Budget-Friendly Feasts: The 10 Best Value Restaurants in Cabo San Lucas

Cabo San Lucas has its share of first-class restaurants and celebrated chefs, but if you can live without flashy amenities and spectacular Sea of Cortés views, it's quite easy to find quality food at affordable prices.

At Salvatore's, an Italian bistro set in the courtyard of value hotel Siesta Suites, the superb Mediterranean-themed cuisine is sometimes overshadowed by the value-oriented prices and enormous portions. The lasagna is legendary, and a single serving is enough to satisfy two people (it's a popular "shared" option for visiting couples). Other top downtown dinner deals include the $15 surf and turf (lobster tail and steak) special at Crazy Lobster Bar and Grill.

The best budget-friendly prices, however, are typically found at local Mexican restaurants. Los Tres Gallos, perhaps the best restaurant in the city, has only a few items on its dinner menu that top $20, and off-the-beaten-track favorites like Campestre are beloved by locals for their comida corrida, a fixed-price afternoon meal that consists of soup, a main course, and an agua fresca. Tacos may also be found in abundance, most notably at Los Claros, a place so renowned for its delicious seafood loaded tortillas that it has spawned a host of Los Cabos locations.

Poll locals on the best place to get tacos in Los Cabos, and Los Claros will be the consensus winner. Maybe that's why there are now six plus locations in downtown Cabo San Lucas - as well as the original in San José del Cabo - with new sites...  Read More

Miguel's chile rellenos may not be the best in all of the Baja California peninsula, as an enthusiastic reviewer from the New York Times once claimed, but they are amazing. The stuffed chiles - available with lobster, shrimp, cheese and in...  Read More

El Torito is a favorite of locals, and a popular spot for family dinners and celebrations. The menu features great ceviches, fish tacos, and other seafood specialties, with the pescado zarandeado being of particular note. An entire fish (often...  Read More

Tim Galluzzo may as well be mayor of Calle Emiliano Zapata, with two restaurants located on one block of this downtown Cabo San Lucas street: Italian eatery Salvatore's and comfort food purveyor Sammy G's. The latter is ostensibly a sports bar -...  Read More

This Mazatlán style marisquería boasts an abundance of delicious yet budget-friendly seafood dishes, ranging from soups and ceviches to fish tacos and combo platters for two with a sampling of shrimp specialties, or the catch of the day paired...  Read More

Campestre is a bit off the beaten tourist track, and can be a bit difficult to find without a local tour guide or taxi service. Despite its out-of-the way location, however, this is one of the finest purveyors of traditional Mexican food in Cabo...  Read More

Salvatore's has a stellar reputation with locals and return visitors, and the reason is pretty simple: there is no better combination of quality and quantity anywhere in Cabo San Lucas. The food is tasty yet unpretentious, the prices are...  Read More

Long-known as one of the top local stops for cheap seafood, Crazy Lobster is a fixture on Cabo San Lucas' restaurant row: the stretch of eateries that runs down Calle Hidalgo from Plaza Amelia Wilkes, the town square, to Marina Boulevard, the...  Read More

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

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


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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