and Javier Solís were collectively known as Los Tres Gallos (The Three Roosters) - this charming and unpretentious downtown dining spot is the...  Read More


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Meet Chris Sands

Chris Sands is co-founder of CaboVivo, co-writer of Fodor's Los Cabos travel guidebook, Editor at Baja.com, and a contributor to Forbes and 10Best at USA Today, as well as other websites and...  More About Chris

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