Down-Home Dining: 10 Best Homestyle Restaurants in Los Cabos

Homestyle dining is a bit different south of the border, although visitors to Baja California Sur will find that downhome U.S. favorites like barbecue ribs, fried chicken and pork chops are easy to find. One of the locals' favorite restaurants in Cabo San Lucas, Pollo de Oro, serves up delicious chicken and ribs combo platters, newly opened Black Smoke showcases superb BBQ, and La Casa Country on the Marina is a mecca for those seeking meaty entrees like rib-eye steaks and baby back ribs.

Despite the presence of these familiar comfort food favorites, however, homestyle dining in Los Cabos is much more likely to mean chile rellenos and chicken mole rather than roast beef and chicken pot pie. Traditional Mexican dishes are the menu staples at many of the area's best homestyle restaurants, and the unpretentious food and fine, if informal service at these eateries is often accompanied by traditional Mexican music.

Campestre and Las Guacamayas headline the list of homestyle havens for Mexican food in Cabo San Lucas. The former features filling multicourse afternoon “comida corrida” specials, while the latter boasts regional specialties like quesadillas chilangas and chicharrones de queso. Miguel's in Todos Santos, meanwhile, is a mandatory stop for lovers of chile rellenos. The décor may not impress, but their signature menu offerings, stuffed with shrimp or scallops, most certainly will.

Named for the macaw, each of Las Guacamayas' three locations - two in Cabo San Lucas, and the original in San José del Cabo - feature colorful parrot-themed murals, as well as authentic and affordable regional Mexican cuisine. Popular among...  Read More

Beloved by locals and tourists alike for its laid-back beachfront atmosphere, Zipper's offers excellent comfort food and easy access to some of the area's best surf breaks. Set on Costa Azul Beach - site of the annual 6-star ASP sanctioned Los...  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

La Casa Country started in Mazatlán, and has since opened an additional location on the Marina in Cabo San Lucas, where diners can enjoy downhome Mexican and American comfort food favorites while watching fishermen weigh their catches, wave...  Read More

Palomar Restaurant
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People come to Santiago to see the nearby waterfalls, or to visit the zoo, and Palomar, located just off the main plaza, is a popular stopping place for food and refreshments. The restaurant and hotel - there are six double-rooms ringed around...  Read More

Tim Galluzzo may as well be mayor of Calle Emiliano Zapata, with multiple restaurants located on one block of the downtown street: most notably Italian favorite Salvatore's, and popular comfort food purveyor Sammy G's. The latter is ostensibly a...  Read More

The popcorn, made fresh daily, is the best in Los Cabos, and that's only a complimentary snack at this cool downtown eatery. The restaurant concept is based around separate food trucks - whose presence lends a downhome feel to the casual dining...  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

Black Smoke is the newest and best BBQ restaurant to open in Cabo San Lucas, and is rivalled only by Tourist Corridor based Kilogram as the best BBQ restaurant in Baja California Sur. Located on Calle Hidalgo - the city's unofficial "restaurant...  Read More

El Pollo de Oro is the best comfort stood stop in Cabo San Lucas, and does a booming business with both locals and tourists. The place has been around forever, at least by Los Cabos standards, and long-time visitors may remember its previous...  Read More


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