Five-Star Food and Service: Best Fine Dining Restaurants in Los Cabos

Many of the best fine dining options in Los Cabos are found along the tourist corridor that connects Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo. Manta, the premier restaurant at the recently opened The Cape: A Thompson Hotel, has quickly earned a reputation for outstanding food, wine and service. The first Baja California peninsula based project for Enrique Olvera, acclaimed chef of Pujol in México City and Cosme in New York City, Manta specializes in seafood focused Pacific Rim fusion cuisine. And the sunset views of Land's End from Manta's location overlooking Monuments Beach are absolutely breathtaking. 

Benchmark local luxury resorts like One & Only Palmilla and Sheraton Hacienda del Mar also feature excellent onsite restaurants, with spectacular views ably complemented by delicious dishes and impeccable service. SEARED and Agua by Larbi at One&Only Palmilla are each helmed by their own celebrated chefs–Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Larbi Dahrouch, respectively–while Asian fusions and fine wine distinguish Volker Romeike's menus at Pitayahas, the signature eatery at Sheraton's Hacienda del Mar.

Cabo San Lucas' exclusive The Resort at Pedregal is also home to several superb fine dining establishments: most notably, El Farallón, which not only showcases fresh and local market-style seafood, but also a stunning cliffside aerie overlooking crashing Pacific Ocean waves. 

Don Sanchez is the fine dining locale of choice in San José del Cabo. Restaurateur and chef Tadd Chapman has created a culinary oasis in the heart of the downtown area, with elegantly plated seafood, steaks and tapas, expansive terrace and courtyard dining areas, and the best wine selection in Los Cabos. 


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

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

Not only is Lorenzillo's the premier lobster house in Los Cabos, it is one of the area's top stops for traditional fine dining. Lorenzillo's is the sort of place where Oysters Rockefeller and Lobster Thermidor are still menu staples, and wooden...  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

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

Although the restaurant recently 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,...  Read More

El Farallón features 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 touches like...  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 México City based Pujol is currently rated one of the 20 best restaurants in the world. The hotel enjoys a...  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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