Few neighborhoods in Cabo San Lucas feature better food than Medano Beach, a two mile stretch of golden sand ringed with resorts, shops, restaurants and cantinas. Many of the Los Cabos' best restaurants are situated right on the beach, and showcase cold beer, fresh seafood, and terrific views of Land's End and Cabo San Lucas Bay in a casual seaside setting.
Mango Deck and The Office are probably the most popular stops on Medano Beach. Although best known for its tequila toting mascot Big Johnson, and Spring Break hijinks like banana eating and sex position contests, Mango Deck also offers plenty of tasty Mexican and American fare, fresh seafood platters, sushi, and barbecue. The Office is also worth a visit, particularly on Thursday nights, when they host their weekly Gran Fiesta Mexicana.
For a slightly more upscale experience, sample the regional Mexican cuisine at Hacienda Cocina y Cantina, an onsite restaurant at the luxurious Hacienda Beach Club & Residences, or try a little barefoot fine dining at the Baja Cantina Beach Club. Baja Brewing Company's rooftop location at Cabo Villas is also worth exploring. Not only does the restaurant feature fine food and some of the area's best beer, it also boasts terrific aerial views of the beach, bay, and Land's End.
In addition to the restaurants and cantinas that line Medano beach, there are a number of top eateries that are located within a few blocks of the beach, including long-time fine dining fixtures like Edith's and Peacock's.
10 Tabasco Beach Restaurant & Bar
Tabasco doesn't get the same publicity as Mango Deck and The Office, but this is one of the best places to hang out on Medano Beach, with a sun deck boasting terrific views of Land's End and the local seaside scene, and a menu featuring unpretentious fare like omelets, burgers, hot dogs, corn dogs, nachos, tacos, and chicken wings. All the beachside tables are shaded by umbrellas during the day, and there are also plenty of ice-cooled beverages available for those looking to beat the Baja heat. Water-based rentals and activities can also be arranged at Tabasco's, from wave runners to parasailing trips. (624-122-1401)
9 Es Tu Rollo
Located near McDonald's on the way to Medano Beach, Es Tu Rollo is a favorite of locals and budget-oriented sushi lovers. The portions are large, everything on the menu is under $10, and there are a wide variety of rolls from which to choose, including all the usual sushi standards. Es Tu Rollo boasts a casual chic Asian-accented atmosphere, and does have air conditioning, a serious consideration during the summer months. In addition to the indoor dining area, some patio seating is also available. Take out and delivery are offered until 10:30 p.m., and there is no additional charge for delivery. ((624) 143-6099)
8 Baja Brewing Company
Baja Sur's first craft brewery now has three locations - the original in San Jose del Cabo, a roof-top spot on the ninth floor of Cabo Villas on Medano Beach, and on the Cabo San Lucas Marina at Puerto Paraiso - all of which have proved exceedingly popular with tourists and locals alike. The restaurants are open for breakfast lunch and dinner, and have menus that ranges from hamburgers and gourmet pizzas to filet mignon and other high-end entrees. The beers are superb, and are available by the bottle or on tap, and you can order flights of the draft beer to get a sense of their offerings. If you can only visit one of their locations, check out the roof-top location at Cabo Villas. The views of Medano Beach and Land's End are spectacular. ((624) 143-9199)
7 The Moxitos Beach Club
Moxitos used to be known as the Medano Beach Club, but was rebranded by ownership in January, 2014 using a Mexicanized spelling for the popular Cuban cocktail. Seafood and Mexican specialties continue to headline the lunch and dinner menus, and there are a number of excellent combo platters, most notably the Mariscada, a seafood cornucopia featuring lobster tail, shrimp, crab, octopus, and the catch of the day served with rice and vegetables. Beer, wine, and tropical cocktails are also available, including mojito options with light and dark rum. What really makes this place special, however, is its gorgeous location and romantic dinner atmosphere. Moxitos occupies a privileged stretch of sand on Medano Beach, and barefoot diners can dip their lobster tails into melted butter while a guitarists serenades them with ballads and the sun sets over Land's End. ((624) 143-6554)
6 Peacock's Restaurant & Bar
Peacock's has been a fine dining fixture in Cabo San Lucas for over twenty years, but the restaurant recently reopened following last year's renovation. The verdict? The place looks better than ever, with a gorgeous courtyard dining area fringed with palm trees and festooned with colorful lights, a chic indoor lounge, an artsy bar area, and an open kitchen that provides excellent views of Chef Mary Jose Aravena and her talented staff. The chef's new look menu showcases excellent seafood, steaks, pastas and gourmet Tuscan-style pizzas, and the service staff is first-rate. Sample entree highlights like the delicious duck breast in a blue agave honey with yellow curry sauce, or the unbelievably tender red wine cardamon reduction baked beef ribs. After dinner, kick off your shoes, and take a stroll down nearby Medano Beach. (624-143-1858)
5 Hacienda Cocina y Cantina
Located onsite at the upscale Hacienda Beach Club and Residences, Hacienda Cociny y Cantina offers traditional Mexican cuisine, and terrific views of Land's end Medano Beach. The menu features regional favorites, with generous helpings of fresh local seafood. Highlights include the pozole de los mares (seafood stew), and the pescado al mojo de ajo (sea bass in garlic and chile sauce). Wines, tequilas, and cocktails are also specialties of the house. Sample selections by the glass or bottle from Valle de Guadalupe, the country's premier wine region, or explore the cocktail menu. There are many terrific options, including the Cuban-inspired Guayaba Mojito, made with rum, mint, lime, cane syrup, soda water and guava puree. The Jamaica Margarita, with a dash of hibiscus syrup, is also quite tasty. (624-163-3144, 415-259-4170)
4 The Office on the Beach
A typical day at The Office? Think delicious seafood, steaks, and Mexican cuisine, a party hearty beachside ambiance, and superb Margaritas. From black bean nachos with flank steak to grilled sea bass and tuna tartar, the food is all terrific. Steak lovers will appreciate the healthy portions, and particularly the Rib Eye and New York cuts. Not so typical? That would be Thursday nights, when The Office hosts their weekly Gran Fiesta Mexican, featuring traditional folk dances, tequila shooters, a waiters' show with audience participation, and dancing under the stars. (624-143-3464, 624-143-7440)
3 Edith's Restaurante
Owner Edith Jimenez is originally from the state of Guerrero, and her restaurant, a fine dining fixture in Cabo San Lucas for close to two decades, features a mixture of Baja and Guerreran cuisines, as well as generous helpings of fresh local seafood. The restaurant is located just a block from Medano Beach, has a comfortably yet upscale Mexican atmosphere, and operates the finest mesquite grill in town. The vegetables are organic and locally grown, everything from the grill is superb, and there are some excellent soups and desserts, particularly the Aztec soup and the house flan. ((624) 143-0801)
2 Mango Deck
Like Cabo Wabo and El Squid Roe, Mango Deck is one of the signature bars in Cabo San Lucas. Located on Medano Beach, Mango Deck is ground zero during Spring Break, pulling in huge crowds for sex position contests and other adult-oriented, tequila soaked entertainment. Despite the March madness, Mango Deck is popular year round, as much for the food as the people watching and buckets of beer. The fare is mostly Mexican, but they have everything from pastas and seafood to burgers and the kind of appetizers you would find at any U.S. pub. (624-143-0901)
1 Baja Cantina Beach Club
There's fine dining...and then there's fine dining with your bare feet buried in soft sand, moonlight illuminating the rock formations at Land's End, and the soothing sounds of the Sea of Cortez lapping gently against the shore. Baja Cantina Beach offers the latter, and the romantic setting pairs wonderfully with relaxed yet detail-oriented service and a menu filled with seafood, steaks, and traditional Mexican favorites. Combo platters for two are an excellent option, and specialty menus are offered on Wednesdays when the restaurant hosts its Fiesta Mexicana with margaritas, mariachis, fireworks, and folkloric dances.This is one of two Baja Cantina locations in Cabo San Lucas. There is also a dockside restaurant on the Marina. ((624) 143-1111)
About Chris Sands
Chris Sands is the author of Bohemia by the Bay, and writes about wine, golf and travel for publications such as Baja.com, Fodor's Travel, Los Cabos Magazine, 10 Best, U-T San Diego and USA Today. He is a full-time resident of Cabo San Lucas.
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