10 Must-Visit Restaurants in Todos Santos

Located less than an hour by car from Cabo San Lucas, Todos Santos is a popular day trip destination for Los Cabos visitors. The coastal retreat still retains the red brick buildings from its 19th century heyday as Baja’s sugar capital, but nowadays they’re more likely to house boutique inns or some of the town’s many art galleries. An artists’ colony of repute since the 1980s, Todos Santos offers a mix of surfer chic and sophisticated pleasures, from custom jewelry boutiques and art galleries to bohemian cafés and elegant eateries.

Michael’s at the Gallery is an exemplar of the Todos Santos dining scene. Two nights per week during the tourist season, diners are invited to browse the paintings and sculptures in one of the town’s premier galleries – Michael and Pat Cope’s Galería de Todos Santos – before being seated in back for a feast of delicious Pan-Asian fare. Other downtown dining highlights include Café Santa Fe, which features Italian cuisine and a central location across from the town square, and Los Adobes, which provides regional Mexican specialty dishes in a gorgeous garden setting.

The coastal pueblo mágico also boasts plenty of comfort food options. Miguel’s chile rellenos were once declared the best in the Baja California peninsula by the New York Times, and the laid-back eatery remains a popular lunch spot for locals. La Garra, meanwhile, serves up tacos and other traditional Mexican favorites in a charming, palapa-topped restaurant decorated with movie posters from México’s golden age of cinema. And Cerritos Beach Club and Surf, just south of town, showcases barefoot fine dining, fresh local seafood, and Sunday jazz on the beach courtesy of singer Daline Jones and accompanist Diego Ramirez.

For local color in Todos Santos, it's hard to top La Garra, one of the town's top restaurants, sports bars, and live music venues. La Garra suffered fire damage early in 2013, but quickly bounced back. The place still boasts the same atmospheric...  Read More

Cerritos Beach Club & Surf is the perfect place on the planet on Sunday afternoons: jazz on the beach on a plywood stage, with surfers dropping into perfect barrels directly behind the band; 2009 Los Angeles Music Critics Circle award winner...  Read More

Baja Beans isn't a place you'll accidentally stumble upon. It's located off a dirt road in the small town of Pescadero, just south of Todos Santos. But this locals' favorite is well worth seeking out, not only for the superb coffees, but also...  Read More

La Coronela is the signature restaurant at Hotel California, the most famous and frequently photographed lodging in Todos Santos. Talented Belgian Chef Dany Lamote's menu focuses primarily on dishes made from organic and locally sourced...  Read More

The fact that you can enter from two different streets is one of many idiosyncratic charms at this aesthetically pleasing restaurant and café set in the heart of Todos Santos' historic downtown district. Enter from one side and you're in a...  Read More

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

Entering Los Adobes is like stepping into another world - the first thing one sees is a beautifully landscaped desert scene, a striking sight (particularly when it is lit up at night), and one that would appear more fitting in a botanical garden...  Read More

Farm-to-table dining concepts have become popular in Baja California Sur, and few do it better than the Garden, the restaurant at boutique beachfront resort Rancho Pescadero. Located just south of Todos Santos, the Garden specializes in dishes...  Read More

Few places embody the Todos Santos vibe - artsy yet unpretentious, laid-back yet sophisticated - more than Michael's at the Gallery, a seasonal eatery that showcases Pan-Asian cuisine in an outdoor setting behind one of the town's signature art...  Read More

Long the lunch and dinner place du jour for local artists and expatriates - it opened in 1990 - Café Santa Fe remains one of Todos Santos' benchmark dining spots, and is a mandatory stop for first time visitors. Located just across from the...  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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