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 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.

Under the guidance of Chef Enrique Díaz, Alcaravea Gourmet has evolved over the past decade from a small eatery into one of the benchmark fine dining restaurants in all of Los Cabos. Guests enter through trellised vines and flowers into a...  Read More

El Farallón's signature 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

Despite 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 Nikura began crafting a creative and innovative fusion of Japanese cuisine with traditional Mexican ingredients. This...  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

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

Manta at The Cape
Photo courtesy of Thomas Hart Shelby

The signature dining option at new luxury property The Cape: A Thompson Hotel, Manta is helmed by acclaimed chef Enrique Olvera, whose Mexico City based Pujol is currently rated one of the 20 best restaurants in the world. The hotel enjoys a...  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

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 may be...  Read More

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


Meet Chris Sands

Chris Sands is Editor at Baja.com, 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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