Al Fresco Dining, Cabo Style: 10 Best Outdoor Restaurants in Los Cabos

Los Cabos’ abundant natural advantages – year-round sunshine, dozens of miles of coastline with dramatic ocean vistas – are a boon to al fresco dining enthusiasts, and in fact almost all of the restaurants in cape cities Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo offer some outdoor seating.

The most notable of these outdoor eateries are those that seek to marry their majestic settings with world-class cuisine. Sunset da Mona Lisa is famous is in this respect, and is annually ranked as one of the most romantic restaurants in the world. The location, overlooking Playa Monumentos across Bahía Cabo San Lucas towards the half-mile Land’s End headland, is so spectacular that wedding proposals are a regular occurrence, as are fireworks accompanied ceremonies and receptions. The bill of fare, which features fresh local seafood and Italian specialties, is likewise excellent, if somewhat overshadowed by the magnificent views.

El Farallón, at the luxe Resort at Pedregal, provides another wow-factor dining experience, with tables set cliffside above the Pacific Ocean. Fresh market style seafood offers an appropriate counterpoint to the candle and lantern lit symphony of crashing waves; and El Farallón, like Sunset da Mona Lisa, has burnished its already substantial romance credentials by adding an onsite Champagne lounge.

Not all local restaurants feature such incredible surroundings, of course. At others, like Don Sánchez and Los Tres Gallos, superb cuisine comes first, albeit complemented by live music and colorful courtyard furnishings, and a patio filled with tropical fruit trees, respectively.

Choose among al fresco dining on the terrazzo, open air indoor dining or the ever popular "tables in the sand" at this casual yet stylish bar and restaurant at Médano Beach luxury lodging Hacienda Beach Club and Residences. Highlights at...  Read More

One of the signature charms of the boutique Bahía Hotel & Beach Club, Bar Esquina offers a hip, upscale atmosphere - including a gorgeous 17-seat marble bar - and some of the best food and drinks in Los Cabos. Chef Rogelio Garcia and his...  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

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

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

"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

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

El Farallón is best known for its spectacular cliffside setting, which overlooks the Pacific Ocean at the exclusive Resort at Pedregal in Cabo San Lucas. The seafood is also superb, and is paired with decorative touches like lanterns and...  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

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


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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